Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler
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Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler

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I love research, correct facts, and digging the truth of family history out of hiding. If you see something that you think may be incorrect in my family tree or my sources please let me know! I love collaboration! Do you have a mystery or information that is difficult to find? It's possible I can find it, even with limited resources I'm pretty good at it!
Michelle Detwiler formerly Hartman
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Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler is a member of the US Southern Colonies Project.
US Black Heritage PATH Graduate
Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler is a graduate of the USBH Heritage Exchange Track on the PATH.
Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler Participated in the 2021 US Black Heritage Project Connecting Challenge.
Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler participated with Team Virginia during the 2021 Source-a-Thon, adding 64 sources to profiles. We added 6,673 sources & finished in 1st place!
Michelle is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention

Birth - Michelle is one of 7 children born to Edwin L. Hartman and Martha L. Hossack. Michelle grew up in FL, WA, CA, TX. As a child Michelle often daydreamed of log cabins, Conestoga wagons, and life on the old frontier. An avid reader, American history has always been a favorite. As an adult Michelle learned many of the old ways including, raising sheep, spinning wool, and weaving on an 8 harness loom. In the process of learning she also taught others these wonderful crafts.

Occupation - After graduating from high school Michelle went to college to be a medical assistant. Michelle worked for a short time in that field and then moved to working in the electronics industry. Michelle learned to repair 2-way radios and worked in that field for 10 years.

Family - After having a child with a rare medical disease, Michelle and her husband Jeff decided to offer their home for foster care to medically fragile children. Jeff and Michelle received 1 medically fragile child at a time and cared for them, often teaching the child's family how to care for the child in the process. Out of this 17-years of experience Jeff and Michelle cared for over 35 children. Their two daughters were adopted through the foster care system, one with severe medical and developmental needs, the other with Autism. Their eldest daughter died in 2014.

Religion - Life has been a challenge for the Detwiler's, but God is always in control! The Detwiler's rely heavily on their faith in God in all matters of life.


It all started with... "Your family came across the country to California in a covered wagon." Michelle has been working on family history for many years. Her father's family were all southerners, from VA to NC to TN. Her mother's family were all northerners, PA to OH to IN to KS to CA. Michelle's favorite families to work on are the the Detwiler family, the Hartman family, the Page family, and the Cramer-Axe family.

Michelle's husband's family has been easy and not so easy to work on. Jeff's father's family has been in America since the early 1700's and there is a lot of information on the Detwiler family in PA. Jeff's mother's Schmidt family and their related families immigrated to America mostly in the 1860-1880 time period. They lived in MN. Some of the challenges of this family history research is the different way many of the eastern European names are spelled.

Time Period

Michelle's favorite historical research time period is around the Revolutionary War era. She loves old documents and after 40+ years of research experience she has learned that family history isn't all wrapped up in census data. There are many secret and not so secret places that family history information can hide!

African American Heritage

Recently Michelle started research on African-American Heritage. What a wonderful and challenging experience. It can be very difficult to research the families of enslaved people. After working on several counties in the Alabama area Michelle has expanded her horizons working full-time on Plantations and the Enslaved.

How I Research

Researching has been a great enjoyment to Michelle. She is occasionally asked, "How did you find that?" So she created a page called Researching the Enslaved, detailing the techniques she uses to research Plantations, Plantation Owners, and the Enslaved.

Family Names

Family names in Michelle's tree:

  • Detwiler, PA, NE, WA
  • Schmidt, MN, WA
  • Hartman, PA, VA, OH, TN
  • Phelps, KY
  • Petty, VA, NC, TN
  • Martin, VA, NC
  • Wright, VA, NC
  • Hossack, CA
  • Page, NY, OH, KS, CA
  • Carson, PA, OH, IN, KS
  • Cramer, PA, IL, CA
  • Lockhart, PA, VA, OH
  • Morgan, VA, OH
  • Axe, VA, OH, IN, CA


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Thank you for joining the June USBH Connecting Challenge and helping us create almost 6000 new profiles! Our new total is 126903. We have less than 24,000 to our 2022 goal!
300 Profiles
Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler created 324 new profiles during the August 2022 US Black Heritage Project Connecting Challenge.
Michelle, I for sure do not track the challenges for Southern Colonies. When you are doing a sourcing challenge, I think the Challenge has a tracker. But it does not always feed back to the projects. Very Sorry..


posted by Mary Richardson
Thanks Mary, I was just wondering.
Emma suggested I contact you. I am interested in creating a page for the enslaved persons in Burnt Corn and Conecuh County Alabama. I have one of the slave owners and a picture in front of his plantation house. The picture includes the slave owner, four other people and three "servants" and is quite dark but better than nothing for that time period. I don't have the name of the plantation. I hope to have the owners profile in tomorrow Your bio says you have been working on similar projects in Alabama. Anything near or in Conecuh?

Your help in this project is greatly appreciated.

Claudia, I replied to you privately, however I thought I'd reply here as well. When we don't have a plantation name we create the page and name it "John Doe Plantation, Burnt Corn County, Alabama" or "Slaves of John Doe, Conecuh County, Alabama". If you create a page please send me a note. I'd love to see it. Thanks! Michelle
posted by Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler
edited by Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler
Thank you for joining the May USBH Connecting Challenge and helping us create 3182 new profiles. Our new total is 107702. We have less than 43000 to our 2022 goal!
100 Profiles
Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler created 199 new profiles during the May 2022 US Black Heritage Project Connecting Challenge.


Michelle, I know what you are talking about but cannot find one on an acting governor. Not even a category for acting governor. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Middleton-724

Look at this William Tryon, Governor of North Carolina, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Tryon-432 He has a notable sticker. You could do that.

You made the profile look great.


posted by Mary Richardson
edited by Mary Richardson
Thanks for your hard work adding profiles for the USBH challenge!
500 Profiles
Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler created 604 new profiles during the April 2022 US Black Heritage Project Connecting Challenge.


Michelle, Thank you for joining the March USBH Connecting Challenge and helping us create 3153 new profiles. Our new total is over 97,000. We’re so close to 100,000! Way to go on second place!
500 Profiles
Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler created 618 new profiles during the March 2022 US Black Heritage Project Connecting Challenge.


Thank you for joining the February USBH Connecting Challenge, Michelle, and helping us create 3116 new profiles.

We’ve started the March challenge here: March Connecting Challenge.

100 Profiles
Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler created 100 new profiles during the February 2022 US Black Heritage Project Connecting Challenge.
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag

Thank you for contributing to the January 2022 Sourcerers Challenge! As you know, every source added to an unsourced profile improves our One Tree. Thank you for taking time from your own family history to help others.

Nan, WT Appreciation Team

posted by Nan (Lambert) Starjak
Thank you for joining the January USBH Connecting Challenge, Michelle, and helping us create 8294 new profiles. Our new total is 82166

We’ve started the February challenge here: February Connecting Challenge.

100 Profiles
Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler created 100 new profiles during the January 2022 US Black Heritage Project Connecting Challenge.
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
edited by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Michelle, Thank you for joining the December USBH Connecting Challenge and helping us create 10523 new profiles. We met our goal of creating 50,000 new profiles in 2021!

We’ve started the January challenge here: January Connecting Challenge. We are working toward a goal of 150,000 total profiles in 2022.

500 Profiles
Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler created 579 new profiles during the December 2021 US Black Heritage Project Connecting Challenge.


Michelle -

Registration for the 1st 2022 Connect-A-Thon is open. We would love to have you join us on Team Virginia again!

posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Yes, however I'd like to be placed on the underdog team. Thanks!
Michelle -

The full list of teams are here. A great new Team that might be a good fit is the Toddlin Tortoises. Check them out if you haven't already registered. :)

posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Michelle, Thank you for joining the November Connecting Challenge and helping us create 3780 new profiles. Our 2021 total is now 33352 for the challenge, but 42,000 for new profiles on WikiTree!

And congratulations on taking second place. You were only a few profiles away from 1st place!

You can add the participation sticker to your profile if you’d like. Connecting Challenge Stickers

500 Profiles
Michelle (Hartman) Detwiler created 641 new profiles during the November 2021 US Black Heritage Project Connecting Challenge.


Thanks for joining Team Virginia on the 2021 Source-A-Thon.  Our Team finished in 1st place by sourcing over 6,600 Profiles!  That is an amazing job!! 

We couldn't do it without you & look forward to you joining us on the 2022 Clean-A-Thon!

Mindy & Sandy - Team Virginia Co Captains

posted by Sandy (Craig) Patak
Hi Michelle!

Congratulations on certifying to work on pre-1700 profiles!

It’s very important to read and understand https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Pre-1700_Profiles. These profiles for deep ancestors are shared by many WikiTree members, and collaborating on them works best if we all follow the guidelines laid out on that page.

Best wishes for your research

Maureen ~ WikiTree Greeter

Hello Michelle!

Thank you for joining us! I wanted to check in with you to see how things are going. How do you like WikiTree so far? Have the tips in the New Member How To Pages been helpful or have they left you with questions?

Please let me know if you have any questions about WikiTree. To contact me, log in to WikiTree and go to your profile. Use the ‘Reply’ link below my comment to be sure that I will be notified. You can also click my name to send a private message, or post a comment on my profile page. It's really great to have you on board.

Ginny ~ WikiTree Messenger

P.S. To find reliable sources for your profiles, go to the Family Tree & Tools tab; select Genealogy Research and scroll down near the bottom of that list and select Research with RootsSearch. There are over 20 websites to access from there.

Hi Ginny, I finally got Wiki-tree figured out somewhat. I'm really enjoying this format much better than other ones. I had a friend, co-manager help me on the first couple family members I added. He was so helpful! Thank you again for your welcome.
Hi Michelle,

Thank you for joining WikiTree. As a WikiTree Mentor I am available to answer any questions or help solve any issues you may be having.

How To Use WikiTree is a good place to start. It is a step-by-step-guide to WikiTree basics. Our Forum is searchable or you can post a question there. The Help Index is also an important place to find how to do most tasks.

It is very important that no duplicate profiles are created in WikiTree. Please read this page for clues on avoiding profile duplication.

Feel free to ask me via my profile page if you have any questions.

posted by Irene Dillon
Thank you, Michelle, for volunteering to help grow our worldwide family tree. Since you enjoy 17th century America, you may enjoy joining one of our projects.

Our Honor Code, G2G message forum, help pages, search features, and many other useful links can be accessed from the menus on the upper right corner of most pages.

VERY IMPORTANT: The more documents, sources, dates, and locations you provide on the profiles you create, the stronger your branches and our mutual global tree will be. If you don't know the correct date, please estimate using before or after.

Our mission is to build a global tree with just one profile per person, so please try very hard not to add any duplicates to our shared tree.

Hope you enjoy WikiTree!

posted by Debby (Barton) Black
I enjoy history and research, especially when it is related to 17th century America.
Hi, Michelle. We're growing a worldwide family tree. If you'd like to help us, please click the volunteer link and leave a message letting us know.

Feel free to ask a question at G2G forum.

Also, WikiTree Help is filled with useful information you might want to review. The help pages can be accessed through the link in the upper right hand corner of your profile page.

Our Honor Code is a very important part of why our community is such a friendly place to grow your family tree. :o)

posted by Debby (Barton) Black

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