Carole (Kirch) Bannes is a graduate of the USBH Heritage Exchange Track on the PATH.
I was born and raised in Central Ohio and have been an avid genealogist for more than 40 years, working first (with my mother) on our own family history, then with cousins and my spouses to fill out their family trees. My personal tree (here) has nearly 18,000 names, so it's being uploaded in GED-chunks (hopefully). I am also an "unofficial" genealogy researcher for Knox County, Ohio, with a citizens notated and sourced tree of over 92,000 names. That tree resides on TribalPages.
I have at least three "long-line" ancestors—Mizer (Meisser/Myzer/Miser), Yearous (Jahraus), and Stillinger (Stühlinger)—for which I owe undying gratitude to those who came before me, wrote things down, and shared freely.
—The Mizer clan has been thoroughly researched since the late 1800s by descendants, with several documented books published by the group. One of those (1975 edition) is available online with free access  There is a 1986 edition (not online) and many additions and corrections have been made since then, thanks to Google and the increasing availability of online resources.
—The Yearous clan also has had many active researchers through the years. These include: Joan Yearous (wife of Jay Dee Yearous), who, with her husband, traveled the United States, personally visiting every single relative they could find (including me and my parents), put everything she could find out onto a computer, and shared the knowledge freely and widely; B. J. Ross, who extensively investigated the Illinois branch, and Guy M Yearous, who was once a long-distance trucker and used to stop in every town he visited to look through the phone book and call any "Yearous" he found. He no longer trucks, but he makes extensive use of his phone to keep up-to-date on all the relatives he has gotten to meet. We also owe tremendous debt of gratitude to Klaus-Peter Hoelzer, our "go-to-guy in Germany," who spent hours and days in musty, dusty church and civil records rooms doing research for us.
—The Stillinger clan ties in early with the Yearous family. Again, much credit for names and dates goes to Klaus-Peter Hoelzer and the late owner of Stilly's Garage in Ohio.
My current area of highest frustration is my husband's maternal family—the Küttel, Camenzind, Frank, and Grocose clans. All were relatively recent immigrants (1880s) to the United States and finding reliable sources back in "the old country" has proven difficult. This difficulty is compounded by his maternal grandfather's family from Gersau, Switzerland—a town where 80% of the residents seem to be surnamed either Küttel or Camenzind, with each tending to marry into the other family with great frequency!
↑A Genealogy of the Meisser Family. Compiled by Joseph A Meiser, Jr, B.S., Ph.D; The Meisser Genealogy Association. 1975 (Revised Edition). 
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Regarding your recent post of John Latham circa 1773 in Farquier County Virginia, my “deadend” Direct ancestor was Alexander Latham born about 1756 in Maryland and may have resided for a time with his uncle and brothers in Farquier county Virginia in route to North Carolina. He is thought to have have had one or two brothers who did not join him in North Carolina.
If your John Latham is a blood ancestor, I would be interested in comparing DNA profiles. Also, I have a copy of the research that was done in the early 1980s in Virginia of Latham surnames and can make that available to you if you like.
I have not put our family tree on wiki tree, just because of other distractions but this is rekindled my interest. Thank you.
Thanks for creating profiles like Phillip Adams Jr (1675-1675). When you refer to Maryland before 4 Jul 1776, our standard on Wikitree is to call it the Province of Maryland instead of just Maryland to accord with how folks of that time named it.
You can see all the names of the colonies pre-1776 here and a spreadsheet with the names linked from there here.
edited by William Foster Jr
Thanks so much for adding the missing Stillingers. Because of your additions I now know we are 4th cousins by your mother Mozell Baker. Also thanks for adding so much information about Isaac Otto Baker. I have more information about his parents and siblings on Ancestry.com but I'll try to add it to WikiTree soon. It's great finding another cousin. Barbara Behringer
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