Carole (Kirch) Bannes
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Carole (Kirch) Bannes

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Carole M. Bannes formerly Kirch aka Kilbreath
Born 1940s.
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[sibling(s) unknown]
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Mother of [private daughter (1960s - unknown)], [private son (1960s - unknown)] and [private son (1980s - unknown)]
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Carole (Kirch) Bannes participated with Great Lakes Region Team during the 2020 Clean-a-Thon.
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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 [1] 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.

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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!


  1. A Genealogy of the Meisser Family. Compiled by Joseph A Meiser, Jr, B.S., Ph.D; The Meisser Genealogy Association. 1975 (Revised Edition). [1]
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Thank you for your contributions to the December 2021 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
Hi, I am new to all this.. just wanted to say my researched showed we might be related from my grandmother's side of the family.
posted by Nicole Smith
Hello :) It shows we are 9th cousins twice removed through the Hall and Smith's. Nice to meet you.
posted by Shan (Ward) Dawson

Thank you for contributing to the November 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.

posted by Nan (Lambert) Starjak
Hello Carole

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.


posted by Dale Latham
Hi, Dale,

I'm sorry, but I have not yet done "the DNA thingy". I'm not opposed to it, and I have a kit, I just haven't yet gotten "a round tuit".

posted by Carole (Kirch) Bannes

Thank you for joining our first ever Connecting Challenge and helping us create 2729 profiles!

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

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


Thank you, Carole!
Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Yearly Golden Achievement Milestone
Carole reached the Golden Achievement milestone by sourcing at least one profile in every month of the 2020 Sourcerers' Challenge
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag

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.


posted by William Foster Jr
edited by William Foster Jr
Hi, Carole!

Thank you for your participation in October 2020’s Source-a-thon. Your contributions helped us to clear over 57,000 profiles that needed sourcing. This makes our Shared Tree all that much better.

Keep up the great work!

Pippin Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello, Carole!

Thanks for all the work you accomplished during our Connect-A-Thon 2020. It is amazing how many more profiles were created and added to our Shared Tree over the weekend. We are proud of your efforts.

Kind regards,

Pippin Sheppard ~ WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thanks for the tip about sourcing Find A Grave entries. So much to learn!
posted by Diane Knight
Hi there, Carole!

Thanks so very much for your participation in the spring Clean-a-thon! Every suggestion you cleared made our Tree that much better. The WikiTree community appreciates YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello Carole,

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Pre-1700 ancestors can be shared by many descendants, so collaboration is essential. You can learn more about joining the community in How To #3 and in the Project FAQ.

The United States Project may fit your research focus. If not, use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find other possibilities. Review the project page to learn about resources and guidelines as well as how to collaborate with the project members.

If you have any questions, click reply below this message and I will get back to you.

Peggy ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

posted by Peggy Watkins

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 but I'll try to add it to WikiTree soon. It's great finding another cousin. Barbara Behringer

posted by Barbara Lantz
Hello Carole!

You've been a member for a while so I thought I would check in to see how it's going. Have the How-Tos been helpful or left you with questions? Most of us have questions after all that information!

I want to help! Click my name, send me a private message or ask in the comment section of my page. Sometimes links don't work in emails. If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile. The links will work from there.

Cindy ~ WikiTree Messenger

PS 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.

At age 75, I find that I have the same problem that I had when I started genealogy research 50 years ago: i.e., I just don't know when to STOP! I find a record that relates (or might relate) to my family, and I just follow it down the rabbit hole until I'm so far from anything related to my family I can hardly get home! Witness all of my additions for the FLIGHTNER family, which started off with a marriage record between a FLIGHTNER and a MISER (who may or may not be related to MY Miser/Mizer/Meisser/Meiser family at all!) Oh well; the Flightner's are at least started and documented. I hope I documented them correctly. I'm still learning this "coding" stuff.
posted by Carole (Kirch) Bannes
edited by Carole (Kirch) Bannes

I can truly understand those rabbit holes as they trip me up all the time, but I love it when I can see the progress of connecting more families together! Somebody has to do it, right?? Keep up the great work! Smiles, Cindy

Hi Carole,

I noticed your note about the GED-chunks (I made me smile) and thought you might find the tutorial about GEDCOMPare that was created by one of our mentors:

Let me or Claire know if you have any questions,


posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Carole, I am pleased to confirm you as a full member, and welcome you to the WikiTree family. Your contributions will go a long way to joining the world together.

I would suggest starting with the New Member How-To pages, they will save you a lot of time and frustration.

I am here to help you get started, so please feel free to reach out if you need a hand.

Happy tree climbing,

Claire ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section on your profile page.

posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Hi Carole,

If you create separate tags for your surnames, the tags become clickable links to pages of others who want to collaborate about that surname. With the surnames combined in a tag, that isn't possible. This link may help you [1]

Your Wiki Genealogy Feed will show the activity connected to the surnames and places relating to your tags.

You're welcome to look at my profile if you have any questions about it. :)

Claire ~ WikiTree Greeter

posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava

This is just a note to say hello and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about joining WikiTree.

To contact me, click the link to my name above, then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

Cindy ~ WikiTree Greeter

PS If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section of your profile page.

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