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    1. [TRAUGOTT] traugott "or how a name changes!"
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    3. Subject: traugott from: RootsWeb Review, 16 April 2003, Vol. 6, No. 16 Putting Our Ears On I have an interesting family by any definition of the term, but one ancestor in particular has been a headache for decades. My 2g- grandfather was the actual immigrant. In Germany he was named Johann Christlieb DIETZMANN, but in America he became John C. DIETZMAN. Being well-to-do, by the standards of the day, he was able to bring his family along, including my great-grandfather, who was born in Germany. For reasons known only to my ancestors, (perhaps a streak of insanity in the line?) they gave him "the name from hell." He was born Traugott Glaubagott Fuchtegott DIETZMAN. He is most often found as "Trouket" DIETZMAN, sometimes changed to "Trucott." In one U.S. census he is listed as "Henry" and in another as "Frank" (best readings) but the uncommon names of his wife and children allow us to trace him, anyway. But on the death certificate of his youngest child (by his first wife) the decedent's father's name is given as "Crockett" DIETZMAN. Some people have further incorrectly extrapolated the name and list him, based on this wrong datum, as David Crockett DIETZMAN. Whatever was "going around" at the time of his birth, he wasn't totally alone. His mother's maiden name was OBENAUF, and in his generation there was also a Traugott Glaubagott Fuchtegott OBENAUF to keep him company. The ultimate advice is, don't even accept so-called PRIMARY sources at face value. --W. Dale Dietzman [email protected] [Editor's Note. Even original primary sources can contain errors. On the death certificate cited, the date of death is probably accurate, but the rest of the information on that document is only as accurate as the person's knowledge who provided it, and it is most likely secondary at best. The name of the father of the decedent might have been accurate originally, but was transcribed incorrectly on the death certificate form. Researchers should not worry about name spellings and learn to "hear" names. See this excellent article on the subject: "Do You Ear what I Ear?" by Michael John Neill: http://www.ancestry.com/dailynews/07_27_99.htm?rc=locale%7E&us=0#3

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