TROUT-DNA Research Project- Background
DRAUDT, DRAUT, DRUDE, TRAUB, TRAUD, TRAUDT, TRAUGHT, TRAUT, TRAUTH, TRAUTT, TRAUTZ, TROTE, TROUDT, TROUGHT, TROUGHTON, TROUP, TROUT, TROUTE, TROUTMAN, TROUTS, TROUTT, TROUTZ, TROWT, TROWTE, TRUDE
Welcome to the TROUT-DNA Research Project
combined genetic and traditional genealogy research reference site
|George Washington TROUT 1838-1922|
and sons Harry and Korah, circa 1881.
George was a great grandson of Paul
TRAUT in Line #3 below, and the great-
grandfather of member Craig H. Trout.
Have you hit a Brick Wall in your TROUT family research? Perhaps we can help. Y-DNA testing will often help you link to earlier generations of an already documented TROUT family line. Approximately 86.5% of our members achieved an immediate match. Our project includes all TROUT spelling variations from all countries and of all ethnic origins. Won't you join us on our TROUT Family History Corps of Discovery?
Come join us in our TROUT Family History “Corps of Discovery”!
- Project Overview: The TROUT-DNA Research Project is designed to explore, sort, and document potential relationships between various distinct TROUT-variant surname family lines by using genetic genealogy to provide scientific proofs for TROUT research developed through traditional genealogical research methods. In the alternative, DNA research can also fully disprove a presumptive relationship so that traditional research can now be confidently redirected to more likely family lines, or in some cases, an existing DNA-proven family line.
- As part of this research process, our project works to establish fully documented TROUT-DNA “reference lines” back to Germany, England, and other countries of origin, thereby allowing TROUT-variant surname researchers to either compare (match) their own Y-DNA against these established reference lines (Haplotypes), or in the alternative, establish entirely new TROUT-DNA reference lines for future use. - Think of a DNA reference line as being the Y-DNA "signature" of your TROUT male ancestors.' '
- Our research project is also designed to track various TROUT-variant surname family lines that eventually moved inland to many other states, and then through DNA research, attempt to link them back to their originating Colonial lines from the early to mid-1700's, as well as their RAOs (recent ancestral origins) in England or Europe, and ultimately their Haplogroups (deep ancestry - thousands of years).
- As new members join, we immediately work to link their ascending TROUT lines to one of the early descending TROUT lines we have already identified and documented through the above process.
- Special Features & Membership Benefits:' In addition to providing the scientific proofs made available through genetic genealogy, our project is also designed to directly support traditional genealogical research, and to the extent possible, cites and/or links are provided for ships passenger lists; Revolutionary War pension files; Find-a-Grave memorials (selected example); census records; WWI & WWII draft registrations; birth, marriage, and death certificates, probate, and similar resources. We also provide links to numerous other websites dedicated to TROUT family research, as well as numerous search engines and research collections.
- Our project research activities are also directly supported by our Craig H. Trout Family Research Site on RootsWeb WorldConnect which currently lists nearly 33,000 individuals.
- Our very "search friendly" web site includes a PICO search engine and is also richly embedded with numerous internal links to aid in navigation.
- The TROUT-DNA Research Project website has been peer reviewed by ISOGG, and was featured as the ISOGG site of the month for December 2007.
- Our project members receive copies of our TROUT-DNA Research Project Newsletter issued 8-10 time a year, as well as The Trout Family Historian quarterly research journal. Our Family Forum feature includes the archives for all past editions of our newsletter back to 2005, as well as TFH quarterly research journal back to 2003. Our Family Forum feature also serves as our online reference library and includes a multitude of TROUT research resources.
- We also maintain a less formal TROUT-DNA Research Project Facebook which is designed as a very friendly "meet & greet" site for our members as well and anyone else interested in researching their TROUT family history. Members of our Facebook page often post historic family photos and also share information on their individual family histories.
- International Members: Members of TROUT-variant surname lines in England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Germany, Russia, and all other countries are also warmly invited to use our TROUT-DNA Research Project to connect or sort through their own various TROUT family lines as well. The more international TROUT lines we add, the greater the chance of matches and breakthroughs. To date, we have members from the USA, Canada, Germany, England, and Japan, and anticipate several more members from the USA joining in the very near future. TROUT-variant surname researchers living in other countries do not need to have any direct link to any line in the USA to still make excellent use of this DNA research and traditional TROUT reference site.
- Whoever you are, and wherever you live in the world, if you are researching a TROUT-variant line, you are warmly encourage to join and participate!
- Who Can Join: To formally join the TROUT-DNA Research Project, you must be a TROUT-variant surname male and participate in Y-DNA testing. Female researchers may also join through testing of a closely related TROUT-variant surname male (Note: only males carry Y-DNA). Regardless, all TROUT researchers from around the world are warmly encouraged to make free use of our site and related traditional reference resources, and of course your research contributions are always very welcome!
- Genographic Project: Members of the National Geographic’s Genographic Project who are researching their TROUT-variant lines can easily merge their existing test results with our TROUT-DNA project at no extra cost. Contact Craig Trout for details.
PROJECT BACKGROUND:---(you are currently in the “Project Background” tab at top left)
|George Washington TROUT 1838-1922|
and wife Roxanna Permit MCDANIEL
1855-1930. Photo c. 1896, Casey, Clark, IL.
These are Craig Trout’s great grandparents.
>>> Please submit any additional lines you would like to see referenced. <<<
The earliest American ancestors for virtually all these lines probably arrived in the Colonies during the early to mid-1700's through the Port of Philadelphia, while a smaller number may have arrived through Boston, New York, Charleston, or other early colonial ports. While many appear to have originated in the Electoral Palatinate region of the Holy Roman Empire (now SW Germany), most others came from England or Scotland. Later generations also may have arrived from intermediate stops in Canada and Russia.
TROUT GENEALOGY RESEARCH SITES AND RESOURCES:
Additions and corrections are always welcome!
TROUT Journals and Publications:
- RJ-1_____The "Trout Family Historian" is an outstanding quarterly research journal covering a well-balanced mix of articles and research updates regarding TROUT family lines for the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Russia, and many other countries and is published by Edwin A. R. Trout, 10 Allendale Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 7PB, UK (Note Edwin's new mailing address). Edwin can be reached at Edwin Trout. While there is no subscription charge as such, Edwin welcomes donations to help cover his costs. Back issues can be found at The Trout Family Historian Archives. Note: First-time Forum users will probably see a screen asking them to register (much like with GenForum and RootsWeb), but once this is accomplished, access should then become routine. The third posting in the series is an index of past issues. Special thanks to Edwin Trout for making these TFH back issues available to the TROUT-DNA Research Project. Edwin’s strong support for the TROUT-DNA Research Project is very much appreciated. © The Trout Family Historian and the individual authors.
General Reference TROUT-specific genealogy sites:
Note: This listing recently reorganized and renumbered. Also see General Research Tools in next section.
These are not TROUT-specific sites, but are very useful for entering TROUT searches, and general research activities.
- RG-1_____TROUT-DNA Family Forum is our new forum intended for our project members and visiting researchers to post TROUT-related messages. Numerous TROUT research reference resources are also posted for the benefit of all. Note: First-time Forum users will probably see a screen asking them to register (much like GenForum and RootsWeb), but once this is accomplished, access should then become routine. Register Now.
- RG-2_____TROUT GenForum, hosted by Genealogy.com, is perhaps the leading TROUT message forum. © 2005 MyFamily.com, Inc.
RG-3_____TROUT RootsWeb Message Board, hosted by Ancestry.com, is also a truly outstanding TROUT message board. © 1998-2001 MyFamily.com, Inc.
- When visiting either site, always keep in mind that you can very easily switch boards to other TROUT spelling variations, such as "TRAUT, TROUTT, DRAUT," etc.
- RG-4_____TROUT ListServe is a very useful site for joining the TROUT ListServ in either full "List" or condensed "Digest" mode. Handy notes for "Unsubscribe" are also included, as well as "Search" and "Browse" engines for all "TROUT ListServ" archives for the past 7 years.© 1998-2006 MyFamily.com, Inc.
- RG-5_____TROTT ListServe; same as above, but for the TROTT surname. © 1998-2006 MyFamily.com, Inc.
- RG-6_____TROUT Distribution Map shows the geographical distribution of the TROUT name as found in Ancestry.com databases. Enter your own variation (TROUTT, TRAUT, DRAUT, etc.) at bottom to modify map and data. Also note very useful notes on name origins at bottom of page. © 1998-2006 MyFamily.com, Inc.
- RG-7_____TROUT Ancestor Guide is a very useful consolidated search engine and guide for TROUT research in Ancestry.com; Genealogy.com; CousinConnect.com; DistantCousin.com; and MyCinnamonToast.com. Actual detailed database access at some of these various sites may require subscriptions or search fees. © AncestorGuide.com
- RG-8____TROUT (T630) at ROOTSWEB is a very useful "Trout Research Template” found at RootsWeb. © 1998-2006 MyFamily.com, Inc.
General Research Tools:
- RT-1_____RootsWeb WorldConnect, hosted by Ancestry.com, is a truly amazing free site containing over 25,390 TROUT entries. An absolute "must see" research site! © 1998-2006 MyFamily.com, Inc.
- RT-2_____GenCircles, although a relatively new site, has many unique features that show great promise. Be sure to also visit "Trout surnames" at the "Clubs" link at the top right corner of the site.
- RT-3____LDS Family Search Site is the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) search engine. While I am not of that faith, the Mormon Church has microfilmed many courthouse, church, and census records from all over the world and now make many data extracts directly available on this useful site. Researchers have also posted some of their own family data in LDS files. While the site frequently has many important errors in individual postings, it is still extremely valuable when cross-checked or validated through other research means, and frequently provides a very useful starting point. Tip: Try using “Family History Library Catalog” at top right of screen, follow link to Keyword Search, then enter “TROUT” or any other family or search term of interest test. © 1999-2005 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
- RT-4____Pennsylvania Archives Search Engine searches the published volumes of the PA State Archives covering the Colonial period up to the Civil War era. This is a useful site for TROUT (or any other name) oaths, marriages, military records, taxes and similar items in the State Archives. Tip: If your search result pages print out gray, try turning off your "pop up" blocker or similar settings.
- <RT-5____Cyndi's List - Surname DNA Studies and Projects now includes the TROUT-DNA Research Project, as well as numerous other registered DNA research sites. © 1996-2006 Cyndi Howells
- T-6_____Language Translation Sites:
RT-6a____Babel Fish Translation Site provides very useful "quick translations" to and from virtually any major language. Always keep in mind that these are very literal, word for word translations, and so idioms and local sayings can have very unexpected translation results. Very simple short phrases work best, or individual words and terms. © 2004 Overture Services, Inc.
RT-6b____SDL International provides not only a free on-line translation service, but also more advanced, professional translation-for-fee services. © 2000 - 2006 SDL International
- RT-7____PerpetualCalendar Site is useful in making sense of obituaries and similar dated sources that report someone died “last Tuesday,” and you are now attempting to establish the date of death, or some similar date calculation problem. © 1996 Herb Weinerl
RT-8____Ecclesiastical Calendar Site helps convert church record dates, such as a baptism that occurred “the second Sunday after Trinity” into a secular calendar date. © 1996-2001 by Marcos J. Montes.
RT-9____Find A Grave is a fascinating site that allows you search for family graves, as well as add graves from your own research. There are also provisions for posting virtual flowers with messages, biographies, and gravestone photos. You will need to register on the site before uploading new grave information, photos, and such. A truly interesting site! Tip: Consider posting your TROUT ancestor grave info and photo on the "Find A Grave" site, then link to it from your own site. For an example, see my own Casper TROUT posting on the site.
RT-10____Find A County search engine is a great utility for finding what county a city is in for research purposes. You enter city and state, it provides the county name. If you then click on "map," it will even provide a map you can zoom in with to get the relative location of the city in the county.
RT-11____WeRelate is a free web search engine and wiki for genealogy sponsored by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy, Inc. This is a relatively new concept in genealogy homepages, personal research pages, personal family research related articles and is well worth exploring.
RT-12____Ancient Faces is a website containing collections of photos, family stories, family research and similar materials, including a search engine for the site. A small number of TROUT and TRAUT photos are currently posted, and the site continues to add more. © 2001-2006 Ancient Faces, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
RT-13____Google Book Search is, as the name implies, a very powerful search engine for locating books that have been scanned and are available for full on-line text search. Thousands of books have already been scanned or uploaded to Google, and so this site has now become a surprisingly effective research tool for TROUT and other family lines.
RT-14____Genes Reunited is an interesting site that tends to focus largely on the United Kingdom. If you think your TROUT lines may have ties to Great Britain or related counties, this site is well worth the visit. Much like other sites, members upload their GEDCOMs for comparison purposes, but unlike most other sites, there is a tab where you must first ask permission of the GEDCOM owner to take a look. While this seems a bit odd at first, in background, it actually connects you by exchanging email addresses so that you can share additional information. The site design is a little different than some of our American members may be used to, but once you explore a bit, navigation quickly becomes more and more natural. This is a “subscription” site, but at only $14.95 a year, is well worth the price. © 2000-2006 Genes Reunited Limited. All Rights Reserved.
Personal Reference TROUT Genealogy Sites:
- RP-1_____Troutt Family is maintained by widely respected researcher Lynda Troutt Murphy, who descends from Johann Georg Wendel TRAUT (see Line #1 above). Linda has also included many very useful links and research materials. This is truly one the best TROUT-related sites we have seen.
RP-2_____Trout Families in the US Census Records is maintained by Alica Anderson and includes not only her own William Sweeney TROUT line, but many pages of early TROUT census listings. Alica has provided a truly amazing quantity of very useful TROUT reference materials and this is a site well worth visiting!
- RP-3_____ Julie Wollard Trout's Genealogy Page also has very interesting TROUT family data and is well worth exploring. © 1999-2004 by Julie Wollard Trout
- RP-4_____ John TROUT and wife Elizabeth AKE is maintained by Scott Duncan and includes detailed information regarding John TROUT who was born at sea 8 Mar 1781, raised in Front Royal, VA, and then moving on to Huntingdon County, PA. Researchers who believe their TROUT line may have English recent ancestral origins (RAO's) may want to visit this very well-designed and informative site which also has many embedded links to John TROUT's descending lines in Blair and Bedford counties, PA. (Also see Line #19 above.)
- RP-5_____TROUT of East Looe traces the 200 hundred year TROUT descendancy of Thomas TROUT christened 29 Jun 1665 at St. Martins, East Looe, Cornwall, England, who married Grace WILSHMAN 17 Jun 1690. Email link on site currently appears to be down.
- RP-6_____All My Relations is a very attractive site maintained by Brinda Mae "Brin" Wade. Note the TROUT names on left index panel, then select Revolutionary War soldier Jacob TROUT Sr. b. 1749, m. before 1784 to Elzabeth SAIN, Rowan County, NC, d. after 1840. Jacob may be the son of George TRUTE/TRUKE who arrived on the ship Albany 2 Sep 1749 from the Palatinate. (© 1999, Brinda M. Kernan and Bobcat-Studios.) At the time of this writing, Brin's email appears to be down. See Line #21 above.
- RP-7_____TROUTT TROUT is a site maintained by Joy Troutt that traces their family line from John L. TROUTT b. 6 Jun 1805/5 in NC or TN, and was then noted in 1830 tax lists and census records in Madison County, AR, before moving on to Benton County, AR, where he d. 12 Apr 1875. Clicking the "home" link will also take you to their general family page area. Also see Line #20 above. RP-8_____Descendants of STEPHEN TROUT and MARIAH HUNT is maintained by Judith Manley, longtime researcher on the Stephen TROUT line (see Line #10 above). The page also has links to her superb home page, which in turn also includes many useful research links. © 2005, Judith Manley, all rights reserved.
- RP-9_____Trout-Tracks is a very attractive and informative site designed by project member Sheri Trout which explores her Jacob P. TROUT line (See Line #13 above and her research statement below). Check out this great new site, it is well worth the visit! Sheri sets an excellent standard for us all to follow in web site design. Well done, Sheri!
- RP-10a_____Brethren Trout Line -early 1700s Trouts is Noel Trout's truly superb analysis of the "Brethren TROUT," as referenced in Line #2 above, and as previously posted on the TROUT GenForum, November 23, 2000. This touchstone reference piece has been of great value to serious students of early TROUT lines in Colonial America. (© 2000, Noel Trout) Also see Noel's excellent RootsWeb WorldConnect home page at (RP-10b) Noel Trout's Family History. Noel Trout descends from Abraham Denver TROUT, son of Joseph TROUT (see Line #5 above). >
- RP-11_____Trout Families is the extraordinary site maintained by John A. Knouse that lists numerous TROUT lines, but without cites or supporting data. Although it contains a number of important errors, it remains a very useful finding aid or starting point when also fully supported by other independent research. TROUT researchers have long appreciated this truly important reference site.
- RP-12_____Craig H. TROUT Family Research Site is maintained by Craig Trout (That would be me!), and includes a fairly comprehensive TROUT database which includes not only Craig’s direct TROUT lines, but also detailed information on other unrelated TROUT lines he has developed through his research and posted on his site for the general benefit of all TROUT researchers. Use the index feature at the bottom of the page to see if your own line is also included. Also note the link at the top of the page to his Family Tree Maker homepage. Craig descends from Paul TRAUT. See Line #3 above. RP-13_____Michael James Trout Homepage includes personal research pages regarding his Line #8 Balthazar TRAUT, Sr., and is worth visiting to explore the relatively new “WeRelate” approach to genealogy homepages
. Line #2 The TRAUT Brethren
- RP-15_____My Genealogy Home Page is the personal family research home page maintained by respected researcher Nancy Trout Frame. While the provided link is keyed to George TROUT, Line #35 in our study, use the navigation links at the top of Nancy’s page to access her full surname list, index of individuals, and similar features. This wonderfully detailed site is representative of Nancy’s superb research skills, and also includes a number of images of priceless tintypes and daguerreotypes from her TROUT family photo album collection. Nancy tells me she has additional TROUT information that is not included on her home page, and she looks forward to sharing information with other researchers also working her line. Nancy can be reached at Nancy Trout Frame.
Project Member's Research Statements:
The posting of research statements is encouraged, but optional.
Craig H. Trout of Loudoun County, VA is researching his Paul TRAUT line (see Line #3 above) out of York County, PA, and is hoping to use his 67-marker Y-DNA test to link Paul TRAUT to an earlier known TRAUT line. All current indications are that his Paul TRAUT was a Palatine of strong Reformed Lutheran (Evangelisch-Reformiert) traditions, and probably from the Frankenthal area. The following is Craig's research statement: "My earliest known TROUT ancestor was my 4th great grandfather, Paul TRAUT (TRAUDT, DRAUT), who was born circa 1731 and was first noted living in Hellam and Windsor Twps, York, PA in 1762. Paul (first name perhaps Johann), a cordwainer (shoemaker), married Catrina Margreth unknown in about 1755, perhaps in Hellam Twp, York, PA. Children to this union included Paul (conjecture) circa 1755; Casper circa 1762; Anna Marie Magdaline 23 Jun 1763; and Anna Margreth 25 Mar 1773. Due to gaps in known birth dates, additional unrecorded children are likely. The family moved in about 1769 to "The German Settlement" in northwestern Loudoun County, VA (near current Lovettsville and Taylorstown), and Paul moved on to near Strasburg, Shenandoah, VA, in about 1785, where he was last noted in local records 7 Oct 1803 (received Holy Communion), and is assumed to have died soon after at about 72 years of age. Son Casper TROUT stayed behind in Loudoun County, VA and married Anna Maria AMENT on 12 Dec 1787 in nearby Frederick, Frederick, MD. Casper TROUT and his young family briefly joined father Paul TRAUT in Strasburg, Shenandoah, VA in 1789, but then returned to Loudoun County in 1796 to live on wife Anna Maria AMENT’s father Johan Anthon AMENT’s farm. Casper and family moved on to Rockingham County, VA in 1809; Bearfield Twp, Perry (then Muskingum), OH in 1816; and finally, to near Deaverstown, York Twp, OH in 1818 where he died in Feb 1837. Among Casper's sons was Johann Heinrich "Henry" TROUT, father of my great grandfather George Washington TROUT. The following is a tintype of George Washington TROUT and my grandpa Korah V. "Kode" TROUT -- George W. TROUT and sons circa 1881. RESEARCH UPDATE: Compelling multiple points of agreement in traditional research have now resulted in the conclusion that Line #3, Johann Paul TRAUT is one and the same as Johann Paul TRAUT Line #45 above. The data for the two Pauls has now been consolidated. Additional details regarding Craig's line can be found on "RootsWeb WorldConnect" at Craig H. TROUT Family Research Site. Craig also maintains a Family Tree Maker homepage with numerous useful links at TROUT / HATCH Family Home Page. Craig Trout is the founder and volunteer Group Administrator for our TROUT-DNA Research Project and can be reached at Craig Trout.
Sheri Trout and her son (currently residing in Minnesota) are researching their Jacob P. TROUT line (see Line #13 above) out of Ohio and are using Y-DNA research to verify a presumptive link to the Johann Wendel George TRAUT line of Strasburg, Lancaster, PA (see Line #1 above). The 1850 census enumeration for Milan Twp, Allen, IN reports two TROUT households, both couples being married within the year, and all four spouses having been born in OH. The first household is Jacob P. TROUT (b. 1830 ) who married Elizabeth MILLEDGE in Allen County, IN on 26 Jan 1850 [incorrectly indexed by Ancestry.com as "Jacob and Elizabeth FUNT"]. Jacob and Elizabeth later moved their family to Iowa County, WI in about 1857. Jacob died from illness while serving during the Civil War, whereupon Elizabeth moved to northern IL with their children and subsequently married 2nd to George BUCK in January 1870, effectively separating this branch of TROUTs from their father's extended TROUT family. Jacob P. TROUT's Civil War documents provide neither the names of his parents nor details of his birth beyond being in OH. Census records indicate that he was born in OH of parents from PA. On her personal website, Sheri includes a photograph of Jacob's eldest son,George W, with his wife and their 4 grown children as well as a detailed examination of Jacob P. TROUT and his descendants. The second TROUT household reported in the 1850 census for Milan Twp, Allen, IN (living next door to the above Jacob P. TROUT) is Andrew "Jackson" TROUT, now known to have been the son of Elizabeth PLATTER and Jacob TROUT, son of "Judge" George TROUT (b. 1762, Lancaster County, PA - d. 1829, Perry County, OH). Jacob and Elizabeth [PLATTER] TROUT were married in Washington County, PA where their parents owned adjacent farms on Pigeon Creek. The PLATTERs and TROUTs moved to OH, where Jacob resided first in Brown Twp, Miami, OH, then for a time in Shelby County, OH (he transferred his property there in 1838 to George W. TRAUT), finally settling in Maumee Twp, Allen, IN where he is last enumerated in 1840. Andrew "Jackson" TROUT's death records give his birth date as 18 Nov 1828 in Miami County, OH and identify his mother as Elizabeth [PLATTER] TROUT. Andrew J. TROUT married 2nd to Elizabeth SHUTT in March or April of 1852 in nearby Huntington County, IN where they raised their family, identified as three daughters and one son (adopted) who all lived to adulthood, as well as an unidentified child who died young. Andrew's obit mentions neither his parents nor his siblings. With no natural-born TROUT male offspring still living, Y-DNA research is not available to offer additional evidence to connect AJ's branch to Jacob P. TROUT's family. Andrew having lived between members of his mother’s PLATTER family and Jacob P. TROUT, 2 years his junior, next to the same township where the elder Jacob TROUT had lived in 1840 with 2 sons age 10-15, strongly suggests a family relationship between Jacob P. TROUT (Line #13) and Andrew Jackson TROUT's family (Line #1). RESEARCH UPDATE: Y-DNA testing results now appear to indicate that Jacob P. TROUT and his next door neighbor in 1850, Andrew Jackson TROUT (Line #1) did, in fact, share a common ancestral line, although we do not yet know their exact relationship. Please visit Sheri's personal website for a detailed examination of Andrew "Jackson" TROUT and his descendants. Research Goals: Now that other TROUTs with whom Jacob P. TROUT (Line #13) does share a common Y-DNA signature have been discovered, Sheri's current research goals include:
Sheri Trout is extremely interested corresponding with other researchers also working on these same family lines.
- Discover where Jacob P. Trout was born and how he might have come to be in Milan Twp, Allen, IN living next door to Andrew J. TROUT. Were these two men brothers?
- Was the George W. TRAUT who bought the elder Jacob’s land in Shelby County, OH was also related to Jacob P. and Andrew J. TROUT?
- If so, what that relationship was, since he could not have been Andrew Jackson TROUT’s grandfather, who had died in 1829.
Larry E. Trout of Union County, OH, is researching his line back through his great grandfather Oliver Isaac TROUT, to William Henry TROUT, Philip TROUT, Jr., Philip TROUT, Sr., all of Westmoreland County, PA, and Hans Michol TROUT, son of Johann Wendel Georg TRAUT of near Strasburg, Lancaster, PA (see Line #1 above). Larry hopes that providing his DNA line to his 6th great grandfather (Johann Wendel Georg TRAUT) as a known reference line will be of assistance to other TROUT researchers, while also hoping to find new connections to his own line. Larry’s participation may well help ultimately confirm Wendel's father as being Hans Velten TRAUT, and the family as being from the Landau region of the Electoral Palatinate as long believed. Larry Trout can be reached at Larry Trout
Noel Trout of Los Angeles County, CA, descends from TROUT families which could be found living in Franklin County, VA, from circa 1787 to about 1816. His earliest known TROUT ancestor is Abraham Denver TROUT (b. 1783 VA; d. 1863 IN)(Line #5 above). Abraham had siblings Joseph TROUT, Jr. (b. abt 1769), David (b. 1780 VA; d. 1868 OH), and Susannah (b. abt 1776 VA; d. 1856 VA) who married Joseph PECKLESIMER. All were supposedly children of Joseph TROUT, Sr., who was listed in the Franklin County, VA tax records from 1789 to circa 1794. Through DNA test results of the TROUT-DNA Research Project, Noel is seeking answers to the following five research questions:
Noel Trout's RootsWeb WorldConnect home page can been seen at Noel Trout's Family History. Noel can be reached at Noel Trout
- Also listed along with Joseph TROUT, Sr. in the early years of the Franklin County, VA tax records was Christian TROUT, who may have actually been Joseph's brother. It has been surmised that this is the same Christian TROUT (b. 1753 -- see Line #4 above) who served in various Revolutionary War militia units out of Sharpsburg, MD, and then later moved to Pike County, KY. Noel would like to determine if his TROUT line is in fact related to this Christian TROUT line.
- It has also been surmised that Noel's TROUT line was descended from the "Brethren TRAUT" line, who came to America in 1719. This is a different line than the well-documented Johann Wendel Georg TRAUT (b. 1689 -- see Line #1 above), who came to America in 1738, although these two lines may well have been connected at an earlier generation in Germany. Noel would like to determine whether his line is related to this Johann Wendel Georg TRAUT line. >>RESEARCH UPDATE:: On 07/02/05, Y-DNA results came back indicating a perfect 12/12 match between Noel Trout's Line #5, and Heidi Trout Reents' Line #2, thereby proving Noel is directly related to the Brethren TRAUT, as had been his research goal #2. Research success!!
- With regard to the "Brethren TRAUT" line (Line #2) this is the same TROUT line as referenced in "Some Virginia Families. It has also been surmised that George TROUT (b. 1729) of Amwell Twp, Hunterdon, NJ (see Line #6 above) was the son of one of the 1719 "Brethren TRAUT" immigrants (Line #2). Noel would like to find out whether or not his line is related to either the "Some Virginia Families" TROUT line and/or the George TROUT line of Amwell Twp, Hunterdon, NJ.
- Additionally, there was a Stephen TROUT (b. 1810 VA -- see Line #10 above) who, like the aforementioned Christian TROUT (see Line #4 above), also moved to Pike County, KY. Yet, this Stephen TROUT (who married Mariah HUNT) is reportedly -NOT- related to Christian TROUT. Noel would like to find out which family line this Stephen TROUT fits into.
- Finally, one of the sons of Noel's earliest known direct ancestor, Abraham TROUT, was named Simpson Marion TROUT (b. 1826). Simpson married Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" TROUT, who was the daughter of John Jones TROUT and Ann "Nancy" GOODRICH. Noel would like to find out if this John Jones TROUT line is related to his own TROUT line.
Heidi Trout Reents and her father, Francis Stewart Trout IV, are researching their line back through Johannes TRAUT b. 20 Apr 1772 in Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, m. 1st Catherine SCHEER/SCHERR/SCHERE 24 Mar 1796, m. 2nd Sarah WEAVER 22 Oct 1809 in Philadelphia; he being the son of Jeremias TROUT b. 1732 in Germantown, m. Hannah Louise HOFFMAN 22 Jan 1753 Philadelphia; he being the son of Johann Balthazar TRAUT b. before 1672, perhaps in Düdelsheim, Electoral Palatinate, Holy Roman Empire; he being the brother of Johann Heinrich TRAUT and Jeremias TRAUT. These three brothers were early prominent members of The Brethren "Anabaptist" movement, sometimes known as German Baptists or Dunkards. Heidi is hoping to use Y-DNA testing to help validate her line through Johann Balthazar TRAUT and brothers who arrived in Philadelphia circa Spetember 1719, immediately settling in Germantown. Heidi is the current researcher in her family, and is extremely interested in corresponding with any other researchers having documentation regarding these earliest TROUT/TRAUT arrivals in Philadelphia, and more importantly, specific information or research suggestions regarding their origins in Germany.> >>RESEARCH UPDATE: Y-DNA testing has resulted in a perfect 25/25 match between Heidi Trout Reents' Line #2 (Brethren TRAUT) and Noel Trout's Line #5. Heidi Trout Reents can be reached through our research project in care of Craig H. Trout
Gerhard Traut is researching his TRAUT family line which descends from Hans Martin TRAUT (See Line #15 above). Gerhard lives near Landau, Germany and is testing at the 12-marker level to, among other research goals, to determine once and for all if his Hans Martin TRAUT line is in fact related to Line # 1, Johann Wendel Georg TRAUT (See Line #1 above) who settled near Strasburg, Lancaster, PA in late 1738. Prior to Y-DNA testing, it is had been strongly believed that Hans Martin TRAUT was a cousin of Johann Wendel Georg TRAUT -- Line #1, but DNA testing has now revealed a very large 17 steps of genetic distance between the two lines. They are absolutely not remotely related. Gerhard now wishes to expand and confirm his research within his proven Hans Martin TRAUT line, which is perhaps best documented by Geo. E. Trout, 250 Year History Trout Family (Closson Press, Apollo, PA, 1991), Chapter 13. Keeping in mind that he is only fluent in his native German, Gerhard can be reached at Gerhard Traut
Michael James Trout of Fukui Shi, Fukui Ken, Japan, is researching his John W. TROUT line (see Line #33 above) out of Northumbland County, PA, who has just recently been identified as the son of Balthazar TRAUT, Sr. of Colebrookdale Twp, Berks, PA (see Line #8 above). Michael hopes to use his 25-marker Y-DNA test to link Balthazar TRAUT, Sr. to an earlier known TRAUT line. The following is Michael's research statement: Vision: To connect with humanity by understanding the legacies of our ancestors Goals:
Statement: One of the greatest challenges facing individuals, families and their communities is the homogenization and destruction of cultures via the pop culture movement and globalization. Divorce has become an epidemic along side drug addition and quick fixes. I believe that by connecting with the foot prints that brought us to our present, can be a means to help strengthen a family/world heritage. History is meaningless if it doesn’t connect to us and there is no better way than to do so via family genealogy. This can be accomplished by uncovering our ancestors’ journey and sharing them in our bedtime stories with our kids and their future generations. For example: The early German line Trout’s were, in many ways, what we would call religious fundamentalists and participated in the very first adult submersion baptism in America. Knowing that inherently has made me a more sympathetic and open-minded individual, because I see my legacy as a founding member of the whole fundamentalist "born again" movement that is sweeping the country. I also ponder if my profound quest and exploration into the question of the meaning of God comes from a epigenetic religious legacy passed down. These questions become even more evident when you start to take into account the lastest epigenetic discoveries and the whole question of passed down traits. Idea is to establish Wikigeneology website where one can start to build a database of history's of our ancestors. Not only will this serve as a means to unite all the independent genealogy webpages, it will also become a people driven genealogy webpage what is updated, cross referenced daily and will serve to help ignite the fire under genealogy and connect ancestors with history. If you are interested in joining in this endeavor please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- To reach as far back as possible into the origins of my ancestors and to build a detailed historic family tree to pass down to future generation to build upon.
- To uncover the mystery behind Hester Pursel and her estranged husband John W. Trout.
- To use the research as a way to connect my future “Asian” children to their western/Germanic heritage by demonstrating how western history was very relevant to them being born.
- Help establish Wikigeneology. (see below)
Robert Theodore “Bob” Trout of Lehigh County, PA is researching his Jacob TROUT, Sr., line (see Line #24 above) of Earl Twp, Berks, PA, and is using Y-DNA testing to compare Jacob TROUT, Sr., with other known TROUT lines. The following is Bob's research statement: “When I first started in tracing my roots, I never realized that it would become so addictive and really enjoyable, as well as fascinating. I started with my grandfather on my father’s (Howard Edward TROUT, Jr. 1913-1981) side because I did not know him. Since my father never talked about him, I never even knew my father was a “junior.” I found my grandfather (Howard Edward TROUT, Sr. 1881-1923) and my grandmother (Ida L. nee HEFFLEGER TROUT 1878-1950), as well as my father’s brother (Francis Lincoln TROUT 1916-1920) who died when he was only 4 years old. They’re buried in Fairview Cemetery in Bethlehem, PA. I was 10 years old when my grandmother Ida died, so I could not talk to her about my ancestors. I looked up Howard Sr.’s obituary and that was where I found his parents, Abraham TROUT 1850-1927 and Sara nee KERPER TROUT 1858-1947. Then with the help of the Internet and friends, I was able to find my next generation, Benjamin TROUT 1823-1889 and Harriet nee RETGEN or REDCLAY TROUT circa 1828-after 1880, then on to my next generation, Abraham TROUT 1802-1884 and Elizabeth nee REITENAUER TROUT circa 1799-1841, son of Samuel TROUT 1772-1858 and Magdalena nee HARTLEIN TROUT 1782-1864, son of Jacob TROUT, Sr. Abt. 1735-1817, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA, and possible wife Anna Elizabeth nee RAES TROUT circa 1740 - before 1813. But I cannot take credit for finding my line, for it was with the help of Craig Trout and also a lady who researched for me on a site and sent me a lot of material. But my line goes back to Jacob TROUT, Sr. circa 1735-1817, or at least it appears that way. My hopes are that Y-DNA testing will get us to Jacob TROUT Sr. and maybe to the TRAUT Brethren of Germantown. I am connected with William F. Trout Koehler and we have already exchanged letters. I did not believe that I could possibly find ancestors dating back to the 1700’s. I thought maybe with luck I could go to my great-great grandfather, but never beyond, and now with lots of help, we have gone even further. As far as my family, there is only my mother, Marian Louise nee GESSNER TROUT 1916- and myself. I having no children and I am the last of my line, although my brother, Richard Edward TROUT 1938-1999, left two beautiful daughters and three grandchildren, and they are the ones I hope will benefit most from this research. I would be interested in corresponding with anyone else also researching my Jacob TROUT, Sr., line. You can reach me at Bob Trout. Also, please visit my web site at TROUT’S OF LEHIGH COUNTY.
Jon E. Traud of Sacramento County, CA is researching his Johannes TRAUD line (see Line #34 above) born 13 Oct 1711 in Herbstein, now located in Vogelsbergkreis, Hessan, Germany, some 60km northeast of Frankfurt am Main. Jon hopes to use his 37-marker Y-DNA test to link his family line to other TROUT-variant surname lines, and also to eventually advance his TRAUD line back to even earlier generations. The following is Jon’s research statement: “I started my research 17 years ago when I got married. Our wedding book included a family tree and I became interested in filling all the boxes on the tree. Over the years, I have discovered many interesting things about my family including confirmation of the actual spelling of my family's name. Through the Sacramento German Genealogical Society, I discovered a contact, Karl Mischler, in Herbstein, Germany. When I sent a query to him in Germany, he found information on my great-grandfather, Engelbert TRAUD. Birth records showed the same spelling for TRAUD and provided further details about my family history. Herr Mischler sent me a family history chart with information dating back to 1711 originating with my 5th grandfather, Johannes TRAUD of Herbstein, Hessen, Germany.
My goal with TRAUD-DNA research is to discover other "TRAUD" families, even if they are currently using different spellings. My TRAUD ancestral line: Bert E. TRAUD Jr. (father) b. 1926 and wife Nancie DAVENPORT, b.1934; Englebert E. TRAUD (grandfather) 1897-1990 and Elnora GREGORY, 1903-2001; Englebert G. TRAUD (immigrant great-grandfather) 1846-1906 and wife Anna Marie HANSEL, 1858-1945; Jacob TRAUD (2nd great-grandfather) 1816-1874 and wife Eva Theresia STAUBACH 1813-1882; Nikolaus TRAUD (3rd great-grandfather) 1786-1854 and wife Maria W. SCHNEIDER 1793-1856; Zacharias TRAUD (4th great-grandfather) 1747-1801 and wife Anna Catharina DOTZERT 1754-1809; Johannes TRAUD (5th great-grandfather) 1711-unknown and Maria Margaretha BECKER, dates unknown. I would very extremely interested in corresponding with other researchers also working on the TRAUD line in the Herbstein region, or descending generations. You can reach me at Jon E. Traud
David H. Trout of Cuyahoga County, OH, is researching his family back to Abraham Abner TROUT, Line #11 in our study. Abraham was born 22 May 1807 in Virginia, and m. Sidney REED on 20 Sep 1826 in Clinton County, OH. The following is David’s research statement: “I began this search to find out about my fathers family because we knew so little. My father died in 1975 when I was 21 and he had told me what he knew about his father, but it wasn't very much. His older brother, Samuel E (Eleven) Trout (who I am sorry to say passed away recently at the age of 82 on 6 Feb, 2006) was reluctant to speak about their earlier years and what he did "know" was, as in many cases of family stories, more fable than history. The story that they were from London, Ohio and worked in a railroad roundhouse there turned out to be that they were from a nearby county and my Great Grandparents were married in London, Oh. In researching I found no history of a railroad roundhouse in London, but later they moved to Terra Haute, In where family worked for the railroads and there was a large roundhouse. The hardest gap to bridge was tracing my Grandfather to his parents. We all KNEW that he had died in 1934 from a heart attack while only in his 50's. The truth that took many years to figure out and was only solved when I picked up a city directory in the historical society library in Terra Haute and found my family. My grandmother was 24 when they married in 1920 and my grandfather was already 53, but apparently lied about his age. Once that was solved tracing them back to L (Levin) Riley Trout and Abraham Abner Trout was easy. There the trail has stopped for a few years now. I know that Abraham Abner Trout was born in Virginia and died after 1880 probably in Sullivan county, In. I know the family moved to Clinton Co, Ohio before he was 15 (living on property in the Virginia military land grant for Revolutionary War veterans) and that in the first Ohio Census in 1820 his mother Sarah was listed as head of household and she signed as his parent on his marriage certificate in 1926 to Sydney Reed. Before that I have many ideas about who could be my ancestors but no proof. Sometime in the next year or two I am planning a 10 day trip to Virginia to do further on site research in hope of turning something else up. This dead end in my research is part of why I am so excited about the DNA project. While not proof it may point in a direction to go. The connections between my Line #11 and the Lines #2, #3, #5 and now #33 are the best hope I have for a pointer to the past since the day I picked up the city directory and found an entire missing generation. To all my new cousins I would like to say hello and if there is anything I can do or there is anything in the Ohio area I can research for you, let me know and if I can, I will. I can be reached at Dave Trout.
Tammy Troute-Wood is researching her family line descending from George TROUT (TROUTE) and wife Sarah FISHER, Line #41 in our study, of Cameron Parish, Loudoun, VA, later moving to Liberty Twp, Highland, OH, with descendants ultimately settling in Valley Twp, Page, IA and then High River, Alberta, Canada. The following is Tammy’s Research Statement: “As with many of my fellow researchers, my desire to research my Troute roots is motivated by the absence of my father due to his untimely demise when I was a young child. Despite my tender age of just 9 when my father passed, I always carried with me the family lore that we were of German heritage and the family name had changed from Traut. Imagine my shock and awe when within a few short weeks, Craig Trout was able to validate this information! As a novice researcher and wanting to contribute to the Trout DNA Research Project, my first goal will be to document the Troute family tree with particular focus on their arrival to Canada. Ultimately, I hope to document the Troute family line descending from our earliest know relative, George Troute, Line #41 of the study. I would enjoy hearing from other TROUT/TROUTE researchers working on various generations of my family line. I can be reached at Tammy Troute-Wood.
Additional TROUT researchers from the USA, Canada, England, Germany, Russia, and other countries are warmly encouraged to join our project. The effectiveness of TROUT-DNA research is fully realized only when as many TROUT lines as possible contribute DNA samples to help us sort through and/or connect our various TROUT family lines as appropriate.
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>>>You must participate in Y-DNA testing to become a full member of the TROUT-DNA Research Project.<<<
- Y-DNA test samples must be from TROUT-variant surname males to achieve useful results
- Female researchers can easily participate by having a TROUT-variant surname male relative submit a test sample in their behalf.
- Providing a Y-DNA test sample involves simply swabbing the inside the cheek of your mouth, then mailing the kit back to the lab in the provided mailer -- there are no needles or blood work involved.
- We only test Y-DNA, so there are no privacy, medical, or insurance issues involved. See example of the DNA sample collection method as shown on the Dorsey DNA project site.
- To begin the join process, simply complete the Join Request Form. Within about 24 hours, you will be emailed a link to order your DNA test kit .
- There are no dues. The only costs involved are the lab fees to have your Y-DNA sample processed. You pay the lab processing fee in advance when you order your test kit. A basic 12-marker Y-DNA test (recommended) plus full lab processing is $99 plus about $2 shipping and handling. A wide variety of more detailed tests are also available (see your order form for details when you select your test type).
- In addition to your testing results, other items you receive when you join include certificates of testing, reports, and similar detailed materials explaining your testing results. We will also help you understand the meaning of your results with regard to your own family research.
- >>>Important Note: Be sure to only use our Trout-Troutt-Traut Project Join Request Form so as to get our significantly reduced group rate.
- Members of the National Geographic’s "Genographic Project" who are researching their TROUT-variant lines can easily merge their existing test results with our TROUT-DNA project at no extra cost. Contact Craig Trout for details.
- You only submit one DNA sample, and all other desired testing, upgrades, SNP tests, and even mtDNA tests, can all be run at your request from your original one-time sample. You never need to submit a second sample.
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