"I feel deeply and have always, even when I could not explain, it a deep deep connection to those that have come before me. For all the names that have made the history books and for the millions that did not." - Oprah Winfrey
Back Row: John H. Dinkel, Helen M. Dinkel, Louis Benjamin Dinkel, Theresa Elizabeth Dinkel, Frank Benjamin, Allminia B. "Minnie" Dinkel Front Row: George Henry Dinkel, Frederic Dinkel, Clementine Dinkel, Isabella Dinkel, and Anna Margaret (Pontius) Dinkel
Back row: Father Lawrence Francis Botz, Raymond Fredrick Botz, Conrad George, Sylvester John Botz, Norbert Louis Botz, Richard Peter Botz Front Row: Theresa Elizabeth (Dinkel) Botz, Ruth Marie Botz, Lauretta Theresa Botz, Margaret Ann Botz, and Conrad Francis Botz
One of my favorite ways of searching for an individual is to use the search function on Google Books. Google Books has many books regarding county, and town histories that might have your ancestor mentioned.
After some creative searching, today I found my great-great-great grandfather, Henry Mauntel located on page 75 of Jasper and Huntingburg by Ron Flick and Jane Ammeson, Arcadia Publishing, 2005.
I knew that Henry was in a band in the early 1860's called the Helfrich band. So, using Google Books I searched "Mauntel" and "Helfrich", believing that any combination would be more than a coincidence. I was amazed that I happened upon a photo. Now, do you believe the "Front" row is the top or the bottom??