Finding the Truth
My grandmother, Betty, never knew her paternal grandparents. Her father, Mack Huyler, was in and out of her life during her childhood and was a known story teller. He told his daughter that his parents had been German immigrants, but never gave their names. When I started researching our family history, finding my grandmother’s grandparents was my first big mystery. I was able to find Mack’s social security application, which provided his parents’ names. It turns out that his parents, John and Ida, were from South Carolina. Being able to tell my grandmother the names of her grandparents was very meaningful. I was able to trace the family back a few generations in South Carolina before connecting with other researchers. They provided me with photographs, obituaries and even a Bible record. Ultimately I discovered that the name Huyler had gone through many variations and first came to “the colonies” in 1679 via Germany but previously from Switzerland. This just goes to show that you can’t believe family stories without proof, but that the truth can be found.