One name leads to another. That's the technique Margaret Cheney, President of the Ohio Genealogical Society, describes in the practice of genealogy, the study of family history. And it is how the name Jay Miller, Mansfield resident and software designer at DRM Productions, was eventually linked to the name Mattaius Zimmerman, Miller’s German ancestor born around the year 1622.

Miller is now able to trace his lineage back 13 generations thanks to research done by Cheney over the course of about three months. The project started with Miller’s request to learn more about his maternal grandmother, Billie Bride.

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