I must disagree with the statement regarding the book 'Blood Traitors' ... "everything in the book is documented fact."This statement is flawed, and is untrue.
I have been in telephone touch with Ms. Hirtle in Nova Scotia, and have confirmed that her and de Villiers presentations having to do with village data, was conjecture ... based on known ancient villages of the Rhine Valley regions.
So if a reader of this post are researchers for family history of the Palatinate members, any reference to a village in 'Blood Traitors' may not be reliable; and further due diligence and research needs to be done.
Unfortunately the internet is loaded with genealogy data that has adopted this book as the 'gospel', but that is not true.While the story IS based on fact, those facts being who was with what company or side of the war, who died, when and where, and those types of 'fact', the book otherwise is based on conjecture.
At first when I got my copy, some 12 years or so ago, I also was lead to believe the whole book, outside of quoted statements, was fact.I now retract any statement I may have formed at that time.
My wife and I have done an exhaustive research of ancient church records, filmed by the Mormons in Germany, and have actually identified many of the true villages of origination ... and as compared to the book, each mention within the book, based on the church records, are not fact.
Unfortunately, while identifying homeland villages for many of the group, in my case we have not identified my paternal ancestor, Frederich Wilhelm ZIMMERMAN and his family.But tomorrow may be a new day. Chuck