For all serious students/researchers of the Branner genealogy the following book is highly recommended: CASPER BRANNER OF VIRGINIA AND HIS DESCENDANTS By John Casper Branner, Privately Printed Stanford University, California, 1913.It is 453 commercially published pages. The book is not in print. The only way to obtain a copy is to cantact a company that specializes in production of out of print books. I did that in order to obtain an extra copy to be used for research purposes. The cost 12 years ago was $80.00. It is a rare book, so, the lending libraries will not forward a copy.
The only alternative is ask for other people to do the research for you. I can do a lot of that. If you do ask questions please be specific with names, dates, places, etc. Of course, if you don't have specifics, ask anyway.
There are two other Family Forum sites I recommend for research because the three families are cousins from 1747 to present. The three are Conrad Eastrly, Catherine Zirkle, and Casper Branner. Virtually all the Easterly's, Branner's. and Zirkles of Virginia, and later Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Missour, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Kansas and westward are related to these three. There are exceptions, of course, but most tie in.
That is the fun of there search! Right?
It begins with Casper Branner arriving in Shenandoah Valley, VA prior to 1760. It is an excellent beginning source of information from 1760-1913. It connects many of the early pioneeering families into the Shenandoah Valley.
My own research has extended and updated much of John Casper Branner's efforts. My research connects the Easterly's, Branners's, Zirkles and many others as the earliest German speaking pioneers in the Shenadoah Valley.
I'll be happy to help in any way I can. There is one more researcher who I can highly recommend, however, I have not cleared mentioning his name and E-Mail address prior to doing this message. I am confident he will respond to this message, then you will know who he is. Happy hunting.