Welcome to Strickler family research. I hope I didn't give you the impression that I was being overly critical of the research done by Harry M. Strickler (Forerunners) and Abigail Strickler, et al, (Stricklers of Pennsylvania). I think the research, writing and publishing that they did was remarkable. Also, while the mistakes or challenged information may be numerous, much of it is minor discrepancies such as dates and/or locations. I also have to admit that the errors were mostly not discovered by me but by others, primarily Frank Duff, to whom I always defer. Also, considering that Forerunners was written in 1924 and Stricklers of PA in 1942, it is natural to expect that additional information and corrections would become available in the many years that have passed since publication of these valuable genealogies.
A few examples from Forerunners that have been pointed out to me:
1) Abraham Strickler, also known as "The Pioneer" (page 39 of Forerunners), was not born as early as 1670, in Zurich. He was most likely born around 1694 and very likely in Amsterdam (although the family did originally came from near Lake Zurich). It follows then that he did not immigrate around 1700 but rather around 1724.
2) Daniel Strickler of Strickler Springs (pg 367) was the son of Reverend Daniel Strickler (the son of Abraham's brother Heinrich) not the son of John Strickler of Pitt Springs Bend.
3) Jacob Strickler (pg. 369) was not the eldest son of Daniel Strickler of Strickler Springs, but was the youngest son of the Reverend Daniel Strickler.
4) I realize that Harry is primarily concerned with the descendants of Abraham Strickler, but, Heinrich Strickler is conspicously absent from Forerunners. Although several of his progeny are mentioned, Harry was unable to uncover this major branch of the Strickler family in America. Conrad is mentioned only in passing, and the other immigrant Strickler brothers, Hans Jacob and Ulrich are not mentioned. Ulrich's branch of the family is also well documented.
5) The meaning of the name Strickler (pg 14). Harry suggest that Strickler is a variation on the German word Sticker (or Stricker) which means to weave or knit. He close but we now know that the name derives from the name of the path or road that leads from Lake Zurich to the surrounding hills. The road was called the "Strick" which does translate literally to string or rope (or thread or yarn used in knitting or weaving as Harry said). The suffix "ler" was added to refer to any of the residents who lived on or near the Strick. Strickler means "of the Strick" and refers to the location of where they lived not their occupation.