One of the names that pops up in Astrid's DNA file is Winterhalter. I see it in several trees. It is such an unusual name that I wondered first what it meant. I knew it was German or at least thought it. I thought maybe it meant "stop winter" but no the Winter part refers to the north and halter is dweller. It means one who dwells on a north slope. It is a very rare name. When I searched for the name paintings started to come in the hits. Xavier Winterhalter was a famous early painter from Baden. I think Astrid must be related to him and that is where she gets her "art" gene. Astrid's Winterhalter relatives I believe came to the United States from Bavaria! I think Xavier would have loved to paint a portait of Astrid!! Does Astrid share a gene with Xavier? Well, Winterhalter is not Smith or Jones. I think she does.