Saturday, August 6, 2011

More pictures

This is an example of some of the new pictures I have added to the Photo Album of unknown pictures.
These pictures were important to some family many years ago and i would like to give pictures back to them.  Please contact me with any questions or comments at

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Old Photos

Please take a look at the photos posted on this website. Most are from Gallia county, Ohio where my grandparents lived. It would be wonderful if some one could recognize any one at all here. If so, please, please contact me. Thanks, Karen

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

To walk on the land where my grandmother grew up

For a long time I have wanted to go back to southern Ohio and walk on the land where my grandmother lived. To see the trees that were old even when she was young. Are the wild flowers related to the ones she might have picked in 1900? What will it feel like to walk up and down the gentle hills on the old family farm that is no longer producing crops? There are some ancient out-buildings barely standing, yet hiding some old jars in the cobwebby corners. Did she play hide-and-seek with her sisters? or run after her borther's old hound dog?

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Take a break and have some chocolate

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Grab a bit of chocolate and take a quick break from research!
I love M&M's and remember when the ads read: "They melt in your mouth, not in your hand." As kids we divided up the colors, each of us taking our favorite. Did you chew them or let the candy coating melt in your mouth? So, vote for your favorite: peanut or chocolate!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

How To Do Everything Genealogy

I have attended a seminar presented by George Morgan and he is one of the best speakers I have heard.  So many times the genealogist is dry and boring, but not so with George.  He gives useable hints, answers questions, and presents in an easy going conversational manner. 
He is an authority in all aspects of family research.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Some Ohio County birth recordsinformation

Fayette County Births - Carnegie Public Library - Washington Courthouse, Ohio - full transcription of birth records for 1909-1999

Greene County - Public Library - Birth Records, 1869-1909

The Lawrence Register - this independent volunteer website has Lawrence County, Ohio births from newspaper announcements, and extracted from health department and Probate Court records - births range from 1850 to 1940 (formerly at

The LDS FamilySearch site has images of Toledo, Ohio Roman Catholic Parish Register pages, including baptisms, for 1796 through 2004. Browse only, not indexed. To search newly added records or if link is broken, see the menu for North America at Family Search Beta. (requires Flash and Javascript)

Ohio Births and Christenings 1821-1962 - Family Search has indexed about 861,000 birth and christening records, with listings from nearly every county. Recent records may not be available due to privacy laws. Click here for how to purchase copies of indexed records if you need them before they go online. To search newly added records or if link is broken, see the menu for North America at Family Search Beta.

Genealogy Trails has user submitted transcriptions of birth and baptism lists and announcements for many Ohio counties, from as early as 1821 up to 1980. Note some birth entries are extracted from obituaries and other death records. You may want to modify this Google site search to ease your search, or browse for new entries starting from the Ohio page at:

Rootsweb's User Contributed Early Birth Records Databases include selected births from Butler, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lucas, Meigs and Muskingum counties. You can perform a search on surname alone, without specifying the location if you are unsure.

Ohio USGenWeb has some volunteer transcriptions of births online, searchable with the following link which requires javascript:

If you wish to use other ways of searching by browsing or doing a search engine "site search", here is the URL for the USGenweb archives for Ohio:

Monday, November 8, 2010

Find a Grave

This is a good website where you can look for information about locating an ancestor's grave. There are more than 53 million graves, often with pictures and headstone incriptions. You can search by name, by location, or by cemetery. Really good information here.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Ohio History

This is a fabulous indexed resource. I was only recently aware of the existance of the link which gives you access to so many articles and stories: Here is an example from



October 20, 1790.
An accident having happened to one of our boats, we have put into a small creek on the east side of this great river to repair the damages. I am now writing on the stump of a tree we have just cut down, so that you will not look for elegance or fine sentiment in this letter, which I send you by a young man, a native of Pennsylvania, who is going to New Jersey. We traveled by short days' journeys from the place of embarkation, and can not say much in favor of the manners of the inhabitants of the road by which we passed, a very few excepted, who paid some attention to us and sold the products of their farms at a reasonable rate; as to others, they took every mean advantage, and frequently imposed upon us, in a shameful manner, demanding three or four prices for the casual refreshments of which we and our little ones had occasion. We hope soon to arrive at our new territory, where we shall find things in their original state, such as God made them and not perverted by the ungrateful hand of man. To some the surrounding woods might appear frightful deserts; to me they are the paradise of nature; no hosts of greedy priests; no seas of blood to wade through; all is quiet, and the savages themselves shall soon be taught the art of cultivating the earth, refinement of manners, and the duties of genuine devotion. Under this free and enlightened dominion the unfortunate and oppressed of our nation shall ever find an asylum, our language and customs will here be preserved in their original purity for ages to come, and France shall find herself renovated in the Western World, without being disgraced by the frippery of kings or seeing the best blood wasted in gratyfing [sic] the ambition of knaves and sycophants. The weather is already cold, my hand is numbed, and our little temporary cabin is so full of smoke that I dare not venture in. So I bid you adieu.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Old Ohio Schools
Wonderful, wonderful web site with pictures by county of schools that were closed, abandoned, or just "gone."
check this one out!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Roster of 172nd Regiment

This link will take you to a regimental roster and the dates of muster.
172nd Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry
THIS Regiment was organized at Gallipolis, O., May 14, 1864, to serve one hundred days. It was composed of the Forty-seventh Battalion, Ohio National Guard, from Guernsey County; a part of the Fortieth Battalion, Ohio National Guard, from Brown County; the Eighty-fourth Battalion, Ohio National Guard, from Adams County; and the Seventy-seventh Battalion, Ohio National Guard, from Jackson County. The One Hundred and Seventy-second performed guard-duty at Gallipolis, O., during its whole term of service. It was mustered out Sept. 3, 1864, on expiration of term of service. (Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Vol. IX, p. 447)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Indiana Court documents

This is an amazing resource! Most families from Ohio have connections to Indiana. I found a relative who was sued for Public Indecency for uttering an innapropriate word in a conversation...ok, he was a minister! Another "cousin" tried to get his 13 year old daughter committed to the Indiana Industrial Home for Girls because she wouldn't go to school. My 3rd great grandmother was sued for commenting on the living arrangements of two unmarried people. These are all the original documents from the 1800's...and you can view them. What an incredible collection...absolutely fascinating.

Click on "Adults" on left side of page (This is the Muncie Public Library, so it takes a minute to load.)

Local history/genealogy

Digital Resource Library

enter your information

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Northeast Ohio

Ohio's Heritage Northeast brings digital collections from universities, colleges, and public libraries together into one searchable database. Use the search box above to explore our combined collection of images, sound recordings, videos and texts chronicling northeast Ohio's past.
There is an easy to use Search function.

Sandusky and Erie County History

Sandusky History
Here is a blog dedicated to the discussion of topics relating to the history of Sandusky and Erie County, Ohio; inspired by the collections of the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center and Follett House Museum. A service of the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Extensive list of Resources for Ohio

Although this site has not been updated for a few years, the list and links are extensive. AND...there is a good colorful map of Ohio Counties. Black & white maps are sometimes a bit difficult to read...this one is great. At least check out the site.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Migration Trails

Here is a site that has a link that shows states, counties & migration trails.

This is a free service which can bring to life the travels of your ancestors by requesting your customized migration map and discover:

  • Migrations trails that your ancestors might have traveled.
  • New counties to research for records.
  • How many miles your ancestors might have traveled.
  • A map that will become an important part of your genealogical records.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Free Genealogy Search Help

Genealogy Search Help for Google, which helps you run targeted genealogical Google searches

Free Genealogy Search Help for Google
Get the Best Genealogy Searches for Google by Using Your Family Tree
This free genealogy site will help you use Google™ for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or "tricks" that will likely improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google to find ancestry information on the Internet.
Just complete the small family tree from the link above for an ancestor and this site will set up the best searches for you, based on what you enter. Tip: If you don't know an ancestor's parents, but know one of the ancestor's children, use the child's name for the First Name and Last Name below (and spouse, birth, and death) and then enter the ancestor as the Father or Mother. This gives more information for building a search.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Great resource - NEW Source

If you go to the New York Times site, you can enter your search terms in the bar near the top of the page and select whether you want to search articles since 1981 or before 1981. Once you have your results, you can select the Advanced option to limit your search to specific dates. The stories are downloadable as PDF documents. (If you happen across articles that aren't in the free years, they're $4.95 each, or you can get a monthly pass for $7.95 that allows 100 story downloads.)
I used a couple of Ohio place names and found real gold...many surnames, too. Try it.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Stark County resources

The Stark County, Ohio library is one of the best resoiurces online for research. I have visited the library and found the personnel to be more than helpful. But here is an index, by year, to the newspaper which goes back to 1815 for obituaries. There are other resources on the web site and the library staff responds to requests very quickly.
Here is a copy of an obit I ordered and received within two weeks. nThis was dated 1935

Monday, September 3, 2007

Free Mortality Schedules online

Search Online Mortality Schedules for Free
Bill Cribbs, the man behind the free genealogy search engine site, has gathered hundreds of counties’ online transcribed mortality schedules and made them searchable at
For the 1850 through 1880 US censuses, enumerators recorded names of and other details about people who’d died within the past year. These mortality schedules may be the only death record for some people, especially in states that didn’t require recording of deaths until later. You can browse by state or search on one or more keywords, such as a name or place. (If you want matches to contain more than one keyword, select “Find all words” from the dropdown menu.) When you click on a match, you'll be taken to the Web site that stores the transcribed records. What you see varies depending how the data was transcribed and digitized. You may get a chart or a text file listing a few details of deaths in that enumeration district, or you may get the whole shebang: the deceased’s age and marital status at death; death date, place and cause; birth date and place; physician’s name; parents’ birthplaces and more.

Immigration Collection