My name is Maggie Champion, and I am the sole proprietor of Maggie’s Genealogy Service.  I am a professional genealogist, and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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You have reached my Blog page.  My blog had its first post on Tuesday, 31 January 2012!

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Maggie Champion

If you are really stuck on a particular family, move to another family!

If you are like me, you have many “brick walls” in your family. So, if you are stuck on one particular family, research on a different family. Taking a break from a family can give you new insights when you return. And, you will return when you are feeling the same way with the new family!


Recently, when looking through a diary of a family member, I noticed something at the end of the diary. The diary writer had added entries at the back of the diary! And, some of this information was very informative. So, remember to look completely through the diary, not just at the appropriate dated entry. You may be surprised at what you find at the end!


I am finally able to return to writing my blog. Thank you to everyone who contacted me personally to pass along their well-wishes.

While I have been away, I have been recuperating from various ailments that have kept me inside with my feet up. This has given me much time to spend contemplating my time-usage. As I thought I may discover, I have been spending much time blogging and running my business, Maggie’s Genealogy Service. And, in doing so, I have become sloppy in the research of my personal family. One of the areas where I have become sloppy is in my record keeping, both on and off of the computer. I have duplicates of photos and records, file names are not as descriptive as they once were, and the backing-up of these photos and records has not been as “routine” as it should be. I have much “cleaning-up” to do!

As I begin my cleaning, I will surely discover photos and documents about which I have forgotten! I will pass along some of the hints that I use in discovering these long-lost items! And, I will also continue to pass along more hints for researching your family.



My posts are going to take a Leave of Absence.  This will probably last a few weeks,but may be shorter or longer.

However, “responses” to posts will still be answered.  It’s just the posts that are going to be gone!

Thanks, Maggie

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 workshop of the Society of Indiana Archivists ( The workshop was held at The Prindle Institute for Ethics on the DePauw University campus in Greencastle, Indiana.

There were two sessions to the workshop, with a catered luncheon provided between the sessions.

The morning session was entitled, Understanding Patrons, and was led by Stacy Klingler, the Director of the Local History Services department of the Indiana Historical Society. This was a wonderful session with many ideas as to how to “count” the number of patrons who visit archives and libraries. We looked at who it is that makes up our individual community (using Greencastle as the example) by using census data. We had a time when we split into smaller groups to “create the profile” of a certain kind of “patron” – my group created a researcher of family history! In this way, we were each able to define the attributes of different kinds of patrons, so that we would be sure that we were doing what we could for them to feel welcome at our facility.

After a delicious lunch, the afternoon session, entitled, Quick, Cheap and Easy: Collections Care on a Shoestring, was led by Assistant Director (of Local History Services department of the Indiana Historical
Society) Tamara Hemmerlein. During this session, individuals asked specific questions about the inexpensive ways in which their collections could be archived. Ms. Hemmerlein gave many inexpensive hints on what could be used instead of some of the more expensive archival products.

Of course, there was time for mingling and chatting and exchanging information. Much was learned during these times as well.

The weather for the day was cool and breezy – the perfect day to be at Prindle. Everything together made it a wonderful day!

If anyone is interested in some of the inexpensive hints that were given, please be sure to respond below.

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Yesterday I visited the Danville Public Library in Danville, Indiana. I was in Danville with time to spare, and since I had never visited the library, I decided that was the time to do it.

And am I glad I did!

There is an Indiana Room in the library – the kind of room every genealogist loves!

Upon walking in, of course I signed in on the sheet provided. There was a librarian who asked me if he could be of assistance. I explained that I was not looking for anyone in particular – just looking around at what was available.

In this Indiana room, of course there is much concerning Hendricks County – the county where Danville is located. There are many records and histories, and a large map of Hendricks County which shows the townships and all of the little towns and cemeteries. And, there is much more.

There are family history “boxes” containing already researched information. There are books on the history of Indiana, Indiana census books, books containing information on other Indiana counties, military pension books, guides to the National Archives, newspapers, magazines, journals – the list could go on for quite a bit. What a wonderful facility of genealogical records.

There are several tables on which to spread out so that you won’t “get lost” while doing your research. And, as I have already mentioned, a librarian is there to assist you.

So, come and visit this wonderful Indiana Room!

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Have you ever searched and searched for news on your ancestor, and you are sure that you have found everything??

The brother of my husband’s grandfather lived in northwest Ohio, outside of Toledo. Family story, backed up by the family Bible, showed that he had died while young – about 25 years of age. Questions were asked about him to family members that may know, and nothing was known about him. He was found on census records residing in Ottawa County, Ohio – just like everyone said he was.

Then, a tremendous find was made. My husband’s grandfather kept diaries of his time when he was drilling oil wells. And, he traveled through the western states.

Another look at the census record for uncle showed that he was also an oil driller. More searching was done, extending to other states. And, a newspaper article was found in the Warren Weekly News (Huntington, Indiana) for 26 December 1901. Here is a transcription of the article:

“Death of Ernest Bringe.
The startling and sad news was received at Warren yesterday morning that Ernest Bringe had died in a hospital at Grand Crossing, Colorado, of typhoid fever. Mr. Bringe and Frank Ray went to the Wyoming oil field last September, and were engaged there drilling oil wells. The message stated that Bringe’s remains would be shipped to his home near Toledo.
The deceased was well known in Warren having been employed in the oil field the past three or four years. He was a model of physical strength and young manhood, quiet, peaceable, and well liked by all who knew him.”
( “Ernest Bringe.”, discussion list, 19 July 2005, : 2014.)

What a discovery! We had originally thought that Ernest had lived his entire life in Ottawa County, Ohio, and was an oil driller there. No one in the family knew that he had traveled, like his brother Albert, to the western states. And, his is death was recorded in a newspaper in Indiana. Who would have known!

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