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.  Since 2005, I have been researching families – hoping to find a way through brick walls, and also, hoping to find “new” families, for my many  clients.  Please see Research for more information.

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Maggie Champion

When creating a post, or explaining something to someone, make sure that you include all of the information that is relevant to the information being requested.

If you are asking about a land deed, include any information you already have on the time frame in which your ancestor lived in the area.  This may include when you think your ancestor arrived in the area, when your ancestor may have left the area (either by moving or by death), the name of the spouse of your ancestor, the names of potential children of your ancestor, and the names of any relatives that may have lived in the same area as your ancestor.

Any information, no matter how trivial it may seem, may be helpful in determining information about your ancestor.


You have worked very hard discovering the life of your ancestor.  Where are the files that you have saved?

It is important to back-up your files so that, on the day that your computer crashes, you will have these files to put on your new computer.

I use a cloud-based back-up company that backs up my files every time I make a change to the file.  I also have the same files on two external hard drives.  And, I have some of these files in Dropbox.

Make sure you do not lose all of your hard work when your computer crashes!


Recently, I was able to celebrate with others in my family the birthday of a cousin.  He turned 102 years of age!

It was wonderful visiting with my family!

Many stories were told, and we also were able to view old movies (made from very old movies on reels).  It was nice to see relatives in those old movies.  I was even in one movie – at a birthday party when I was in the third grade!

If you have not yet dug-out those old reels of movies, or even the movies that were put on VHS tapes, please, take the time to put the movies on CD’s or thumb drives.  And then, upload the movies to “the cloud” so that others in the family can enjoy them as well.


Have you hit a brick wall in your research?

I have hit many brick walls!  Something I have done many times is to re-visit the research that has already been done.

One way to re-visit is to tell someone about your research.  Tell your friend, another genealogist, or someone else – you will be amazed at what you have already done, and you will get ideas for other avenues to pursue.


Many libraries are visited when doing genealogy research.  You have probably seen the signs about how one should not re-shelve the books.

One of my colleagues, Amy Johnson Crow, has written a blog on this subject.

Check it out!



Recently, my husband found a book about his hometown of Genoa, OH.  The name of the book is, Memories of genoa, ohio 1868-1968, and the book was printed in June 1968 by The Genoa Area Centennial-Homecoming, Inc. (book title exactly as printed)

As he was looking through the book, husband was surprised to find a photograph of his grandmother, Hazel Holland.  She was featured in a photograph that included her and her brother, Vance.  The caption on the photo is, “Hazel and Vance Holland in front of the Catholic Perish House – Winter 1904”.

Hazel Holland was born to Charles F. and Cora Adella Hassan Holland 5 November 1898 in Marshall Co., OH.  Her brother, Vance, was born 5 November 1899 and died at age 4 (in January 1904).  Husband’s father, Vance, is named after Vance Holland.

The photo that features Hazel and Vance is the same as is on a postcard – my husband was given the postcard photo a few years ago.  Written on the back of husband’s postcard photo is “Vance and Hazel Holland where Priest’s house was”.

One never knows where one will find something about one’s family!









Do not assume that you know the whereabouts of your ancestor “between” the census years.  It could be that they resided someplace “between” the two places they lived during the census years.

I lived in Boone Grove, Indiana, during the 2000 census year.  By 2010, I lived in Greencastle, Indiana.

Do not make the assumption that I moved directly from Boone Grove to Greencastle without a stop in-between.  I moved from Boone Grove to Wolcott (IN) in 2002, and from Wolcott to Greencastle in 2007.  There are records that mention me and my family in White County (Wolcott) – my husband was minister at a church there, I licensed a car there, I worked there for the USPS, I had a registered business there – these are just a few of the types of records that may show that I lived and worked in Wolcott or White County.

Just think of everything that would be missing from the history of an ancestor’s life if one did not include the history between the census years!