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.

You have reached my Blog page.  Please feel free to read and comment!

Maggie Champion         mcgen@championpair.com

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Recently, a cousin shared some photos with me.  The photos were in cardboard folders.

Inside, most of the folders had the name of the person photographed.  However, there was one that did not.  It was good that, both of us knew who the person was.

As I was closing the folder, I caught a glimpse of something written on the back of the folder – the name of the person photographed!

This was a good reminder to not only look at the front of the folder and inside the folder for information, but to also look at the back of the folder.

Maggie

Have you ever found your ancestor enumerated in the census more than once?

I have!  It seems that the two census dates were 2 months apart.  In one of the census records, she was visiting her parents for a short time (after having a child).  The other census record was where she usually resided.  In this case, I was able to discover not just where her home was, but also the names of her parents, her husband, and her children!

So, don’t assume that your ancestor is in the census just one time.

Maggie

You have found a document that names the house number and street on which your great-great-grandfather lived.  Wonderful!  And, you would like to visit the area and see the house.

Do you know if the house number has changed over the years, or is it the same as when your great-great-grandfather lived in the house?

If you are not sure about this, check maps and other items that may be found in the local (to great-grandfather’s house) library.  Also, there are many sites on the Internet where one can find historical maps.

Be sure of where the house was before you visit!

Maggie

 

For the month of September, hubby and I made an extended trip to the Northeast United States.  As you know, I reside in Indiana. So, the trip was quite lengthy! Since we were traveling through New York, we stopped at five family burial grounds.  One of these was for the Champion family, and four concerned the Lyon family.

The cemetery we visited in Starkville, NY, was the Champion Cemetery. The cemetery was located in a field behind the volunteer fire department building. There were some familiar names on gravestones, and also some not so familiar.

My previous posts have been the wills of Dan Champion, Jr., and Elisha Champion.  Both of these men were sons of Dan and Ruth Harris Champion.

In the wills, various people are named.  Some of these people are buried in the Champion cemetery.  Also, in the wills, there is land given to various people.  However, none of the land mentioned mentions the land set aside for a cemetery.

I also found the will of Lydia Champion, wife of Elisha.  She gave all of her property to Lulu Rounds.  And, no mention was made of their being a cemetery on any of the land.

I am now in the process of examining other wills for possible mention of the cemetery.

Maggie

Hello Everyone,

This is to let you know that I am officially no longer receiving clients.  I want to thank each and every one of you that has contacted me after reading my posts.  It is because of you that I have been able to have my business, Maggie’s Genealogy Service!

I will continue to post to my blog.  And, I plan now to spend more time on my writing.  I will still be managing my business – just not taking clients!

Thanks, Maggie

For the month of September, hubby and I made an extended trip to the Northeast United States.  As you know, I reside in Indiana. So, the trip was quite lengthy! Since we were traveling through New York, we stopped at five family burial grounds.  One of these was for the Champion family, and four concerned the Lyon family.

The cemetery we visited in Starkville, NY, was the Champion Cemetery. The cemetery was located in a field behind the volunteer fire department building. There were some familiar names on gravestones, and also some not so familiar.

So far, I have included a mapping of the cemetery and a listing of what could be read on each stone.

I have now discovered quite a bit about some of those who are buried in the cemetery.

I found the will of Dan Champion, Jr., and that of Elisha Champion.  Both Dan and Elisha were sons of Dan and Ruth Harris Champion, the 4th-great-grandparents of my husband.

The will of Dan I posted in my last post. In this post, I will post the will of Elisha.  Notice the familiar names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie

For the month of September, hubby and I made an extended trip to the Northeast United States.  As you know, I reside in Indiana. So, the trip was quite lengthy! Since we were traveling through New York, we stopped at five family burial grounds.  One of these was for the Champion family, and four concerned the Lyon family.

The cemetery we visited in Starkville, NY, was the Champion Cemetery. The cemetery was located in a field behind the volunteer fire department building. There were some familiar names on gravestones, and also some not so familiar.

So far, I have included a mapping of the cemetery and a listing of what could be read on each stone.

I have now discovered quite a bit about some of those who are buried in the cemetery.

I found the will of Dan Champion, Jr., and that of Elisha Champion.  Both Dan and Elisha were sons of Dan and Ruth Harris Champion, the 4th-great-grandparents of my husband.

Here is the will of Dan.  In this will he names several people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my next post, I will post the will of Elisha.  Even more are named in his will.

Maggie