January 2017

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!


When researching, don’t forget about writing down the citation information!

I really do know how it is – you have found that all-important bit of information, and this happened when the library is closing in 10 minutes.  This happens to all of us!

You write down the information quickly, but you forget to write down the citation.  After you are at home and reviewing what was found, you discover that you have no idea as to what book/newspaper/catalog it was that had this piece of information.

If one makes it a practice of gathering that all important citation information BEFORE looking through the actual book, then the information will be there when one is ready to write the citation.  And, it is not necessary to actually “write” down the information – take a snapshot, with your phone, of the title page (and other pages).  A snapshot will take just a few seconds, and will save you much grief later on!




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Lately, I have been able to spend some of my free time researching my own family!  I have been doing well at keeping my Research Log of my research – whether I was able to discover something new or not.  However, I made a mistake, and I just discovered it!  The downloads of items found were not added to the correct folders on my computer.  Therefore, all of the downloads are unsorted – many different families are represented in the downloads.  And, the Research Logs which I kept are also not in the correct folders.  More to be corrected!

So, now when I would rather be researching, I will be using my free time sorting.

I realize that this is not something that I really want to be doing, so, next time, I will be more careful of the location of those downloads!


Last week, on Thursday, I was fortunate to participate in a discussion group about the concept of “Writing as You Go”.  The discussion group was presented by the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and this topic was presented by Elissa Scalise Powell, CM, CGL.

The subject of this discussion concerned a method of combining the aspects of research – planning, researching, analyzing, writing of the report.

If you have not yet tried this concept, I recommend it.  I have been using this concept for a short time, and I can certainly say that my entire research process has been more time efficient since doing so.


As I stated in my first DNA Post, I have finally taken the time to learn how to analyze the DNA test results that I have received from Ancestry, FTDNA, and GEDMatch.

As I read the book, The Family Tree Guide To DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, by Blaine T. Bettinger, I am learning much about the ethics of genetic genealogy.  If anyone is considering the purchase of a test for themselves, or for someone else, it is a good idea to read (and print) the Genetic Genealogy Standards found at www.geneticgenealogystandards.com.

Enjoy discovering your results!


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