Author Archives: Chris Staats

Q&A with Judy Russell: A Conversation About The Upcoming WRHS Seminar, “Genealogy And The Law”

Disclaimer: I am the seminar chairperson for the Western Reserve Historical Society and also chapter representative for the Great Lakes APG chapter. I also think Judy is pretty awesome.   In anticipation of Judy Russell’s upcoming Cleveland, Ohio appearances on April 12 … Continue reading

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Genealogy Mystery Theater: Addressing Identities

Merry Christmas everyone! I thought I’d try something new tonight. Once the presents are all unwrapped, the guests gone, and your belly full, I have a game we can play. You know those murder mystery theater things– ones where the … Continue reading

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New Presentation Topic Added: ” Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence”

Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence Direct evidence, the sort of evidence that completely answers a research question by itself, is often scarce. It can also be wrong, or we may discover two pieces of direct evidence … Continue reading

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“Because I Know He Is”: Edith Staats vs. Jesse Pickering, 1838

Each time I post about this subject, I wrestle with whether or not I should be airing the family laundry here in cyberspace. However, as genealogists, we are most interested in the truth. Sometimes the truth is not what we … Continue reading

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City Directories: Addressing Identities

*Note: Since I’ve not a had a chance to explicitly clear the use of his ancestor’s names, I will avoid anything that might identify the client’s family (including the source citations)* City directory research can be a lot like tax … Continue reading

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April 12-13, 2013 is Legal Genealogist Weekend in Cleveland, Ohio!

Disclaimer: I am the chairperson of the Western Reserve Genealogical Society’s Genealogical Committee, as well as the Great Lakes APG chapter representative. I am also a big fan of Judy Russell. I dig genealogy. My favorite color is green, but … Continue reading

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Facebook Increases Awareness of the East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society

I have to admit, having pressed our board to let me create a page for the East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society, I dropped the ball at first. I made a few initial posts, and no one really responded. I made a … Continue reading

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My BCG Portfolio Is On Its Way…

…to an extension! Yes, it’s time to break down and file for that extra time. I don’t regret going on the clock and not getting done within the year. I’ve had a lot of other things going on – speaking, … Continue reading

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A Better Way To Set Up Your Genealogy Society’s Email

In the course, of doing publicity for various genealogy events, I’ve run into this problem many times: After compiling a distribution list of all the chapters in the area, I send an announcement about a particular event. Inevitably, several of them bounce as they … Continue reading

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Ghosts at the Staats House: Caldwell, OH, 1877

I admit it, I’ve posted the text of this article before, However: 1) It’s Halloween, and 2) I am still without power due to Hurricane Sandy. I hope you enjoy this spooky story involving my 3rd great uncle!

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