Author Archives: Chris Staats

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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A Whodunit: The Curious Case of Benoni Staats And His Disappearing Children

Benoni Staats would lose six children in the ten years between the 1850 and 1860 Washington County, Ohio censuses. How could this happen? Who did this? Poor Benoni, right? Not really. Unlike most whodunits, this one starts off with the … Continue reading

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From the Crypt: Ghost In Gallipolis, 1874

Continuing the Halloween theme: here’s one I can definitely relate to…1                 For some free newspaper ghost-hunting of your own, go to the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America site, select the “advanced Search” tab, … Continue reading

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Ghosts In Cleveland!: 1862

Kicking off my countdown to Halloween is a Cleveland ghost story. I have been on my share of these sorts of ghost-chasing adventures. More spooky newspaper stories will follow – getting spookier and spookier as we get closer and closer … Continue reading

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Just The Right Time: Revisiting My Genealogy Beginnings

Yesterday, I decided to take a break from professional genealogy activities and actually do a little research on my own family. I wasn’t going to go hog-wild – just flesh out some collateral families descended from Elijah Staats, maybe see … Continue reading

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Finding County Records In The Ohio Historical Society’s New Catalog

In the wake of the unfortunate closing of the Ohio local government records program at Ohio University, records appeared to have been sent to different repositories, including the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus. I sent an email to the staff at OHS trying … Continue reading

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Being A Good Genealogy Ambassador

Sometimes, things just don’t go our way when we try to get our research done. Other times, not only are they not going our way, they’re definitely going against us. It’s easy to get frustrated when a clerk tells us … Continue reading

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Ohio University No Longer an Ohio Local Records Repository?

In Ohio, there are several designated repositories for county records no longer in regular use. Each repository (such as the University of Akron, Wright State University, and others) are designated for a number of surrounding counties. Ohio University in Athens, … Continue reading

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Guernsey County (Ohio) Map Department Online Resources

Those who do a lot of research in Guernsey County, may already be aware of this, but I recently discovered that the Guernsey County Map Department – an arm of the Auditor’s office – has digitized and placed online a … Continue reading

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