Author Archives: Chris Staats

GRIP: Day 1 Recap

My opening lessons came in the wee hours of the morning today. First was the reminder that I had forgotten to bring my own pillow. The dorm beds had a pillow..at least I think there was a pillow inside the … Continue reading

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GRIP: Registration Day Recap

Phew – what a day, and the thing hasn’t even started yet. After a quick stop at Walmart for supplies, I picked up fellow genealogist and friend, Jean Hoffman, and off we went on the 2.5 hour drive to Pittsburgh. … Continue reading

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Getting a GRIP on the Institute Experience…Like Right Now

Well kids, the time is upon us. Tom Jones awaits. Some of you have already set off for the ‘Burgh, others of us are making our final preparations. Most of my things are packed…and I do mean most of my … Continue reading

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One Year Ago Today…My Speaking Career In Review

Warning: This post is not entirely about genealogy and is slightly self-indulgent. One year ago today I made my speaking debut at the Ohio Genealogical Society’s Library summer speaker series, presenting the first-ever performance of “Using Deeds In Your Genealogical Research”.  Honestly, … Continue reading

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SNGF: Time Travel Via Microfilm? Yes.

It’s been awhile since I played along with Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, but this week, the planets aligned, and here I am posting it up. Now, you can’t tell me that you never thought that if you were able to … Continue reading

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Probate Files: Little Things Add Up, Pt. 2

In Part 1, we learned a little bit about the immediate family of Garret Staats. He was the second son of Abraham Staats, Sr and Sarah [--?--]. He had an older brother, two younger brothers and a sister. He died … Continue reading

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Probate Files: Little Things Add Up, Pt. 1

At long last, I had an opportunity to sit down with some of my own research. How did I spend most of my time? With a fellow named Garret Staats, who is collaterally related to my 5th great grandfather, of … Continue reading

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Startling Delaware Probate Discovery

It’s not very often that I’m glad I woke up at 4:30am and couldn’t go back to sleep, but this is one of those times. I learned something, entirely by accident, and if you are battling a stubborn Delaware research … Continue reading

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Researching Collateral Lines: A Visual Aid

I’ve started walking every morning. Today, I happened to pass this tree and thought it was a poignant lesson in genealogy. This tree shows the results of focusing our research exclusively on our direct ancestors and ignoring collateral lines. Doing so might … Continue reading

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Lessons From Ephraim Cutler’s Store Ledgers

Yesterday, I finally had the opportunity to get to the Marietta College Library’s Special Collections department to do some research on my old friend (and 4th great-grandfather), Elijah Staats. I had been tipped by another researcher that there was a receipt in one of their … Continue reading

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