Category Archives: Family Findings

“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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1860 Constitutional Concerns of Benoni Staats

Timely that just a day after the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, I should sit down and start to transcribe letters written by my 3rd great uncle, Benoni Staats in the 1860s. In the first letter in the … Continue reading

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Long Time Gone: Mail Service In the 1830s

Heading off to work bright and early every Monday at 7am doesn’t sound so bad. Neither does heading home from work on a Friday evening. But when that Friday evening ride is the return leg of the Monday morning commute, … 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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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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Terminology Tuesday: Curtesy

I have been lecturing frequently at various local genealogical societies about using deeds in genealogical research. While I can talk pretty fast, and pack a lot into an hour, some stuff just doesn’t quite fit. Here’s one of them. Curtesy … Continue reading

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George B. Turner Collection: Letters Home from the Civil War

  Today, I had the pleasure of finding absolutely nothing while scrolling through reel after reel of microfilm. My mom had some research to do at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, Ohio, so I volunteered to go along although … Continue reading

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SNGF: Surnames I’ve Known (And Entered In My Database)

It’s Saturday, and geneaholics know that means Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. This geneaweek, Randy Seaver has challenged us to do the following: 1) Go into your Genealogy Management Program (GMP; either software on your computer, or an online family tree) … Continue reading

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The Curious Tale of Liddie Snyder (and PA Vital Records)

Upon returning home yesterday and checking my mail (postal mail…remember that?), I discovered mixed in amongst the bills and adverts, an envelope from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  When you send requests to Pennsylvania, you need to include a self-addressed … Continue reading

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