Category Archives: Family Findings

Staats Ghost Stories: What a Newspaper Find!

I recently subscribed to Genealogybank.com [disclaimer: I have no affiliation or relationship, other than subscriber, with genealogybank.com] and have spent some time perusing old newspapers. Whether online or on microfilm, this is probably the most memorable article found to date! … Continue reading

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Sentimental Sunday: An Interesting Bequest, 20 Jan 1782.

Even though the probate file of Catherine Collins, widow of Thomas Collins, of Appoquinimink Hundred, New Castle, DE, didn’t contain the Staats link I was looking for, it did yield an interesting look into Revolutionary America. While we all know … Continue reading

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Amanuensis Monday: Deed – Elijah Staats to John Callahan, 7 Oct 1800.

Welcome to my first post utilizing the Amanuensis Monday blogging meme! What is amanuensis, you ask? The definition offered by John Newmark, author of the Transylvania Dutch blog is this: “A person employed to write what another dictates or to … Continue reading

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Nice Find! Appoquinimink Hundred Freeholder List of 1774

While on a recent research trip to Delaware, I stumbled across an interesting resource I’d not seen mentioned elsewhere, and thought I would feature it here in the event a future researcher is searching for a name that this list … Continue reading

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My Civil War Vets: Archelaus Osborne and Alexander Staats

Memorial Day Weekend seemed a fitting time to post a little tribute to my Civil War ancestors, Archelaus Osborne and Alexander Staats. By complete coincidence, these two also happen to be the subjects of my application to the Society of … Continue reading

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SNGF Genealogy(and Mother’s Day) Fun: Matrilineal Lines

Thanks to Randy Seaver for another great SNGF event. I actually got around to posting for this one, and as a bonus, got to play with my charting program! Susan Sumney is a daughter of Jacob Sumney, but I do … Continue reading

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“Unexpected Gold”..or “Why We Research Collateral Lines”…or “Ancestry Trees are Not Necessarily Tools of the Devil”

This week has been a whirlwind of three-hour tours. One of the trips – from Cleveland, OH to Marietta, OH – I didn’t even know I needed to make until a few months ago, yet it yielded one of my … Continue reading

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FHC Research Log: Week of 14 Dec 2009

If many of you are like me and forget to keep a research log of your activities, perhaps this is a new way to try to keep track of what you’ve done. I’ve worked hard to improve my documentation and … Continue reading

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Changes Afoot in the Staats databases

Today, I made a landmark decision: I am merging the Staats and Delaware Staats databases – at least those families that are connected via Elijah Staats. The Staats database is my main database – the one which represents all of … Continue reading

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State of the Staats Estate

On a recent trip to Noble County, OH with my aunt, we made a stop in SUmmerfield to try and identify a couple of ancestor’s homes as they stand today. While we were unable to determine the location of the … Continue reading

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