Category Archives: How-To

Researching Stark County, Ohio Property Records Is Free and Easy

While Stark County happens to be the county in which I was born, I rarely have had any need to research there. However, if you DO have Stark County research, be sure to take advantage of one of the handful … 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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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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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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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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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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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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Tough-To-Find Tuesday: Common Recovery Docket

That’s right, I just made up my own brand new meme. Today, I’ve been digging around some more at the Delaware Public Archives site, and found a number of new tools to locate records and eventually cost me a ton … Continue reading

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Microfilm Image Comparison: Scanned vs. Printed

Just as a quick follow-up to my previous post about file format issues with scanned microfilm images: The question was asked whether or not the scanned image produces a better image. In a word, yes. In pictures, see below. Both … Continue reading

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