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Of Boilerplate and Black’s Law Dictionary

“Legalese” is an oft-cited reason researchers give for their aversion to using deeds. I won’t waste time on my soapbox, preaching about the miracles to be found in the Book of Deeds – just trust me that those miracles are … Continue reading

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New Cuyahoga County Image Collection on FamilySearch.org

Been pretty quiet in terms of posting on the old blog here, but discovered this bit of information yesterday while helping a patron at the Western Reserve Historical Library. On 23 Jun 2011, the “Birth affidavits, delayed births and corrections, … Continue reading

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I Think This “Using the Internet for Genealogy” Idea Might Catch On

I’m sure there are a few of you out there who remember having to research far away places via the good old Post Office. Don’t get me wrong – you can still do it, but today’s experience has reminded me … Continue reading

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Finding Lorain County Marriage Records Using the “Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958″ database

A while ago, I posted about Using FamilySearch’s Ohio Databases As Finding Aids. This week, I discovered a new trick that might save you some time and maximize your efficiency should you be researching at the Lorain County Probate Court. … Continue reading

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Lancaster County Historical Society Website: A Terrific Research Resource

If you haven’t been to this site in awhile (or not at all), take a look at the Lancaster County Historical Society website. I think it is a really great example of a website that’s an effective tool for research … Continue reading

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“Gimme an ‘N’!”: Using Neighbors To Solve Deed Dilemmas

There’s been much talk recently about the FAN club principle. While I won’t go into detail – for those that are not familiar with the concept, it is basically this: our ancestors did not exist in a vacuum. Just as … Continue reading

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Cleveland-Owned Cemetery Data Goes Worldwide

An alphabetical by surname index to burials is now available on line to the ten Cleveland owned cemeteries—Alger, Brookmere, Denison, Harvard Grove, Highland Park, Cleveland Memorial Park, Monroe Street, Scranton Road, West Park and Woodland. All you need is an … Continue reading

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Free Resource Friday: Ohio Land Records

Okay, I just made that “Free Resource Friday” thing up. And granted, I’m getting to be quite a land and property record geek. However: If you do land research in early Ohio, you need to check out this free resource … Continue reading

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Using FamilySearch’s Ohio Databases As Finding Aids

A recent discussion on Rootsweb’s Transitional Genealogist Forum (meaning transitioning from hobbyist to pro, not like homeless or anything) brought up a citation question for a series of vital record databases with which I wasn’t familiar: Ohio Births and Christenings, … Continue reading

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Centre County, PA Deed Research: More Fun In Your Pajamas

While the Centre County Web Information Access system isn’t new, it’s capabilities and expanded usefulness for genealogists, is. The two features of most utility are the Recorder of Deeds search and the Centre County GIS mapping. This online system also … Continue reading

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