Category Archives: Thoughts and Musings

Back to the Future: I’m Off to the 2016 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference

In just a few hours, I’ll be southbound to Mason, Ohio for the 2016 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference. Last night, as I tried to remember I need to bring to both attend and present at this thing, I started thinking … Continue reading

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The Tragic Tale of Enoch Staats and Elizabeth McWilliams

My 4th great grandfather, Elijah Staats, came from a long line of elusive ancestors and passed this ability on to many of his children. While his line of ancestors might be long, his line of known ancestors is not. In any … Continue reading

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WRHS Spring Seminar featuring John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

Happy New Year, Genealogists! The following announcement is from the Seminar Chair of the Genealogical Committee at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio. I know him pretty well!: I’m excited to let you know about our upcoming seminar … Continue reading

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Speaking and Research Pages Updated

Hello World, It’s been awhile! I’ve made a few updates to the site. First,  I updated my speaking page to include some new topics and add brief descriptions of each topic. I hope to continue to add a few new ideas … Continue reading

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Creativity and the Genealogical Proof Standard

I’ve recently been musing about my personal need for creativity, and where creativity fits in the genealogy world. I’m still in the musing process and apologize in advance for mixed metaphors, but throw this out there: At first glance, the Genealogical Proof … Continue reading

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Registration Open for the 2015 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference Columbus, Ohio, 8-11 April 2015

Woohoo! The OGS conference is one of my personal favorites of each genealogical year. I hope to see many old friends, make many new ones, and spend three days in a genealogical bubble! Below is the release by Program Chair, Shelley … Continue reading

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Claire Bettag Seminar, NARA Land Records and Gov Docs!

On Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 9am to 4pm, don’t miss a rare chance to see one of the great genealogical speakers, Claire Bettag! Claire will be doing an all-day seminar at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio. … Continue reading

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1800 Federal Census of the Northwest Territory on Ancestry? April Fools!

Thanks to Mary Milne Jamba for asking this great question! Mary was concerned about her citation to an 1800 census image for the Northwest Territory found in Ancestry.com’s “1800 United States Federal Census” database. Ancestry’s source information for this database … Continue reading

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Overcome Genealogical Isolation– Attend A Conference!

I’m in my mid-40s. Even now, I don’t quite fit what many people consider the typical genealogical demographic. I certainly didn’t fit it over 15 years ago when I first started researching. Two-thirds of my research career was spent in … Continue reading

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Help Wanted: Calling All Staats males from the DE, Albany, or NJ Staats families!

Okay, so this gig doesn’t pay much. In fact, if you’re looking for cash, you’ll be sadly disappointed. However, if the satisfaction of helping to sort out the origins of the Staats family in America floats your boat, you’re in luck. … Continue reading

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