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One From the Photo Album: Will Deemer, Beaver Twp, Jefferson, PA

While not exactly wordless…or Wednesday, but: I’ve always found this photo very compelling. I don’t know for sure where this was taken, although I assume it is in Beaver Twp, Jefferson, Pennsylvania. The subject is Will Deemer, b. abt 1868. … Continue reading

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My father’s coroner’s report, and the one that was almost in my name

In August, I posted an article about the appearance of my father, Terry Lee Staats, in the then-recently uploaded FamilySearch database, “Ohio, Stark County Coroner’s Records, 1890-2002.” My father was killed in a one-car automobile accident in 1971. Being all … Continue reading

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(Random) Memory Monday

They say that the sense of smell is the most directly connected to our brain, and I think that’s true. After a busy day of laboring about the house on Labor Day, I jumped in the shower to de-funk. In … Continue reading

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A New FamilySearch Database Causes Me Genealogical Grief and Questioning

Most of you ( perhaps, “both of you” might be more correct) who regularly read my blog know that I am a bit of a goofball. If you happened upon this post via some random search terms, just understand this … Continue reading

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SNGF: Staats Not Gonna Follow [the rules again] – The Alexander Staats House, Then and Now

Randy, Randy, Randy…you should know by now that I sometimes have trouble coloring within the SNGF lines. At least this time, I technically did follow them, I just took them a couple steps further. 1)  Review Denise Levenick’s (The Family … Continue reading

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A Note about “Fort Sumpter” and Marietta College, A.A. Staats

On this, the 150 anniversary of Fort Sumter (spelled “Sumpter” on the card) and the beginning of the Civil War, I thought it fitting to share these postcards. These were sent sometime in early 1912 by my great-great grandfather, Dr. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Family Letter, 1896

This post could also be titled, “Chris tries to remember how to use Adobe Flash”.  It came out okay – the only problem is that the video compression sped it up, so you will have to read fast! This is … 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: The Events of 28 Feb 1933: Not One of Salome’s Better Days.

The twenty-eighth of February, 1933 is not a day that Salome (Doney) Mowrey will likely note as one of her best. This might be due to the fact that it was her last.  Perhaps her husband, Jeremiah Mowery would have … Continue reading

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Staats family photo video: Emerald Isle 2003

I was trying to find my grandfather’s video from 1989 or so – when we all went to Emerald Isle, but I am having trouble. In the meantime, I thought I would upload a slightly more recent video from our … Continue reading

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