I guess the American press has been screwing up my name for a long, long time. Below is a copy from the 17 Jan 1845 edition of the Woodsfield, OH Spirit of Democracy . As you can see, not only did they get confused by the name (although they did get it right in the notice for partition), I’m sure they chuckled a little about the Staats Estate. I get mail for all kinds of people: Staats, Stoots, Stout, States, Stoats. On the off chance that someone is reading my name from the printed page and happens to pronounce it correctly, I get suspicious!
Cross-Post from McGinnis Family History:
Happy Easter, everyone. Here is a photo that was in the McGinnis In Us awhile ago. Seeing as it IS Easter, I thought it fitting to repost today. This is my mom and her cousin, Richard McLaughlin, both McGinnis In Us readers. My mom has no choice, she is usually the test-reader. The next, abbreviated edition is ready to go…really. I will post it before the weekend is over.
I recently converted my McGinnis site to a blog-based format. It is just easier to update this way, and now people can comment, which I had to disable to keep away the spam monsters on the old site. Check it out here: McGinnis History
I attended the Ohio Genealogical Society’s annual Conference this past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. It was the first such conference I’ve attended, and every lecture I went to was top-notch. A little more detail on those lectures in another post, but I was struck by the fact that there wasn’t a single county where I normally research represented at the conference.
Here, I must make a confession: I have never belonged to any of those OGS chapters in the past. Living so far away, I figured there really wouldn’t be any benefit of joining, as I would most likely never attend a meeting or event. I know the interest in genealogy in many of Ohio’s southeastern counties seems to be dwindling. I’ve been to the Caldwell Library on many occasions, and I have only ever seen one other person there…and it has been the same one person each time I go! When I went to the Harrison County Genealogical Society’s library last week, I was the first person to have signed in since 27 Oct 2008. In fairness, the library is closed during the winter, but can be opened by appointment. I really don’t know too much about the Genealogical Societies of the other main counties of interest in my research: Belmont, Monroe, and Morgan. Of those, I imagine Belmont is probably the most active.
All of this leads me to the point of the post. Where does someone go to discuss Southeastern Ohio-specific genealogy? I loved the conference, no doubt, and there was so many great research tips and ideas. But I would love to sit down for an hour or two every month and discuss the lastest genealogy buzz from the specific counties and areas I am interested in. Is there enough interest in this area to form a “Northeast Ohio Chapter of Southeastern Ohio Genealogy”? I know there are probably not going to be many local responses, as this is not a heavy-traffic site.
At the conference this weekend, I met a speaker named Brent Morgan who invited me to attend a meeting this Monday of the Eastern Cuyahoga Genealogical Society. Perhaps I should swing by, listen to the lecture, and pitch the idea there. I already know the membership fee will be. This idea, I stole from a lecturer at the OGS Conference. For each member interested in joining, they will be required to order one microfilm record set (grantor index, probate index, tax lists, etc) from one of the counties of interest, to be kept on permanent loan at our local FHC. What a great way to make these materials available for ourselves and others interested in these areas. I just wonder if I’ll be the only member, and the discussions with only myself? 🙂
An early traveler’s impression of the Freeport Twp, Harrison County area in the fall of 1819:
“Oct. 19. Left Siers’ at six o’clock a. m. The morning fair and cold. Roads’ extremely rough. Country fertile, but hilly. Log cabins, ugly women, and tall timber. Passed a little flourishing village called Freeport, settled by foreigners, Yankee Quakers, and mechanics. Remarkable, with two taverns in the village, there was nothing fit to drink, not even good water.”
– from the diary of Dr. Richard Lee Mason, as published in Historical Collections of Harrison County, Hanna, Charles A, (New York, New York: private, 1900), p.90
Tomorrow I’m off to Cadiz, OH for a first-time visit to the Harrison County Historical Society’s Library. About 2.5 hours south of here, Cadiz should be a nice drive on a sunny, warm Friday. Having never been to this library, I am having a little trouble focusing in on exactly what I want to find. They have no online catalog or list of holdings, preventing a well-developed list of likely sources to check.
So instead, I have come up with a general list of questions to try to answer. The general focus this visit will be Freeport Twp: 1814-1840. I am hoping to write an article for the Ohio Genealogical Society’s First Families of Ohio publication, and would like to gather more information about what life was like and why people seemed to emigrate en mass from Fayette and Washington Counties in PA. A number of these families, including my own, appear to have New Castle, DE connections as well.
A second goal is to document for future research what original court records the library holds. I still need to find the Common Pleas Appeal in the Jesse Pickering/Edith Staats case, and would be interested to see exactly what other original court records they hold. How about a tavern’s license for the inn ran by John Summers? Other questions that might be answered: What church was Rev. Jacob Lemmon associated with and are there records? Any of the area Quaker records available there? Microfilm?
Full report tomorrow evening. Stay tuned.
In my quest to launch a career in educational technology, I came across a great resource that might help some genealogy folks who are a little confused about what exactly Web 2.0 tools are and their potential uses. The Learning Technologies Centre of the University of Manitoba has put together a great resource called the Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning. While a large part of this handbook is dedicated to learning styles, trends, and changes, the Tools page provides a really helpful overview of the technologies I referenced in the What value do you feel various Web 2.0 tools add to genealogy? post. Not only do the authors provide a simple overview of the various technologies, they also include links to pages with more in-depth explanations and media-rich examples of each individual technology. If you are interested in learning more, this will be a few minutes well-spent.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Randy Seaver’s response to my initial question Here he provides a good look at some of the potential uses of these technologies on genealogy. I only wish I had more time to get some of these tools implemented to maximize the web presence of my own research.
After my post a few days ago about an organization with such a large membership having such a small group on Facebook, the number climbed from 48 at the time of the article to its current number of 65. “A-O-Way-to -go – Ohio” (That’s a quote from the Pretenders, for all you non-music fans). I of course, am not claiming that the rise in membership was any of my doing. I believe it’s due to increased activity leading up to the annual conference in a couple of weeks. If you are interested, here is the link to the Facebook group. As previously posted, the OGS conference dates are April 2-4 at Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron, OH. Interestingly enough, I just met someone from Sawmill Creek at a recent seminar I attended put on by the American Society for Training & Development.
Speaking of which: Any members attending from the southeast counties? Specifically — my research is focused in Belmont, Harrison, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, and Washington Counties. There are a few others, but those are the main ones. I would love to meet and chat about local resources and experiences with other members in attendance. We could “do lunch” Have your people call my people.
Now that I think about it, he has a birthday coming up! What do you get a 171-year old that he doesn’t already have? I looked briefly for a “J.K. Farley Photography” in Summerfield in Watkins’ History of Noble County, the 1880, 1900, and 1920 censuses, and found none listed. I would guesstimate this photo sometime around 1890-1900, although it might be a little earlier.
Alexander led an interesting life, as did his family. At some point, I am vowing to write an article on a few generations of the Staats family, as they made the trek from New Castle, DE to Luzerne Twp, Fayette, PA to Freeport Twp, Harrison, OH, finally landing in what is now Noble County in 1838 (no, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it happens to be the same year Alexander is born…but that is a story for another day.) It is through the Staats line that I applied and was accepted for membership in the First Families of Ohio lineage group of the Ohio Genealogical Society.
Jack Franklin, although I am not sure of his exact Franklin lineage as it relates to mine, is a distant cousin. Interestingly enough, he grew up in the Summerfield, OH area and remembered my great grandfather, Wilbur Staats, as his mailman. I had never met Jack, but he found my website and related that story. It was one of the things that convinced me I needed as much presence on the web as I had time to create. If someone remembered my ancestor as their mailman, what other uncovered delights might be out there?
Thank you, Jack!
As I thought about the previous question of the value of Web 2.0 tools, I considered what the ideal site for posting my own genealogy research might look like. The slide show above, while not exactly a thorough storyboard, is a pretty close vision of the sort of site I would love to call my own. Incorporating some static “1.0” design along with more interactive elements, this site would be awesome. If only I had the actual design skill to create it.
Essentially, a header with a lovely logo and a welcome message giving basic navigational aid would tie the pages together. Below the header, a series of tabs for navigation allow the user to move between pages without leaving the site or opening other windows. (Obviously, these would not be labeled “tab” as they are in the slides.) These tabs, as well as the left sidebar would remain regardless of which section a user visited. The side bar would offer navigational choices also. It would include a main section that served the same function as the tabs. Also, there would be common links of interest to most users. The tabs would be organized something like this:
- First tab: Home page – A blog as the main feature of the home page. Each tab would then open and replace the blog inside that wrapper.
- Second tab: “About” page – tells a bit about the site, how to use it, and a FAQ area.
- Third tab: Family Tree(s) – The same as my current TNG site, only running in the wrapper. An additional note about the genealogy page: It would be really cool if I could incorporate tags into this area to link to other interesting stuff. For example, if a user opened a page about an individual, there would be a list of associated tags displayed on the bottom of the page. Clicking on these tags would take you to an index of the wiki pages for those tags.
- Fourth tab: Research Wiki – A combination of information I have gathered ,as well as links to other sites of interest. This wiki would also be able to accept approved submissions from other users.
- Fifth tab: Groups – A section that provides the ability to sign up for various interest groups (most of which I would have to start first!) all with one simple sign-up form.
- Sixth tab: Multimedia – Where some cool stuff would live. Podcasts, webinars, virtual meetings, multimedia presentations, etc. How cool would that be?
So when can you look for this site? Probably never, but wouldn’t it be nice?
By the way, my current genealogy site is: http://genealogy.staatsofohio.com