Month: February 2016

Writing Family History

Joseph Geissler: Gone to Soon

Would German Immigrant Joseph Geißler have to fight with the Union forces in the North? That’s where we left off in last week’s post. The first three days of July 1863 would become some of the most infamous dates in Civil War history. In Pennsylvania, the largest number of casualties of the entire war occurred at […]

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RootsTech2016

RootsTech Review: Through The Eyes of an Unknown Presenter

RootsTech 2016 is over and while it is still fresh in my mind I thought I would do a guest blog for my hot wife whom you know as A Patient Genealogist. This was our first time attending the event and we had a great time, both at the conference and away from our kids. […]

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How to Write a Birth Index Reason Statement #familysearch #genealogy #methodology
Online Research

How to Write a Birth Index Reason Statement

Writing reason statements for actual documents can be fun. But what do you do when you have an index that does not link to an original source? What would you write in your reasons statement boxes on FamilySearch? Remember to follow the Guiding Principle to record as much information to help you remember why you attached a […]

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Writing Family History

Joseph Geissler: Another Land in Crisis

As we continue the story of Joseph and Caroline (Mack) Geißler, we enter the 1860s with them farming their land in Prairie Township, Franklin County, Ohio with one son, Henry Joseph Geißler, and grieving the recent loss of their oldest son, Carl Geißler. Interestingly, husband and wife are listed in the 1860 US Census as attending […]

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Personal History
Scrapbooking

Elementary School – 80s Scrapbook Themed Page

School records and photos are so fun to discover for our ancestors. But, do you have documents from when you were in school? How are you going to showcase those records? Normally I scrapbook using templates. They’re fast, easy to use, and take the guesswork out of designing a page. That’s power scrapbooking. For this […]

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Another Way to Write a Reason Statement
Online Research

Another Way to Write a Marriage Record Reason Statement

Previously, I wrote a reason statement for a marriage index record following my guiding principles of providing enough information to remember why I attached a source on FamilySearch. I have another example for us to examine. This time it is a marriage record that doesn’t provide a lot of identifying information. I have to share […]

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Writing Family History

Joseph Geissler: Tragedy in Prairie

In previous posts, we followed the origins of Joseph Geißler from his origins in Baden to his arrival in Franklin County, Ohio. His marriage to Caroline Mack to the birth of a son and becoming a naturalized citizen. I ended the last post with the birth of his second son and a hint that tragedy would […]

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Online Research

How to Write a Reason Statement for a Marriage Record

After reading the plea to fill in the reason statement box and reviewing some basic tips for what to put in the box, do you still need more concrete examples? Well, you’re in luck. I will be sharing various examples of reason statements that I have left behind. Use these as idea generators for how […]

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Writing Family History

Joseph Geissler: An American Father

When we left off, Joseph and Caroline had married and purchased property in Prairie Township in 1856. Their land neighbored James Kinnaird and Caroline’s father, Heinrich Mack. Additional neighbors included the Puseckers, Strunkenbergs, and Tinappels, all from the same village in Hanover as the Macks. After over year and a half of marriage, Joseph and Caroline welcomed […]

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Brick Walls

Brick Wall: Can You Help Find the David Kinnaird Diary?

In the post, Joseph Geissler: Planting Roots in Prairie, I mentioned that my 3rd great-grandfather, along with two other families purchased the property from James Kinnaird of Prairie Township, Franklin County, Ohio in 1856. In researching James Kinnaird, I learned that he was born 10 August 1825 in Ohio, United States. I find that he marries Melissa Deans […]

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