Glimpse Into the Buckeye Past

Have you ever wondered what the town your ancestors lived looked like? Sure we could look for some of the local history websites that were shared at RootsTech but there is a cool resource applicable to the town where centuries of my family lines have deep roots.

The Ohio Postcard Collection contains over 9,000 early 20th Century postcards of Ohio cities and towns from Aberdeen to Zoar. The collection was originally acquired in the 1970s through funds from the John M. Lewis estate. Browse Collection¬†” – according to the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Ohio Postcard Collection: Franklin County Court House
Franklin County Court House

Check out this Courthouse photos from the early 1900s. Now, I still need to research further to determine if this may have been the building where my 3rd great-grandfather Joseph Geiszler became a citizen of the US. It might also have been the cite of his civil wedding ceremony in 1856. Even if this ¬†building wasn’t built before the 1850s, there are certainly generations of my ancestors who would have entered into this court house for a variety of reasons. How cool is that?

Wesley Chapel, M.E. Church and Masonic Temple, Columbus, Ohio
The collection has numerous buildings from downtown Columbus, including this one of the Wesley Chapel and the Masonic Temple. I have Masons and Methodist & Episcopal church members! This photograph from the 1910s paints a lovely picture. Look a the road, the Model T (or some other early automobile). Wow, talk about bringing history to life.
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Holy Cross Catholic Church
This photo is a definite treasure as it’s the church where Joseph’s family does appear in the 1850s. This was one of the first German and Irish Catholic Churches in Columbus, Though the time period for the postcard is not pre-Civil War, I do love the glimpse into the past.
Anyway, these are just some of the cool photos I quickly found in the collection. You definitely need to check it out if you have ancestors in Columbus, Ohio or in Ohio in general. The collection does provide a link to receive updates when new photos are added. So, check it out Buckeye State genealogist!
Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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