Sunday, February 17, 2008

Temporary Stoppage

Over the last few weeks the amount of readership for this blog has decreased dramatically. To me this is a indication that I am not reaching the audience with interesting and helpful information. The amount of time I spend researching the daily blogs does not warrant the readership. Thank you for your support in the past.

In a few days I will make a final decision.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Upcoming week

I will be in upstate New York during the upcoming week so I am spending the weekend writing this weeks blogs ahead of time. Have a great weekend and I will continue my overviews on Monday.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Allen County Public Library- Ft Wayne IN

If you have not made the trip to the Allen County Public Library in Ft Wayne, IN you have missed out on one of the largest genealogical libraries in the country. It is well worth the trip. They have just redone it in the last year and have all there resources available in the racks. Here is a link to a tour of the library.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Huron County OH- Births

Records of birth in Huron County can be found in three different places in the county. They are the the Probate Court (1867-1908), Health Department (1908-present and the archives in Bowling Green.

The Probate court is located along with the Health department in Norwalk. It is at these two places that you would go to get your certified copies of records. Indexes also exist for these records. Be sure to make copies of these records to help in proving and confirming facts related to a person's birth. This information tends to be good, because it is given by the parents.

The archives records are indexed and also include the corrections to the records. The records run from 1867 to 1908. All of these records are on microfilm.

Tomorrow I will be covering a library in the area. Have a great day.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Huron County Ohio- History

The county of Huron was formed in 1809 out of portion of the area known as the Connecticut Reserve. The area of Huron was known specifically as the Firelands. The county was names after the Huron Indians that lived in the area.

The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 eliminated most of the lands claimed by individual states. The Firelands area was a exception to this change. This region was given as compensation to those resident of Connecticut that had lost their homes during the Revolutionary War due the activities of the British army. This is why the majority of the people living in this area can trace their genealogical roots back to New England.

Tomorrow I will cover a library in the area. Have a great day.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Hardin County- Solider's Relief Commision

A often overlooked source for genealogical information is the records that have been collected by the Soldier's Relief Commission. The primary source for these records at the archives in Bowling Green. These are records are often overlooked and provide valuable resources on your Civil War ancestors.

They have a group of miscellaneous records related to the Civil War soldiers and there care by the county. (1880's-1890's, 1932-1945). The actual relief records ( 1874-1896). Be certain to check these records out for the valuable information that they contain.

New county in the AM. Have a great day.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Hardin County- Obituaries

The fantastic thing about obits in Northwest Ohio is that most of them have been indexed. All of the information is available on line and can be ordered on line. The wonderful list is located on the Hayes Obituary Index. RB Hayes Obituary Index

The other location to locate these records is at the library in Kenton as well at the Hardin County Genealogical Connections.

Make sure to make copies. Note the date and page as well as the name of the newspaper for these records.

Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Library Visit

t amazes me the difference in the collections of one library to the next. Yesterday I was at the Toledo Public Library and I am always amazed how it changes and evolves from one visit to the next. The library is one that I first started doing my research in when I was thirteen and continues to be one of my favorites. A observation that came to me yesterday when I was there the amount of people doing their genealogy. It would be neat if they would have a sign in area that you could also list the names you are searching. Have often thought that I could be sitting right next to the solution to my genealogical problem.

The second observation was how wonderful it is to be able to trace a surname on line. Yesterday I went through probably fifty books with out finding anything. It also never stops surprising me on how many books do not have indexes. Many of the older publications lack the proper index.

Be sure to get out and support your local library.

Saturday, February 09, 2008


I will be traveling to the library today to conduct some research. Should hopefully be able to post the results next Saturday. Have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Hardin County, OH- Connections

As most of you know by reading my bio that I do speaking engagements in front of various groups on the subject of the Civil War and genealogy. While talking with the speaker coordinator about a upcoming talk I am doing for the Allen Co., OH OGS I mentioned that I was currently profiling research in Hardin Co. Debbie indicated that I need to mention the fine work that the folks at the local chapter of the OGS do in Hardin County. They have a genealogical resource center in Kenton that has a tremendous amount of information on the county and it's families. It was also brought to my attention that they will do court house searches for out of towners.

Here is the ling to their site. Lot's of information and understanding can be gained on Hardin county records from this site.

Folks be sure to support your genealogical groups. They do a tremendous job with
helping to preserve our local history. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Hardin County, OH- Death Records

Death records in Hardin County are stored and available at two different locations. The first is at the courthouse in Kenton and the archives in Bowling Green, OH. Provide valuable information concerning our relatives and relationships.

The courthouse records start in Hardin Co and run from 1867 to current. It is here that you can obtain the certified copies. As I always say if you are visiting in person be sure to call ahead to make sure they will be open when you are coming and be patient if you are going in person or mailing in your request.

The second area to locate the death records would be at the archives in Bowling Green. The archives has copies of both the index and the actual death records. Their information only runs from 1867 to 1908. All these files are on microfilm.

Just a note on the local chapter of the OGS in Hardin County. I have learned through the grape vine that they offer a wonderful resource in both record and services to help those seeking information in the county. In the AM I will try to profile more information on this group. Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Hardin County, OH- Marriage Records

There are two primary locations for searching for marriage records in Hardin County. They are the Probate Court in Kenton and the archives in Bowling Green. There are several types of records that can be located.

At the court house in Kenton the records located there run from 1833 to present. These records are indexed so when searching you can find all people with a particular surname and when they were married. This is especially good when looking for a uncommon surname in a particular area. Be sure to look for variances in spelling when doing this search.

The archives in Bowling Green has several types of records including the index (1833-1959), records (1833-1935), marriage and minister license record (1833-1884) and Marriage Returns (1852-1859). All of these records are located on microfilm.

Be certain to make copies when looking at these records. Don't ignore the witnesses, because they often provide valuable clues to relationships.

Tomorrow I will profile a library in the county. Have a great day.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Hardin County - Birth Records

When it comes to birth records in Hardin Co. , OH you have several places to locate them depending on the time period that you are looking for the person. They are the Hardin County courthouse in Kenton and the archives in Bowling Green.

Birth records at the courthouse run from 1867 to present. This is where you would be able to get certified copies for this time period. As with all places of this type be patient with the staff and allow for some time with your search.

Finally the archives in Bowling Green has the birth records running from 1867-1908. They also have a copy of index to birth registration and corrections that runs from 1867-1986. All of these records are on microfilm.

Birth records give you excellent first hand information on time and place of birth. This is also the best source for parentage. Always make copies of these records for proof and verification.

Good luck in your search.

Hardin County- History

Hardin County, OH was formed in 1833 out of the county of Logan. The name for the county came from John Hardin who was a leader during the Revolutionary War, but was killed by Indians while going on a peace mission for George Washington. The county seat is located in Kenton.

I will begin tomorrow by covering the birth records in the county. Thank you again for your continued support of this site.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Sunday News

Off to church this morning. Will be starting a new county in the AM. Have a great weekend.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Big Blast

Well we have all survived the big blast yesterday. I know folks to the west of me got hit harder than here in the Toledo area. Enjoy the weather.

I hope some of you will be traveling to the Sandusky library today for the talk on Johnson's Island. Should be a very interesting talk.

Have a great Saturday.

Friday, February 01, 2008

African American Research- Sandusky Library

Here is a great program for those doing African American Genealogy.

Author, teacher, and genealogist Tony Burroughs says researching your family tree can lead to amazing finds - the secret to success is asking many questions. Mr. Burroughs, author of Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing The African American Family Tree, will present a daylong workshop on methods and resources for African-American genealogy research on Saturday, February 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Library Program Room, Terrace Level. A book signing will be held after the workshop.

Mr. Burroughs has appeared as an expert in the PBS series "Ancestors" and "African American Lives with Henry Louis Gates" and in the Discovery Channel documentary "The Real Family of Jesus." In addition to his writing, appearances, and service in genealogical organizations, Mr. Burroughs teaches genealogy at Chicago State University. A one hour lunch is on your own. Registration is required. To register, call 419-625-3834 and press 0 to speak with a switchboard operator (9-5, Monday-Friday) or press Option 6 to leave a message.

Have a great Friday and stay safe here in snowy Northwest Ohio.