Searching Ohio? Have you checked the newspapers?

We all know about researching newspapers and the need for more resources. They are a good resource to view dates and events. They are coming online monthly, so for the family historian’s and genealogists, this is exciting. Newspapers bring information such as, locations, names, details about an individual, employment information, and maybe connections to others, etc.  I saw this link on twitter the other day from the Great Lakes History folks and thought I would check it out.

I am seeking info on the Davis and Marsh families who did a stop over in the great state of Ohio on the way to settling in Michigan. William & wife Mildred (Brand) Davis and family entered Ohio about 1858, hailing from Franklin County, PA, first renting in Wayne County, then purchasing 25 acres in the neighboring county called Medina. But did anything else happen in the area? That is when you need to think outside the box and ask who or what else has information. I located the deeds for the Davis’s purchasing the land. I have to consider numerous things about this family being “colored”, having some money (they sold their 11 acres in Franklin County, PA) traveling and buying property on the brink of the Civil War.  Medina didn’t require the Davis family to pay the $500 to register in the county. The Davis’s only lived in Medina for 5 years, but had two babies (Alma & Henry). The Davis family did sell their land (in 1863) and headed to Benzie County, Michigan to homestead 160 acres. I located a Civil War registration record for William and Mildred’s oldest son, Joseph Brand Davis, but do not think he served, yet! Okay, I am hot the trail, time to check out the Ohio Newspaper site.

Now for George & Mary (Goens/Goings) Marsh-they left Jefferson County, West Virginia supposedly right after the Civil War. Can you imagine all the turmoil and confusion going on. At the time they only had  one daughter, Nancy “Ardella” and she was a little over 1 yr old. In the wagon they go, heading north, as most people of color did back then. George and Mary stop over in Morrow County, Ohio and stayed only two years before heading to Manistee County, Michigan and homesteading. So far I am not able to locate any deeds or anything on the Marsh family in Morrow and did not find where they had to pay the $500 registration fee to enter into Morrow County. But, another daughter was born, Sarah, in Morrow County, Ohio. Now how do I know this? When Sarah was baptized at the Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints in Joyfield Michigan, in Benzie County,

Sarah Marsh Davis (Sarah Marsh Davis)

her birth was noted on her record. Great find! The Marsh’s leave me with lots of empty spaces and questions to figure out. So let’s see if there is information in the newspapers to help me understand what was going on in the Marsh world in Ohio.

By the way, Henry Davis born in 1863 in Medina, Ohio married Sarah Marsh, born in Morrow County, Ohio. Henry is my great grandfather. Sarah and Henry had one child, Rudolph. Sarah passed away when Rudolph was young and Henry married Sarah’s sister Clara, my great grandmother.

Henry&ClaraMarshDavis Henry and Clara (Marsh) Davis

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Record workplace bullying award against Walmart reduced on appeal

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Ostracism more damaging than bullying in the workplace


Hmmm….must read to understand what the study actually revealed.

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Check out Dawning Genealogy Blog!

Dawning Genealogy is sharing info on the new feature on

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2015 FGS Conference Registration is Open


Registration is open. FGS is at the same time as Rootstech, expect a good 10k genealogist in Salt Lake City, please register now! I hope to see you all there. I will be presenting two sessions at FGS.

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

Connect.Explore.Refresh — A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

August 27, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) opened registration today for their 2015 conference scheduled for February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This highly anticipated genealogy event puts the FGS and RootsTech conferences under one roof at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC).

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“Collaborative Genealogy” & “So What”

“Collaborative Genealogy” was used at the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), it works everywhere!-Join your local & national genealogy groups. If you don’t have one, start one! Folks will come, we all need help on this research journey. It is a “cool” way to get a small group together focusing on genealogy issues. This is not a new concept, but new to a lot of researchers and proven to help each other. It is like a team working on a project! If nothing else, you will be able to come up with some new places to research, ways to solve some issues, etc. We are all at different levels of genealogy research. Some of us learned some bad habits of research-some didn’t learn any and have only learned from genealogy conferences. Folks, you need to join together and learn from each other and share the information. Those of us who are presenters, lecturer’s or facilitators all bring something different. Experience each of us. The collaborative group is focused on “your” situation, then focuses on the next person’s. Grab the tea & cookies or beer and pizza and dig in. Everyone has something to share, your voice is respected and heard. You get the opportunity to receive assistance, but also to give assistance.

Tune in to the weekly blogtalk radio shows like Bernice Bennett’s “Research at the National Archives and Beyond” (Thursday’s 9p EST), there are others, like Marian Pierre-Louis’s & Janice Wilcox’s. Follow Thomas MacEntee’s GeneaBloggers-tracking new blogs, fine him on Pinterest. Locate Judy Russell’s the “Legal Genealogists” blog, different topics come out weekly. Tune in to the weekly (Friday’s) podcasts like Angela Walton-Raji’s Africanrootspodcasts and to the “hangouts” on Google with Dear Mrytle and others. Learn from those that do! Did you know about the Legacyfamilytree webinars, they are every Wednesday at 2p EST. Have you visited the Afrigeneas website, the forums are a good example of virtual collaborative genealogy working. Ask a question and wait for some input from others. Love it!

Societies & genealogy groups: set time for your monthly meetings to take on a couple of members questions, brick walls, etc. You never know who can help or who you are connected too! Two or more heads are always better than one! Lead some “so what” sessions. If you want to know some tips in generating a collaborative genealogy session, email me or locate me on Facebook so others can see your questions and answers! If you are in my area, invite me to come, I love leading these sessions. If you have questions-ask!

The root of collaborative genealogy is timeline’s and the “So What” principles. I facilitate the Murphy’s “So What” principles. It’s all about “questioning & challenging” the documents you obtain. Document’s needs to be analyzed-every line, every box! if not, I would suggest that you are just collecting paper and don’t know what you have or where you might be able to go in your research. Our goal is to “share the stories”. Question the information or what information is missing. Ask “Why” was this document created, what are the laws in place during the time it was created. “So what”-I have a death certificate -some will stop their research at this point. OMG! You are just getting started when you obtain a record or even a resource (as attendees learned at MAAGI). Analzye & Question what you are looking at…hmmm…I see a location of a birth for this ancestor, I see my great grandparents names and a state where they were born, but not a county? What is the value of the information you see to your research? What is missing? Who might know where the missing info is?

I always recommend you begin developing a “timeline”, every, I mean every thing that was happening around one or all of your ancestor’s life, all information should be listed. Learn the history of the community, there could be pertinent info that impacted your ancestor. List the births marriages, census federal and state, law changes, incidents, land purchasing, etc. Everything around your ancestor!  if it is not there, you need to question where is it? Who might know this information and go get it. Once you have the document analyzed-begin making a list, of questions and missing info, which is the beginning of your “research plan”. Include the questions you have and also lay out your next steps of research, leave a column to note if you completed this action. Keep everything in date order, start with the ancestor and go down. Make sure you include your resources, no this is a please, “cite” where you obtained your information, where you obtained in, include the pages and volumes. Check out Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills ( day you or someone else might have to go view that resource. 

Tune in to this weeks African Roots podcast-hear about “collaborative genealogy” at its best and see what comes out of it. (photos taken at 2014 MAAGI, St. Louis-I lead a small group 8 with Nicka Smith, another facilitator at MAAGI on the internet verifying and finding new resources. We began by reviewing individuals homework (timelines). We worked on everyone’s timeline to help further each other’s research, last was Gary’s…listen in. 

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African Roots Podcast-Friday’s with Angela Walton-Raji

Lots of information to share that links to genealogy!

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