My Ancestor “Score” 2019

The last time I posted about my "score" on my blog was 2016, and even then my post contained several errors. [What’s Your Number? 2016] This week I added several direct ancestors to my tree for the first time in a long time (thank you polar vortex) and it occurred to me that I should... Continue Reading →

Notes About the Ramby Family

This letter to my great-grandmother, Grace McKee (1887-1964), was tucked inside a notebook with several other letters. Although it is not dated, has no envelope, and is not signed with a full name, I believe it must be from her first cousin, Helen McKee (1890-1958). It could have been written in the 1940s or early... Continue Reading →

Marilynn Bell’s Life in Tweets

The theme of #genchat last night, Friday, 18 January, was Challenges of Writing Family History with guest host Lynn Palermo. If you have never participated in a Friday-night Genchat, I recommend joining in! It's a fun way to network with other genealogists. You can tune in by searching the hashtag #genchat at 10pm Eastern time... Continue Reading →

McKee Obituaries

No obituary has been found for Edwin McKee so I have written my own: Edwin McKee, of 105 Parkwood Drive, died 27 January 1925 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He was born 13 Oct 1849 in Montgomery County, Ohio to John H. and Amelia (Ramby) McKee. Edwin married Anna Irwin on 11 April... Continue Reading →

2018 Genealogy Goals Wrap-up

A lot has changed in the last year! In February 2018 I moved to Northern Indiana and started working as a genealogy librarian there, which has been a wonderful opportunity to serve genealogists in the community and hone my skills in areas unrelated to my own family tree. All year I was conscious of the... Continue Reading →

Christmas Cookies

When I was growing up one of the biggest Christmas traditions in my grandmother's household was having lots and lots of Christmas cookies. At least 7 kinds of cookies. Nothing requiring cookie cutters or frosting, oh no. Sandtarts, crescents, florentines, tiny crunchy chocolate chip, toffee bars, Reese's squares, mint bars, and sometimes more were each... Continue Reading →

Gifts for Genealogists Under $30

Genealogists are pretty easy people to buy gifts for. There are so many aspects to the hobby that make for great gifts at all price ranges. Even if they already have the thing you picked out…genealogists love to have backup copies of everything! Just promise me you won’t buy anyone a faux-parchment certificate with their... Continue Reading →

A Letter from Grandmother

I recently found this letter among my grandmother's mementos and I thought it was a fun little treasure. It's the only thing I have ever seen written by my 2nd great-grandmother, Edna Earley Barbour (1875-1961). My grandmother collected stamps her whole life and I know Grandma Barbour got her started. She especially loved stamps from... Continue Reading →

Preservation Preparation 4: Order

The last and final step in the process is to compile your supply needs, place an order and apply the materials to your heirlooms. After the first three steps you should have in front of you documents that contain lists of materials needed to preserve the items in each container of heirlooms you own. Despite... Continue Reading →

Western Star Newspaper Online!

I do a lot of genealogy research in Warren County, Ohio. My 4th great-grandfather, Kenneth Anderson, moved to Warren County from Freehold, NJ in 1817 and the family stayed there until 1961. There were two major papers covering this area: The Franklin Chronicle and the Western Star. Neither has been digitized by a major vendor... Continue Reading →

“Franklin Boy Tells of Fight”

Tomorrow is Armistice Day, and not just any Armistice Day, but the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Although I have no direct ancestors who participated in the conflict, my great-grandmother's brother, Omer Hartzell, fought in the marines in WWI. He was discharged as a corporal in the 96th company of the 6th regiment... Continue Reading →

Halloween Memories

Dad: My dad doesn't remember a lot about Halloween as a child, but he remembers going to a corn field in the fall – this was when he lived in Franklin, so under 11 years old – getting some ears of dried corn and shucking the kernels off the cob. Then they would throw the kernels... Continue Reading →

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