Lewis's Death Record Finally Rises

Lewis Pusecker Death Record

Going from an index to an original source often takes a little detective work and a lot of patience. And sometimes, it takes learning the right combination of search terms for the record to finally float to the surface.

That's the case for Ludwig Puescker son of Karl Puesecker who was a traveling companion to my 3rd great-grandmother Caroline Mack Geiszler Billman. I had tracked Ludwig, who became Louis in many records in Franklin County, Ohio, until the 1880 US Census. Then, I discovered a death date of 14 May 1905  in the Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997 death index collection on FamilySearch.  The index was derived from many sources, but I needed something more than a small clue to determine where his record was hiding.

Have I Found Martha's Death Record?

Martha Gordon Death Record?

While searching the Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001 with the search terms "Martha" "Brown", "Franklin County, Ohio" for the death place and "1901" for the death year, I got a hit. I wanted to start doing a genealogy happy dance saying I finally found her death record. But did I? Can I really prove it?

Scrapbooking Photobook Company Experiment

Ever read a photo book company review and think they are not going in depth enough? They'll tell you the quality is great but not tell you why the said quality was so wonderful. Then you print out a scrapbook and wonder what went wrong? If you said yes, or if you're just curious what I think, then this review post is for you! Four part video series discussing how I select a photo book company, my 20-page experiment, a little talk about packaging, and finally the comparison of my final selections.

What do you think? Did I miss anything? Do you have any tips on how to prepare your scrapbook pages better?

Or, what scrapbook topics should I include in a future video on Family History Fanatics? Leave a comment below and be sure to support my new venture by subscribing to my YouTube Channel, sharing the videos you like or giving a "Thumbs Up."

10 Ways to Share Your Family History

10 Ways to Share Family History

Who doesn't want to generate more interest in their research among their family members?

For years I've contacted different family members asking them to share family photos, documents, and stories with me. They seem willing and ask, "what do you want to know?" Those seem like golden words, but they're not. Or at least, I sometimes fail to converted a willingness to help into the desired outcome.

In the past, I shared a group sheet and a list of questions along with potential items that would be of interest to me. Sometimes, I've mailed them the research I know to a certain point and ask them to fill in the gaps. A few individuals have willingly have responded and filled in gaps with amazing photos that never knew existed and stories I've never heard.

One Record Leads to One Simple Story

Writing a Simple Family History Story

Some records in genealogy provide little to no information and simply certify that an event has occurred. Other records overflow with details that make writing a family history surprisingly easy.

Great Grandma Magie had a lovely photo collection that featured her siblings, one of whom is Christopher Hoppe.

I set out on a question to find Christopher's Death record and thankfully, the "Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001" collection did not disappoint!

What is Family History? (Video)

Video What is Family History

Budding genealogists and those discovering family history for the first time either have false concepts of this super cool hobby or don't know where to begin. In this new video on the Family History Fanatics YouTube Chanel, I answer the question, "What is Family History?"

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Tracking Down Copyright Release

Copyright and Memoir Writing

When your photo collection is from 20 years ago, who owns the copyright? And if you used said photos in pageants for the purpose of promoting yourself, are these images in the public domain? If they are in the public domain, do you actually need to track down a copyright release statement?

Writing my memoir was easy compared to the worry I felt regarding the headshots I used during my quest for the crown. How would I track down men who may not be photographers any longer? If I couldn't use photos in my book about pageants then what good was the project? Pageant books need photos!
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