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14 December 2015

One Name Place Study: Nettie Townsend in Marion Ohio

Townsends of Franklin County, Ohio
It's once again time to investigate the Townsends of Franklin County, Ohio in an effort to find relatives of William James Townsend who was born around 1842 in Franklin County, Ohio. So far I have discovered one relative and I have a genealogy super-sense that I have found a few others. Let's continue with the second to last named Townsend in the 1880 US Census.

The next individual is Miss Nettie Townsend born in 1858 and is a 22 year-old servant for the John Bobbert family.



09 December 2015

Give the Gift of Fun

Tis the season to give gifts, but what if you have someone who just doesn't need another gift under their tree? What if funds are tight and you need a creative gift idea? What if you could share your passion for research with your grandchildren in a fun way?

Well, my kiddos have fallen in love with the FamilySearch certified website Ancestor Guru. You can use this kid approved site as a fun gift for your family.


Memory is one of four games that Ancestor Guru pulls from the information you have on FamilySearch.org (you'll have to grant access for Ancestor Guru to access your FamilySearch account. If you don't have a free FamilySearch account, you really need to get one today!) The kids are learning to recognize the faces from the past and the names that go along with them. I like doing the same thing. I would like to learn the names of my husband's line, and this would be a fun way to practice.

05 December 2015

Late Night #GenealogyHappyDance

Genealogy Happy Dance

This video was inspired by a wonderful helper at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. I said if she made a certain discovery, I would video a genealogy happy dance. She found the discovery and told me to get the video camera ready! My son was a great sport in recording this video and my daughter spliced it together. We're not professional videographers but this is the reenactment of my receiving a discovery on FamilySearch and in my email box.






Have you made moments that make you want to see "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang? What's your favorite tune to hum when you strike genealogy gold? Share your genealogy happy dance with the hashtag #GenealogyHappyDance so we can see you in action!

Merry Christmas. May your family tree be filled with lots of presents, even if your real Christmas tree has few presents underneath. If you don't celebrate Christmas, may you still find great discoveries for your family tree.

01 December 2015

Find My Grandbabies

Descendancy Research


This year, the world was invited to The Global Family Reunion and celebrities posed with a New York Times writer with white paper signs that said, "I'm a Cousin." Regardless of how anyone feels about this grand fiesta, an underlying current was there.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a fairly new motto of "Find, Take, Teach." They want their church members to engage finding their ancestors, taking those names to the temple and then teaching others how to do the same. The "I'm A Cousin" underlying current is also in this campaign.

At a local family history event, I finally heard the current articulated correctly.

"Find the Grandbabies"