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!


"Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F6CL-Y2R : accessed 30 March 2016), Christopher Hoppe, 11 Jan 1900; citing Death, Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States, source ID v 3 p 50, County courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 2,026,910.

This record alone provided some much GREAT details!

Christopher died on Jan 11, 1900 because of an injury that resulted in him vomiting blood. Mercifully that lasted only one day. (But I wonder what the injury was and I can't imagine how his wife felt watching him in this condition). The painter, Christopher was treated by Orin H Stutson. He was 40 years old at the time of his death. The life time resident was living in a rented home at 567 E Mound in the 4th Ward of Columbus. This record confirmed his parents were Christopher and Margerta Hoppe (no maiden name for Margerta was provided, but thankfully other sources have) who were German Immigrants. He was buried on 14 January in Green Lawn Cemetery using the  Schoedinger Funeral Service. 

Wow! One record provided much of the information I needed to write a simple death story for Uncle Christopher the painter. It really wasn't so hard. Yes, I'm still curious as to what happened to cause a blood vomiting injury. But for now, I have a nice paragraph to add to Christopher's narrative.


  • May you be blessed to find a record overflowing with details for your next family history project.

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