Many people have a printed family history book in their home, or discover their family names in a book at a genealogical library and set out to do research from this starting point. What if you don't have such luxury? Are you out of luck? Were there no previous ancestors who crafted a family history to bless the lives of others?
Maybe, but maybe not. There is a place that you could find out. It's generally not going to be quick or easy, but it's worth investigating.
Family History Books, according to the website, has 200,000+ digital periodicals from family histories or from genealogy societies and magazines. The digital books could be from the Family History Library (in Salt Lake) or nearly a dozen other partner societies.
I attempted to find the Geiszlers and the Zumsteins and came up short. Well, for the Geiszlers they could be mentioned in a few articles, but nothing that really caught my eye. Same for the Zumsteins. There was a Zumstein history, but it's from the 1600s and I haven't traced my lines back that far.
I did enter the terms Townsend and Ohio and came across an interesting entry.
|Entry on the Family History Books website for Townsend + Ohio.|
So, whenever I'm in a Family History Library, I'll have to add this to my To Do List.