Dad Would Have Been 70?

Happy Birthday Robert Paul Geiszler Jr


Have you ever run into someone you know and haven't seen them in awhile and realize they have aged. You know mentally they have aged, as have you, but in your mind you picture them from the past not the present?

Well, this year it hit me full force, my dad would have been 70 today.

70? No way! He didn't die that long ago. And he died when he was 55.

Seriously!?! 70? Let's check the math.

My Indexing Contribution, Request for FS Engineers



Online genealogical databases do not function without some sort of indexing program in place, be it machine or persons. If we want to find records for our ancestors using search engines rather than in-person trips to far away libraries at great cost, we should serve as volunteer indexers.

After five years of being a volunteer, I have a decent number of records to show:

21,523 names indexed (4,300/ year)
18,551 names arbitrated (3,700 / year)

Truthfully, my activity level comes and goes as free time or interest is available. However, I have enjoyed the Family Search Indexing Pilot. I can't easily add those numbers into my indexing totals either.

To be honest, something else happened in he last five years which took my attention away from indexing. It was the ability to add photos, stories, and sources to FamilySearch Family Tree. Sadly, I have NO WAY of knowing what those statistics are. I'd love to see a celebratory number on my log-in screen for FamilySearch that says, "You're amazing. You've added ___ stories, ___ photos, and ____ sources to your family members! Thank you."

Perhaps if I could see that I've attached 4,300 sources to the tree then I would think twice about being a lackadaisical indexer. Perhaps I would commit myself to the challenge, for every 20 sources I attach to family search, I'll index 40 names (pay it forward plus).

Top Five Then and Now

Top Ten Posts on A Patient Genealogist


Summer is a GREAT time to slow down and reminisce. School is out. Vacations are filled with making memories. And your priorities can really snap into focus. The New Year comes on the tail end of the busy December season and I'm always lacking clarity. But this summer, I'm making plans for the rest of the year and into the next. Part of that involves taking a look at the road I have traveled so far.

Five years ago today, I posted the most popular posts on my blog at that time. Sadly, I only had a top four.
As you can see, my popular posts had a trend. Tech Tuesday!

Glimpse Into the Buckeye Past

Ohio Postcard Collection


Have you ever wondered what the town your ancestors lived looked like? Sure we could look for some of the local history websites that were shared at RootsTech but there is a cool resource applicable to the town where centuries of my family lines have deep roots.

"The Ohio Postcard Collection contains over 9,000 early 20th Century postcards of Ohio cities and towns from Aberdeen to Zoar. The collection was originally acquired in the 1970s through funds from the John M. Lewis estate. Browse Collection " - according to the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
Ohio Postcard Collection: Franklin County Court House
Franklin County Court House

Check out this Courthouse photos from the early 1900s. Now, I still need to research further to determine if this may have been the building where my 3rd great-grandfather Joseph Geiszler became a citizen of the US. It might also have been the cite of his civil wedding ceremony in 1856. Even if this  building wasn't built before the 1850s, there are certainly generations of my ancestors who would have entered into this court house for a variety of reasons. How cool is that?


Wesley Chapel, M.E. Church and Masonic Temple, Columbus, Ohio

The collection has numerous buildings from downtown Columbus, including this one of the Wesley Chapel and the Masonic Temple. I have Masons and Methodist & Episcopal church members! This photograph from the 1910s paints a lovely picture. Look a the road, the Model T (or some other early automobile). Wow, talk about bringing history to life.

Holy Cross Catholic Church
Holy Cross Catholic Church
This photo is a definite treasure as it's the church where Joseph's family does appear in the 1850s. This was one of the first German and Irish Catholic Churches in Columbus, Though the time period for the post card is not pre-Civil War, I do love the glimpse into the past. 

Anyway, these are just some of the the cool photos I quickly found in the collection. You definitely need to check it out if you have ancestors in Columbus, Ohio or in Ohio in general. The collection does provide a link to receive updates when new photos are added. So, check it out Buckeye State genealogist!
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