Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on July 18, 2014 in In The Community

I enjoy reading about other people’s research. Even if they don’t mention one of my ancestors, I often come away with ideas for new sources to look for, a new way of using a source I hadn’t thought of before, or motivation to keep up the search. six-girls-readingWhat we’ve been reading this week has a little bit of all of that. Enjoy!

Consider the Possibilities” by Nancy on My Ancestors and Me. Have an ancestor who seems to have dropped off the face of the earth? Nancy shows how she considers the possibilities of what happened to them to generate ideas of where to look next.

“I Found It in the Archives” Contest by Ohio History Connection “OHC” (formerly the Ohio Historical Society). OHC is sponsoring an essay contest highlighting the wonderful finds people have made in the OHC Archives/Library. (Note: After you read these finalists, you can vote for your favorite.)  The finalists are:

  • Deborah M. Tracy who discovered her great-great-grandfather Jasper Haddock was a member of the 55th Massachusetts Colored Infantry and was wounded at the Battle of Honey Hill.
  • Kory de Oliveira who uncovered a skeleton in the family closet, namely an ancestor who served time in the Ohio Penitentiary.
  • Marty Davis Cottrill who found her family history by reading the journal of her ancestors’ minister.

I Thought I’d Have More Time” by Valerie Hughes on Genealogy With Valerie. Don’t wait to record your loved ones’ stories.

Philip Wolf’s Gunshot Wound” by Niki Davis on Rooted in Foods. Many of us have thought about all of the relationships that had to happen for us to be here. (What if great-grandpa and great-grandma never met?!) Niki talks about a person who cleared the way for her ancestors to marry.

A Shaking Leaf Told Me So” by Diana Ritchie on Random Relatives. Diana shares how a shaky leaf ended up solving a problem that she didn’t realize she had.


Amy Johnson Crow

Amy Johnson Crow is a Certified Genealogist and an active lecturer and author. Her roots run deep in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. She earned her Masters degree in Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Amy loves to help people discover the joys of learning about their ancestors and she thinks that there are few things better than a day in a cemetery. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Amy Johnson Crow.


  1. Thanks for highlighting this post, Amy. I hope anyone who comes to read it will also read the comments. There are several good suggestions for readers.

  2. Rick Womack

    Thanks for posting these – I especially enjoyed the one by Valerie Hughes on Genealogy With Valerie. I learned that we can’t afford to procrastinate getting those stories compiled and recorded.

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