Ohio Veteran Gravesite List

* It is not a complete list, but fairly comprehensive 


During my two weeks of jury duty I had the pleasure of hearing our County (Franklin) Recorder, Terry Brown, speak to us about his office and the resources available to us.  


Those resources are often the ones genealogists and the like are after.  They have some very large old books with very precise script with records dating back to before Ohio was a state (1803).  You welcome to see those books and other such items if you visit his Office.  


The item that surprised me most that I didn't know about before was the Ohio Veteran gravesite search.  It can be found  here http://recorder.franklincountyohio.gov/services/veteran-grave-search.cfm ,


As well as the search, there is a spreadsheet and PDF file of all Ohio Veteran gravesites.


I haven't dug in just yet but I will be soon!

Collection Highlight #2 Hanna-Essex Coal Company


Collection Highlight #2 - The Hanna-Essex Coal Company

The Hanna-Essex Coal Company was started in 1912, in New Straitsville, Ohio.  Hannibal Hamlin Essex, my 2nd great grandfather, was president.  His older brother, Nelson, was secretary, treasurer.  I'm still digging, sorting and scanning, hoping to find more information.  Hannibal started out with his eldest brother, Calvin Essex, eventually running one of Calvin's mines (The Essex Coal Company).  I am very new to researching the mines in the area (or mines at all!).  One of my more promising visits to make in the spring will be to The Little Cities Archive in Shawnee, Ohio.  They have an impressive online collection of old newspapers, photos and more from the "Black Diamonds" area.  

From an uneducated view, coal companies seemed to pop-up and fall apart like the Internet companies in the recent past.  I have found family connections to many coal companies (whether in ownership, management, actual mine work).   

  • The Essex Coal Company 
  • The Hanna-Essex Coal Company 
  • The G.M.S. Coal Company (desperately looking for more on that one)
  • Troy Mine (History of Ohio, by Charles Galbreath)
  • The Statler-Essex Coal Company (History of Ohio)

Look for a great deal more on this topic in future posts, including a complete time keeping book from 1937, with who worked the mine each day.

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Family History Beginners #1: 5 Mistakes I Made

(George Eastman House/Flickr Commons)

Note- These are my lessons learned through six years of off and on again research into my family history.  On ladder of genealogical experience I consider myself only one rung higher than beginner.  That makes these mistakes very fresh in my mind.  

My first "research" attempt was in 2006.  Whether on a whim, or due to my grandmother's death, I cannot say.  Ancestry.com was my first stop, as I believe it is for most of us under thirty (not implying that it is a good thing).  At the time I knew very little about my family history, certainly nothing of substance.  After adding my pair of grandparents and asking my mother about great grandparents I stood at a genealogical crossroads.  Do I sit down and research, look for documentation?  In that case I did not.  I wanted answers, history, something profound and I wanted it as soon as possible.  This is one of the clearest lessons to me now.  Patience.  Like anything else in life genealogy takes time, a long time.  I've lost count how many times I've come back, after a day or month, to a record or particular brick wall in my tree only for it to make complete sense.  Periodically go over already collected information.  Another embarrassing mistake, assuming others work is correct.  There is some incredible, fully fleshed out trees and collections out there.  More often than not it can be a dumpster fire.  Don't judge a tree's correctness by its number of ancestors, judge it by your ability to trace their work through their sources.  Always check someone else's work before accepting it as fact.  This had an unknown impact on my own work.  I never cited any of my work, let alone give credit to those that deserved it, legally or otherwise.  I myself had given birth to a dumpster fire family tree of my own.  Second problem, with no sources cited I had no idea where my mistakes began or ended.  Cite sources.  I sort of already mentioned it but

don't assume because something is on the internet it is yours to do what you please.  Fact of the matter, very little of it is.  A source is more likely to mention it is free of use than that it has a cost to its rights.  Don't assume content is free, be active and search out the answer.  Sometimes that will mean sending an email and waiting for a response.  It's not only fair, in most cases it is what the law requires.