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Tidbits from a Month’s Hiatus

The Cave: a creation corner

                                                      The Cave: my creation corner

I’ve been knee deep (nose deep?) in the final edits of my first book of historical fiction. I love creating a fiction account from the bits of data and unanswered questions unveiled during my research. While I’ve grown attached to the characters and the story, tentatively titled Mary’s Mountains, it is time to move on. After cleaning up what my husband calls my “cave”, I wrote a page long list of long neglected “to do’s”. Number one on the list? Update this blog! Two big genealogy wins occurred while I hunted out misplaced commas and redundancies in my book. Here they are:

  1. In the last week of September, I received notice that my applications were approved in the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio based upon my descent from these Civil War veterans: Calvin Harrison Croy, Robert Croy, William Croy, Greer Croy, David Croy, Nathan Croy, and Duncan Croy.

I’ve written about them extensively on my blog (just search Civil War).

Now all marriage, birth, death, obituary, and military documentation from that application can be access through the Ohio Genealogical Society. If you have Ohio ancestry or an interest in learning more about a pivotal state in our nation’s history, I recommend them.

I will attend the 2016 OGS Conference in Mason, Ohio, April 28-30, 2016, receive my certificate, and then take my own two week research tour of Ohio. I’ll post more about the conference later.

  1. Soon after receiving the above notification, my mail box offered up another treasure…a copy of the will and probate records for Alexander Huston. They come from the original documents housed at the Montgomery County, Ohio Records Center and Archives. I have only found these records summarized, transcribed, or in partial form until now. Unfortunately, the records, from an oversized register, were shrunk down to 8×11 paper, so transcribing will take a while! (Besides the fact that there are 40 pages to transcribe.)

Already, there are some exciting discoveries, like why John Huston sued in court to retrieve his father’s property from his mother’s new husband, and why Alexander’s will gave money to children already dead…but that is for a different post. Stay tuned.

One last thing…I attended the Fresno Genealogical Society all day conference starring Lisa Louise Cooke. Combined with the fact that I shared the event with two good friends, the conference was excellent and well-organized. I first saw Lisa Louise Cooke at the San Antonio, 2014, conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She is always fabulous and informative. FresnoGS on facebook Lisa Louise Cooke

The Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2014:Part 1

The River Walk in San Antonio

No, I’m not briskly traversing the famous walk in San Antonio right now. I’m in my hotel room after my first full day at the FGS Conference in San Antonio trying, after a first failed attempt, to remotely post my musings. My body experienced both the swelter of Southern Texas humidity and the local remedy, toe numbing, shiver producing air conditioning. But never mind, a well organized conference and engaging presenters more than made up for it.

The opening session featured Riders on the Orphan Train with Phillip Lancaster and Alison Moore, a multi-media presentation about the 70 plus years beginning in the early 1850’s when tens of thousands of children from New York were placed on trains heading all over the country to be adopted. Learn much more at this web site and, if you haven’t read Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, do it. It is quick, well-written and inspiring.

I then headed to a session by Marion Pierre-Louis giving many excellent suggestions on blogging. I plan to implement many of them soon, but right now I am breaking an important rule, keep them short. Next time???

After lunch I moved on to a session by Melissa C. Tennant called Discovering Female Ancestors. She gave a plethora of suggestions regarding how to analyze artifacts looking for hints that can point the way to uncovering the who, where, and what of women in history. I filled my notes with many ideas on how to proceed with a special mystery woman of my own from my last post, my GGgrandmother Margaret “Pugh” Croy.

Finally, my WOW of the day, Lisa Louise Cooke! Her session called Turning your iPad or Tablet into a Genealogy Powerhouse confirmed what a good friend kept telling me, “Ipad’s can really be amazing if you learn more.” Okay, Ron, you are right. (Well, maybe…I don’t exactly feel that way right now as I try to complete this post!) But Lisa was fabulous, so fabulous that I dropped my last session and went rushing to her next one down in the exhibit hall. I will probably catch one more before the conference ends. Get her newsletter, subscribe to her podcasts, read her book! Not a genealogy geek? Don’t let that stop you. If you want to maximize the value of your tablet, check her out at