Monday, August 23, 2010


August newsletter

The monthly meeting of the Ft. Loramie Historical Association was held in
the Wilderness Trail Museum August 19th. A committee was formed to
create a new history book to commemorate the 175th anniversary of
Ft. Loramie. The Christmas dinners were discussed and Dorothy Quinlin
reported that we already have 97 reservations for the event. Jean
Rosengarten brought in 2 possible desserts for us to sample. For
information or to make a reservation or if you would like to help call
Dorothy Quinlin at 937-295-2659.

A meeting of the executive board was held recently and Don Gusching and
Tom Busse were voted in as new board members and Catherine Wolken
as reporter.

Ted and Anita Barhorst donated a beautiful pot bellied stove that they
rescued and restored. It has been painted and rechromed. Their names
will be put on it and it will probably go in the dining room upstairs.

The Ft. Loramie Redskins 2010 Division IV state champion baseball team
has donated to the museum a baseball helmet signed by the players and
coaches. It will be prominantly displayed along with other sports

Poeppelman Painters finished painting the roof. Tom Busse, Catherine
Wolken and Alice Barhorst have been working in the country store
cleaning, painting and rearranging. Jean Rosengarten has done an
excellent job on the landscaping this summer.

Kathy Schaefer, librarian at the Ft. Loramie branch library, would like to add
to the library's collection of high school yearbooks. If you have one you
want to donate call the library at 937-295-3155 or just bring it in.

Naomi Russell visited us on Sunday the 15th and treated us to an organ concert. She comes to the museum from her home in Piqua once a year to play the instrument that she donated.

German Heritage Days preparation is in full swing. This year it will be
Friday and Saturday the 24th and 25th of September. The historical
association always has a tent so come in and visit.

On September 26 the Wall of Fame ceremony will be held in the high school
school. Miss Marie Quinlin, former first grade teacher, will be inducted by
her niece, Sheila Quinlin, along with Frank Turner, Paul Amann, and
Sister Connie Zimmerman.

Our last open Sunday will be August 29 from 1 - 4. Come and see the
displays or just hang out. Groups can tour the museum at other times by
calling Dorothy Quinlin or Jim Rosengarten.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ohio resources

Resources in Ohio for genealogy research.

Rutherford B. Hayes Obituary Index of Ohio deaths

Ohio Death Certificate Index, 1913 to 1944

Family Search (the Mormon Church's new database)
(They have Ohio deaths from 1908-1953, births from 1821 - 1962
and marriages from 1800 - 1958)

Ft. Loramie Branch Library
(Good collection of books and family histories)

New Bremen Public Library

Minster Historical Society has an extensive funeral card & obituary file.

St. Augustine's Cemetery, Minster OH
(a book is in the library in Minster)

Shelby County Ohio GenWeb

Mercer County Chapter Ohio Genealogy Society

Ohio Pioneer Migration Routes

Ohio GenWeb

Ohio Genealogy Society

Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN)
(Heritage Quest is available through your public library.
It has census records)

County histories. These were put together in the late 19th and early
20th century. Most have biographies.

Town histories. These are usually done to commemorate a special
event such as a bicentennial.

Shelby County
Probate has birth & death from 1867 - 1908
Marriage records from 1825 to now.

Auglaize County
State Health Dept. has birth & death since 1908
Probate has birth & death from 1848 - 1908

Mercer County
State Health Dept. has birth & death since 1908
Probate has birth & death for Mercer County but not for Auglaize
before 1848. (Some old records are in the basement)

Mercer County Library - 419-586-4442

Mercer County Historical Society - 419-586-3423

The Ft. Loramie Historical Association has many books and histories
in the museum. For information call - 419-628-2481

German resources

Resources for German genealogy.

Emigrants from the former Amt Damme, Oldenburg
(the former Duchy of Oldenburg)

History of the emigrants from the former Amt Damme

Emslanders to the American Midwest
(Kreis Emsland is next door to the Netherlands.
Main towns are Meppen & Lingen)

The German Genealogy Network
(A whole lot of this is in German but it's a large database of people
who left different parts of Germany)

Auswanderer aus Vechta (emigrants from KreisVechta, Niedersachsen)

Germany in the 1871 Borders
(the way Germany looked when most of our ancestors left)

Family History Group, (town of Dinklage)

World Roots (list of German occupations)

Codes for umlauts and other diacritical marks on keyboard

German church records. The Mormon Church has some of the Catholic
records in towns in Oldenburg. You may have to order the microfilms.
The Dayton chapter has the actual films on hand.

States of Germany. (modern German states)

Wright State University
(among other things they have naturalization records. You have to go there to see them)

Google any town in Germany. They all have websites

General resources

Resources useful for researching a family tree.

(individual surname, state and country message boards)

(message boards, etc.)

ISTG (Immigrant Ship Transcriber's Guild)
(passenger lists)

Castle Garden (New York port used before Ellis Island)

Family Search (the Mormon Church's new database)
(surnames by state and county)

Ellis Island
(New York port immigrants came into from 1892-1924)

SSDI (Social Security Death Index)

Genealogy Trails

Cyndi's List
(I've never found anything useful on it but some people swear by it)
Has sources you can't get elsewhere but you have to pay for it.
The Sidney library has it for free on one of their computers.

County courthouses, local libraries and churches.

State vital records. Every state has a website where you can find out
how to access records.