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Subject: Re: [OHBUTLER] Upcoming family history trip to Hamilton, Oh
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 01:07:34 +0000 (UTC)
I live in CT and took this same trip last summer. I am sure you will spend alot of time at cemeteries and libraries and archives etc. A few things that I found extremely helpful were the following:
*In regards to death records, most people get a copy of their ancestors death certificate and then visit the cemetery and get a record from them. I urge you not to disregard the funeral home. It will likely be listed on the cemetery record and many of the funeral homes are still in existance today. I gained more information from funeral home records then I ever would have dreamed of. I even found a 93 year old living relative from one. It is unbelievable what some of them can offer.
*When you are at the cemetery....go in to the office and ask what other people are buried there with the same surname. Unless you are researching a very common name it is likely they are related in some way. I took photos of these stones even if I didn't know who they were. I have since connected some of them to my family tree and am not left wishing I had taken the photos while there. Also pay close attention as to who is buried with who....you can find spousal info this way.
*Don't discount the local library. They often have microfilms of local papers. These are not often researchable online. I especially liked finding a death date and then looking in the paper a day or two after the death for the obit. It often gave me lots of info. One record told me of an organization my ancestor belonged too and I was able to reach out to that organization for more info.
*Don't forget to go sideways....Depending on what years you are searching it is not uncommon for some records not to exist. My g grandfather was born in Middletown (I am certain of this) and their simply is no birth record for him. I instead researched his siblings and found his brother's marriage record which gave me the names of his parents and I could then go back from there.
*Take good notes and bring a camera and label everything.
I wish you all the best. I had a fantastic time while there. I only wish I had known about the memorial...I would have loved to see that. Guess I will have to make another trip. :-)
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From: "Julie Schut" <>
Sent: Sunday, April 8, 2012 9:01:33 AM
Subject: [OHBUTLER] Upcoming family history trip to Hamilton, Oh
The last weekend of this month (April) my mother and I are visiting her hometown of Hamilton, OH for a family history/genealogy trip. She was born in 1930 to Edmund Huber and Alberta Stomps. Other names in my family are Sauer and Biddinger. My great grandfather Henry Huber owned a bar in Hamilton that got washed away by the flood in 1913 I believe. My great grandmothers first husband which I believe was Jacob Morner also owned a bar in Hamilton. I also had relatives in the military.
We will be in town from Thursday thru Sunday and I want to make the most of my trip there. I want to find out as much information as I can. Can anyone please make suggestions on maybe what I could do ahead of time and what places I need to visit in Hamilton?
I'm fairly new to family history and want to make my trip worthwhile.
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