Find an ancestor by locality
Using Location information to find an ancestor
Knowing a locality can be very helpful in locating information about an ancestor. Following are the steps taken to find an ancestor who had lived in Miami County, Ohio.
- The ancestor's name
- His probably birth state (New York)
- The location where he spent most of his time in Ohio
- Names of his wife and family
- His exact birthplace
- How he got to Ohio
- Documented sources for his marriage
- What happened to him (he disappeared and was not heard from again)
The Search Process:
1. Searched the Miami County, Ohio article to see what information was available there.
- There was a link to the Miami Valley Genealogy Index under the heading of Genealogy.
- The link led to a page on the internet for the Miami Valley Genealogy Index.
- That page had the option to search for someone with the first letter of their surname and then the surname, itself.
- The surname was entered and the ancestor's name appeared with a list of transactions, including deeds and his marriage year.
- This was an index, so no further information was available, but there are book and page numbers listed for further research. That will be pursued at a later date.
2. The Miami County, Ohio article also had a section for "Local Histories"
- There was a link for The History of Miami County, Ohio, published 1880, W. H. Beers & Co., which was available at FamilySearch.
- Following that link led to the book, which had been digitized and could be viewed and downloaded.
- Searching through the book revealed information for the ancestor that included:
- His birthdate
- His occupation
- Other places of residence
- The names of his wife and children
- Birth information for his wife