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We provide information about how to research ancestors both on the Internet and in libraries and other repositories. Besides how, we will show you where—locations for free and inexpensive information and the relative value of each.

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GENTREK: Apr 2012 Calendar

Started by Jayne McCormick Apr 1, 2012. 0 Replies

Monday, Apr 2, 8:00pm (MST) (Tuesday Apr 3, 2:00am GMT) GENTREK:  Avoiding Genealogy Errors.  We often get excited about our projects and let our imagination run amok. This is particularly true when…Continue

GENTREK: Feb 2012 Calendar for GenealogyWise

Started by Jayne McCormick Jan 29, 2012. 0 Replies

Saturday, Feb 4, 8:00am (MST) (Saturday, Feb 4, 2:00pm GMT) GENTREK: A Genealogical Perspective of Disease and Death in the 19th Century. The study of diseases and causes of death yields important…Continue

November 2011 Calendar

Started by Jayne McCormick. Last reply by Dae Powell Nov 1, 2011. 1 Reply

GENTREK: Nov 2011 Calendar for GenealogyWise Saturday, Nov 5, 8:00pm (MDT) (Saturday Nov 5, 2:00pm GMT) GENTREK: Genealogical Spring Cleaning. OK, it isn't spring, but cleaning up your facts and…Continue

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Comment by Jayne McCormick on October 20, 2013 at 8:43pm

Monday, Oct 21, 8:00pm (MST) (Tuesday, Oct 22, 2:00am GMT)

GENTREK: Genealogy Humour. Genealogists have been known to have a sense of humour– even when they weren't TRYING to be funny.  This session is dedicated to them!      

Your Chat Hosts, Jayne McCormick and DaePowell.

Comment by Ellen Healy on November 3, 2011 at 5:06am
Hi, everyone! Glad to be here!!
Comment by Dorcas Lee Aunger on November 2, 2011 at 8:08pm

Thanks, Dae.  I sort of figured that they would be there, but when you mentiononed The Genealogy Center, I thought that maybe it was a website that was new to me.

   Since your article mentioned Ross County several times, I decided to take a quick look at serveral sites.  My ggg grandparents lived there in the early 1800s.

The Ohio Historical Society on-line holdings include a great deal of information on the Indian Mounds,  a large collection of military records and documents from the War of 1812, and a sizable holding on candidates from early elections.

The State Library of Ohio has many indexes on line.  This library is also the official state archives.  They say that they are in the process of indexing the local government records in their collections, and as they are completed, they will go on-line.

US GenWeb for Ross County, Ohio, has a few land records.

Comment by Dae Powell on November 2, 2011 at 1:45pm


The microfilms are at the FHC in SLC.  You can order them to be sent to your local FHC or many of the libraries who are part of the service.

Comment by Dorcas Lee Aunger on November 2, 2011 at 1:27pm


You mentioned that the microfilms were available in The Genealogy Center.  Is that someplace on-line or otherwise?

Comment by Dae Powell on November 1, 2011 at 11:18am
Ohio Tax Records, 1801-1814
by Melissa Shimkus
Many of our ancestors moved westward through Ohio in the early
nineteenth century, and a large number of them may have owned land there. Some obtained property through Bounty Land Warrants for service in the Revolutionary War, while others purchased land from the federal land offices in Ohio Territory beginning in 1800. By the time Ohio obtained statehood in 1803, property tax records were already being maintained. “Ohio Tax Records, 1801-1814” is a fifteen-reel set of microfilmed property tax lists for selected counties during Ohio’s early years.

Available in The Genealogy Center, these microfilms are organized by year, but for each year the counties are not always presented in alphabetical order. Within each county, the information is arrangedeither by the first letter of the property owner’s surname, or by township and then by the first letter of the property owner’s surname.

Esther Powell indexed the material in “Early Ohio Tax Records” (977.1 P87E), but this index is not complete.

Details found on the tax lists include not only land values based on
specific tax rates, but also land descriptions, mentioning waterways,township, range and section, that help locate the physical property. For example, in 1801, Thomas Bell paid taxes on property located on the Scioto River in Ross County and noted that he had hired a surveyor in 1796 to survey the land, which was in the Virginia Military District. If land was transferred between owners, a note was made indicating the new owner. In 1806, Abraham J. Williams transferred property situated in Section 12, Township 10, Range 21, in Ross County to Huges Woodson’s heirs, who were not residents of the county.

Besides revealing who purchased or later obtained the land, the tax
lists also may provide a provenance for the property. In 1814, Moses Hale paid a tax on land in the Southwest portion of Section 29, Township 8, Range 17, in Gallia County that was originally owned by John Graham. With these details, a researcher could map out an ancestor’s property, search deed and probate records, and locate other information related to a piece of land or the individuals living on neighboring properties.

If you are searching for ancestors in early nineteenth century Ohio,
take a look at the “Ohio Tax Records, 1801-1814” on microfilm.
Benefits include discovering documentation that an ancestor owned
property in a specific locality, finding a description of the land, and sometimes identifying its original or subsequent owner.
(from Genealogy Gems)
Comment by Dae Powell on November 1, 2011 at 9:18am
Sanford Maps can be found at
Comment by Sally Nelson on November 1, 2011 at 5:51am
Thank you for your kind offer, Jim.
Comment by Jim Kimpton on November 1, 2011 at 3:36am
thaks for the invite. I am based in Wales and if any member wants help in research over here let me know
Comment by Sally Nelson on October 31, 2011 at 7:42pm

Our library system used to have Godfrey, but gave it up a while back.  We also at one time had Sanborn Maps, but, alas, they are gone from their system too.  Budget plays havoc with our genealogy!!!!  It is nice to know we can, with a bit of driving, get to the FHCs to take advantage of some of these programs.



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