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Surely someone will know how to conduct asylum research, so I'm sharing this here. The Ohio state asylum was opened in 1875. Two Townsend men were listed in the facility in the 1880 Census. Without the 1890 Census, I can not tell if they remained in the asylum longer. Any one have ideas? #ideaswanted   #asylumresearch   #Townsends   #Ohio  
The hunt for ancestors continues with the fourth and fifth of 15 heads of households named in the 1880 US Census with the last name Townsend in Franklin, County. Today is a two-for-one post as the two men listed aren't actual...
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I can't help with the asylum or after, but there was enough useful information in the asylum record to find him in the 1870 census. The keys were the fact the 1880 census says he was married, and a carpenter. There's only one James Townsend who matched in 1870, living with wife Hannah and family in Rush, Champaign Co., Ohio. They're on page 13 of the 1870 Rush Township census. Hope that helps.
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Would you include a funeral page in your childhood scrapbook if you didn't go? I did and I tell you why. #scrapbooking   #familyhistory   #itsnotallaboutme  
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Do you have Townsends from Franklin County, Ohio? This relative might be yours. #Townsends   #Ohio   #famliyhistory  
The hunt for ancestors continues with the third of 15 heads of households named in the 1880 US Census with the last name Townsend in Franklin, County. "United States Census, 1880,"NS Townsend, Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, Unit...
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20th Century  - 
 
I love old photos but I love using them in family history projects more. Sometimes those old photos are difficult to work with. I was happy to see a 1970s photo posted earlier. Here's my 1970s Christmas photo and how I worked with the difficult colors. Keep sharing those memories! #sharingmemories   #oldphotos   #heritagescrapbooking  
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The red in the clothing is actual colors but the red color cast on the faded photos was also a challenge. 
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Preserving Memorabilia  - 
 
Here's another installment of photographing the stories of your keepsakes. Do you have mother/daughter items that you need to photograph? #familyhistory   #genealogy   #relationships   #keepsakes   #archiving  
Remember the post High School Rings Have Two Sides? In that post, I shared how I wore my mother's high school ring while I was in high school. When I obtained my senior ring, I didn't want to stop wearing my mother's ring. Th...
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Central Ohio  - 
 
Double Feature This week: Post 1 John Townsend of Truro, Franklin County. #Townsend   #FranklinCountyOhio   #familyhistory  
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Anyone know how to research in the state Asylum? I have found two Townsends in the 1880 Census in the. The asylum opened in 1875 and the 1890 Census was destroyed. These men could be my relatives or another Townsend in Franklin County. I don't know how to proceed #aslyums #FranklinCounty   #Townsends  
The hunt for ancestors continues with the fourth and fifth of 15 heads of households named in the 1880 US Census with the last name Townsend in Franklin, County. Today is a two-for-one post as the two men listed aren't actual...
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Look for local or regional archive. Often there is an online catalog or other finding aid. Too, a court record would often be generated before commitment.

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Brick Walls  - 
 
Trying to crack a hole in my Townsend brick wall in Franklin County, Ohio. I might be cracking someone else's wall in the process. #brickwall   #OneNamePlace   #FranklinCountyOhio  
The hunt for ancestors continues with the third of 15 heads of households named in the 1880 US Census with the last name Townsend in Franklin, County. "United States Census, 1880,"NS Townsend, Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, Unit...
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Do you have any other names for the members of the household?  Been researching in and around Franklin County for, what seems like, forever. I have had great luck with familysearch dot com. It allows to search those census records by any member of the household.  I had an initialed ancestor too...eventually found him on that site and even followed the crumbs to find his full name. It was kind of exciting. 
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The Writing Process  - 
 
Far too often, folks say writing their family history is too hard. This post shows you just how easy it can be to expand a death date and place into a readable narrative. #howto   #genealogy   #ancestors   #writingtips
When adding names to a family tree, there are three or four facts that specifically identify an ancestor: their name, birth, marriage (if applicable) and death. Each of these facts are a great starting point for a narrative a...
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I love scrapbooking my family history. I though y'all might like to see a fairly successful layout that uses 1970 era photos that are often quite difficult to use.
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Memoir Writing  - 
 
Ancestors aren't the only folks worth writing about. Seems my post compliments +AmericasFootprints.com s post about Staring a Life Memoir and keeping things simple.   #patienceinallthings   #Memoir  
Being local royalty at Children's Miracle Network was such an honor and a joy. My husband created a monster! I'm working on yet another book! Book writing has become much like the Pringles commercial, "Once you pop, You can't...
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appreciate the mention +Devon Lee. thank you! :) -Joe
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Anyone have Masonic rings in their collection? I'm so blessed these two treasures are in my collection as their journey to me took a strange course. #keepsakes   #photography  
In August 2012, I received two pieces of family treasure that I didn't know existed or would ever become mine. I shared the story of how these two rings came to me on my research trip that year in the post Meeting My Father's...
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Thanks. I didn't know them well but I did learn how much they truly did love each other. I think these photos emphasize them. Thanks for commenting!
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Home Educator, Genealogist, Scrabpooker
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managing a home, raising my kids, researching my ancestors, telling my ancestral stories., public speaking
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Home educator and patient genealogist
Introduction
I love three things: genealogy, scrapbooking, and my family. Okay, I love more, but the major point of this blog is to share my genealogy research and how I take that research and turn it into something my children can enjoy.

I am a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in business and a minor in journalism. I have been doing family history work since the 90's.


Bragging rights
married in the Dallas Texas Temple, married to the cutest Aggie I know, raising five wonderful children, wrote two books, visiting the ancestral home in Ontario, cooks dinners once a month
Education
  • Texas A&M University
    Marketing, 1996 - 1999
    Graduated with a business degree in marketing and a minor in journalism.
  • Blinn College
    General Studies, 1994 - 1996
    Graduated with my Associates Degree. Served as color guard co-captain in the fall of 1995. Was a scholarship recipient for oboe and flag twirling throughout 1994. Made the All-State Junior College Band.
  • Kempner High School
    High School, 1994
    Graduated cum laude. Served as color guard co-captain for three years. Played oboe for four.
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