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Hello Fellow Ohio Genealogy Researchers,

I’ve been working on my research for over twenty years.  I have found one particular family branch particularly interesting.  My ggggrandfather is John Peacher.  He appears to have come from Jefferson County Virginia to Franklin/Pickaway county sometime around 1810.  He met his future wife, Lydia Mollohan there and they were married on the 15th of Arpil in 1811.  Lydia was one of seven Mallahan siblings and their mother Sabina that migrated from Hampshire County Virginia to the area sometime between 1806 and 1808.  Sabina’s husband was Raleigh Molohan and the last record for him is in 1806 in Hampshire County.

There appears to have been a sizable migration of people from the greater Hampshire County area, including western Maryland and south western Pennsylvania of related families to Ohio either together or within a very brief period.  Those surnames include, Blue/Blew, Clymer(from Maryland), Courtright, Decker, Deeds, Featheringill, Groom, Harness, Kuykendall, McLish, Molohan/Mallahan, Needles, Owen/Owens, Schoonover, Westfall.

I’m in the process of writing a book on the Peacher/Mallahan and ancillary families.  My intention is to write the book as a historical fiction so that book will have the widest appeal rather than just a genealogical tome.  I would appreciate any assistance or guidance that could be provided related to the early migration and settlement of the Franklin/Pickaway/Fairfield areas in Ohio.  I have already accessed all of the local county histories.  

I’m seeking any reference materials that might document the actual experience of persons migrating during this period.  I'd also love to hear from fellow researchers for the surnames listed in this post. Suggestions and guidance would be greatly appreciated.  I will be travelling to the area later this year so I want to have my research planning complete before I arrive.

I can be contacted at
Warm regards,
Kim Myers
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The National Genealogical Society's Family History Conference "The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier" is in the books. I'd call it a great success.
Tuesday evening I attended a blogger dinner sponsored by FamilySearch. Much of the talk was about the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project to create the index. Things are going better than anyone antici...
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Photos from Spring Grove cemetery, Cincinnati
Another dreaded sunny day...

When +Lily Alice suggested we take an afternoon and visit Cincinnati's historic Spring Grove cemetery, I immediately did a little online research.

One of the first blogs I saw online listed it at the top of "Ohio's Creepiest Cemeteries."


There's nothing creepy about it. It's stunning. It's gorgeous. It's a huge, anachronism. Before evangelicalism seemed to create twisted, bleak fantasies of a heaven exclusive to the adherents of Calvin's 4 laws, there were parks like Spring Grove.

Here, you'll find a mix of melancholy, beauty, sorrow, hope, gentle care, and of course...grandiose monuments to ego.

Go see it.
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Can anybody help Miles?
Ok, for my genealogy friends and friends from Ohio, maybe one of you can help me find info on an ancestor. I am looking for John Henry Leugers or Henry John Leugers (1876-1966). He married Anna Josephine Zumbrink in 1904. He lived in Mercer and Darke counties, Ohio. The problem is I have 2 death records with different dates and would like to resolve this. So, if you can help let me know.
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NGS is coming to Ohio. Early bird discount ends 20 March.
The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DISCOUNT ENDS SOON! The NGS 2012 Family History Conference will be held 9–12 May 2012 at the Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. Register for the conference today! The early-bird registration discount ends on Tuesday, 20 March 2012. In addition to enjoying a $35 discount, only early birds have the opportunity to order a printed syllabus. (Everyone will receive a syllabus on flash drive.) NGS members get even deeper discounts, so this is a great time to join.

Space is still available for most conference social events and workshops including the Friday night NGSQ 100th Anniversary Reception, Tuesday bus tour, museum center tour and dinner, and the NGS luncheon that features local celebrity, Dan Hurley.

The opening session at this year's conference will be held on Wednesday morning,
9 May 2012, at 8:00 a.m. The keynote address will be presented by Patricia Van Skaik, manager of the genealogy collection at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH). This presentation will explore one of the PLCH's most valuable treasures, the 1848 Cincinnati Riverfront Panorama. Patricia will reveal this incredible early photographic snapshot of mid-nineteenth-century life in an important American river town, Cincinnati.

All full-conference registrants will be entered in a drawing to win a seven-night stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square, courtesy of the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. The prize will also include a free spot on one the Ancestor Seekers Salt Lake City research trips. Be sure to attend the opening session to find out if you are the winner. The winner must be present at the opening session to claim the prize.

To register online, visit the NGS website at and complete the registration form.
Attendee Registration. Early bird discount ends 20 March. Register today and save! Online Registration. Already have an online account with NGS? Log on under the User Login area to the right of your s...
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* Cincinnati Daguerreotype Photograph of 1848*
Microscopic Examination Reveals Genealogy Details of 1848
This will go into the depth of explaining how the daguerreotype photograph contained details beyond the naked eyes of the photographers, and how it took current technology to reveal them to today's researcher. The last few minutes of the video have some genealogy gems.

TEDxCincy - Patricia Van Skaik - Advanced Photography Opens Doors to the Past
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This is a big week in Cincinnati, Ohio. Thousands of genealogists, family historians, archivists and others will be traveling to and around Ohio for the 2012 NGS Family History Conference, which takes...
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Pls join me in Ohio on 5/19!
Welcome to our Web Site! We're glad you've come to visit to see what we're all about. We're an organization of people: who are enthusiastic about getting to know where we came from, wh...
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The history of the Western Reserve is especially interesting to me because of my paternal line, but if you have any Ohio lines in your family tree you'll want to read this book!
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Ohio Research Help Opportunity (FamilySearch Pilot - come help us test something new)

Do you have Ohio research experience and the desire to help others?

If so, FamilySearch invites you to be part of a new pilot program to help those who have questions about their Ohio research.

Genealogists love making connections! With this program, we are connecting those who have Ohio research experience with those who have questions about their Ohio research. This will take place over the phone and through online chat, so anyone can help if they occasionally have a few minutes to share their expertise. Immediate one-on-one assistance is the most successful way to help researchers find their ancestors, so you’ll have an immediate impact and instant satisfaction in knowing you’re helping others. Here’s your chance to reach out to others—you’ll make connections that could last your lifetime.

Come be a part of testing this new technology to help connect genealogists. Sign up (follow the attached link) to volunteer, or e-mail us with questions at

Frequently Asked Questions
Ohio Research Pilot FAQ

Q. How much time are you asking me to contribute?
A. As much or as little as you would like. Service would be based entirely on your schedule.

Q. Can we select whether we’d rather help over the phone or through chat?
A. In the beginning, phone help is the only option, but when we add chat, you will be able to select either one.

Q. I have experience in other areas besides Ohio and would like to help. Can I?
A. Please send us an e-mail at sharing your research experience, and we’ll let you know when we are ready to start the pilot in other areas.

Q. What kind of questions will I get?
A. The questions will vary. Studies about the general types of questions asked show that the top five are:
1. Finding the parents of an individual.
2. Finding more information about that individual.
3. Finding a birth, marriage, or death record.
4. Finding immigration or emigration records.
5. Finding more information about the family.

Q. How is the phone connection made with other people?
A. An incoming call from a researcher will be routed to any phone number you select. The caller will never see your personal information or phone number; you will only be identified as a FamilySearch volunteer.

Q. Do you provide training to help me work with the researchers?
A. Yes. After you sign up as a volunteer, we’ll teach you about the tools you’ll need to be successful.
Do you have Ohio research experience and the desire to help others? If so, FamilySearch invites you to be part of a new pilot program to help those who have questions about their Ohio research. This p...
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