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Fred Herrel, Curtiss-Wright Production Soldier: 52 Ancestors
Herb and Freddy Herrel My grandfather, Frederick C.
Herrel, grew up in the shadow of one Great War and spent his 20s in the midst
of a second. Born May 20, 1914, to parents Harry and Mabel (Seeley) Herrel , he
looked every bit the little soldier in a family...
Herb and Freddy Herrel My grandfather, Frederick C. Herrel, grew up in the shadow of one Great War and spent his 20s in the midst of a second. Born May 20, 1914, to parents Harry and Mabel (Seeley) Herrel, he looked every bi...
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George Clark, Ohio Pioneer: 52 Ancestors
With long-reaching roots in
Ohio, I guess it stands to reason that I have a lot of farmers in my family
tree. They weren’t famous, and I seriously doubt they were trendsetters. But
with their lives so intrinsically tied to the land, I love what these ancest...
With long-reaching roots in Ohio, I guess it stands to reason that I have a lot of farmers in my family tree. They weren’t famous, and I seriously doubt they were trendsetters. But with their lives so intrinsically tied to th...
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52 Ancestors: Minnie King Steele, the Oldest Ancestor I've Known
Some little girls like
getting all dressed up in stiff crinoline skirts and fancy velveteen dresses,
with bows in their hair and shiny new shoes. Let me say for the record right
here that I wasn’t one of those girls. Apparently, I gave my mother quite a
har...
Some little girls like getting all dressed up in stiff crinoline skirts and fancy velveteen dresses, with bows in their hair and shiny new shoes. Let me say for the record right here that I wasn’t one of those girls. Apparent...
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52 Ancestors #4: Roy D. Eberhard, World War I Soldier
For most of Roy Eberhard’s
young life, there wasn’t time to consider much beyond the farm and schoolhouse.
Born March 9, 1894, the second oldest of Llewellyn and Mary Eberhard’s passel of
kids, he naturally shouldered responsibility for chores around his fa...
For most of Roy Eberhard’s young life, there wasn’t time to consider much beyond the farm and schoolhouse. Born March 9, 1894, the second oldest of Llewellyn and Mary Eberhard’s passel of kids, he naturally shouldered respons...
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52 Ancestors #1: Lloyd Ballenger and Reeb's Restaurant
Lloyd Ballenger behind the counter at Reeb's Restaurant, May 1955 When 17-year-old Lloyd
Ballenger took a job at a diner in Westerville, Ohio, at the beginning of the
Depression, he was just helping his family make ends meet. By the time he left
for bigger ...
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The Two Most Important Things Genealogists Can Do Now
Last weekend I attended an excellent seminar by Dr. Thomas W. Jones, who among his many
credits is author of Mastering
Genealogical Proof and co-editor of the National
Genealogical Society Quarterly . The seminar was sponsored by and held at
the Western Res...
Last weekend I attended an excellent seminar by Dr. Thomas W. Jones, who among his many credits is author of Mastering Genealogical Proof and co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. The seminar was sponsored...
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Is This a Photo of Newel King? #52Ancestors
What family historian doesn’t
love a mystery? Of course, it’s nice to solve one from time to time! I’ve been
mulling this one around for awhile, and thought I’d reach out to you, my
readers, for help. This unidentified tintype was
passed down from my grandm...
What family historian doesn’t love a mystery? Of course, it’s nice to solve one from time to time! I’ve been mulling this one around for awhile, and thought I’d reach out to you, my readers, for help. This unidentified tin...
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You Too Can Be a Virtual RootsTech Attendee
One of the biggest genealogy
events of the year, RootsTech 2014 , is about to start. Hundreds—possibly thousands—are gathering in Salt Lake City right now, gearing up to hear
presentations, tour the exhibit hall, watch demonstrations, and grab a little
rese...
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Thanks Shelley - I've decided to take two vacation days from my soon to be ex-job so that I'm not left out of all the fun!  I'm pretty much snowed here too in Chicagoland.  I must get some popcorn!
 
52 Ancestors #3: Marilyn Ballenger, the Aunt I Never Knew
In my last two posts, I wrote
about how my grandfather, Lloyd Ballenger , began his 50-year tenure at Reeb’s
Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, in 1933. I also shared how my grandmother, Nora Belle Eberhard , met and fell in love with him, leading to their elope...
In my last two posts, I wrote about how my grandfather, Lloyd Ballenger, began his 50-year tenure at Reeb’s Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, in 1933. I also shared how my grandmother, Nora Belle Eberhard, met and fell in love wi...
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Joining in Amy Johnson Crow's challenge!
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I'm a family history researcher, writer, and blogger based in Central Ohio. A Sense of Family chronicles my journey into family history, and I'd love to have you read along. In the process, I hope to give you some tips and resources you can use to trace and record the stories of your own family. I also offer professional genealogy services at Buckeye FamilyTrees, where I specialize in researching Ohio ancestors.