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Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Jun 23

A Crash Course in Genealogy 101

Posted on June 23, 2015 at 8:18 AM by Elise Kelly

Genealogy 101
If you happened to miss the Genealogy  Class last Saturday at the Xenia Library, this week's blog post will catch you up on some of the areas that were discussed.

During the class, participants learned about the various types of records that are helpful for genealogy research. Many of the records that were discussed are preserved and stored here at the Greene County Archives. FYI, all of these records are accessible to the public.  
Types of Records

Tax Records
Tax Records (Greene County Archives Has Records From 1806-1959) :
 - Lists
landowners by city/township (the above tax document showcases  properties in Beavercreek Township).
- Provides an idea of where the property was located (includes plat number).
- Indicates when a house, barn, mill, etc. was built
- Indicates the value of the property (Can answer your question to what the value was for your Great Grandfather's Property).
- Illustrates when property was sold
(Can answer when your father's cousin sold the family farm).

Common Pleas Court Records (Divorce Record)

Common Pleas Court Records (1804-1957):
- Legal disputes (Possibly your Aunt Rose was in a legal dispute with her neighbor?)
- Divorces (lists name of both spouses and their children).
- Financial cases (Bankruptcy, Fraud, etc.).
- Partition of land for heirs (lists each of the heirs - very useful for genealogy research).
- Criminal cases
(Perhaps your Uncle Joe was arrested for illegally selling liquor?)

Naturalization Records

Naturalization Records: (incomplete, 1822-1958)
1800s Naturalizations ONLY include:
                 - Name
                 - Age
                 - Country of Origin

1900s Naturalizations contain more information including:
- Country of origin/allegiance (See Above - Mr. Henry Albert Collins of Salisbury, England - forever renounced his allegiance to King George V).
- Birth date (Mr. Collins: December 25, 1886)
- The name of the vessel he traveled on (Minnehaha, The Atlantic

- The name of spouse (Elizabeth Collins)
- When they arrived and what port (December 8, 1913 - New York Port)
- The County of residence (Greene County)
- The Date of U.S. Citizenship
(April 3, 1919)
Mr. Collins also had to declare and sign that he was not an anarchist or a polygamist!

Birth/Death Certificates

Birth/Death Certificates: (1869-1909)
Ohio did not begin recording births/deaths until 1869; even then, many births and deaths went unrecorded. It was not until 1909 that births/deaths were recorded regularly. Birth/Death records after 1908 are held at the Greene County Combined Health District.

- Can provide names of parents
- Location of birth/death
- Cause of death (some of our visitors have found that their ancestor died of DROPSY - a symptom where one retains water in tissues and cavities in the body, which can be caused by heart diseases, kidney diseases, cirrhosis of the liver, etc.)
- Age at time of death

Marriage Records
Marriage Records: (1803-2012)
Early marriage records DO NOT include the names of the bride and grooms’ parents. Names of parents start in 1899.

- Includes the name of the Bride and Groom (See Above- Mary Huffman and B.H. Strong)
- Residence and Occupation for both Bride and Groom (Began listing this in 1899)
-The Date of the marriage ( See Above - September 18, 1924) and the name of the minister/Justice of the Peace
**FYI** The marriage record is usually found in the county in which the bride resided.

Wills & Estates Records sdfsd

Wills and Estates Records: (1803-2012)
- Provides names and relationships of family members
- Insight into property ownership
- Insight into family disputes
These are all wonderful resources that provide insight into family history

Children's Home Register
Children's Home Records: (1886-1915)
Through this record we learn the child's name and the child's father and mother's name. We also learn how old Laura White (see above) is, where she was living, and the reason why she was committed to the home.

**These are just a few of the records we have. For a complete listing please visit our Collections Page on our website.

If you are beginning your genealogy research or you are stuck on a nagging family history question, come visit the Greene County Archives! We will help you with your search and help you clear up some of those family history conundrums!

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: The Family Tree of __________ has been maintained for over 2,500 years and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest extant family tree. Name this family.
Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question:
Greenewood Manor


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