Dad Would Have Been 70?

Happy Birthday Robert Paul Geiszler Jr


Have you ever run into someone you know and haven't seen them in awhile and realize they have aged. You know mentally they have aged, as have you, but in your mind you picture them from the past not the present?

Well, this year it hit me full force, my dad would have been 70 today.

70? No way! He didn't die that long ago. And he died when he was 55.

Seriously!?! 70? Let's check the math.

My Indexing Contribution, Request for FS Engineers



Online genealogical databases do not function without some sort of indexing program in place, be it machine or persons. If we want to find records for our ancestors using search engines rather than in-person trips to far away libraries at great cost, we should serve as volunteer indexers.

After five years of being a volunteer, I have a decent number of records to show:

21,523 names indexed (4,300/ year)
18,551 names arbitrated (3,700 / year)

Truthfully, my activity level comes and goes as free time or interest is available. However, I have enjoyed the Family Search Indexing Pilot. I can't easily add those numbers into my indexing totals either.

To be honest, something else happened in he last five years which took my attention away from indexing. It was the ability to add photos, stories, and sources to FamilySearch Family Tree. Sadly, I have NO WAY of knowing what those statistics are. I'd love to see a celebratory number on my log-in screen for FamilySearch that says, "You're amazing. You've added ___ stories, ___ photos, and ____ sources to your family members! Thank you."

Perhaps if I could see that I've attached 4,300 sources to the tree then I would think twice about being a lackadaisical indexer. Perhaps I would commit myself to the challenge, for every 20 sources I attach to family search, I'll index 40 names (pay it forward plus).

Top Five Then and Now

Top Ten Posts on A Patient Genealogist


Summer is a GREAT time to slow down and reminisce. School is out. Vacations are filled with making memories. And your priorities can really snap into focus. The New Year comes on the tail end of the busy December season and I'm always lacking clarity. But this summer, I'm making plans for the rest of the year and into the next. Part of that involves taking a look at the road I have traveled so far.

Five years ago today, I posted the most popular posts on my blog at that time. Sadly, I only had a top four.
As you can see, my popular posts had a trend. Tech Tuesday!

There are two ways to answer what are the most popular posts now. The first can be found in the side bar. There I keep the running list of which posts are the most popular in the past month. It changes so often, I can't ever hard wire that list into a post.

But there is a Top Five of all time I can share.

Heritage Scrapbooking: Family Tree Pages
Heritage Scrapbooking: Family Tree Pages
Book Release- Power Scrapbooking: Get Caught Up, No Matter Your Scrapbooking Style
Heritage Scrapbooking: Color Schemes Part Two
How Could I Miss That Clue for Agnes Anderson?
Tombstone Tuesday: When Do You Post a Second Photo on Find A Grave?

Notice how some of the newer posts have great graphics to go with them? That's a new trend on my part, rather than my readers.

I also notice that scrapbooking dominates the all time list. My recent series detailing how I cracked through a brick wall hit the top this year! And a Tuesday tip type post has continued to draw interest.

I thank all the scrapbookers who keep my page alive and interesting in the world of genealogy. I also love my genealogy fans and friends who find different posts of interest as well. We'll see what strikes the fancy of my readers in the coming years.

Glimpse Into the Buckeye Past

Ohio Postcard Collection


Have you ever wondered what the town your ancestors lived looked like? Sure we could look for some of the local history websites that were shared at RootsTech but there is a cool resource applicable to the town where centuries of my family lines have deep roots.

"The Ohio Postcard Collection contains over 9,000 early 20th Century postcards of Ohio cities and towns from Aberdeen to Zoar. The collection was originally acquired in the 1970s through funds from the John M. Lewis estate. Browse Collection " - according to the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
Ohio Postcard Collection: Franklin County Court House
Franklin County Court House

Check out this Courthouse photos from the early 1900s. Now, I still need to research further to determine if this may have been the building where my 3rd great-grandfather Joseph Geiszler became a citizen of the US. It might also have been the cite of his civil wedding ceremony in 1856. Even if this  building wasn't built before the 1850s, there are certainly generations of my ancestors who would have entered into this court house for a variety of reasons. How cool is that?


Wesley Chapel, M.E. Church and Masonic Temple, Columbus, Ohio

The collection has numerous buildings from downtown Columbus, including this one of the Wesley Chapel and the Masonic Temple. I have Masons and Methodist & Episcopal church members! This photograph from the 1910s paints a lovely picture. Look a the road, the Model T (or some other early automobile). Wow, talk about bringing history to life.

Holy Cross Catholic Church
Holy Cross Catholic Church
This photo is a definite treasure as it's the church where Joseph's family does appear in the 1850s. This was one of the first German and Irish Catholic Churches in Columbus, Though the time period for the post card is not pre-Civil War, I do love the glimpse into the past. 

Anyway, these are just some of the the cool photos I quickly found in the collection. You definitely need to check it out if you have ancestors in Columbus, Ohio or in Ohio in general. The collection does provide a link to receive updates when new photos are added. So, check it out Buckeye State genealogist!

Wedding Wednesday: Happy 96 Anniversary Victor Zumstein


Victor and Clementina Zumstein Wedding Photo
Don't you love a great love story. That's what Robert Victor Zumstein and Clementina Comfort had. Their stunning wedding photo from the 1920s is a treasure and a snapshot of that love.

They were childhood sweethearts living in rural Ontario, Canada. Victor, as he preferred to be called since Robert was a name passed prolifically down through the Zumstein lines creating great confusion, and Clementina attended a one room school house and lived across the street from each other. Their school house was down the lane and on the same street and their church.

At the time of their wedding, Victor had done many amazing things while Clementina had become a teacher in Lincoln County, Ontario. Victor had graduated from the University of Toronto, served as a German interpreter for the Canadian military during World War I and had earned a Masters in Physics and Math from the State University of Iowa. At the time of their wedding, Victor working towards his doctorate in physics having received a scholarship for his education in Iowa.

At the age of 23, Victor married his childhood sweetheart Clementina Comfort, who at that time was a 25 year-old teacher in the public school in Smithville, Ontario. Her engagement ring was said to have cost $100. (That would be worth about $1,100 today!) They were married under a pear tree at the home of Alonzo Comfort, Clementina's father.

Their marriage record reflected their teaching occupation and provided their religion as Congregationalist (which is believed to reference the Elcho United Brethren Church down the lane from their childhood homes.) Their witnesses were Edward Clark and F Almina Comfort.

Following their wedding, they left by train at Attercliffe Station for the State University of Iowa. They owned only their clothes and the "Old Colony" silverware she had purchased a few pieces at a time while teaching school.


Wedding Wednesday is a daily blogging prompt from GeneaBloggers, the genealogy community's resource for blogging. It is used by many genealogy bloggers to help them tell stories of their ancestors.

Frequency of Exposure Leads to Discoveries



Every year, or month even, more records become available online. This deluge of records has greatly added my research to ancestors primarily in Franklin County, Ohio and Ontario, Canada. As I encounter a new place, I can quickly access additional records without travel as well. All that aside, there is one principle of genealogy that can not be over looked. Frequency of exposure leads to discovery.

Should I believe the paper tree?



A few years ago, my cousin sent me some information from Germany. He had contacted a researcher in Germany and asked for some information on our Mack relatives and their friends the Puseckers.

He received a wonderful letter in response to his queries. A sweet woman spent about 7 hours looking through the Kirchenbuch for the church and seemed to have pushed our family back a few generations and supplied names for a wife we had not previously known. I was very excited to receive this information.

My first challenge was how do I document this information?
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