Surname Saturday - Signature for Joseph Gesizler

I've been trying to take a break from genealogy by reading rather than going haphazardly through my research. Another thought hit me. Why don't I go over the sources I have and make sure I've looked at everything thoroughly. Perhaps there are more clues. Well, this has been very rewarding.

I was using GenSmarts to find clues of records I should search. It recommended looking for the marriage certificate of my great-grandmother Caroline Mack (b. 18 March 1838 - d. 11 Oct 1904) to her second husband Michael Billman (b 13 Oct 1832 - 1 Aug 1884). I reviewed my GEDCOM file in RootsMagic and noticed that I had sourced the record, but perhaps looking at the actual marriage certificate again would be of use.

I went to and typed in Caroline's name and set Any Place to Ohio. I received 1,300 hits. I wanted to look specifically at marriage records in Ohio. So I used the side filters to do just that (Collections - Births, Marriage, & Death). There are two options for marriage certificates in Ohio. Knowing the Ohio, County Marriages, 1790-1950 usually has pictures of the actual certificates, that's the one I chose.

As I was looking for Caroline and Michael, I saw the name Joseph Gesley in the far right column. Knowing that Caroline married Joseph Geiszler first, I was curious. Michael is a collateral line whereas Joseph is a my direct line. I figured I should look at these records again (and save the digital image to my computer this time around!).

As it turns out, there are two entries for Joseph and Caroline. The first is their marriage license obtained on 16 Feb 1856. The second entry is for the day they were actually married, 19 Feb 1856, and who solemnized the marriage.

Although I was disappointed to find such limited information in the records, I did make a discovery. First, I corrected the family research that they were married on the 16th. Second, I found a signature for Joseph on the marriage license.

After looking at the marriage license, is it any wonder it's truly difficult to find this man in historical records?

Tech Tuesday - Personal History

I have been taking a break from the blog but I haven't abandoned it. I have a bazillion posts that I need to write, but I thought I'd write a quick one.

One of the easiest forms of digital scrapbooking is creating a blog and then printing it. However, what if you don't want your personal and family information made available on the internet? Well, create a 'blog' on your own computer. Most every computer comes with a text program (MS Word, Open Office Writer, and Apple TextEdit).

All you need to do is create a text document.Set up the document 'blog style' in that you have a title for your entry, a photo, and the date. I love to include the week day on my entries. But that's just me.

In any case, add your entries for a year and save them on your computer. When you're ready to print, save the file to PDF and submit the PDF to For a reasonable price, you can get a laminate, hard cover book that has your offline blog printed in one place.

That's really all there is too it. If you want more technical specifics, I'll be happy to share. However, this is enough to get you started thinking and have a resource of where to print.

By the way, this application can easily adapt to family history purposes. Someday I might do one so that I have a sample of what I mean. I just know that printing books has never been easier, or more affordable. All we have to do know is find the time to create so we can share.
By the way... many people ask when I have time to do something like this while raising the kids and handling my other responsibilities. The secret is I don't do this everyday. (I probably should, but I don't). When i have chunks of free time throughout the year, I'll write a week's or a month's worth of entries. I also would rather work on personal and family history than to watch TV. So, it can be done. Hope that is helpful to know.


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