Archive for the ‘Genealogy blogging’ Category

What blogs does a professional genealogist read?

To be quite honest, I don’t always have a lot of blog-reading time. My Google Reader list contains many blogs that I enjoy, and yet there are regularly “1000+” unread posts. But here are some of my favorites, in no particular order, and why:

  • Adventures in Genealogy Education: Written by Angela McGhie, President of the National Capital Area chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and Administrator of the ProGen Study Groups, this blog provides up-to-the-minute information about genealogy educational opportunities and other information helpful to transitional genealogists.
  • APA Style Blog: Though genealogists tend to follow the Evidence Explained models, based on The Chicago Manual of Style, the folks in charge of the American Psychological Association citation style guide have a blog. In this blog, they often discuss citation issues that can provide insight into any style.
  • Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing: This blog is actually meant to be heard as opposed to read, but the audio is pretty short. Grammar Girl discusses English grammar, including what words, punctuation, and capitalization are grammatically correct. But she does it in a fun and interesting way!
  • Quips and Tips for Successful Writers: Freelance writer Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen quotes some of the greatest writers in history before launching into each blog post, which then discuss other issues surrounding freelance writing, both fiction and nonfiction, especially topics like “how to get published.”
  • GeneaBlogie: Craig Manson is an attorney by trade, but his blog is centered on genealogy. Many of my favorite articles are those in which he discusses legal issues relevant to genealogists. Craig is currently remodeling his blog, and his new ideas will include an e-book library, videos, and topical pages.
  • Reclaiming Kin: This blog focuses on African-American genealogy, and is written by one of my good friends, Robyn Smith. Robyn discusses both her own personal genealogy research as well as tips on methodology and research sources. Very well-written, too!
  • David Paterson’s Journal: David Paterson is the coordinator of the Slave Research Forum on the site But more importantly, he is a trained historian rather than a genealogist. His blog, though sporadic, is extremely useful by informing readers about the resources that historians are using for their research.
  • Geneabloggers: Need I even mention this blog? Unless this is the very first genealogy-related blog that you have ever read in your life, you are already familiar with Thomas MacEntee’s blog that serves as a way to unite the wide world of genealogy blogs. Thomas has several recurring posts including those that describe various blogging “memes,” introduce new blogs (including this one this week). Thomas also runs the weekly Geneabloggers Radio (on BlogTalkRadio) which presents wonderful guests discussing various topics in genealogy. Recent shows have concerned British Genealogy, Finding Your Female Ancestors, and Irish Genealogy (for St. Patrick’s Day). Past episodes can be listened to “on-demand” as well.
  • The Historical Society: “The Historical Society promotes scholarly history that enriches public understanding.” History and genealogy should go hand-in-hand, in my opinion, so I love to read historical blogs as well as genealogy blogs.
  • Speaking Practically: A blog about public speaking, written by Kelly Vandever. Great tips on speaking and giving presentations.
  • Speaking about Presenting: A great blog about presentations, from international presentations coach Olivia Mitchell.
  • Duarte Blog: A very informative blog about slide design, by Nancy Duarte, author of the fantastic book slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations.
  • Civil War Emancipation: Another absolutely fantastic historical blog, centering on the Civil War and Reconstruction periods, and especially the abolition of slavery.
  • DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog: One of the longest-running genealogy blogs, O’ Myrt provides research ideas and discusses news and issues confronting genealogists.
  • Carolyn L. Barkley discusses new genealogy books from Genealogical Publishing Company, and general research tips and resources.
  • a3Genealogy: Accurate Accessible Answers: Great, knowledgable blog from professional genealogist Kathleen Brandt, who was featured on the Tim McGraw episode of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?
  • Blog of a Genealogist in Training: Nicole LaRue is a transitional genealogist who talks about her journey to become a professional genealogist in her blog.
  • ProGenealogists Blog: This is the official blog of ProGenealogists, the professional genealogy firm now owned by
  • NARAtions: The official blog of the U. S. National Archives and Records Administration. A great way to keep abreast of records availability and accessibility.
  • Marian’s Roots and Rambles: The blog of New England professional genealogist and house historian Marian Pierre-Louis.
  • Genwriting Blog: Phyllis Matthews Ziller, an active professional genealogists and writer, writes this blog in connection with her GenWriters website. The blog discusses genealogical research and writing, but you will also find many extremely helpful tips on the main website.

These are not the only blogs I read. I have literally hundreds of blog subscriptions, and I read many other blogs from time to time based on links on Twitter, Facebook, other blogs, and other social media.

What are your favorite blogs?


‘Making money with genealogy’ – recent blog posts

On 15 April 2011, Joan Miller wrote a post entitled, “Genea-Bodies: The New Somebodies,” in her Luxegen Genealogy and Family History blog. A comment by fellow professional genealogist and blogger Marian Pierre-Louise (who writes the Roots and Rambles blog) inspired one response in this blog (see “Genea-Bodies: A response to the comments” posted on 18 April 2011). The beginnings of the discussion were discussed more fully in that post.

More importantly, it got the world of geneabloggers talking! Here is a list of blog posts circling around the theme of making money through genealogy, that followed the initial discussion:

15 April 2011

18 April 2011

19 April 2011

20 April 2011

21 April 2011

22 April 2011

23 April 2011

24 April 2011

And luckily, the conversation has not ended, as the following posts have appeared in the meantime:

Quite a few bloggers commented in this discussion. Some were professionals, some were amateurs/hobbyists. Some of the posts comment directly on issues relevant to professional and transitional genealogists.

I would recommend that anyone interested in these issues read this series of posts. And if you know of any other posts that were missed in this survey, please let me know of them in the comments below!


Genea-Bodies: A response to the comments

A few days ago, Joan Miller posted “Genea-Bodies: The New Somebodies” at her LuxeGen Genealogy and Family History blog. In this article, she discussed the influence of social media users and, in particular, bloggers. Her experience in promoting the RootsTech conference as an Official Blogger gave her a unique perspective on this issue.

More interesting than the rather short post, however, is a comment from Marian Pierre-Louis, who writes the Marian’s Roots and Rambles blog:

Just want to play devil’s advocate here. It’s all well and good to be recognized but until we can actually make a self-suporting living based on the tremendous amount of work we do, what’s the point? All of us work so hard. If we were in corporate america doing what we do we’d all make more than $75k salaries. Until this industry recognizes these individuals with monetary compensation of some sort then it is only self-gratification we gain. I can’t eat that. …

Marian makes a great point here that needs to be discussed. Should self-gratification be enough?

Another comment, this from Kerry Scott, author of the ClueWagon blog, agrees:

Marian brings up a good point. When there are so many people working for free, it’s hard to turn this into a business (as others have had in other niches).

The conversation continues, and I would recommend that everyone go take a look.

I have been researching my own family history for virtually my entire life. I starting taking clients part-time, really as a way to fund my own research, about five or six years ago. Last year, I was laid off from my job, and decided that I had put in enough ground work to finally make the leap into self-employment as a professional genealogist, full-time. My wife is a stay-at-home mother (our personal decision to do this), so my income fully supports my family. Some months are better than others, but so far we are able to eat.

In order to accomplish this feat, I literally work from the time I wake up in the morning until the time I go to bed at night. I average about six hours of sleep a night. My time is spent researching for clients, creating lectures, writing articles for two columns and several magazines, writing and self-publishing books, and administrative work such as answering emails, marketing, etc. I also find myself tending to think outside of the box in creating new ways to generate income. I have no savings left, and, with a five-year-old daughter, I will need to start thinking in that direction.

One major issue in play here is, I believe, the separation of hobbyists from professionals. Genealogy always starts as a hobby. In many cases, it stays there forever. In far too many cases, the hobbyist never takes the time to educate themselves about proper research techniques, record groups, or even general history of the area in which they are researching.

For professionals such as myself, the process takes much longer. I spend a few thousand dollars a year (now tax-deductible as business expenses) on subscriptions to magazines and journals, memberships to genealogical societies and professional organizations such as the Association of Professional Genealogists, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and Genealogical Speakers Guild, research trips, and other forms of genealogy education. I go out of my way to learn everything I can about the research process, new and newly discovered record sources, and even both general and specialized history of the areas in which I work. All of this education pays off for those who hire me, read the articles I have written, and attend my lectures and webinars.

In between these two groups are the “Genea-Bodies,” that is, the Geneabloggers. In my experience with most of the bloggers I have met and in reading the blogs I follow, most geneabloggers hold a higher level of education and knowledge of research standards than your average hobbyists. But they often fall just shy of the professional standard of education and research.

Of course, there are exceptions. And for those who disagree with my assessment, I apologize. I can only speak from my own experiences.

However, in general, bloggers are researching their own families, possibly the families of close friends, but rarely accept paid clients. They may attend one or even multiple national genealogy conferences, but not often the several genealogy institutes that offer more in-depth education.

And most importantly, as the comments on the “Genea-Bodies” blog post confirm, they write their blogs because they love it. They are a community–a warm community that I am proud to be on the outskirts of. But being paid was never their goal, and is never their expectation.

Many of the companies that are now tapping into the strength of the geneablogger community, however, do expect to turn a profit. And they do. And the geneablogger community is extremely eager to support these companies, even the fly-by-night companies who create a new website or a new software product that gets surpassed or simply falls behind in that competitive market.

Does the geneablogger community show its obvious strength in supporting its own members? In another comment on the “Genea-Bodies” post, Kerry Scott mentions that she has been met with disapproval by suggesting that other bloggers click on each other’s affiliate links when ordering books from Amazon, etc. Clicking on these links costs the buyer absolutely nothing, though the affiliate will make a few pennies.

I have two questions that I would like to propose to the geneablogger community:

(1) Are we willing, not only as a geneablogger community but as a larger community of genealogists, to support each other as fervently as we support the larger corporations?

(2) More importantly, why do some geneabloggers seem to be opposed to those who attempt to earn a living in genealogy-related fields?

Thanks to Ginisology for the Happy 101 Award

Thanks to Gini of the Ginisology blog for awarding “Tricks of the Tree” with the “Happy 101 Award.”

This award requires that I list 10 things that make me happy.  So here goes… (not in order)

1.  My daughter, Mary Kathryn Hait, who turned four at the end of November, makes me more happy than anything else in the entire world.

2.  Obviously (if you know me at all), genealogy makes me happy – but specifically the feeling that you get when the records DO exist, you find them, and you make a breakthrough.  I also love the look, feel, and smell of old records, really digging into those pages from a hundred or two hundred years ago.  Microfilm just doesn’t have the same attraction (though my right arm – my “cranking” arm – certainly gets its fair share of exercise. 😉 )

3.  Writing is a real joy to me.  I started writing stories when I was a child, though fiction just isn’t really my bag anymore.  I was first published in a “real” magazine when I was twenty years old, and, with a few distractions, have been writing ever since.  The number of books sitting unfinished in my files could fill a library (as any writer could tell you), but I am particularly proud of my more recent genealogical writing (see #2 above).

4.  Helping others, especially with their genealogy.  In addition to my professional research, I will often try to help others with their research problems and brickwalls, by commenting on their blogs, or through email with people I have met on Twitter.  I also volunteer as a site administrator for Genealogy Trails.  This involves transcribing records for free access on their county websites.

5.  Good music – my favorites are hip-hop, R&B, blues, and (just to confuse everyone) the Beatles and some other “oldies,” and Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and all the old crooners.

6.  Good movies – it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I am a HUGE fan of the Star Wars movies.  The Godfather trilogy is also a favorite.  I’ll watch a good comedy any time, day or night.

7.  Reading.  I have read several thousand books over my lifetime – on all topics – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, history, science, sci-fi, you name it.  Except romance and fantasy (the “elves and dragons” variety) – those I just can’t get into.

8.  Talking about myself.  (Doesn’t everyone just love me?)  My wife says I’m the President of my own fan club.

9.  Peace.  Not in the sense of anti-war… in the sense of “peace of mind.”  I used to meditate, though I just don’t ever seem to have time to do so now.  Instead, I try to practice the kind of “active zen” expressed in Zen in the Art of Archery.  Doesn’t always work, though, because I still have to deal with people.

10.  Spending time with my favorite.  Most of my family has moved out of the area, but whenever possible we try to get together.

Just missed the list…

11.  Watching the Washington Redskins.  I love football, and am a third-generation die-hard ‘Skins fan.  But there was not much about this past season to make me happy.

Now I have to name 10 genealogy blogs that I would like to pass this award on to (not in any order):

1.  “Reclaiming Kin” by Robyn Smith

2.  “footnote Maven” by the Maven herself (Especially love the “citation geek” articles)

3.  “ThinkGenealogy” by Mark Tucker

4.  “Kick-Ass Genealogy” by Katrina McQuarrie

5.  ”GeneaBlogie” by Craig Manson

6.  “Family Matters” by Denise (moultrie creek)

7.  “” by Carolyn L. Barkely

8.  “Genealogy’s Star” by James Tanner

9.  “The ProGenealogists Genealogy Blog” by the ProGenealogists team

10.  “Genwriting” by Phyllis Matthews Ziller

Sunday Morning Genealogy Fun: My Favorite Song

This post is not really genealogy related (unless my great-grandson happens across it 100 years from now).  It is, however, a response to Randy Seaver’s weekly Saturday Night Genealogy Fun at his Genea-Musings blog.  This week, Randy’s prompt asked readers and fellow bloggers to answer the following questions:

    1. What is your all-time favorite song? Yep, number 1. It’s hard to choose sometimes. If you made your favorite all-time Top 40 music selections, what would be #1?
    2. Tell us about it. Why is it a favorite? Do you have special memories attached to this song?
    3. Write your own blog post about it, or make a comment on this post or on the Facebook entry.

I am an avid music fan, and in my younger days self-published a music magazine, and even reviewed music for other magazines.  Perhaps a discussion of my musical interests would be appropriate.  I must first preface this discussion by stating that I was born in 1976.

When I was a child, as children will, I listened to whatever my parents were listening to:  most of this (that I can remember) consisted of Billy Joel.  The first song that I remember hearing and thinking, “this is mymusic,” when I was about 8 or 9 years old, was Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew’s “The Show.”  Soon after this, the Beastie Boys, Run-DMC, and other Def Jam artists, and D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince confirmed that I loved hip-hop, and I have continued to do so for the rest of my life.  Unfortunately, the genre has regressed quite a bit over the last ten years or so, and filthy, commercialized violence and hypersexualized nonsense.

My current musical interests are much more diverse:  in my car’s 6-disc CD changer are Michael Jackson’s greatest hits (R&B), the greatest hits of Louis Prima (1940s-1960s New Orleans jazz), Bob Marley’s Legend (roots reggae), and the newest disc by Jay-Z, Blueprint 3(hip-hop).  But I would not consider any of these albums to contain my favorite song.

How does one define his favorite song?  It would be much easier to create a top ten by genre – I have a top ten hip-hop songs, top ten R&B songs, top ten rock songs, top ten blues songs, top ten jazz/crooner songs, top ten reggae songs, etc.  Trying to compare these songs to come up with one list would be like comparing apples to airplanes.  Which I would prefer at any given time would depend on my mood at that time.

But none of this can excuse me from completing this mission…

I decided to choose one song, for reasons I will discuss below.  First I would like to name a few honorable mentions:

(1)  Frank Sinatra’s “Young at Heart.”  I first heard this song in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s, in the ultimate “Corey” movie, starring both Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, with Jason Robards, Dream a Little Dream, and I instantly fell in love with the song.  But the reason that it holds an honorable mention here is strictly personal:  When my daughter was born in 2005, we discovered that when she was crying, my singing would calm her down.  She seemed to also love this soothing song, and for the first three years of her life, I sang it to her every night when I laid her down to sleep.  Even now, she will still sometimes ask me to sing it to her at bed time.

(2)  A Tribe Called Quest’s album Low End Theory.  Had the mission this week asked for a favorite album of all time, it would have been a toss-up between this and The Beatles’ Let It Be.  Released in 1991, this album was the pinnacle of the career of a group who made a name for themselves by trying to elevate hip-hop music to a new level of consciousness.  It culminates in the hit “Scenario,” a collaboration between Tribe and the Leaders of the New School.  “Scenario” basically launched the solo career of rapper/actor Busta Rhymes, and is one of the greatest hip-hop collaborations of all-time.  You can even see Spike Lee in the video.  I can still to this day, start at the beginning of this album and remember every word.  (Don’t challenge me 😉 )

All that being said (drum-roll, please), the winner is…

Method Man “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need to Get By” featuring Mary J. Blige

For several reasons, this is my favorite song (at least as I write this):

  1. The song is a remake of the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell classic from Motown.  In choosing this song, I am also able to honor both Marvin Gaye (like myself, born in Washington, D. C.) and a living legend, one of the greatest R&B songstresses of all time, Mary J. Blige.
  2. This song was released as a single only, not appearing in this form on Method Man’s album Tical.  A version of the song without Mary J. Blige, but containing an additional rap verse, appeared on the album.  The single version is far superior.
  3. Released in 1995, this song was one of the biggest hits of that year – a year I consider the peak of hip-hop.  The genre improved every year until ‘95, then began its fall from grace.  After 1995, the quality of hip-hop lyrics declined.  The Bad Boy-Death Row beef that was portrayed as an East Coast-West Coast war, and the subsequent deaths of Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls/Notorious B. I. G. signaled a death-knoll for hip-hop as I had grown to love it.  The rise of Master P’s lackluster No Limit Records to the top of the charts was the final nail in the coffin.  There have been some rappers in recent years with the talent and mind-set of those pre-1995 days, but when Lil Wayne captures the record for most records sold, you know that something is wrong.  This song by Mef & Mary reminds me of what was once right.
  4. The song describes a devoted but not idealized love between a man and a woman.  The dream of a man to have a realistic relationship with a woman based on mutual respect.  The desire of a man to take care of his family.  I can associate with all of these sentiments.

BONUS SONG:  I wanted to mention another song due to its genealogical tone.  Arrested Development’s “Tennessee” (1992) describes a young man’s search for his roots in the South.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Tonight’s Genealogy Fun from Randy Seaver at the Genea-Musings blog asks you to determine your ethnicity by looking at each of your 16 great-great-grandparents.  Here are mine:

16.   MYRON GRANT HAIT, was born 14 Feb 1863, in Patchogue, Suffolk Co., New York, and died 23 Feb 1900, in King’s Park, Smithtown, Suffolk Co., New York.  ENGLISH

17.   ELIZABETH NANCY SMITH was born 7 Oct 1863, in Blue Point, Suffolk Co., New York, and died 28 Jul 1950, in Dunedin, Pinellas Co., Florida.  ENGLISH

18.   WALTER BURNHAM was born 13 Apr 1881, in Ballston Spa, Saratoga Co., New York, and died 17 Jun 1948, in Ballston Spa, Saratoga Co., New York.  ENGLISH

19.   MABEL LUCILLE FEULNER was born 13 Jul 1887, in Saratoga Co., New York, and died 18 March 1990, in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., New York[?].  GERMAN

20.   FRED POSSON was born March 1873, in West Berne, Albany Co., New York, and died 18 March 1954, in West Berne, Albany Co., New York.  UNKNOWN, possibly GERMAN

21.   CORA BRIGGS was born 22 Oct 1876, in Schoharie, Schoharie Co., New York, and died 24 Jun 1909, in West Berne, Albany Co., New York.  UNKNOWN, possibly ENGLISH

22.   STEPHEN GEORGE REITTINGER was born 9 Aug 1871, in Albany, Albany Co., New York, and died 28 Sep 1939, in Saratoga Co., New York.  GERMAN

23.   MARY FRANCES CONNELL/O’CONNELL was born 31 Jul 1868, in Cloonkeen, Dunmore, County Galway, Ireland, and died 10 May 1945 in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., New York.  IRELAND

24.  JAMES HENRY DENNIS was born 10 Dec 1874, in Surry Co., North Carolina, and died 3 Oct 1960 in Cumberland Co., Virginia.  UNKNOWN.

25.  FLORENCE ETTA BRYANT was born 17 Jul 1881, in North Carolina, and died Jan 1972 in Cumberland Co., Virginia.  UNKNOWN

26.  FRANK CLARK CONKLE was born Dec 1876 in Richland Co., Wisconsin, and died 12 Sep 1934, in Cunningham Dist., Fluvanna Co., Virginia.  GERMAN

27.   LANDONA BURK WRIGHT was born Jun 1889 in Cumberland Co., Virginia, and died 26 Jun 1986 in Lancaster Co., Virginia.  UNKNOWN

28.   JOSEPH E. SHIPE was born 20 Jan 1883 in Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., Virginia, and died Jan 1963 in Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., Virginia.  UNKNOWN, probably GERMAN

29.  DELLA ANN BLACK was born 10 Sep 1885 in Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., Virginia, and died 3 Dec 1839 in Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., Virginia.  UNKNOWN.

30.   OWEN B. OBAUGH was born 4 May 1884 in Bridgewater, Rockingham Co., Virginia, and died Jun 1966 in Fishersville, Augusta Co., Virginia.  UNKNOWN

31.   ETHA ELSIE WILLIAMS was born 15 Apr 1884 in Burketown, Augusta Co., Virginia, and died 30 Mar 1864 in Fishersville, Augusta Co., Virginia.  UNKNOWN

According to my calculations, with each person comprising 6.25% of my ancestry, I am 18.75% English, 18.75% German, 6.25% Irish, and 56.25% Unknown, though an additional 12.5% of this may be German, and 6.25% may be English..

The interesting part of these calculations is the small, and relatively recent, sample used.  I wonder just how much the percentages would change if you go back additional generations, making the sample size 32 or 64, or even 128.  This would obviously be more accurate, but also less known, as you will likely begin to encounter a brickwall or two.  This will result in an “Unknown” the way mine has above.  But just as an example, several of the above ancestors had parents who immigrated from other countries or bear a different ethnic background.  For instance, I know that I have Scottish, Dutch, and Swedish ancestry as well.  I still have quite a few brickwalls, though, where I have been unable to identify either the origin of person, or even the origin of the surname.  ‘Til I can knock down those brickwalls, though, there is sure to remain quite a large “Unknown” percentage of my ethnicity.

Another Brick in the Wall? or Brickwall in the Tree?

This week – by sheer coincidence I am sure – the Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt (#12) from Thomas MacEntee’s Genea-Bloggers group and the Saturday Night Genealogy Fun assignment from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings blog both have the same theme:  use your blog to work on a brickwall.

Though I have many, I will focus on one that has bothered me for years:  George L. Obaugh/Orebaugh of Augusta Co., Virginia.

To give some information on this line:  my grandmother’s grandfather was Owen B. Obaugh, born 4 May 1884 in Rockingham Co., Virginia, to James A. and Mary Jane (Propes) Obaugh.  James A. Obaugh was born 27 March 1854 in Augusta Co., Virginia, according to the minister’s return on his marriage to Mary Jane on 9 Sep 1880 in the same county.  Mary Jane was the daughter of David and Rebecca Virginia (Rusmisel) Propes.

James A. Obaugh was the third child of George L. and Mary (Breneman) Obaugh.  George L. Obaugh (also called Orebaugh in some records) married Mary Breneman by 1850, when they appear together in the 1850 federal census of Augusta County (as George S. Orebough).  George L. and Mary Obaugh are also named in Mary’s father Abraham Breneman’s will in Augusta County in 1847.

Also in Augusta County in 1850 was a George A. Orebaugh of roughly the same age, indicating the presence of at least two lines, my own and that of George A.  There was an older man named Adam Orebaugh, living with his (presumed) son Adam’s family.  It is unknown whether this Adam was of the George A. or George L. Orebaugh/Obaugh line.

I have also checked the Augusta County deed indexes, and have found several involving George L., but none involving him and another Orebaugh/Obaugh.  George L. and Mary both apparently died between 1900 and 1910, though their death certificates have not yet been located.

George L. Obaugh (also called Orebaugh) was born ca. 1822 (acc. to 1850 census), 1823 (acc. to 1870 census), 1824 (acc. to 1880 census), or 1828 (acc. to 1900 census) in Virginia.  Before 1847, he married Mary Breneman, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Breneman.  He died after 1900, probably in Augusta Co., Virginia.

George L. and Mary (Breneman) Obaugh had the following children:

1.  Samuel Obaugh, b. ca. 1848.

2.  Sarah Obaugh, b. ca. 1851

3.  James A. Obaugh, b. 27 Mar 1854

4.  William Obaugh, b. ca. 1857

Anyone who has this family in their ancestry, please contact me!

Now, the second part of this blog is to locate records groups that may help me break down this brickwall, in the Family History Library Catalog.  A few that I see that might help are listed below:

File index to loose papers, 1745-1952

Augusta County (Virginia). County Clerk (Main Author)

Notes:  Microfilm of originals at the Augusta County courthouse, Staunton, Virginia.

Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1953

1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.

Personal property tax lists of Augusta County, 1782-1851

Virginia. Commissioner of the Revenue (Augusta County) (Main Author)

Microfilm of original records at Virginia State Library in Richmond, Virginia.

Augusta County had two tax lists per year. There was not tax collected for the year of 1808, the General Assembly did not pass tax collecting legislation for that year. Tax lists give the name of the person being taxed or tithed, type and amount of taxable property, amount of tax, and the county statistics.

Richmond [Virginia] : Virginia State Library, 1986

7 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.

Now, I’ll be honest – I will probably not order these microfilms from the Family History Library.  Instead, since I live in Maryland, I will likely take the trip (2+ hours driving) down to the Library of Virginia in Richmond, Va., which serves as the state archives.  There are sure to be additional records available there that the FHL does not have listed.

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