Have you ever wondered about your family’s past? Where your great grandmother was born, when your family first came to the United States?
One day, when I was in my early 20s, I asked my dad about his grandparents. I was absolutely shocked when it took him a few minutes to remember their names. You see, one of the biggest lessons my dad taught me is the importance of family. We spent many holidays in his hometown in Ohio visiting with my grandfather and aunts, uncles and cousins. To this day, those are some of my favorite memories.
I wasn’t aware that my father never knew his grandparents. Both were born in the 1850s and had died years before he was born. Dad was able to recall some vague details, but not a lot. He knew that his father had been the youngest of 9 children, that his grandmother was a devout Anglican who never felt that the “American” Episcopal church was strict enough, and that his grandfather had died in a dramatic accident of some kind.
The details began trickling in, and I remember each new piece feeling like a hard-won prize. One of my favorite “prizes” was my great-great grandfather’s obituary titled, “County’s Oldest Citizen Passes On,” which included a photo!
After a few years of regular research, life got busier, and I took some time off. When I started again, I was amazed to find out how much Ancestry.com had grown. With a few quick keystrokes, I found more details than I had found in months of letter writing and slogging through old records.
I was even able to find out about the dramatic accident in which my grandfather had died. I found an article in a 1912 edition of the Lima News titled “Two Killed When Erie Train Crashes into an Automobile: Prominent Residents of Mendon Meet Death at Spencerville Crossing.”
Apparently, the car (or “machine,” according to the article) that my grandfather was driving stalled on the railroad tracks at the wrong time. My grandmother jumped from the car, but my grandfather and another passenger were not so lucky.
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