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September 19, 2008

Church histories may have information about ancestors

Genealogists who have been actively researching for many years have learned that reading a county history can be an advantage in learning more about the life style of their ancestors.

This week I was searching the Internet and found a wonderful site "Heritage Pursuit The Place For Historians And Genealogists." There are two alternate home pages that can be selected which offer different Ohio counties and databases.

Most, if not all, of these county histories are by Beers and offer information about the townships within the counties, as well as biographical sketches of some individuals who lived in those counties at the time they were written.

The county histories can be accessed by surname or other choices the researcher may make. The entire site can be search or you can make a selection which includes individual counties, some specific databases within some counties and various family trees that are applicable to the lineage of the web master. If you have Ohio ancestry you may want to check out this site to see if your ancestor is listed -- http://www.heritagepursuit.com/index.html.

The information about the churches is equally beneficial to your research if there is a list of early members. Knowing the religious preference of our ancestors can give us additional clues into our family history. Usually the churches were built from monies that members had donated and they will sometimes be named and the amount of their donations listed.

In Seneca County, Ohio, I found information for a Samuel Bever, who was the son of George and Sabina (Bretz) Bever, whose picture was included in last week's column.

The article stated that George Bever was a resident of Rockingham County, Virginia, before his family moved to Ohio. His arrival was given as 1824; however, he married Sabina Bretz in Seneca County Dec. 16, 1823, so he must have been there a littler earlier to have met and married Sabina.

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