My Own One Place Study

Register of One Place Studies

Register of One Place Studies <>

I’ve just started a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’ve been interested in doing a One Place Study. Generally a One Place Study takes a defined area like a city or a village or a street and then the researcher does an in-depth study of that one particular place.

For example Monroe Township and Richland Township in Allen County, Ohio. These are the two places I’ve chosen to do a One Place Study. Several branches of my family settled in these adjoining townships in the 1800s. The families married back-and-forth so a great number of the people that lived in this area in the late 1800s are my ancestors, both direct and collateral.

My goal is to trace this one area through most of the 19th-century and into the early 20th-century. By researching the people of this area, the historical events that happened there, the population as it moved in and out of the township, documenting marriages, births and deaths will help me in the continuing research of my own ancestors. In many ways this is similar to “cluster genealogy” or working on a FAN (friends, associates, neighbors) club of a particular ancestor. My goal is to learn more about my ancestor’s daily lives, as well as their neighbors and friends. I want to research how they interacted, see how historical events shaped their lives, look at them as real people. I’m sure I’ll learn so much more about my own ancestors when I research their community as a whole.

Since I know next to nothing about beginning a One Place Study I will refer often to the website Register of One Place Studies. There I’ve registered the townships that I am working on. That only lets others know a study is underway. My townships have their own dedicated web page with the option of someone contacting me if they’re interested in my particular study. I’d be more than happy to collaborate on this study with anyone else! I’ve read the One Place Study newsletter and I’m trying to learn all I’ll need to begin and continue on with my study.

Putting Your Ancestors in their Place - A Guide to One Place Studies by Janet Few

Putting Your Ancestors in their Place: A Guide to One Place Studies by Janet Few

I also purchase the book Putting Your Ancestors in their Place, A Guide to One Place Studies by Janet Few. I tried to buy it from Amazon but could not. So I contacted Janet and purchased a signed copy directly from her! It’s a great guide for starting this research. Although most references are for the United Kingdom I’m going to translate those resources into what’s available here in the United States. It’s a great guide in outlining the process for a good study.

My first step will be mapping my area. Do you have any suggested links for good online maps? Whether historical or current?

This is a new and exciting adventure. If you’re already doing a One Place Study please leave a comment. Let me know what place you’re One Place Study covers. AND I would appreciate any hints or tips you might have!

Wish me luck!

Civil War Quick Tip

FBGenCircleLogo1Here is a database for researching the Applications for the Robert E. Lee Confederate Soldiers’ Home.

Be sure to click the links at the bottom of the page too for Robert E. Lee Confederate Soldiers’ Home Register of Residents, 1883 – 1939 and the About Robert E. Lee Confederate Soldiers’ Home Applications for Admission.

Exciting research possibility if you think your ancestor may have been a resident. Good luck! I hope you find some good stuff!



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William Holmes #52Ancestors

William Holmes

William Holmes

WILLIAM HOLMES is my 3x great grandfather on my maternal side. He was born 25 April 1810, in Carroll County, Ohio. William was the oldest son of Obadiah and Rebecca (Thomas) Holmes, who both came from Virginia.

As one of Obadiah and Rebecca’s eight children he married Margaret Jenkins (Junkins) on 2 September 1830 in Tuscarawas County, OH. While living in Tuscarawas County located in eastern Ohio, William and Margaret had nine children. Their second child, daughter Rebecca (Holmes Williams) is my 2x great grandmother.

William farmed pretty much his entire life. By the early 1860s he and nearly his entire family moved to Allen County, Ohio. This exodus west across the state included several of his older children, already married besides the kids still at home. At least two of Williams’ siblings made the move and his parents Obadiah and Rebecca. I find this astonishing because both Obadiah and Rebecca had to be around 82 or 83 years old when they moved. Obviously no one was left in Tuscarawas County to care for the old folks so they had to move too. Accompanying the Holmes family in the great move was the Williams family. Two of William Holmes daughters, my 2x great grandmother Rebecca and Hannah (Anna) married into the Williams family.

Holmes Land Liberty Township Hardin County Ohio

Holmes Land Liberty Township Hardin County Ohio

This great migration is going to be the focus of my genealogy research. Two dozen families from infants to 80 year olds moved 175 miles across Ohio. Why? Better farm land? Was there an epidemic? Did the Civil War have anything to do with it? It’s time I do a little research to find out!

William and Margaret lived in Allen County until 1874, when they moved to Liberty Township in Hardin County, OH just a few miles east. I found where William and Margaret lived in Hardin County on an 1870s plat map. My genea-sister and I made the 30 minute drive and wandered the area where they lived. I am very fortunate to be able to walk in my ancestors footsteps almost whenever I want.

William Holmes Property in Hardin County Ohio

William Holmes Property in Hardin County Ohio

According to the History of Hardin County, William and Margaret were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which he had attended since 1829. He was a Class Leader for twenty-five years and was Steward and Trustee. William Holmes, three sons, six sons-in-law and seven grandsons were all Republicans.(1)

William died at the age of 82 on December 22, 1892 in Allen County, Ohio.

Thanks for reading about my 3x great grandfather William Holmes. If you have a Holmes in your family tree email me at cindy@genealogycircledotcom. Let’s share info. I’d love to hear from you!

William Holmes Property/Cemetery

There’s a cemetery on William Holmes’ property

(1)The History of Hardin County, Ohio: Containing a History of the County, Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc., General and Local Statistics, Military Record, Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men, History of the Northwest Territory, History of Ohio, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co. 1883, online, Google Books, pg 1005, 27 March 2012

Signed copies of Ancestors In A Nation Divided available here

Ancestors In A Nation DividedIf you’re interested in a signed copy of Ancestors In A Nation Divided they are available.
You’ll receive the 110 page paperback book, signed by me, with a dedication if you choose.
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Why Research Your Civil War ancestor?

Because your Civil War ancestor’s story is a part of our country’s history. Yet more than that it’s a part of your story. To know your Civil War ancestor, his life and military service, is to know a part of you.

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Whether your ancestor fought for the Union or the Confederacy, Ancestors In A Nation Divided will help you open the doors to his military service. You’ll learn about the battles he fought, camp life, injuries he may have sustained and more. Your research will put you alongside your ancestor in his Civil War journey. You’ll learn about his experiences and in knowing what he lived through you’ll be able to appreciate his service all the more. The Civil War changed this country’s path, it shaped our nation into what we know today and your ancestor had a hand in that. Ancestors In A Nation Divided will help you start learning about your Civil War ancestor today.

It’s the August issue of Going In-Depth!

Going In-Depth is a free, digital genealogy magazine presented by The In-Depth Genealogist. In each monthly issue, you’ll find guest articles, regular columns, and free resources such as Ask Ephraim and MIAA to help you along your family history journey. As with all IDG products, they strive to create a resource for every genealogist, no matter the age, stage, or focus of your research.

My article this month is “The Very Best: Sites for Researching Your Confederate Civil War Veterans and Ancestors” Click the magazine photo to start reading excellent genealogy research ideas for free!



If you’re interested in researching your Civil War ancestor’s story check out Ancestors In A Nation Divided – Kindle. Also in paperback. Great research help as you seek your veteran’s place in our country’s history.