Hi friends! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I help out here and there with The In Depth Genealogist’s Facebook page. I post generic genealogy questions or comments a couple times a week. Earlier this week I posted a question that dealt with my own family research.
“I’m researching a tiny village near my home that had a post office from 1864 to 1870 according to a Civil War pension. No luck at the courthouse. They sent me to my local museum where I’m headed tomorrow. Do you have any suggestions for me?”
The genealogy community responded immediately. It was really cool to see the number of responses and the time folks took to research information for me. I can’t tell you how good that felt and how helpful it was! So I thought I’d share some of the comments here. Who knows maybe someday this will come in handy in your own research.
Some of my comments included:
• The National Archives has the applications for a post office on microfilm. It gives information like how many people lived there at the time of the application and a map of where it is located.
• It’s also possible there was nothing else but the post office and it was in somebody’s house.
• Try searching Google Books… (I use Google Books but completely forgot to check there this time. Glad for the reminder!)
• I think postmaster appointments are online at Ancestry.com. (Again I use Ancestry but completely forgot to check here!)
• (from Google Books- book is not online, apparently)
Title New Washington and Cranberry Township: Directorial, Biographical, Historical
Author J. I. Smith
Publisher Herald Job Print, 1889
Length 104 pages
Subjects Cranberry, Ohio
New Washington (Ohio)
• Another comment: http://books.google.com/books?id=g9cyAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA166&dq=Cranberry,+allen+county,ohio&hl=en&sa=X&ei=624QUaroKe-50AGB9ICIAg&ved=0CEwQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=Cranberry&f=falseLooks like Cranberry was in Allen County. Not much written, but try some other word combinations and something might pop up.
• Check with residents in the area. Maybe someone has some documents in their possession about the area or may know stories that were passed down through their family. Also check with local churches in the area.
• There should be a larger library some where in the area, someplace that has historical references and histories of the town(s) in the area…you may want to check out Historical Societies in the area as well, county and town ones, as they have more data and info than you can possibly retrieve from just libraries and court houses alone…
• I found their information in a national index with the list of Post Offices state by state. Found them on ancestry.com- Ancestry.com. U.S., Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832-1971 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
Original data: Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971. NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls. Records of the Post Office Department, Record Group Number 28. Washington, D.C.: National Archives.
• Here is a link to information on post office records at he National Archives—http://www.archives.gov/research/post-offices/
Wow! The comments were packed with suggestions and I’m going to check out each one of them! Thank you so much genealogy community! Your generosity and helpfulness just made my day!
P.S. I did find some info on the post office I was researching. The Cranberry post office was open from 1847 until 1901 and was located in the village of Rockport. Really! Why was the post office name different than the town? Is Cranberry the name of the first postmaster?
Hmmm . . . Now how does that quote go?
“In genealogy the answer to one question leads to two more.”
Isn’t that the truth! Good Luck in your research!