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Evolution of Ohio Counties

Many of my ancestors (and even a few living relatives!) made their home in Ohio.  Greene County, where the Coy family lived, was one of the original counties when Ohio was established as a state in 1803.

As I flipped through a book on Ohio counties in the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, I came across a map that showed the original counties, and it wasn’t divided how I thought it would be. Instead of squares or rectangles, like we see today, it was mostly long strips across the state.

A Map of the State of Ohio - 1803_edited-1Counties as of 1803

Over 170 years later, the counties have changed into something a bit more familiar. Notice how much Greene County as changed!

A Map of Ohio and Her Counties - abt 1981Counties as of 1981

Ancestors have lived in the following counties: Greene, Montgomery, Richland, Stark, and Lucas.

Ohio: Her Counties, Her Townships & Her Towns. Indianapolis, IN: Researchers, 1979. Print.


In the Beginning…

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I have a suspicion that when I start talking about family history and genealogy, most people can relate to the woman in the picture above. So instead of bombarding you with every brilliant and interesting tidbit I find, I decided to jump into the 21st century (14 years late…) and share it all through this blog. That way those who enjoy it can jump into the experience with me, and those that aren’t quite as interested, can peruse at their leisure.

The focus of this blog, “Leafing Through the Past”, is to bring together information about my family – the Richards. And the Skibos. And the Coys, And the Farkas’. But recently we had some pretty awesome additions to our family, so I also want to include the Minteers, Fords, Eisenhoods, Baumunks, and any other new branches I discover in this ever growing family tree.

So sit back, let me do all the work, and enjoy the ride!



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