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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.


A Breakthrough – More Ancestors Found!

One of the most frustrating aspects of this family tree are the branches that began over in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. At the start of my trip down genealogy row, I knew the following:


Not a lot to go on. I tried, trust me I tried, to find more information. Years passed, other ancestor lines grew, and this one remained stagnant.

Until today.

Last week I stumbled upon a picture of the grave of John Skibo and his wife, Annie.

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The graves are located at Assumption Cemetary – Solider Hill in Sykesville, PA, which was where they lived according to the 1920 US Census. The dates listed on the headstones filled in some valuable information, especially for Annie. I originally had her year of death as 1920, which made a search for her death certificate somewhat difficult. But with this new date, I was able to search again and I finally found it! Along with some new family members, Annie’s parents, George Dobrnok and Anna Tadgor. Also on the death certificate, Annie’s actual birth and death dates and the reason for her death (pneumonia).

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Welcome to the Family Tree!

2) Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1924 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The 1916 Varley Family Album

One of our family heirlooms is a photo album from 1916. It’s a leather-bound album containing pictures of Joseph Charles Varley and his family.

Joseph was married to Mary, and they had seven children, Lulu May, Lotta (Lottie), William M, James Garfield, Jessie, Lillian and Thomas Harold. Jessie died at the age of 1 in 1885. William (pictured in the background of the second photo of the album) died in 1898, when he was 19 years old.

Along with the Varley’s are two other family members, Willnetta Coy and Mary Barnes. Willnetta is Lillian’s daughter and Mary is Lottie’s daughter.

The photographs were taken in 1916 by Miss Lucia Weeks in Mansfield, Ohio. Below is one of the many ad’s she took out in the Mansfield newspapers.

Lucia Weeks Adfrom Mansfield News (1)

All the captions in this album are copied directly from the album, including names.

Some tips for viewing the album:

– The thumbnails are resized (automatically) and cut off parts of the photograph. Click the image to see it in it’s entirety. You can click on the image again to enlarge it further.

– Once in the album, you can use the arrows at the bottom to scroll between pictures (they’ll say “Next Attachment” or “Previous Attachment”).


1) Mansfield News (Mansfield, Ohio) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.
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