One of the very pleasant as well as interesting aspects of exploring family history is encountering distant relatives, and relatives of related families. They invariably have useful information to share, but beyond that is the enjoyment of simply engaging with them on these matters of shared interest.
Such has been the case for me with a descendant of one of the families that intermingled with the Mottice family during the early days of Stark County. George Farris is a descendant of John and Margaret Creighton; Margaret’s father and mother were Peter and Pheby Mottice.
George has provided me with much excellent information about the early families. He is also an experienced genealogical researcher and has written numerous articles on various aspects of family history search methodology.
He published a series a few years ago that overviews the gamut of genealogical research, and is well worth reading. Here are the links:
- Beginning your search
- “Source data”
- More about data sources
- Additional data sources
- LDS and data from other countries
- Census records
- Military records
- Land records
- More about land records
- Land records as a source of family information
- Wills and probate records as sources of family information
- Biographies, Obituaries, Old Newspapers, and Family Lore
- Sharing Family History Research
- Some Genealogy Web Sites to Use With Caution
- Genealogy and local history
- Tracking one specific ancestor
- What next?
- Tracking one specific ancestor — part 2
- Importance of Family Groups in Tracking Ancestors
- Two new on-line genealogy research tools
- Some books for family history researchers
- Census time again
- A tale of the professor and the horse thief
- Family artifacts, mementos, letters, etc. as a source of genealogy information
- “Find A Grave” – Another potentially useful genealogy research tool
- The 1940 U.S. Census
- A “Dead End”
- DNA and Genealogy