A Prescription for Genealogy
Warning: It May Be Habit Forming!
By: JoAnne Fischesser, DHS Volunteer and Member.
Finding your ancestors “lost” relatives
Determine genetic health issues
Exposing family secrets
Discovering burial sites of loved ones
Locate country of family origin
Build a family tree
How to use:
With a strong dose of patience
With an organized method
With a good “search engine”- Ancestry, Family Search, Google, etc.
With utilizing The Public Library and historical societies
Habit forming and addictive
Avoidance of housework, laundry, and other chores
Exhaustion due to late night hours on the computer researching websites
The accumulation of massive amounts of documents
Blurry eyes due to excessive screen viewing
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from an inordinate use of keyboard
Fatigue, Insomnia, Inquisitiveness, Frustration, Excitement, Satisfaction, A Sense of Accomplishment, Knowledge, Fun
NOTE: This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other side effects not listed above contact your local genealogist.
I began my journey into genealogy shortly after I retired in 2010. Having celebrated many family events and living near my mother's side of the family, I felt confident in my knowledge of my maternal heritage. On the other hand, I knew little about my father's side (Fischesser) so that became the focus of my research.
What I knew: My grandfather, Theodore (born in Cincinnati), married Luella Strassell (born in Cincinnati). They had 9 children, including my father, Alvin. Some of my aunts and uncles I had met, others were known only by name. I knew my great-grandfather, Sosthenes (from “Germany”) married Frances Brune (born in Cincinnati). Growing up I had heard of a few great-uncles and great- aunts and cousins.
I joined www.ancestry.com, researched on www.familysearch.org,www.findagrave.com. and other websites. I went to Our Lady of Victory Cemetery where I knew my great-grandparents, grandparents and two uncles were buried. With the help of the staff at OLV, I discovered the unmarked graves of 4 children, presumed to be the children of Sosthenes and Frances.
Visiting the Delhi Historical Society and with the help of Peg Schmidt, I found additional information and pictures of my family.
I was hooked!
I began constructing a family tree. I have over 900 names and have done only half of Sosthenes's and Frances's twelve children. It is 3ft. wide and 18ft. long!
I attended family reunions to gather and share more information.
I joined the Green Township Genealogy Club (meets at the Green Twp. library every 3rd Thursday. All are welcome).
I belong to both the Green Township Historical Society and the Delhi Historical Society (where I volunteer one afternoon a week).
I'm a member of the Ohio Genealogy Society and have attended their conventions.
I found and contacted a Fischesser currently living in Ruehlisheim, France (hometown to my great-grandfather, Sosthenes). This resulted in a visit there last June by my niece and her family. I hope to make the trip myself someday.
So, as you can see, I'm addicted to genealogy. But it's not an addiction I want to recover from anytime soon. I'm having way too much fun!