Welcome to Karen’s Chatt!
I first want to thank our son Jeff, who set up this website for me as a birthday present in January 2011. I had talked about having a website for some time and he made it a reality.
After creating the website he asked me what I wanted to do with it. Good question! I am going to try my hand at blogging. I also want to share information about my genealogical activities and endeavors, our family history and genealogy, and local counties of interest—Mercer and Van Wert in Ohio, Jay and Adams in Indiana. In addition, look for information about the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), my dental profession, and other things of interest to me, as well as lots of old family photos.
I am from Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio, which is in west central Ohio. “Chatt” is just a mile from the Indiana state line. I actually grew up in the suburbs of Chattanooga, which would be one mile north of the village, in Mercer County farmland. I am married to Joe and we have one son, Jeff. We currently live near Celina.
I have had a lot of hobbies and interests over the years. I have collected Nippon, cacti, Precious Moments, dolls, stuffed bears, and even more stuff. I have painted ceramics, sewed, crocheted, counted x-stitched, rubber stamped and scrapbooked! Most of these hobbies have come and gone but genealogy is the one endeavor that has kept my interest the longest. I love genealogy!
My genealogical addiction began innocently enough. Jeff was taking a Civil War class in high school at the time. At the end of the year he had the option of either taking the final exam or researching a Mercer County Civil War veteran. He chose the latter. I suggested that he research a Bennett to see if he had a Civil War ancestor. I helped him do the research and that was all it took. From that point on I was hooked on genealogy.
That was over fifteen years ago. During my genealogical journey I became a Board-certified genealogist and spent several years as a trustee, officer, and committee chair at The Ohio Genealogical Society. I am currently the registrar at the Lima Chapter NSDAR. I do not regularly take on research work for clients because I still have my day job.
I am also a Registered Dental Hygienist and I work at Grand Lake Family Dentistry in Celina, Ohio. You can read more about that in my Dental Section.
I have been our church organist for over 45 years, I enjoy playing piano, listening to just about all kinds of music, bird watching, gardening, reading, and taking photos.
I hope you enjoy the blogs, the genealogical information, the photos, and other items that will be contained in this website.
Thanks for reading!
Karen Miller Bennett, CGSM, RDH