Karen Bennett

Greetings from the Chattanooga, Ohio, area. Yes, Ohio has its very own Chattanooga, aka Chatt, a small village in west-central Ohio, near the Indiana border. I have been doing family history research for over 20 years and am a Board-Certified genealogist, certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. My main genealogical interests are family research, cemetery research, and historical and genealogical research of the Chatt area, with a focus on two area Lutheran Churches, both named Zion Lutheran, one in Chatt and the other in Schumm, Ohio. Family names I am researching include Miller, Schumm, Brewster, Rueck, Reid, Headington, Huey, Bryan, Whiteman, Schinnerer, Scaer, Breuninger, Bennett, and a few others. I belong to several lineage societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Daughters of 1812, First Families of Ohio, and First Families of Mercer and Van Wert Counties. I am also a retired dental hygienist and our church organist. I hope you enjoy Karen's Chatt.

Most commented posts

  1. Haunted Mercer County? — 28 comments
  2. The Old Willshire Hotel — 27 comments
  3. Florence (Schumm) Miller (1929-2016) — 21 comments
  4. Spitler Grocery Huckster Truck, Willshire, Ohio — 18 comments
  5. Genealogy Roadshow to Debut — 18 comments

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The John Bryan Family Photo

This photo may look familiar to those of you who have been following my blogs and looking at my website. It is the background photo of this website, a photo of the John and Hannah (Huey) Bryan family. The photo was taken in Jay County, Indiana, very likely on the family farm in Bear Creek …

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Tombstone Tuesday–Bryan, John & Hannah

This is the tombstone of John and Hannah (Huey) Bryan, located in Limberlost Cemetery, one mile east of Bryant, in Jay County, Indiana. John and Hannah were my third great-grandparents. John was born 15 August 1824 in Coshocton County, Ohio, the son of Peter and Mary (Huey) Bryan. He died 19 April 1900 in Jay …

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Changes in Technology Over the Years

I am participating in Lorine McGinnis Schulze’s “52 Weeks of Sharing Memories–A Genealogy Journey.” Lorine is the creator of the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog and followers of the 52 Weeks of Sharing Memories project journal weekly, writing about family-related topics that Lorine gives us each Sunday. By the end of the year I will have …

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Tombstone Tuesday–Miller, Carl F. & Gertrude

  This is the tombstone of Carl F. and Gertrude Miller. It is located in row 10 of  Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Mercer County, Ohio. Gertrude was the little girl in the 5-generation photo featured in my blog, A Snapshot of the Past–Five Generations of My Family. She was my grandmother. Gertrude E. Brewster was …

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Memorial Day 2011

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, is this coming Monday, May 30. Memorial Day is always observed the last Monday in May and traditionally marks the beginning of summer. It was declared a US federal holiday in 1971 and its origin dates back to the Civil War. It began as a way to remember and honor both Union …

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