Welcome to Karen’s Chatt!
Thanks to 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. I decided to try my hand at blogging and have been faithfully writing blog posts twice a week ever since. I try to share information about my genealogical activities and endeavors, my family history and genealogy, research about the Chatt area, information about the families and histories of Zion Lutheran Churches in Chatt and Schumm, and 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, when I helped our son Jeff research a Mercer County Civil War veteran when he was in high school. That was all it took. From that point on I was hooked on genealogy.
That was over twenty-five years ago. During my genealogical journey, in 2003 I became a Board-certified genealogist , certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. In 2024 I retired my active BCG status, which basically means that I will not take clients, which I rarely did anyway. I also spent several years as a trustee, officer, and committee chair at The Ohio Genealogical Society. and am a past registrar of the Lima Chapter NSDAR.
I am also retired Registered Dental Hygienist, retiring in 2017 after a 44-year career, retiring from Grand Lake Family Dentistry in Celina, Ohio.
I have been our church organist for over 59 years, I enjoy playing piano, listening to all kinds of music, bird watching, gardening, reading, collecting antiques and quilts, and taking photos.
I hope you enjoy the blogs, the genealogical information, the photos, and other items posted and contained in this website.
Thanks for reading!
Karen Miller Bennett, Certified Genealogist®, Retired 2024
The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation, and the board name is registered in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
(Updated Jan 2024)