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? — 30 comments
  2. The Old Willshire Hotel — 28 comments
  3. Florence (Schumm) Miller (1929-2016) — 21 comments
  4. Metal Cemetery Monuments — 21 comments
  5. Genealogy Roadshow to Debut — 18 comments

Author's posts

Tombstone Tuesday-Epitaphs

Some tombstones are inscribed with an epitaph. Epitaphs are usually insightful and/or clever. They may tell something about the deceased or provide philosophical insights about life and death.

Chatt-area News, 1910

More Chatt-area news from 1910, as published in The Celina Democrat.
Peter Mertz, of Chattanooga, had his hand crushed

Tombstone Tuesday-Martin W. & Beatrice C. (Eschbach) Allmandinger

This is the tombstone of Martin W. & Beatrice C. (Eschbach) Allmandinger, located in row 5 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The tombstone is inscribed:

Soldier & Foxhole Buddy

A benefit from blogging is that sometimes I receive information from my readers. I love it when bits and pieces come together and we are able share information, make connections, and help each other out. Any additional information makes a nice addition to one’s family history.

Tombstone Tuesday-Parakeet Inscription

I have seen a variety of birds in various positions inscribed on tombstones and have written about them before. Birds represent a variety of things, including resurrection, innocence, and peace.