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. The Old Willshire Hotel — 28 comments
  2. Haunted Mercer County? — 28 comments
  3. Florence (Schumm) Miller (1929-2016) — 21 comments
  4. Metal Cemetery Monuments — 19 comments
  5. Genealogy Roadshow to Debut — 18 comments

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Tombstone Tuesday-Rose Symbol

A rose signifies beauty, hope, or unfailing love.

Chattanooga News in 1917

What was going on in Chattanooga a little over 100 years ago? Thanks to a reader, I learned that a few years of The Celina Democrat newspaper (years 1910-1918) are on the Library of Congress website.

Tombstone Tuesday-Louis F. & Cora E. (Roop) Schumm

This is the tombstone of Louis F. And Cora (Roop) Schumm, located in row 8 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

SCHUMM
Louis F.
1892-1974

Cora E.
1884-1971

1822-era Camp at Willshire

Last Saturday, as part of Willshire’s Bicentennial celebration, they replicated an 1822-era encampment on the banks of the St. Marys River, behind Willshire’s Legion. We enjoyed talking with and learning from the reenactors and demonstrators. If you missed or could not attend the event, here are some photos from the camp.

Tombstone Tuesday-Military Flag Holders

Yesterday was Memorial Day and many of us visited cemeteries to honor the graves of military veterans who served our country or who died while serving our country. Their grave sites are easily recognizable with their metal flag holders, holding new American flags that were recently placed by the local American Legion or VFW.