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.

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Confirmation Records

One thing you can say about the German Lutherans—they kept very good church records. Although the handwriting can be difficult to read, they usually recorded a good deal of information and left a lot of valuable genealogical data for us today. I refer to the church records of both Zion Lutheran in Chattanooga and Schumm …

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Tombstone Tuesday–Amalia Justine Schumm

This is the tombstone of Amalia Justine Schumm located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed: Amalia Justine, Ehefrau [wife of] Georg M Schumm, gest [died] 13 Oct 1874, aged 26 years, 1 month, 19 days. According to the Schumm church records Amalia Justine Schumm, born …

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A Letter to Louis Breuninger, 1840

Did you ever wonder what life was like for the immigrants back in the mid-1800s? What challenges did they face? What were their main concerns? What were they doing? Were they employed? Did they have friends or relatives in America? I was able to get a glimpse into the life of two immigrants from a …

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Tombstone Tuesday–Louis and Maria Breuninger

This is the tombstone of Louis and Maria Breuninger, located in row 6 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed: BREUNINGER, Louis Breuninger, Born Dec. 15, 1819, Died Nov. 5, 1890, Aged 70y, 10m, 20d. Maria His Wife, Born Apr. 13, 1827, Died June 19, 1910, Aged 83y, 2m, …

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Is This Emily?

Is there anything more frustrating than having old family photos but not knowing who the people in the photos are? I scanned a whole photo album of wonderful turn of the century photos and not one of them was labeled. I’m sure the owner of the album knew who every man, woman and child was, …

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