About Me

Whether you’re reading this blog for the first time or you've stopped by before, welcome! I’m glad you’re here, and invite you to poke around and explore all you want.

I started this blog as a way of sharing stories and things I found regarding my ancestors—pictures, obituaries, tombstones, records, heirlooms, and more. Genealogy is like a giant puzzle--we're always searching, finding, recording, analyzing, and piecing evidence together. While it's never done, the picture that emerges as the pieces fit together is fascinating!

Over the years, I’ve completed the National Genealogical Society Home Study Course and the ProGen Study Group program, attended national conferences and institutes, and developed my skills in the field. All of this led to the launch of my business, Buckeye Family Trees, in 2012. I specialize in helping people find their Ohio ancestors and preserve their family history research in writing. I invite you to visit my website and have a look around there, too. I'm a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and currently serve as President of the Great Lakes Chapter.

I research in Central Ohio and have ancestral roots in several Ohio counties. My family branches came from Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Germany. My husband’s families migrated from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. All that makes for an interesting range of subjects! To see the names and places I’m researching, click on the “Ancestors” tab above.

With A Sense of Family, I also try to share some of the resources, techniques, tips, and strategies I’ve gathered along the way. Thanks for visiting!

                            Contact Me

If you think we share family lines or have ancestral places in common, please get in touch. I love meeting potential new cousins! I also welcome feedback from my readers. You can email me at sbishop@buckeyefamilytrees.com. 


A Sense of Family is my personal genealogy blog. I am not an affiliate or representative of any company or commercial organization. I have not received compensation for any product endorsement or promotion.


All written material and photographs that appear on this blog are my own unless otherwise noted. All rights are reserved. This work is protected under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommericial Use license. This license allows sharing of work for non-commercial use only, as long as attribution to the author is given and a link back to this blog is provided. It does not permit use of material for commercial purposes without written permission from the creator. Use of my written material or photos on income-generating blogs or websites, or on feed-based for-profit aggregators, is not permitted.


Source citations are an important part of genealogical research. I provide full source citations for transcriptions or abstracts of actual records. In the case of a story or summary based upon multiple sources, I may provide only partial citations or a general reference within the story about where the information came from. If you would like more details on the sources used for a particular post, just email me and I will gladly provide them.

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Thanks for reading my blog!


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