XENIA — Voting is open for this year’s “I Found it in the Archives” contest, which is being sponsored by the Greene County Archives. The full entries for the annual contest, which is designed to highlight stories of how the county’s records and archives have helped to help answer questions from a personal personal quest or bring clarity to a family mystery, can be found on the archives website.
Five entries are up for top honors in this year’s contest:
Patsy Sjostrom. “After years of ancestry work, I had started to solve the mystery of my maternal second great-grandmother. She turned out to be quite a colorful character.” Through her research, Sjostrom found that her second great-grandmother was divorced from her husband after she beat him with a club, cursed him and committed adultery.
Karen Harmon. “My research has taken me on a fascinating journey and I have learned so much about my ancestors, history, and myself. When I find information about an ancestor, I am transported in time and experience life as they might have experienced it – if only for a few minutes.” Harmon found that one of her third great-grandfathers served in the Civil War and was able to trace other ancestors to a plantation in Virginia.
Amber McKenzie. “I’ve been a history buff for as long as I can remember. A few years ago I became curious about my own family’s history. I started an [A]ncestry account and began tracing my ancestors.” McKenzie came across the story of how her second great-grandfather went to prison for murdering his three-year-old stepdaughter, but later received a pardon for his behavior after serving 12 years of his sentence.
Lisa Koogler. “The Greene County Archives had many of the missing pieces to this family puzzle.” Through Greene County Archives information, Koogler was able to piece together information about a “long lost” family relative.
Donna Idle. “The quest of one’s past is the footprint of our lives today. My personal search for my ancestors began 40 years ago in cemeteries of Fayette and Greene counties in Ohio.” Through her research Idle discovered ancestors who were involved in the American Revolutionary War.
Voting can be completed on the Greene County Archives Facebook page by clicking “like” on an entry or by sending an email indicating a top choice to FoundItArchives@co.greene.oh.us. Voting will be open through 4 p.m., July 27.
The contest winner will receive a free lunch, a tour of the Greene County Archives and the Greene County Courthouse in Xenia. The winner will also receive a certificate suitable for framing and their entry will be submitted to the state level of the contest.
Reach Nathan Pilling at 937-502-4498 or on Twitter @XDGNatePilling.