Smart Canyon Genealogy

My name is Sara Martin and I am a professional genealogist doing research while living in the beautiful Colorado mountains. Family research can be much like following a winding hiking trail up steep mountains and down into the valleys. I have been following this path for over 40 years. I would like to help you in your search for your ancestry. Consultations are free. Please do not hesitate to contact me and we can discuss what I have to offer you.

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Celebrating the Holidays 100 Years Ago in Champaign County, Illinois

Image by Vincent Ciro from Pixabay This Christmas blog post is two weeks too late! I thought this might make a good article for a quarterly, but here it is instead on my own blog. Try to catch whatever remains of the Christmas spirit in the air and enjoy! Do you ever wonder what the…


Picture in the public domain at the Library of Congress (ppmsc 01699 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsc.01699). #OhioHistory #GoldMining When I began going through census records of Cross Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, using the FAN method (Family/Friends, Associates, Neighbors) to find more information about my ancestor George Lewis, I came across three men whose occupation was given as…


DAVID RUMSEY AND HIS MAPS I love maps. All kinds of maps. Old maps from the days of “terra incognita” to modern-day Google street view maps. The calendar I used last year showed pictures of medieval and renaissance maps and I have a box (somewhere!) full of old gas station maps of various states with…

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