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# Monday, October 31, 2011
Ghost Towns Haunting Your Family History?
Posted by Diane

Though we think of them as Western phenomena, ghost towns are in every US state. You might’ve heard of Bodie, Calif.; Goldfield, Nev.; Medicine Mound, Texas and Oatman, Ariz.; but what about Moonville, Ohio; Chaska, Tenn., and Skinnersville, Mass.?

Ghost towns happened when the industry that sustained the population died (as with many mining and logging towns in the Old West), when the railroad or highway bypassed a town, or when a public construction project (such as a dam) or a natural disaster wiped it out.

A ghost town might still be marked by abandoned buildings and/or maintained as a tourist attraction, or there may be no visible sign the town ever existed. Did your ancestor live in a ghost town? Here are some online resources to help you learn more about it.


Genealogy Web Sites | Social History
Monday, October 31, 2011 10:48:32 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 9:09:39 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Diane: Thank you for mentioning my blog about Ghost Towns. We learn from each other, so I appreciate your blog post that expands what I have! Thanks!
Friday, November 04, 2011 7:26:48 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I have been told that a number of my ancestors were born in what now is a ghost town but never thought about looking that kind of thing up. Interesting and maybe if and when I can ever get back into researching my family history again I will consider looking up that "ghost town" Thanks
Joyce C
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