Because of your references to Ohms in Winnesheik Co, IA I am wondering if we may have a family connection. My Great grandmother was Amelia Ohms born in Canada (Ontario) Aug, 1855. She married George Blais (spelled Blase on an IA census) and sometime between 1885 to 1888 the family relocated to Winnesheik Co, IA. They had seven children, Daniel, Harriet, Robert, Alice, Clarence (Pete), Maud & Elsie. They left IA around 1908 and came to Alberta, Canada where they remained until their deaths.
At that time so many families moved following other family members who preceeded them to new locations that I really wonder if this is the case with my great grandparents. Ohms is not an especially common name and for them to have gone to Winnesheik Co. where other Ohms were residing seems more than coincidental. What do you think?Any info on my elusive Ohms line?