Tuesday, December 1, 2015

639. Henry Louis Gates Back Jan. 5

The third season of Finding Your Roots with host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will start on January 5, 2016. This will be the first broadcast of the series since marking the return of the show since it was revealed that guest Ben Affleck requested deletion of all references to a slave-owning ancestor from the actor’s episode of the genealogy series.
            The new season of Finding Your Roots will feature Shonda Rhimes, Neil Patrick Harris and Julianna Margulies. Check your local TV listings for the date and time that the new series will be broadcast on your local PBS station.

Friday, November 27, 2015

638. Are You Following The DAR Patriot Records Project?

I ran across an interesting article in the September/October issue of the American Spirit magazine, published by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
            The page 32 article, titled “Sharing a Wealth of Data With the World,” by Nancy Mann Jackson, describes the Patriot Records Project, a NSDAR project started in 2014.
            The PRP is a digitization and indexing effort by the Society to locate Revolutionary-War era documents that are stashed in archives and repositories around the country and which are largely forgotten, ignored, or poorly accessible.
            The NSDAR is starting with themselves, as they are in process of making their own Library materials online accessible through the Genealogical Records System, their free database at www.dar.org/grs.
            The second phase of the Patriot Records Project is to have DAR members and chapters locate relevant materials all over the U.S., and notify the National office with the What/Where of the items. National will then secure required permissions and then arrange for the digitizing.
            This project seems to me to be a natural fit for the NSDAR, and, with their dedicated host of volunteers, something that will move right along. I’m looking forward to searching for my Revolutionary ancestors in this great new resource. Read the entire article on this project in the American Spirit magazine at the Indiana State Library, your local DAR Chapter, or from a friend who is a member.
            [As an aside comment, I am a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and it continually distresses me at how little the SAR has done or is doing in the resources area. The SAR website is nearly devoid of digital resources and with little sign of any near-term improvement. It’s fine to dress up in pretty uniforms and award each other medals for this and that, but where is the records preservation piece? Where is the digitization effort? Sad, really sad.] 

Monday, November 23, 2015

637. GSMC Webinar Wednesday, Dec. 2

GSMC Webinar Wednesday, December 2, 2015
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

GSMC Library, 9370 E. Washington St. Indianapolis
(Memorial Park Cemetery)

Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research

          Ever wonder what various gravestone symbols mean? Is everything “set in stone” completely accurate? Gail will walk you through cemeteries all over the country with tips on how to use cemetery and associated records in your genealogy quest.

Presenter: Gail Blankenau
          Gail is an experienced genealogist, speaker and author. Her publications include articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and The Genealogist. She is also a contributor to Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy magazines.
          Based in Nebraska, she specializes in Nebraska records, Midwestern roots, German genealogy, land records, 19th-Century photographs and tracing lineages. More than half her ancestors came from New England, but she has roots in almost every state east of the Mississippi.

Workshop is Free; No reservation required;
Printed Handouts Provided
Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks Available