Tuesday, November 25, 2014

488. GSMC Show-And-Tell Session, Dec. 13

I always enjoy the last monthly program of the Genealogical Society of Marion County. Listening to everyone present their genealogical successes of the past year is great family history. GSMC itself has some good events to brag about. I've not been to Marquette Manor before, so that will be a new thing. Why not plan to drop by, enjoy a good meal, visit with some genealogy friends, and share in the holiday season? We promise you will be very welcome!

Friday, November 21, 2014

487. IGS Grants Program Deadline Is December 31. Hurry!

[The end-of-the-year deadline season is fast approaching. Here is another program that needs to be done quickly if your group has a project that needs some extra cash.]

            The Indiana Genealogical Society has a Genealogy Grant Program to support the efforts of local genealogical and historical groups. To date, the program has awarded over $15,000 in grants.
            Grants are $500 each and may be awarded in three categories:
Cemetery Restoration Grant--Given for a project to restore and/or renovate an Indiana pioneer cemetery.
Resource Development Grant--Given for a project to develop a new Indiana genealogical resource in either a printed or electronic format.
Chapter Resource Grant--Given to an Indiana Genealogical Society Chapter for a project to support the operation of that society.
            Grants are subject to the following restrictions:
All work on the grant project must be completed within twelve months of the grant award.
The grantee society must provide a written summary report to the IGS following the project's completion.
A society may only receive one grant from the program per grant year, although that society may apply for more than one grant type each year.
Applicants must complete all parts of the application form. The submitted application form will be evaluated by the IGS Board of Directors. The Board's decision on the grant awards will be final.
            The grant application deadline is December 31 of each year. Notifications will be sent to all applicants, and the winners will be recognized at the IGS annual conference the following April.
Note: The IGS may elect not to award a grant in a category, if, in the opinion of the IGS Board, a suitable project has not been proposed in that category.

            Go to the IGS website at www.indgensoc.org to print out the application form.
            For more information on the grant program, please contact the Grants Manager:
Mike Lewman, 1867 S. 600 West, Montezuma, IN 47862   Phone (765) 569-5935 home
(765) 562-2341 cell   E-mail mblewman@yahoo.com

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

486. Good Marriage Workshop On Saturday

You probably still have time to register for a marriage workshop on Saturday at the Indiana Historical Society. Harold Henderson is a good speaker and will tell you tons of stuff about Indiana marriages you need to know.

How Hoosiers Got Hitched

Nov. 22, 2014 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center 10 a.m. to noon

            Not all marriage records are created equal. This program shows how Indiana marriage records have changed over the years, and how between 1880 and 1930 in some counties more than one record was created for each marriage – some with different information than the others. It also proposes a naming system, as in some counties different kinds of marriage records were given the same name. Existing guides to Indiana genealogy do not deal specifically with these record varieties or the research opportunities and challenges they offer.
            County clerks are not always aware of the differences, and in some counties some records have migrated outside the clerk's office altogether. And some of the records were designed for in-person use – they are not easy to understand when reduced to images.
            Harold Henderson, CG, has been a professional writer since 1979, a professional genealogist since 2009, and a board-certified genealogist since June 2012. He lives and works in northwest Indiana; and at midwestroots.net. Henderson is the author of Finding Ancestors in Fort Wayne  and an every-name index of the earliest court records of La Porte County.
            He has published articles in American Ancestors Journal (annual supplement to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register), the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Archives.com, and in six state publications, including “Early Midwestern Orphanage: The Indianapolis Orphans Asylum, 1851-1941, A Way Station on the Winding Road of Life” in THG: Connections, Spring/Summer 2011.

$10 ; $8 members  This class is eligible for 2 general LEUs. 
Register online or call (317) 232-1882 for more information.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

485. IGS Civil War Society Deadline Near

If you are a direct descendant of an Indiana Civil War veteran, you might be interested in the Indiana Genealogical Society lineage society below. Go to the IGS website at www.indgensoc.org and download the application form. You must be an IGS member. This year's deadline is December 31, so hurry!
                                                                            [Disclosure: I am the Chair of the SCWFI.]

Friday, November 14, 2014

484. Marion County WPA Vets Burials

   During the Depression-era of the 1930's, the Works Progress Administration hired workers to survey the cemeteries in the U.S. to list burials of military veterans. In Indiana these records are in hard copy in the Indiana State Archives.
   Archives unpaid volunteers are indexing these records and putting them on the IndianaDigitalArchives website. I noticed that the Marion County lists are now up and running. Take a look to see if any of your folks are listed. Many cemetery headstones have disappeared between the 1930's and today--maybe a few surprises will come your way. [Still no images...sigh!]

Sunday, November 9, 2014

483. Make Your Ethnic Heritage Come Alive!

    Genealogists routinely say things like, "My ancestors were Irish," or "Our family was German." It's hard, though, to make these ideas real, especially to a 21st century average American.
    Next week you have an opportunity to get into that reality a little bit deeper and to perhaps take your kids or grandkids along for the ride. You can do this by visiting the International Festival.
    This Festival is one of my favorite Indy annual events and I have been there dozens of times. If you have not, now is the time!
    Show your family where they came from, especially if they are a mixture, as most Yanks are. There are about 50 different ethnic booths with maps and materials, food, costumes, languages, and all the stuff that goes into a culture. The kids usually love it.
    Find out details and get tickets at nationalitiescouncil.org. It's great fun--and don't forget the Naturalization Ceremony--that is really impressive.

Friday, November 7, 2014

482. Courthouse Site Reusable

    In the Star a few days ago was an artist's conception of what the current plan is for the space between the City-County Building and Washington Street. It's going to be a park-plaza area for the citizenry to rest and relax from their busy lives. Many Indy residents do not remember, or did not ever know, that this space formerly was the location of the courthouse itself. Take a look at the photo below. It was taken in the 1960's just before the old building was taken down. Cities are endlessly being recycled and reborn. Do you remember???
   [As a genealogist, I was cynically wondering how many good records went to the dump instead of being transferred from the old to the new.]