Tuesday, September 16, 2014

461. Exploring Maps at SullivanMunce, Sept. 23rd

[The following program is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there.]


The Boone County Genealogical Society Meeting
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center 225 W. Hawthorne Street, Zionsville

Tuesday Evening, September 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Program: “Using Maps for Family History Research”

Geography was a significant determiner of our ancestor’s lives.
Learn how maps can lead you into understanding those lives.

Presenter: Ron Darrah, Indiana Genealogical Society.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

460. Henry Louis Gates Genealogy Series Returns

   I don't know about you, but I like "Finding Your Roots" the best of the genealogy programs. Gates presents a lot more analysis and explanations of the process, and I think that's good.


   In two weeks, the latest genealogy-related television series will be broadcast on most PBS stations. “Finding Your Roots” is a series that focuses on race, identity and heritage, hosted by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.
   In the first episode we meet horror novelist Stephen King, actor Courtney B. Vance and Canadian actress-singer Gloria Reuben.
King’s father walked out on his family when Stephen was two and never returned. Courtney Vance’s father committed suicide and Courtney was brought up in a foster home. Gloria Reuben’s father was 78 years old when she was born. When he died he took the secret of his ancestry with him, but not for good. 
   Using genealogy and in some cases DNA, Gates helps each of them to discover family history they never knew. The program airs on PBS at 8 PM Eastern time. Check your local listings for the time and channel near you.


Monday, September 8, 2014

459. IndyGenealogy Now On Cyndi's List

   I just received the email from Cyndi Howells that my submission of this blog has been approved and will be listed on the Locality Specific Blog area on her site. Hoorah!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

458. Noblesville Library Also Has Genealogy Gatherings

   Not to be outdone by those Carmel newbies, the Noblesville Library also has a full plate of genealogy offerings. Nancy Massey knows her stuff and she always draws a good group of attendees. Some of these need registrations and some don't. Check their website for details. [Doesn't anyone do anything on the Southside?]

Noblesville Library  
Conducted by Nancy Massey, Genealogy Librarian

Tuesday, Sept. 9 – Genealogy Roundtable   2:15 – 3:15 p.m. – Focus on “Using Social Media for Genealogy Research”  Informal discussion.

Saturday, Sept. 13 – Genealogy Seminar – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  “Researching Brick Wall Ancestors”  Register at www.hepl.lib.in.us or call 770-3206.

Wednesday, Sept. 24 – Computer Training Class – 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon – “Exploring Ancestry Library Edition”  Register at www.hepl.lib.in.us or call 770-3206

Saturday, Oct. 11 – Genealogy Seminar – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – “Digging in Cemetery Records”  Register at www.hepl.lib.in.us or call 770-3206

Tuesday, Oct. 14 – Genealogy Roundtable   2:15 -3:15 p.m. – Focus on “Funeral Home Records”  Informal discussion.


Wednesday, Oct. 29 - Computer Training Class – 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon – “Exploring Heritage Quest Online”  Register at www.hepl.lib.in.us or call 770-3206

Friday, September 5, 2014

457. Carmel Library Offering Some Genealogy Events

[Sue Dillon of the Carmel Library sent out this info recently. Northsiders, please note...]

Carmel Clay Public Library
55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel, IN 46032

Tuesday, Sept 16 – Genealogy Forum – 1-2 p.m. in Computer Lab  Teresa Green will share her very clever genealogy books and demonstrate the computer website she used to create them.  Sharing, discussion, questions, computer demonstrations. 

Wednesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 - Finding Family  –  6:30-8:30 p.m.  This 5-week genealogy course is taught by Sue Dillon and covers the basics of genealogy research: how to get started, how to organize your information, Ancestry and other internet sources, records (vital records, land records, estate, etc.) and where to find them.  The course is free but registration is required by calling 844-3362.  Class is limited to 18 people.

Tuesday, Oct. 21 - Genealogy Forum – 1-2 p.m. in Computer Lab   Focus on creating a family history on Ancestry.  Sharing, discussion, questions, computer demonstrations. 

Every Tuesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  and  every Thursday, 6 – 8:45 p.m. – Genealogy Lab

Drop in and have volunteers help you with your genealogy and use the library’s genealogy databases.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

456. Maps Workshop, Sept. 13, Pike Library

    [This is a PR release from GSMC. I attended this program a couple of months ago, and I highly recommend it for researchers.]

“Using Sanborn and Baist Maps for Genealogical Research”

Monthly Program of Genealogical Society of Marion County

September 13th at 1:00 pm
Pike Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library
6525 Zionsville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268
            Fire insurance maps were originally created by companies needing a better way to determine risk from fire and therefore value of insurance offerings.  Highly detailed maps each include symbols, labels, and colors which describe all bits of information related to fire risk about a structure and its neighbors. 
            Today these maps are used by scholars and researchers in such fields as history, genealogy, urban geography, architectural history and preservation, ethnic studies, and urban archaeology.  Learn more about using Sanborn Fire Insurance in your own genealogical research.  
            Highlighted will be the digital Indianapolis Sanborn maps and Baist real estate atlases freely  accessible via IUPUI University Library. 

            Our featured speaker, Kristi L. Palmer, is the Director of the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship. She earned a B.A. in History from Ball State University in 1999 and a Master in Library Science from Indiana University in 2001. 
                She has worked professionally in the arena of digital collection organization and metadata creation for 13 years supporting the creation of faculty, student, and community-driven digital scholarship and cultural heritage collections.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

455. Ready To Digitize More 1812 Pensions?

   The Indiana Genealogical Society is in the midst of a second matching grant project to advance the digitizing of War of 1812 pensions. IGS passed a motion at their last Board meeting (introduced by yours truly) to take advantage of several fund matching opportunities.
   We (IGS; I am the Corresponding Secretary) are doing the matching grant in honor of Indiana's Bicentennial and in honor of the Indiana soldiers who served in the War of 1812. If the public--you--contributes $1816, IGS will match it with $2,016. Note the two numbers--look familiar?
    Anyway, if you contribute a few bucks, it will be essentially quadrupled and will digitize lots more pages of pension files. So, come on, send in a little of your spare cash to IGS for the project. Go to their website at www.indgensoc.org for details. And, yes, I'm putting my money where my mouth is.