Friday, May 22, 2015

560. Google Earth on Webinar Wednesday, June 3

Genealogical Society of Marion County
 Webinar Wednesday

June 3, 2015         2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

GSMC Library  9370 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis
(On the Memorial Park Cemetery Grounds)

Using Google Earth for Genealogy
Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke
            In this extremely popular class Google Earth Guru Lisa Louise Cooke will teach you how to unlock mysteries in your research: from unidentified photographs, to how an ancestral location looked a hundred years ago or more, to plotting homesteads precisely using land patent legal descriptions.
            You’ll learn how to interpret the genealogical records you already have in new and exciting ways using layers, overlays, forensic analysis, and little known online tech tools. You will be amazed to discover that Google Earth is one of the best free genealogical tools available!

Workshop is Free; No reservation required; Printed Handouts Provided
Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks Available
[Info: Contact Ron Darrah at]

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

559. Perry Township Cemeteries on Facebook

   I noticed the following page on Facebook a couple of days ago. It's new for 2015 and does not contain much yet, but, if that area is of interest to you, take a look and follow along.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

558. Indiana Historial Society Cemetery Tour, June 4

Grave Matters
June 4, 2015
     Join IHS Membership and Local History Services staff for our fifth Annual Grave Matters Cemetery Walking Tour: Indy's Buried Treasure. This year's exciting day-trip will lead participants through Indianapolis' lesser-known cemeteries throughout the city. 
     Our trip begins  with a tour of the Kelly Street Historic Jewish Cemeteries. In 1856, the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation  was the first to be established in Indianapolis. Shortly thereafter, land was purchased on Kelly Street to serve as a cemetery for the congregation. In the 1880s, as more synagogues were established, the IHC sold land to various Jewish congregations for use as burial grounds. Today, there are eight separate burial grounds that make up the south side Jewish cemeteries. 
     Our next stop will take us to Spring Valley Cemetery in Lawrence outside Fort Benjamin Harrison. This cemetery is was the burial ground for some of the pioneer leaders of Lawrence Township.  The cemetery fought the federal government when land was being taken for Fort Harrison. After winning the battle, they would not allow soldiers from the Fort to be buried in the cemetery – this led to a military cemetery nearby. 
    Following lunch we will visit Mt. Jackson Cemetery (a Wayne Township cemetery) and the adjacent burial grounds for patients of Central State Psychiatric Hospital.
    Indiana cemetery expert Jeannie Regan-Dinius of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will again accompany the group and make presentations throughout the day along with other cemetery experts. Lunch, snacks and transportation via coach will be provided. 
    To join us, RSVP by May 22 to Jennifer Hiatt at (317) 234-2670 or Please consider registering early, as space is limited to the first 50 participants.
$50 for IHS members and $75 for nonmembers (membership is included).
(Pictured below: Entrance to Kelly Street Jewish Cemetery)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

557. Immigration? Bring It On!

                I noticed a very telling article in the newspaper yesterday that resonated with me. The article’s headline was “English on rise among Hispanics,” (Indianapolis Star, May 13, 2015, Sect. B, page 3B). The reporter Alan Gomez looks at data from a recent Pew Research Center report that says that more Hispanics speak English proficiently than ever and the numbers are rising. Also, that most U.S. Hispanics are native Americans, 35 million to 19 million, and many of them speak English from the get-go.
                Of course, some political blowhards wade in saying the numbers are false, that we need to make English the “official” language, and all that twaddle.
                As most genealogists learn quickly, their own and everyone else's immigrant ancestors knew and followed this same pattern to the letter. My Welsh-born grandfather told his own children, “We speak English, we’re Americans now!” I imagine a similar version went around most immigrant families as far back as we have immigrants.
                What most of these political fools with an ax to grind choose to ignore is that English IS the official language; we don’t need a law to say so. And, really, English is the official language of the greater world community. That hundreds of millions of non-Americans around the world are working their butts off to learn the language is a pretty strong validation of that fact.
                I always find it hilarious as well as pathetic that the anti-immigration clique in the U.S. chooses to ignore their own immigrant ancestry and try to lock the door behind them after their own family is safely inside.
                My take: Bring it on! Americans can handle immigrants like they have always handled them. It’s never been easy for foreigners to adjust and assimilate here, but millions have done so, and their descendants are some of our most important and loyal citizens. Bring it on! Foreign-born naturalized citizens do change us, and that can be a good thing—most of us can stand a little changing. I’m willing to bet the farm that America changes immigrants more than they change us. Bring it on!