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 for details. And, yes, I'm putting my money where my mouth is.

Friday, August 29, 2014

454. How To Do A Cemetery Restoration

    If you want to see a good, high quality cemetery restoration, you should attend the Bell Cemetery event on September 14th. The Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter of the DAR seems to have pulled out all the stops in volunteer time, professional help, and money to make this happen.
    When you look at the condition of many (most?) pioneer cemeteries across the country, perhaps more committed groups should emulate the DAR and restore a site of their choosing. My SAR Chapter here in Indy has done little to nothing in the last few years in this area--much to my regret.
    Anyway, stop by Perry Township, take a look, and thank CSH and the Trustee's Office.

Monday, August 25, 2014

453. Finding Genealogy In The ISL Indiana Division

    I research a lot at the Indiana State Library, but it still frustrates me that so many of the useful genealogy resources are nowhere near the Genealogy Division and are so hidden on the closed shelves.
    High school yearbooks are a case in point. I only found out recently that ISL even has a collection of yearbooks. They are not on open shelves, not in the Genealogy Division, and not very obvious on the Library website. Sometimes I feel that you have to do your best research just finding what the building holds for genealogy.
    Anyway, here's another resource you might use for Indiana research. [Note: The Indianapolis Public Library has hundreds of yearbooks and they are digitizing them very quickly and placing them online--the State Library has not discovered scanners yet, I guess. The Genealogical Society of Marion County has hundreds of yearbooks on open shelves, and the Indiana Genealogical Society has hundreds of yearbooks scanned and on their website.]

Friday, August 22, 2014

452. Do Genealogy At The University!

    I guess our little hobby is continuing to go mainstream, as IUPUI is getting into the business. It's doubtful, though, if you can get a B. A. in Genealogy degree. Ah well, tomorrow is another day, and, incidentally, most local genealogy societies will do this for you for free.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

451. Indiana Migration: Sullivan Ctr., Zionsville, Aug. 26

    Things are really hopping, genealogy wise, this week and next. I've been invited to present a program on Indiana migration next Tuesday for the Boone County Genealogical Society. Hope you can make it. It's free, and, if you come a little early, you can scope out some of the great genealogy materials at the Sullivan Library and Museum.

"Populating Hoosierland": Migration to Indiana

Tuesday, August 26  6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center, 
Hawthorne Street, Zionsville

Presented by the Boone County Genealogical Society

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

450. Kosciusko County Is Model Genealogy Library

    If you want to see what a local county genealogy library should be, and frequently is not, you should pay a visit to the Kosciusko County Historical Society Museum in the old County Jail in Warsaw.
    I had an opportunity to browse the library last Saturday, when KCHS invited me to present a Civil War genealogy program. I can only say Wow! The collection, obviously the work of a committed and talented group of volunteers, really tells the story of Kosciusko County ancestors. Makes me regret not having relatives in that part of the country.
    If you're in the area sometime, drop in and say hello. The jail museum tour is worth the trip all by itself. If you have KC family materials, you should make sure these folks have a copy for their collection. [And thanks to Sharon Susec and her crew for the invitation.]

Sunday, August 17, 2014

449. Medical Genealogy Program, Carmel, Aug. 27

What Killed Your Ancestors?

Carmel Clay Historical Society
Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 p.m.

Carmel Clay Public Library Program Room
55 4th Ave. SE, Carmel, IN.

            Genealogists and interested family members look at tombstones and historic records to gather information about how their ancestors lived and died. But sometimes the ailments of the 1800s don’t do anything but leave more questions than answers. Ague? Brain fever? Dropsy? Spotted fever? What were these diseases?

            Join us for a discussion of the typical diseases and causes of death that “plagued” our 19th century American ancestors.  Learn more about these ailments and where to look for the answers with Virginia Terpening, former director of the Indiana Medical History Museum, and James Dillon, MD.