Tuesday, October 6, 2015

614. Join GSMC and IAAGG On Fort Wayne Bus Trip


Research Trip to Allen County Library November 7
The Indiana African American Genealogy Group and the Genealogical Society of Marion County are planning a research trip to the Allen County Public Library, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Saturday, November 7, 2015.  The bus will load at 7:30a.m. and it should return by 8:00p.m.
The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library is the third largest genealogy repository in the United  States.  The Genealogy Center has more than 350,000 printed volumes, 513,000 microfilms and microfiche.

The bus trip will cost $30 per person. Registration and payment can be made on our website at www.GenealogyIndy.org using PayPal or by check sent to GSMC, 9370 E. Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46229. 

Each registration should include the passenger’s name, address, telephone (preferably cell phone) and email address.  Those wishing to pay by credit card may use PayPal, which is on the IAAGG website at iaagg.org.  The payment deadline will be Saturday, October 19, 2015
We will need a minimum of 25 passengers for the trip to take place.  If we have fewer than 25 reservations, the bus will be cancelled and we will carpool to Fort Wayne.

Monday, October 5, 2015

613. Trolley Station In Your Family's Past?

   If your folks traveled around the south side of Indy in the early 20th century, they may have stopped at the trolley station in Garfield Park. The DNR newsletter "Eavesdropping" has this interesting tidbit about the restoration of that site. [I have to admit that I am really a fan of archaeology, especially historic archaeology.]

612. Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Evidence?

   I won this book as a door prize at the GSMC Conference on Saturday. Dick Eastman donated it. He probably did not realize what a burden he placed on me. Now I have no excuse for not doing things by the rules. This big sucker is 892 pages long, fine print, no pictures. Sigh............

Saturday, October 3, 2015

612. Carmel Library October Genealogy Classes

[If you live north, Sue Dillon has some interesting sessions at the Carmel Library you might want to take a look at.]

Genealogy is definitely a moving target with so many changes to our familiar websites and accesses to new resources coming online daily.  October’s and November’s Genealogy Forum will address those changes to Ancestry and Family Search. 
October 20, Tues. (1-2 PM) - “New Ancestry and Wills/Probates are here.  How to Use Them”  presented by Sue Dillon in the Computer Training Room, Carmel Library
November 17, Tues.,  (1-2 PM) “Family Search – How to find its Wealth of New Online Records ”  in the Computer Training Room, Carmel Library
October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 8 – Wednesdays at 6:30-8:30 PM Computer Training Room. 
                This 5-week class includes how to get started, how to organize your information, what kinds of records are available and how to find them.   Everything builds on the first class so it is important to attend the October 7 session.  A comfort level with computers is recommended.  The course is free but limited to 18 and attendees need to register by calling the reference desk at the library (844-3362).  Taught by Sue Dillon  

Friday, October 2, 2015

611. Oh, Archives! Where Art Thou?

   OK, it's now October 2015, and we enter another month without knowing the location of the new Indiana State Archives building. You know, the $25 million one that the State Legislature approved last winter.
   They only had maybe three or four choices established at that time, and one of those was prohibited (Thank you, Senator Kenley!), so what's the problem. I talked recently with a couple of folks who should be among the first to know, and they denied any knowledge of the new site.
   I would suspect a state conspiracy to keep the public in the dark, but it's more likely that we just have another case of Hoosier State Government incompetence. Do you think they have heard about the Bicentennial that is happening in like four months? And the mystery moves on.....

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

610. Wearable Genealogy Devices Webinar, Oct. 7, GSMC

GSMC Free First Wednesday Webinar

October 7, 2015  2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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

“Wearables and Genealogy - Wacky and Wild or Worth the Wait”

                What if you could wear a device that would tell you all about a person as you stood in front of their gravestone? What about a device that told you that a DNA match was attending the same genealogy conference? These ideas may seem too futuristic, but they are available now and waiting to be used by genealogists and family historians. As technology advances, the Internet is being made personal in the form of wearable devices. These devices can not only track how far you’ve walked, what you’ve eaten and more, they can also present information when you are in front of a gravestone or a historical site. Learn about Google Glass, Smart Watches and in-development devices that are slated to become the next new genealogy tools.

Webinar Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Presenter : Thomas MacEntee

                What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more.
                Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.”

Free Handouts and Beverages; Q & A Included