Sunday, February 19, 2017

774. WDYTYA Returns March 5th




TLC Reveals New Celebrity Contributors for Who Do You Think You Are?


The following announcement was written by TLC:

New season premieres Sunday, March 5 at 10/9c







TLC’s Emmy Award-winning series, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? returns this spring with a new group of celebrities ready to delve into their lineage and get answers to the questions they’ve wondered about their entire lives. Eight new one-hour episodes bring more unexpected turns and surprising discoveries of great historical significance. Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the new season premieres on Sunday, March 5th at 10/9c.

This season’s celebrity contributors include:

Jessica Biel makes surprising discoveries that change what she thought knew about her heritage.

Julie Bowen uncovers the story of two relatives whose moral codes are from opposite ends of the spectrum.

Courteney Cox traces her maternal line back seven centuries to the Medieval times to discover royalty in her lineage and an unbelievable tale of family drama.

Jennifer Grey uncovers new information about the grandfather she thought she knew, learning how he survived adversity to become a beacon of his community.

Smokey Robinson searches for answers behind the mystery of why his grandfather disappeared from his children’s lives and finds a man tangled in a swirl of controversy.

John Stamos digs into the mystery of how his grandfather became an orphan, and learns of tensions between families that led to a horrible crime.

Liv Tyler learns that her family is tied into the complicated racial narrative of America.

Noah Wyle unravels the mystery of his maternal line, uncovering an ancestor who survived one of America’s bloodiest battles.



Ancestry, the leading family history company, is teaming up again with TLC as a sponsor of the upcoming season. As part of the show sponsorship, Ancestry provides exhaustive family history research on each of the featured celebrities to help make discoveries possible and build out the story of each episode.

Friday, February 17, 2017

773. Looks Like A Good Event In Brown County

I received this message yesterday from Bill McClintic. It looks like a good excuse to go down to Nashville for the day. See you there.


The Brown County Family Heritage Day

will be on Saturday, March 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould Street, downstairs in Hughes Hall. Anyone interested in genealogy is invited to come. There will be family history displays, books on Brown County, a research area with helpers, representatives from surrounding counties, veterans, IGS, and others.

Free admission.

If anyone is interested is displaying for the event please let us know and we will reserve you a table. We hope you can all attend or drop in for a while.

Please announce this at your next meeting or post somewhere for others to read. We will be sending out posters soon.

Rhonda Dunn
Brown Co. Genealogical Society

Monday, February 13, 2017

772. Want Your Family Momentos Duplicated and Preserved?

Here's a good idea that more local genealogical and historical societies and local libraries should adopt. There are millions of historical documents and photos sitting in out of the way places, like file cabinets, closets, cellars, and garages, that would be valuable assets in the search for ancestries. One of the best things about it is that it gets people thinking about what they have stashed away.


Friday, February 10, 2017

771. Citizen Assistance Needed On New Archives Building

I received this message today and it needs to be passed on and acted upon. Lend your voice to the job of getting the new State Archives building funded and built.
Genealogists, use your clout!                      [Disclaimer: I'm a member of the FISA.]


            The Friends of the Indiana State Archives, a non-profit group that supports the State Archives, asks for your help.  We call on SIA members to contact their Indiana General Assembly legislators of both chambers to support funding of a new Indiana State Archives building. 

            This link will help you find your legislators and contact them:  https://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/.

            Here’s the backstory:

 As you know, thanks to you in 2015 the General Assembly approved $25 million to build a new State Archives building.  A caveat was that it was to be funded by sale of rights to cell towers on state-owned land.  In September 2016, then-Gov. Pence announced a multi-million-dollar deal with an Ohio telecom firm to manage the cell towers.  This brought on a loud chorus of complaints from Indiana telecoms for various reasons.  Earlier this week Gov. Holcomb announced the cancellation of the telecom deal.  He said further that he hoped to find funding for the State Archives building in the budget to be passed by this year’s General Assembly. Planning and design work for the new building has been halted since last fall. 

            Your help is needed.  Please contact your legislators to urge support for funding the State Archives in the budget to be passed this year.  Here are some talking points you might use:

*The General Assembly voted to fund a new State Archives building in 2015; now that the Pence cell-tower deal that would have funded the building has been canceled, they need to follow through by funding it in the regular budget

*Since January 1 of 2017, there already have been five (5) leaks in the current warehouse building, including one caused by a bullet and one in the roof of a vault holding vitally important records

*Environmental conditions in the warehouse building continue to endanger State Archives records

*The more they delay, the higher the cost of building

*The State Archives building represents good government and wise management of resources; it is not simply a bicentennial celebration project

*The State Archives building represents an opportunity to build infrastructure for long-term benefit to the state.​

            We ask that persons contact Rep. Tim Brown (Tippecanoe County) to fund the State Archives building.  As chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, he is vitally important in making the state budget. Please take a moment to call, email, or post a letter to your legislators on this important public-policy matter.

            For further reading, here are links to news articles on this matter (most recent on top):







            Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.

 Stephen E. Towne, President, Friends of the Indiana State Archives

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

770. Great Genealogy Schedule In Plainfield

The Family History Hounds in Hendricks County have a interesting group of programs on tap for this year. It's a long way from NE Marion County, but I might just have to take in a few of these! How about you?



Sunday, February 5, 2017

769. IGS Conference Coming To Indy In April

I'm going head-to-head with Tony Burroughs in Session 2. Hope I get a few folks! See you there.
You can register online at the IGS website via PayPal. See URL below.



Friday, February 3, 2017

768. Do Hoosiers Use The Chicago Archives Branch Enough?

We have a great records repository right on our doorstep. Do Hoosiers go there very much? I don't recall many conversations at meetings and conferences about researching there. Most conversations relate to the main Archives in D.C., like the one below. Shouldn't we take another look, since it's so close. Do you have  a good Chicago Branch research story?