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.

Friday, August 15, 2014

448. Civil War Spies, Central Library, August 23

     If you are a Civil War geek...and I know how many of you are out should attend what looks like an interesting program to be put on by the Marion County Historical Society next Saturday.
     It features a topic not usually associated with the military---intelligence! But it will be presented by the highly-qualified Steve Towne, so I have high hopes. See you at the Central Library.

Detectives and Spies: U.S. Army Intelligence Operations in Indianapolis During the Civil War

Saturday, August 23rd, 2:00-3:30 pm

Central Library - Special Collections Reading Room, 6th Floor

Presented by the Marion County Historical Society

            The U.S. Army responded to growing threats to its integrity arising from desertion, draft dodging, and armed resistance to the draft in the Midwest during the Civil War by creating detective bureaus to collect intelligence on armed secret organizations that impeded the Union war effort.  Army detectives and spies successfully infiltrated these groups and foiled plots to raise insurrection and release Confederate POWs.  Stephen Towne will show how Indianapolis was a central hub for Army intelligence operations.
            Stephen E. Towne is Associate University Archivist at IUPUI.  He has published extensively on Civil War-related topics.  His latest book, Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War:  Exposing Confederate Conspiracies in America’s Heartland, is forthcoming from Ohio University Press.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

447. Visiting Kosciusko County For Civil War Program

    I'm going to be spending Saturday w-a-y up north in Kosciusko County presenting a program on doing Civil War genealogy. This will be at 1:00 pm at the Historical Society, 121 N. Indiana St., in Warsaw. The program is free, so come on in.
    Some Indiana locations I visit a lot, Fort Wayne, for instance. Duh! But others not so much. I probably was in Warsaw once about ten years ago, so I am looking forward to this revisit. My spouse and I often use these engagements as a good excuse to have a day trip--visit local sites, eat lunch at a non-chain restaurant (not as easy as you might think), maybe browse a couple of antique stores looking for some Indiana history materials.
    I understand we are going to be in the old County Jail (below). I guess if I mess up the talk, I'm in real trouble!