Tuesday, May 29, 2012

81. Danish Lutheran Church Records in Indy

            The Genealogical Society of Marion County Library has an interesting church document. GSMC member Barbara George located and copied an impressive set of records of the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Congregation, now known as the First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
            The Church, the first Danish Lutheran Church in America, held its first service on Easter Sunday, 1868. The first church building was at 641 E. McCarty Street on the near south side, but in 1956 the Church relocated to the present site at 5321 E. 42nd Street.
            The copies of church records presented by Barbara include an 8-page history of the congregation, several pages of the establishment forms and constitution, a 48-page membership list from 1868 to 1939, a 50-page list of baptisms from 1869-1939, an 8-page list of confirmations from 1872 to 1939, a 16-page list of marriages from 1869 to 1939, and an 8-page list of deaths and burials from 1869 to 1938.
            The various lists contain a rich variety of information, including parents’ names (including mothers’ maiden names), birthplaces in Europe and the U.S., and, among other things, a fantastic record of precise dates for all events. If you have Danish ancestry that lived in or passed through Marion County, check out this great new resource in the GSMC Library collection. 

Sample Page from Church Records

Sunday, May 27, 2012

80. To Scan Or Not To Scan

    In the world of archives, the United States National Archives is probably the leading repository for setting standards and establishing protocols.The National Archives is a customer-oriented and user-friendly custodian of our national records, a leader in the digitization process, and a trend-setter in 21st century record-keeping.
    The National Archives position on copying and scanning? They state it like this:

Self-Service Copying in a Research Room
     When you are using records in a NARA research room, you can almost always make your own copies of both paper records and special media, such as film footage or photographs. 
Allowable Use of Scanners
     Only flatbed scanners  are allowed. Automatic feeder devices on flatbed scanners are prohibited.
Equipment platens or copyboards must be the same size or larger than the record to be copied. No part of a record may overhang the platen or copyboard.
No part of the equipment may come in contact with records in a manner that causes friction, abrasion, or otherwise crushes or damages records.
Light sources must not raise the surface temperature of the record being copied.
All equipment surfaces must be clean and dry before being used with records.
   On the other side of the coin, we have the Indiana Commission on Public Records, somewhat further down the food-chain in  regards to customer-oriented user-friendly service.
    Their policies on copying and scanning? Note these:

Indiana State Library: Manuscripts Division
"All photocopies and scans will be made by the library staff.  Use of a personal scanner  is prohibited." (Indiana Division Librarians verbally say digital cameras are allowed.)
Indiana State Library: Genealogy Department
(No specific policy posted-Librarians verbally say no scanners)
Indiana State Archives:
"No personal scanning or camera equipment is permitted to be used to record documents at the State Archives."

     The Indiana Bicentennial is coming up fast--200 years from our statehood date--from the 19th century to the 21st century. It looks like the ICPR has a teensy way to go to reach the 21st century. Perhaps they should be sent a memo--this is the era of the internet, digital media, cellphones,  satellites, cable TV, empowered informed citizenry, webinars, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter...need I go on. Hint to ICPR: The Museum is on the other side of the Canal!

Friday, May 25, 2012

79. P. H. Sullivan Genealogy Library

    There is a gem of a genealogy library located in the upscale village of Zionsville in Boone County. The P. H. Sullivan Library is a department of the private Sullivan Munce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne Street.
    Unlike most of the county-based genealogy libraries around the area, the Sullivan actually has a serious Indiana and eastern United States collection, with impressive Virginia and Kentucky resources. Other states, especially Western ones, are more limited.
    As you might expect, Boone County is their specialty, with marriages, cemeteries, and wills records in abundance. They have a serious group of high school yearbooks, one of my favorite resources. They have Boone County newspapers on microfilm, and a computer-film reader unit that you can use to save images on your own flash drive. (For free, unlike the State Archives!)
    A rather unique resource is an obituary file on index cards, begun by the WPA in the 1930's and kept up to date by the staffers ever since. It and the newspaper microfilm begs to be digitized.
   The Sullivan has a wide range of other materials, including printed genealogies, some military resources, and an indexed collection of group sheets (a bunch of these!). The Cultural Center also features an art gallery and a local history museum. You can get a membership and also become a volunteer.
    The folks around Zionsville and southern Boone County need to form a support group for the Library, do some fund raising, and spread the word about this great local resource. C'mon, guys!
Librarian Roberta Martin answers questions and does limited research; contact her at 317-873-4900, or at robertam@sullivanmunce.org. [There is also plenty of FREE parking around the Library and lots of good eating places within a short walk.]

The building fits right into Zionsville!

The left side of the east research room

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

78. Go Collegiate! Butler University Yearbooks

   The Butler University website has a good collection of digitized school yearbooks, going back into the 19th century. Many, if not most, Butler students were and are Indiana residents and a large group were from Indianapolis. Any of your folks attend Big Blue? Check it out!