Sunday, September 30, 2012

147. October Programs at Noblesville Library

     Nancy Massey has her usual good selection of genealogy programs at the Hamilton Southeastern Library. Attend a program and also take a look at their Indiana Room collection--you'll be glad you did!

Roundtable: Focus on Black Sheep Ancestors

Date: 10/9/2012  Start Time: 2:15 PM  End Time: 3:15 PM
 Share photos, artifacts and stories of your black sheep ancestors and your research to find them. This is an informal discussion group and registration is not required.
Library: Noblesville Public Library    Location: Genealogy Classroom
Nancy Massey Contact Number: 770-3206  Presenter: Nancy Massey

Digging in Cemetery Research

Date: 10/20/2012  Start Time: 9:30 AM  End Time: 12:30 PM
 Review the how-to's of cemetery research, discuss symbols found on stones, and what they represent. Share your experiences in cemetery research and bring photos of unusual tombstones you have discovered. Learn how to research cemeteries online while never having to actually set foot in a cemetery. Gather tips on how to prepare for an actual trip to a cemetery, find your ancestor’s stone and take photos of it. Registration is required.

Library: Noblesville Public Library     Location: Genealogy Classroom
Presenter: Nancy Massey Status: Openings

Heritage Quest Online

Date: 10/31/2012  Start Time: 9:30 AM  End Time: 12:00 PM
 This hands-on workshop will show participants the effective ways to search for ancestors using the “Heritage Quest Online” database. Bring information about your ancestors, so you can start your research at the end of the program. Each participant will have access to a computer; so basic computer skills are required for this workshop. Registration is required.
Library: Noblesville Public Library     Location: Computer Training Lab
Presenter: Nancy Massey Status: Openings


Friday, September 28, 2012

146. Indiana Pioneers @ I.S.L.

    The Indiana State Library arranged some space awhile back for the Society of Indiana Pioneers after the Historical Society booted them out. (I never did get the details about what happened there.)
    Anyway, after a few internal moves, the Pioneers "office" is now in the southeast corner of the Genealogy Division on the first floor. Note the photo right below.

    My spousal unit, a Pioneers member, just received a newsletter announcing a recent hire. (See below)

   If you are interested in the Pioneers, or just want to pick her brain for your research, stop in during her office hours and have at it. Might be a good idea!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

145. Indiana Archivists Photo Workshop, Oct. 5

    OK, this post is just for a limited number of library pros, but maybe "your" local librarian will be able to help you later.

Society of Indiana Archivists Fall WorkshopThe Society of Indiana Archivists invites library and archives professionals to join them for their 2012 Fall Workshop, “Digitizing Photographic Collections”.  The workshop is scheduled for Friday October 5, 2012 from 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM at the Indiana State Library and will cover basics of digitizing photograph collection and best practices for creating and maintaining digital collections.
Presenters Joan Hostetler and John Harris own Heritage Photo & Research Services. They regularly consult about photograph preservation and digital imaging with historical societies, museums, libraries, and archives throughout Indiana. Hostetler studied preservation and archives management at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film and has owned Heritage Photo since 1998. Harris is a graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York and was Director of Local History Services at the Indiana Historical Society.
The workshop costs just $30 for SIA members and $40 for non-members. The Workshop has been approved for five (5) technology LEUs as well as two (2) Archival Recertification Credits by the Academy of Certified Archivists.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

144. Lebanon Civil War Weekend, Sept. 29-30

    Do you have Civil War ancestry? If so, a fun family outing this weekend can help you show the kids a little bit about how the soldiers lived, how they dressed, and how life affected them. A bonus will be meeting Honest Abe!
    These kinds of historical re-enactments can add a lot of flavor to your genealogy, with demonstrations of clothing, blacksmithing, weapons, music, and more. [The food booths will undoubtedly be totally 21st century.] I'll be there--how about you?

Monday, September 24, 2012

143. Indiana Landmarks/African-American Event, Sept. 30

    African-American roots go way back in Indiana, and Indiana Landmarks has been working to preserve significant sites in that history. This meeting could feature some things important to you! It's free and open to the public; all it needs is a little RSVP.

African American Initiative Celebrates 20th Anniversary,  Sept. 30
Media contacts: Tina Connor, Exec. Vice President, or Mark Dollase, Vice President of Preservation Services,, 317-639-4534
For twenty years, Indiana Landmarks’ African American Landmarks Committee has made grants and celebrated places significant in African American heritage. On September 30, the organization celebrates the anniversary with an illustrated review, a panel discussion and a reception at Indiana Landmarks Center.
Stanley Warren, past chair of the African American Landmarks Committee, will moderate the panel discussion on preservation initiatives, the committee’s work and the community’s role in saving and maintaining significant places. Warren is an emeritus professor at DePauw University.
Participants in the panel discussion include:
Maxine Brown, Founder and Chairperson, Leora Brown School, Inc. and State Co-Chair, Indiana Freedom Trails, Inc.; Mark Dollase, Vice President of Preservation Services, Indiana Landmarks; James Glass, Ph.D., Director, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer; Dona Stokes-Lucas, President and State Co-Chair, Indiana Freedom Trails, Inc.; and Kisha Tandy, Assistant Curator of Social History, Indiana State Museum.
The committee invites people at the event to report on endangered places and “unsung” sites that need help. The event, 2-4 p.m. at Indiana Landmarks

142. Johnson Family Revisited

   [See Post 139] We are closing in on our Johnson family photo. The IGS webmaster Meredith Thompson took up the gauntlet and may have solved our mystery, as far as identity is concerned.

Ron – I saw your blog post about the photo you found of a Hazel Johnson taken by an Indianapolis photographer and I think I may have solved your mystery. First, to me the father’s first name looked like “Ol” – like short for Oliver. So I searched and found an Oliver Johnson (male white age 35 at next birthday, father: Joseph, mother’s maiden name: blank) married a Bertha Dosch or Dasch on February 21, 1888 in Clinton County. I then found an entry on FamilySearch for daughter Hazel Vera M. Johnson (born 1890 in Clinton Co.)’s marriage application in June 1912 Indianapolis to Joseph Leo Lime  (see
Hope this helps.

    Now to find a descendant of Hazel Johnson Lime. Any ideas on that out there in Genealogyland?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

141. I Published...Did You?

    I always have a great feeling of accomplishment when I produce another book on a family line. This week I finally put together and printed my book on "The Martin Blanchard Family of Hampshire and America." This is the sixth family book that I have done.
    The Blanchards were my token "rich" family--they probably had more money that all my other lines put together. It's definitely easier to research folks with a large bank balance!
    When I start to research a family line, I use my Brothers Keeper genealogy program to collect and record data. At the same time I create Word files as mini-biographies. Initially the Word files are just stubs, mostly boilerplate entries, that I continually update and refine as I go along. The mini-bios are where I add speculations and observations and further research ideas.
    Somewhere along in this process, I decide that the material is refined and extensive enough to warrant printing. I just reached that point a couple of weeks ago with the Blanchards. I recommend the process to one and all. Don't just collect data endlessly--get it out there in a family book! Put copies in family member's hands and in libraries. You'll be glad you did!

Martin Blanchard Family
Hampshire and America
Allied Families: Munt, Hale, Hawkins, Stevens,
Sanborn, Vincent, Wilson, O'Neill

Ronald L. Darrah
8126 Bittern Lane
Indianapolis, IN 46256


Thursday, September 20, 2012

140. Amish/Mennonite Research, IHS Oct. 6

    Here's a workshop you don't see everyday! Anyone descended from these folks?

Amish and Mennonite Research:
The Forgotten Swiss Germans
Oct. 6   Day Classrooms, History Center  10 a.m. to noon
Why "forgotten"? Many historians and genealogists discuss the large numbers of German-speaking immigrants without devoting much attention to this unique group of people. The Swiss Anabaptists came to America in two waves – primarily the 18th-century immigration from Germany to Pennsylvania and the 19th-century immigration from Switzerland to the Midwest. The history of the Anabaptist movement in Europe gives researchers a better understanding of the motivations behind their European, and eventual overseas, movement. An overview of resources and repositories unique to researching these families helps researchers uncover gems on this side of the Atlantic, as well as helps them identify the homes of their ancestors in Switzerland.
Presenter Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. Although he received his doctorate in 1991, he has been an avid genealogist since 1980. He has been publishing and writing since 1985 and lecturing internationally and doing client work since 2004. He has tracked almost 24,000 descendants of a single Mennonite man born in Switzerland in 1761 to people living today.
$10; members $8    This class is eligible for 2 general LEUs
Register online at or call (317) 232-1882.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

139. Related to Hazel Johnson?

    I was browsing in an antique store in Delphi, Indiana, recently (What, isn't that normal?). I actually found an old photo with the people identified--an unusual happening in an antique store. Mostly the shop owner just labels them as "Family Group" or "Young Child."
    Since the photo was by an Indianapolis photographer, I bought the picture and now am looking for a family descendant who might like it.
    I could not find a possible family in Indy in the 1880 or 1900 census. I found a family group in Clinton, Indiana, on the 1870 census that might match. And what is the father's first name? Any suggestions on how to proceed, Genealogy Detectives?

Monday, September 17, 2012

138. Alternative to NUCMC in Beta

    If you are a fan of manuscript collections and use the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections from the Library of Congress, you may be interested in a new site that is now in a development process.
    Archive Grid is a new site from that might have a few different search results.
I plan to check in now and then to see what's happening.