Tuesday, April 30, 2013

261. Unclaimed Veterans' Remains To Arlington

     If you are not familiar with the MIAP program and the thousands of unclaimed remains stored around the U.S.A., you might visit the following ceremony. Surely some family member could be found for all these folks. A good genealogy project for someone or several someones.

“Final Journey” Program
for “Missing in America” Veterans

The cremated remains of six unclaimed Indiana veterans will be transported to Arlington National Cemetery for inurnment. These veterans were discovered in Flanner and Buchanan’s unclaimed storage vaults by a special task force. Included in this list are two brothers who come from a prominent family in Indiana history. This ceremony will celebrate the lives of these individuals before they are taken to Washington D.C.

The public is invited to attend.

Participants: Please arrive by 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 7th
Hoosier Patriot Memorial, Washington Park East Cemetery
10800 E. Washington St.

6:00        Welcome / Introductions             J. STEWART GOODWIN, BRIG GEN, USAF (Ret)
Executive Director, Indiana War Memorials
6:05        Posting of the Colors

6:10        MIAP’s Mission                                 Bart Colvin
                                                                                American Legion Post 79, Zionsville

6:20        Indiana and the                                                Rick France
                McCormack Family                          VP, Genealogical Society of Marion County

6:30        Presentation of the                        Bruce and Brian Buchanan, with Goodwin, to Bart Colvin
                Cremated Remains

6:35        Colvin Rides off on motorcycle

6:40        Retrieval of Colors, Taps

Monday, April 29, 2013

260. Ding Dong, The Gang Is Gone!

            Today is the best of times; today is the worst of times [to paraphrase a book I once read].
Today, the State Legislature has departed from the Circle City, and we genealogists can once more find parking around the State Library. That's the best part. And for the worst part...
            I'm beginning to think that the Indiana Legislature is a product of Indiana schools--and definitely on the wrong side of the bell curve.
            Despite cluttering up the downtown area for several months, that august assembly has once again added to their consecutive string of failures and failed to provide for a safe, secure State Archives. I always wonder how electing aggressive Type-A college graduates to the legislature results in dumbing down the whole thing.
            And Governor Pence with his one-string banjo is looking a lot like Nero and his fiddle.
I'm not the only Hoosier who can see a lot of Indiana fires that need to be addressed--and not only the Archives. I think the further away we get from a balanced legislature the worse off we are, and why don't we have a legislature that's 50% female? Aren't females half the population?
            Maybe another part of the best part is that the legislature is only part time; do you shudder to think of the damage to the state if we had them 24/7/365?

259. Records Digitization Money Available

    The Indiana Commission on Public Records sent out the following press release last year and time is running out. It's unclear how much money is actually available or how many grants may be awarded, but, if your local society has a project in the works, you might look into one of these. There are several forms to fill out (it is state government!) but you may be pleasantly surprised. Go to the SHRAB site to see the forms and procedure.

             INDIANAPOLIS (April 23, 2012) - The Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) announces the availability of two grant opportunities, archival assessment and digitization grants. The archival assessment grant allows for institutions to hire a consultant to analyze the conditions of historical records and report recommendations. Digitization grants are available as a means for entities to digitize specific types of records that may currently be at risk. The digitization of these documents will allow citizens and interested parties greater access to these records through preservation and online availability.
            The SHRAB is providing grant funds of up to $5,000, requiring a local match in cash or in
kind of an equal amount of the total project cost. These grants will be available to notforprofit organizations and units of local government in the State of Indiana. Priority will be given to institutions whose records are currently at risk. The grant funds are provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives.
            “The State Archives and Indiana SHRAB are pleased to provide this opportunity to preserve and make accessible the historic records of Indiana, primarily those at risk of being lost forever,” said Jim Corridan, State Coordinator of the Indiana SHRAB. “This grant could make the difference in successfully completing future research or family history.”
            Applications must be received by email or postmarked no later than Friday, May 31, 2013 and may be found online via www.SHRAB.IN.gov. Grantees will be announced July 3, 2013.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

258. Cemetery Workshops in Indy May 17 and 18

    The Indiana Historical Society is sponsoring two cemetery preservation workshops here in Indy next month. Registration deadline is May 10, so get moving. Contact IHS for registration details.
[I would just call them, as their website is totally confusing and difficult to navigate.]

Cemetery Preservation (Basic): OPTION 1
Spring Valley Cemetery
 Post Road, Lawrence, IN

Friday, May 17, 1 to 4:45 p.m.
and Saturday, May 18, 9:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
$30, $25 IHS Members
$22.50 for Local History Partners
(includes lunch during full day)
Participants must register by May 10
Cemetery Preservation (Basic): OPTION 2
Spring Valley Cemetery
 Post Road, Lawrence, IN

Friday, May 17, 9:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
and Saturday, May 18, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
$30, $25 IHS Members
$22.50 for Local History Partners
(includes lunch during full day)
Participants must register by May 10

Friday, April 26, 2013

257. GSMC Workshop In Indy On Saturday, May 11

  The Genealogical Society of Marion County will hold their monthly workshop meeting on Saturday, May 11th, at the Eagle Branch Library. Sounds like a good learning session.