Gerald J. Pierce, age 87, died on May 22, 2013. A native of New York and an adopted Hoosier, Jerry was one of the co-founders of the Genealogical Society of Marion County in 1995.
Jerry and I were both regular attendees of the North Indianapolis Genealogy Group at that time, and we started wondering why a large metropolitan area such as Marion County did not have a genealogy society. Finding no good reason, we decided to start one.
We posted notices around town and reserved meeting space at the Central Library. We were surprised at the great response, as probably 50 genealogists attended that organizational meeting.
GSMC is still going strong, and will move into impressive new digs at Memorial Park Cemetery in the next couple of months. Jerry's strong support in the early years got the Society off to a good beginning. Marion County genealogists owe Jerry a huge debt of gratitude. He will be missed.