Friday, August 30, 2013

316. Revolutionary War Symposium Sept. 7 In Wheaton, IL

   [The following press release was forwarded to me today. It looks really good, but Wheaton is way up by Chicago!]
             "The Symposium is free of charge although we do ask folks to contact us/NARA with their mailing addresses to register.  Onsite registration on the day of the program is fine, as well." 
Revolutionary War Symposium

The First Division Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton, IL
Saturday, September 7, 2013
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Schedule of Presentations:
 REGISTRATION                                                                              8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS                                                  9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Theodore Karamanski, Loyola University Chicago
Edward G. Lengel, University of Virginia                                         9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Running the Gauntlet: George Washington and the
Philadelphia Campaign of 1777
            BREAK                                                                                  10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
 Karim M. Tiro, Xavier University                                                      10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Between Two Fires: Native Americans in the
Revolutionary War
 William R. Nester, St. John’s University                                           11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
The Character and Legacy of George Rogers Clark
            LUNCH                                                                                  12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
 Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, University of Virginia                   2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership,
the American Revolution and the Fate of Empire

CLOSING REMARKS                                                                     3:30 PM – 3:40 PM
Theodore Karamanski, Loyola University Chicago

Glenn V. Longacre, Archivist
The National Archives at Chicago, 7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60629-5898
Ph: (773) 948-9004  Fax: (773) 948-9050

Thursday, August 29, 2013

315. State Library Now FamilySearch Affiliate Library

[I was glad to see this notice from ISL. Their hours and equipment are much better than the LDS branches. Now if they could only work on the parking situation...]

INDIANAPOLIS (August 28, 2013) – The Indiana State Library is the newest FamilySearch affiliate library. This designation means researchers will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch. The Indiana State Library Foundation applied for this affiliate status on behalf of the State Library.
"Less than 5% of the world's genealogical records are available online, and most family history researchers cannot afford to travel to an archive nationally or worldwide to find the historic records they are seeking," said Paul Nauta, FamilySearch public affairs manager. "If FamilySearch has filmed the records they need, then as far as they will need to travel to view them is the Indiana State Library."
FamilySearch is the world's largest repository of free genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land, and court records of genealogical significance from over 130 countries. FamilySearch is extending access to its collections by circulating microfilms of the historic records through select public library affiliates. It is a tremendous resource for Hoosiers interested in discovering their family tree.
“Our goal is to provide Hoosiers with a considerable collection of Genealogy resources at the State Library,” said Roberta L. Brooker, State Librarian of Indiana. “We regularly seek new resources and services that enhance what is already one of the largest genealogy collections in the Midwest.”
There is a nominal fee to order a microfilm. Patrons may view the film upon arrival via one of several microfilm readers at the Indiana State Library. State Library staff can help patrons see what films are available, place film orders, and answer research questions. Patrons can also search the Family History Library Catalog online at to see what records FamilySearch has available to order through the library.
Visit for more information about accessing FamilySearch resources at the Indiana State Library.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

314. GSMC Library Grand Opening Sept. 7

[Those of us interested in Marion County genealogy are really looking forward to the possibilities of the new GSMC facility. Come and take a look and stay and research!]     

You are invited! Pass the word. Join us as we formally open our new genealogical research center
in Memorial Park Cemetery, 9350 East Washington St. at 11 am on Saturday, September 7.

Expanded Facility
We have expanded space for library holdings, Wi-Fi internet access, a computer room, microfilm room,and space for classes and some meetings. We expect this new location will be a valuable asset for genealogiststhroughout Marion County and surrounding counties. It provides the space and flexibility to expand all of our offerings and to provide more services to the genealogical community.
For over 70 years the building was the office for Memorial Park and has been remodeled for GSMC through the cooperation and support of Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers which owns 16 event and funeral facilities throughout Central Indiana and has seven cemeteries and the first crematorium.

Expanded Library Service
     Among our holdings, GSMC has localized collections of church, school and organization records available– and we plan to expand those.
     We also are pleased to announce that we are a new FamilySearch Affiliate Library. The public will have accessto ordering microfilms from the FamilySearch collection of more than 2.5 million worldwide microfilm records.

Expanded Library Hours
     We will also have expanded hours. The Library will be open every Wednesday from 9 am to 4 pm, and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm.

Ø  We hope you can be with us. No need to make a reservation, but if you plan to attend, please drop a note to us at  and let us know so that we can plan to have plenty of refreshments.

Monday, August 26, 2013

313. Post-Mortem Report On FGS Conference

     After three days of intense activity at the FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, here are some impressions currently rattling around in my head:
1. Every even-halfway serious genealogist should attend a national conference when one comes close to them. You can really benefit from the concentration of knowledge, and, no matter your particular research area, there is something for you. And we also have some good regional conferences coming close to folks in Indiana--The Indiana Genealogical Society event in Fort Wayne next April, the Ohio Society in Sandusky also in April, and the Midwestern Roots goodie in Indianapolis next August.  And don't forget the State Library's Genealogy Fair this October here in Indy. Plan now to be at one or more--you'll be glad you did!
2. I like to browse the vendor area to see all the great resources available, but the truth is I buy less and less as the years go by. Every time I see an interesting book, flyer, or CD, my brain instantly thinks that I can probably find most of the contents online somewhere for little or no cost. If I am at all typical in this, lots of vendors and societies should see the handwriting on the wall. Get a web presence and pack up your site with goodies, especially a mix of free and pay resources.
3. One of the most fun (funest?) things about conferences is the chance to see old friends and talk family history with them and with strangers. The lunch events are great for this; you can sit at a table of eight and find folks from a half-dozen states. Makes me think that my tastes and interests are not totally bizarre.
4. I had to bite the bullet and sign up for the pay-site FindMyPast. They have lots of British Isles materials, and I am at the point of needing to do several of my lines over there. They had a great discount for conference attendees, so I will see how it goes.
5. More Indiana county genealogical societies need to get out into the public arena. The only two county groups at FGS were Allen County, one of the sponsoring groups, and our Marion County society. Many county societies are floundering and hurting for members, especially active members. My thought is that they should do less preaching to the choir and do more converting the heathens. Get out there, people, use these free or low cost venues to recruit. Any group that does not recruit, dies.
6. I like having the conference syllabus on CD or online. That way I can save or print only those sessions I have an interest in and ignore the rest. Less complicated and saves paper.
    [And that's all I have to say about that!]

Saturday, August 24, 2013

312. National Archives GenFair, Sept. 3-4

If you're a genealogy techie and an online whiz, you might want to check out the National Archives program on early September. If you have not researched at the National Archives or their website, this might be a good introduction. Who knows, I might give a look myself.