Monday, September 30, 2013

331. Misc Monday & EOM

   Here are a few items I've been trying to work in:

1. If you're a maps geek like I am (and like many genealogist should be!), you should take a look at the site. I picked up a flyer at at ISL the other day about this map site and tried it out yesterday. They have a wide variety of interactive maps that you can use as bases to customize your own family and research maps. Lots of layers that you can add and subtract to make your own set.

2. And speaking of ISL, I was interested to see how much content the Indiana Memory area has available now. Good stuff from all around the state. It's a good centralized starting point to see what's out in various repositories--including lots of maps!

3. The Society of Indiana Pioneers are looking for descendants of the 1816 and 1851 Constitutional Convention delegates. Are any of those your folks?  This is part of the SIP Bicentennial activities. Go to their website, for a list of the delegates. I don't know what kind of prize you might get.

4. I received my new copy of Internet Genealogy magazine yesterday, and they have an article about a neat website, The site contains lists of American surnames by frequency and quantity according to the 1990 and 2000 censuses. They also have ethic origins, meanings, and many profiles of the names. All names of 100 individuals or more are listed, with 800,000 + names possible. [Mine is the 9,064th on the ranking--is that good or bad?]

5. And finally, don't forget that the GSMC Library is now open every Wednesday from 9 to 4, and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9 to 4. Drop by and check out our new facility.  

Saturday, September 28, 2013

330. Hunters Moon Event Oct 5-6

If you had ancestors who lived on the Colonial frontier, I would suggest attending the Feast of the Hunters Moon Festival this next weekend in West Lafayette. You can get a real sense of what life was like in many of those 18th century outposts--plus it's a lot of fun for the whole family. I try to get up there every chance I get. Genealogy is History, and re-imagining your folks back there is an enjoyable (and eye opening!)experience.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

329. Parker Cemetery Probe Is ON!

    It looked for a while like our grave search at the Parker Cemetery in Pike Township was a no-go due to insurance problems. [See earlier Post # 321] Now we have had a breakthrough in arrangements, thanks to a creative Indy Parks staffer, Brittany Swinford. See the following email--

Dear Ron,
                I know you are frustrated with all of our paperwork and policies; we just have to cover all of our bases.  I have a proposal for you:
                We have a History Hike scheduled for Saturday, November 9th, at Eagle’s Crest, 10:00am-12:00pm; if possible we would like to coordinate the cemetery probing to take place during our program.  (It would be an official Indy Parks event, therefore you would not need to fill out the Right of Entry form, or carry an insurance policy).  You would be doing the probing, our Naturalist, Anne Cecere and the hikers would observe and learn.   I have already approved this with DNR; Jeannie said that you would still have to contact her about the probing.  Please let me know if you would be interested in partnering with us for this program.

Your favorite government official, Brittany

   So now we are putting together a probing and exploring team, and we are inviting any interested genealogists and historians to drop by on November 9th and participate. For directions go to Find-A-Grave and view the entry for Parker Cemetery of Marion County.
   Stand by in early November for updates on arrangements.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

328. State Archives Tours Oct 1

  I received a postcard announcing an event at the Indiana State Archives October 1st. It's addressed to the members of the Friends of the Archives. I don't know if this is just for FISA members or not. I went to the regular State Archives website for an announcement, but the site hasn't been updated since 2010 [at least it looks that way!]. I suppose if you're not a member and want to attend, you should call the Archives and inquire. (I hope they invited a few legislators, so they could see our famously dilapidated Archives!)
Dear FISA members:

            I would like to invite you to a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Indiana State Archives, which was established by law on October 1, 1913. In celebration of the event, the Archives will be hosting an event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1st.
            Archives’ staff will provide tours that include the Archives’ vault which holds some of the State’s most valued records. Please plan to stop by and receive your free commemorative Archives Month poster.
            The State Archives is located at 6440 East 30th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219. Additional location information is available here:
            See you on October 1st!

Jim Corridan, Director & State Archivist
Indiana Commission on Public Records

Saturday, September 21, 2013

327. Interesting Book On The Central Canal

    I normally haunt the Library Book Sale that IMCPL has about 4-5 times a year. I found the below book at the last one.
   The Central Canal was a go-nowhere project from the 19th century that turned into a nice addition to the Indy scene. I mean, where would Broad Ripple be without it!
    The 128-page book from 2003 will be in the GSMC Library probably on Wednesday. Check it for your family or just for history in general.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

326. Genealogy Roadshow A Puzzle

   Maybe it's just me, but I still haven't figured out how the new Genealogy Roadshow program is going to work. I suppose from the name it's something like the Antiques version. I would think that folks would have to come in with a problem, and then the experts would trace the problem to an amazing and brilliant conclusion.

   I suppose so. I'm like you--I'll just have to take a look and see for myself. Hey! That's just like genealogy; I have to take a look for myself!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

325. Genealogy Program at IHS Saturday

  This coming Saturday is going to be a busy genealogy day in the Indy area. In addition to the grave dedication mentioned in the previous post, I will be presenting two sessions for the Indiana African-American Genealogy Group at the Eiteljorg Museum from 12 to 2.
They will be on researching in the Indy area and using circuit court records.
   The Indiana Historical Society will also be hosting the following event:

Advanced Genealogy Resources, Methods and Skills
Sept. 21, I. H. S. Day Classrooms, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., $20; $16 members 

Lecturer and author Debbie Mieszala, CG, presents an extensive three-part workshop.
10 to 11 a.m.
Digging Through Documents Word by Word
Proper scrutiny of each piece of information in a document is essential to understanding that item’s evidentiary value. Studying every word’s meaning and context ensures that evidence has been properly analyzed and comprehended.
11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Research: Resources, Methods, and Skills
Modern research requires specialized skills, methods and resources. The importance of ethics when dealing with living people will be addressed.
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Citing Your Sources
Learn the elements of citations, how to prepare a style sheet, and how to use citations to demonstrate the depth of your research and knowledge.
Debbie Mieszala, Certified Genealogist SM, specializes in forensic genealogy, 20th-century research and the Midwest. She does genealogical research for the military to locate relatives of service members missing in past wars, and formerly did adoption-related research as a Confidential Intermediary in Illinois. A national-level lecturer and author, she has taught at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. Debbie’s work has been published in NGS Magazine, The Digital Genealogist and OnBoard! She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and holds a certificate in paralegal studies
This class is eligible for 4 general LEUs. Fees include parking and same-day admission to the Indiana Experience.
Register online. Call (317) 232-1882 for more information

Monday, September 16, 2013

324. Confederate Grave Dedication Saturday

   I know we're here in the heart of Yankee country, but let's be generous  to the fallen of both sides. An unusual ceremony for the Indy area will be held this Saturday in Sheridan. If you have Confederate ancestors, here's your chance to honor one of the boys in Gray.

You are cordially invited-

SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 – SATURDAY – 1:00 PM



Company C, Natchitoches Rebels
18th Regiment Louisiana Infantry, CSA

Presented by the:
Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest Chapter-
United Daughters of the Confederacy

Today the southern cross of honor
is used as a symbol of honor that can
be a two-sided cast iron replica cross.


Copy of program sent upon request
Judith Ann New Griffin

Sunday, September 15, 2013

323. Warren Perney, 1921-2013

   The genealogical community of the Indy area lost a friend and a long-time genealogist with the death of Warren W. Perney on September 12th.
   Warren, one of those dwindling number of Americans who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day 1944, was married to Jean Wilson Perney for 65 years. Warren and Jean researched and assembled a number of excellent genealogies in the last few years.
   He and I had several nice talks about my hometown of Wheeling, WV, as Warren was descended from the Cooey family, who owned a long-time department store there.
   Family and friends are gathering to pay their respects today from 2 to 6 at the Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary at E. 71st and Keystone in Indy. Warren's funeral is tomorrow at 1 pm.
   My sympathies go out to my friend Jean Perney and her family. Warren will be missed.

Friday, September 13, 2013

322. GSMC Studies DNA On Saturday

Genealogical Society of Marion County


“Making Sense of DNA: How It Can Assist Genealogical Research”

Genetic testing and analysis can supplement traditional family history research.  Too frequently, however, the science gets in the way of the genealogy.  This presentation attempts to minimize the science and maximize the genealogical application of DNA analysis in more understandable terminology.

With Ken Nowlan, CG

Saturday – September 14th – 1:00-3:00 P.M.
Franklin Road Branch, IMCPL
(5550 S. Franklin Road, Indianapolis, IN 46239)

Admission is FREE and everyone is Welcome

 Ken Nowlan is a retired US Air Force veteran, who served his country for 30 years as an operational intelligence analyst, supervisor and manager.  During that active service, he held ten different ranks, both enlisted and commissioned.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anatomy & Physiology from Indiana University, a Graduate Certificate of Study in International Relations from Creighton University, and a Master’s Degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a member of many genealogically related organizations, including the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana Genealogical Society and the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  He is also the current Project Administrator for the Nolan DNA Project at Family Tree DNA.