Friday, November 29, 2013

353. Fourth Pioneers Volume Now Out

     The Society of Indiana Pioneers is in the fourth year of their 5-year program to profile various pioneers in all 92 Indiana counties. Volume Four was presented to the attendees of the SIP annual meeting last month. It should be available for review at the Pioneers office in the State Library Genealogy Division. [My copy is in the GSMC Library.]
Cover Page with 2013 List

The Full Program

Sample Page

Monday, November 25, 2013

352. IU Gets Into The Genealogy Blitz

[I received the following Press Release the other day. Don't have any other details. Maybe we have us a home-grown Indiana genealogy program. Let us hope!]
                                WTIU WANTS YOU TO BE ON TV!

       Have you discovered something AMAZING about your family through genealogy research?
      Have you tracked down a particularly interesting or LONG LOST family member?
WTIU Public Television is in the planning stages for a new production “Hoosier Generations.”
     This program will demonstrate how genealogical research can reveal remarkable things about a person’s past. Could that person YOU? Tell us about your story of discovery and you may be featured in our upcoming special program. We’ll highlight journeys of discovery, and teach others how to begin their own expeditions.

1.) Please include your name, age-range (30s, 40, 50s, etc), and current city.
2.) In a few words, tell us about yourself and your genealogy story.
3.) Please include your telephone number and the best time to reach you.
Please submit your information via email to: or
You may also reach us by phone at 800-662-3311.
We look forward to hearing your story!

Justin Crossley Joan M. Padawan
WTIU Editor/Videographer WTIU Producer of On-Air Fundraising
WTIU Public Television from Indiana University
1229 E 7th Street, Bloomington, Indiana, 47405

Monday, November 18, 2013

351. GSMC Starts Beginners Classes Wednesday

   Now that the Genealogical Society of Marion County is firmly established in their new home at Memorial Park Cemetery, they are featuring a series of research classes for beginning genealogists.
   I will be teaching a class the third Wednesday of every month at the Library starting this week. Join us for "Newby U" at 1 pm. We will feature a short lesson first [I am an ex-schoolteacher after all!], then we will focus on YOU--your questions, your problems, your concerns. Having a good library collection right there will allow us to go where your requests take us.
   So come on down--it's free, its convenient, its going to be right up your alley. And, if Wednesday afternoons are not right for you, the first Saturday of every month my associate Terry Prall will teach another beginners class, as we want to be there for you when you need us to be. I look forward to seeing you this Wednesday the 20th,  or Terry will see you on Saturday Dec. 7th. Gonna be some fun sessions!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

350. SAR Ceremony At Round Hill Cemetery

  Our INSSAR Color Guard-including yours truly-had a good, although gusty, time at Round Hill Cemetery in Perry Township on Saturday as we honored Sgt. John George of the Revolutionary War, reputed to have been a drummer boy for General George Washington. We had a fife and drum unit and a descendant of Sgt. George on hand.

Friday, November 15, 2013

349. Good Source For Indiana County Boundaries

   The Newberry Library in Chicago has a great online source for Indiana [and other states] county boundaries and various evolutionary changes. If you have not yet found it, take at look and see if it helps with your state research.