Monday, April 28, 2014

412. Let's All Explore Parker Cemetery May 7

   The Parker Cemetery in Eagle Creek Park will be open for exploration on Wednesday, May 7th. The Genealogical Society of Marion County will lead an expedition through the woods at 10 am, starting at the Eagle's Crest soccer field parking area. [Rain date May 9]
   The volunteers will do a little shallow excavating to see if additional headstones or footstones are buried where last fall's probing party indicated they might be. Hopefully the marker flags are still in place!
   To get to Eagle's Crest, exit Lafayette Road in Pike Township onto Wilson Road, go west on Wilson to Fishback Road, turn south (left) on Fishback to Raceway and exit left into the Park. Wear woods trekking clothes; bring maybe a trowel, a brush, an old rag or two, a bottle of water. Cameras and/or cellphones are optional.
   For additional info or questions, email Ron Darrah at See you there! Cell 317-318-3768.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

411. ISL Night Owls Is Back!

For all you worker bees who need a genealogy opportunity after hours, the Indiana State Library is having another Night Owls session next week. And, for better or worse, they asked me to be on the Ask-The-Expert panel. See you there.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

410. Hamilton County Group Closes Up Shop

   I was sorry to see the Hamilton County Genealogy Society suspend operations, although the handwriting was on the wall a long time ago.
   I was President of that group about 20 years in the past, when it was known as the North Indianapolis Genealogy Group. At that time we met in the old Carmel Library across from the high school. We did mainly programs each month and not much else. When the group folded about a month ago, they were doing exactly the same thing.
  Can you say, "Sure recipe for disaster!" Genealogy has changed a lot in 20 years, and genealogy groups either change with it, or the result is what happened to Hamilton County. The HCGS wasn't really a society in the true sense; they didn't have publications, didn't do projects, they didn't have a library, didn't do any of those things a "standard" genealogy society normally does.
   The main thing they didn't do was recruit members. As the older attendees died or moved or lost interest, new ones did not replace them. The group just withered away.
   Don't let that happen to your group--work for it, work with it, cooperate with others to keep the motor running and the excitement flowing. Two things usually kill most groups of all kinds: apathy and infighting. Apathy killed Hamilton County. Too bad. Maybe, though, something will rise from the ashes. Maybe a real genealogy society. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

409. Preservation Week Coming Up

If you have any old family materials, you can bring them to the Indiana Historical Society on April 26th and have a professional look them over. They can give you an informed opinion on preservation and how to handle all kinds of items. And the magic word is FREE! Don't let your stuff deteriorate; keep them safe. There are other events, too; visit the website below.

Friday, April 11, 2014

408. Don't Forget Josh Taylor at the IPL

This item bears repeating. I plan to be at the Indianapolis Public Library on Sunday to hear what Josh Taylor has to say. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

407. Family History Symposium, Muncie, Saturday

     If you are in the Muncie area this Saturday, April 12th, you might want to drop in on the Symposium and attend a few classes. They are having a eight-track event (Yes, 8 sessions each hour--but some are repeated) with a total of 41 sessions. And the entire day is FREE!
     There's a lunch period in there (Optional lunch does costs money.), so one 20-minute period only has a couple of classes. Register for planning purposes at the site below.
     Oh, yeah, I will be presenting two sessions on Civil War Research. C'mon down!

 Fifth Annual Family History Symposium

Saturday, April 12   9:00am to 3:00pm

Muncie Stake, LDS Church
4800 W. Robinwood Drive
Muncie, Indiana 47304

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

406. Learn About State Library in Carmel, April 23

“Resources at the Indiana State Library”
Wednesday, April 23  10 am to 12 pm
Carmel Library
Instructor Marian Corya

            This class will provide an overview of resources and services available from the Indiana State Library, with primary focus on resources that will benefit everyone, not only researchers of Indiana counties.  The FamilySearch website will be explored and the process for ordering microfilm will be covered.  There will be time at the end to practice with these websites. 
            Class is limited to 10 people, but if you sign up with a friend or are willing to share a computer, please let me know.  Registration is required by calling the Reference desk at 844-3362.  Clay township residents will have priority.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

405. New Toy For Genealogy Map Geeks

     It's kind of difficult to separate maps and genealogy. After all, how can you understand what your ancestor had to contend with during his/her "era," and what trails and passages they could use to get where they wanted to go? Along that line, I ran across a new batch of maps that you might find interesting. Look at   [Thanks to Dean Nicholas' blog]