Friday, May 30, 2014

421. Central State Cemetery Dedication Monday

   There is a good article in today's Indianapolis Star about the dedication of a new memorial stone at the Central State Hospital Cemetery. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Monday, June 2nd, at 10:30 am at the cemetery on Tibbs Avenue just north of East Washington Street.
   Volunteers from the Indiana Medical History Museum, located nearby, researched numerous files and identified 389 burials of former CSH patients. A fundraising drive paid for the stone, with the majority of the money coming from the Flanner and Buchanan Company. Many other volunteers cleaned up the long neglected site.
   Genealogists owe a debt of gratitude to all involved parties for taking care of this Indianapolis family history resource.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

420. Eastern European Conference Anyone?

This doesn't apply to me at all, but, if your roots go back to the Danube and eastward, and you are looking for an excuse to research in Salt Lake City, here's your Golden Opportunity. I mean, how often do G. O.'s come along anyway?

Sunday, May 25, 2014

419. GSMC Explores Irvington June 14th.

The Genealogical Society of Marion County will take a look at an interesting Indianapolis neighborhood at its regular monthly meeting and program in June. Hope to see you there.

GSMC June Program
Saturday, June 14  1:00pm to 3:00pm

Irvington Branch, Indianapolis Public Library
5625 E. Washington St., Indpls., 46219

“Irvington Historical Society”
Presenter: Steve Barnett

This program is free; public is invited.
We will have a brief Society Meeting prior to the program.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

418. Some Things That Puzzle Me

Just a few random thoughts--

1. I research a lot in West Virginia, having been born and raised there. Every birth, marriage, and death record--images all--are on line for every county from back in the 1850's well up into the 20th century. Now, if WV is so backward, how can they do that and Indiana can't even get one county on line?

2. When is the Smith Library at the Indiana Historical Society going to get into document imaging?

3.  Do you think that the Sons and the Daughters of the American Revolution are ever going to merge? 
I mean, aren't they both doing the same job on the same ancestors? Shouldn't their combined application
just have a box to check like Male or Female? Isn't this the unisex 21st century?

4. When is the IndianaDigitalArchives going to get into document imaging? I repeat--isn't this the 21st century?

5. Don't let me even get started on the new State Archives building! I think the present location is automatically issuing umbrellas to anyone researching inside there. 

6. With millions of genealogists doing family history research, why are so few of them working with local societies to get more records processed?

7. Since nearly every ancestor of every genealogist I know just walked off the boat and  became an American, why is is so hard now to do that? And why is it so expensive and takes so long? Personally, I would keep most of the new arrivals and deport a whole bunch of the native-born idiots.

Think I'll ever figure these things out...

Friday, May 16, 2014

417. Newspaper Research For Beginners at GSMC Wednesday

The Genealogical Society of Marion County will hold its monthly Genealogy 101 class on Wednesday, May 21 at 1 pm. This month the topic will be Introduction to Newspaper Research. The class is free and no reservation is required. Stop by the GSMC Library at Memorial Park, 9350 E. Washington St., Indpls.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

416. State Library Hosts Scan-A-Thon, May 22

     Our Indiana State Library is really getting into the family history thing. Many of us can remember a time when a genealogy program there was rarer that hens teeth--to coin a phrase! Now one comes around about every month. I'm not complaining, though, as the more the merrier. Pretty soon the Allen County bunch will have to scramble to keep up! [And won't I hear about that one...]
     You should go to the ISL web page if you want to register. Sound like a good deal to me.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

415. John Philip Colletta, Plainfield Library, Sept. 27

   [This is a little early, but the registration is early, too. Attendance will be limited to 70 because of space available, so you might want to get your name in quickly. I mean it's FREE!]

Genealogy Day
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library, 
Hendricks County.

Enjoy a free day-long workshop on September 27, 2014, featuring Dr. John Philip Colletta.  The day will include two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions, with lunch on your own. We know you will enjoy the engaging, entertaining and knowledgeable genealogy presentations from Dr. Colletta.  He will also have his books available for sale. Registration is required and limited.  Registration opens June 1.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

414. Great Weather-Parker Cemetery-Wednesday

According to the infallible weatherman, our headstone hunting expedition at the Parker Cemetery should be blessed with outstanding weather, low 60 high 83. Is that great or what? See Post 412 for details. We hope to see you there for a great practicum. (Workshop to you plebes!)
If even a fourth of these flags show results, we are good to go!

Friday, May 2, 2014

413. State Library Features Civil War Events

Hardship & Hope: 
The Life of a Hoosier Soldier During the Civil War

May 8 - August 29, 2014
After 150 years, the American Civil War has become a defining moment in our nation’s history. This exhibition seeks to give a more personal understanding of the everyday realities from the Hoosier soldier on the battlefield. Unique letters, photographs & artifacts from the Indiana State Library’s collection, many of which have never before been on display, will be available for the public to view.
Opening Reception: 5/8/14
                Join us for our opening reception on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 PM (EDT) featuring:

Michael Peake, Civil War Historian, presenting his latest publication, Blood Shed in this War, Civil War Illustrations by Captain Adolph Metzner, 32nd Indiana.

Fred Schaefer, CSFA-OS, Civil War Medical Historian, discussing medical history and techniques on the battlefield.

Bernie O’ Bryan, Mid States Living History Association & Lew Wallace interpreter, covering pre-war life in Indiana, Wallace’s relationship with Oliver P. Morton, & military career.

49th Indiana, Company F. & 18th Light Artillery re-enactors portraying the common soldier’s war perspective with uniforms & special equipment on display, including a Coehorn Mortar.

            Civil War-themed refreshments provided by CJ’s Sweet Creations & Catering. Special event parking will be available for $5.00 in the Senate Avenue Garage from 4:30pm-8:00pm. The Indiana Historical Bureau bookstore will be open extended hours to accommodate the event.
            The program is part of Civil War 150, a project organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America, and funded in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

            Exhibit & promotional items are courtesy of the Indiana State Library Foundation.