Sunday, June 29, 2014

429. "Who Do You Think You Are?" Starts Next Month

      The second season of TLC's genealogy series “Who Do You Think You Are?” will feature six new journeys with Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lauren Graham, Kelsey Grammer, Cynthia Nixon, Rachel McAdams and her sister, Kayleen McAdams. The show returns for its second season on TLC and its fifth season overall on Wednesday, July 23 at 9/8c.
      It features stars uncovering secrets and learning their histories as they travel the world in search of their family histories. They often discover how history has shaped their lives, and how personality traits have been passed down. will once again serve as a sponsor and partner on the show, providing research that will help each journey of discovery.

      Also, TLC has acquired 10 episodes from the show's previous seasons on NBC. The episodes feature Matthew Broderick, Lisa Kudrow, Rob Lowe, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Vanessa Williams and Rita Wilson.

Friday, June 27, 2014

428. Another Children's Genealogy Program: Whazzup?

   There may be a bit of collusion or possibly rivalry going on downtown. Don't you think it's just too coincidental that ISL and IHS are both targeting children for genealogy in July? Hummm...

Growing Little Leaves: Introducing Children to Genealogy
July 27, 2014
Indiana Historical Society (Day Classrooms)
1 to 3 p.m.

            Introducing children to genealogy is something many parents and grandparents desire to do but few know how to implement. Growing Little Leaves is a new IHS series created to meet this need. This inaugural program is for children 3 to 7 years old with adult supervision. Older children might enjoy the activities with some parent modification during the program. Children will be introduced to genealogy basics through three stations of hands-on activities based on geography, heirlooms and family relationships.  Snacks will be provided at the end of the last activity.  
            Emily Kowalski Schroeder is a genealogist, blogger, mother of two and meteorologist. Growing Little Leaves is based on her blog of the same title. Allison DePrey Singleton is the assistant coordinator for education and community engagement at IHS. She is a graduate of Indiana University with master's degrees in public history and library science. Amy Vedra is the director of reference services at the William H. Smith Memorial Library. She holds master's degrees in arts in history and library science.

$8 for first child, $3 per additional child; Members $5 for first child, $3 per additional child

Register online or call (317) 232-1882 for more information.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

427. Interesting ISL Genealogy Event For Children

    The Indiana State Library is holding a Saturday genealogy event on July 12th aimed at children. Sounds like a great idea to me. If you want to get your own children or grandchildren interested in our great hobby, this may be your golden opportunity.

Friday, June 20, 2014

426. IGS Probate Session, Plainfield, July 5

OK; the Indiana Genealogical Society is close to completing the first phase of its Hendricks County Probate Project, which is unfolding the packets and getting them ready for scanning. If you want to assist and see how probates work, drop by the Plainfield Public Library on July 5th and do your good genealogy deed for the month.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

425. Beginning Genealogy: Newspapers, GSMC, Wednesday

   The Genealogical Society of Marion County was not able to present "Beginning Newspaper Research" last month, so they will feature that topic tomorrow at 1 pm at the Society Library; Memorial Park Cemetery. 9350 E. Washington St., Indpls.
   No reservation is necessary and it's free for one and all. The class is around 30-40 minutes and includes a Q & A session on general topics. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

424. State Library Consultations June 21

The Indiana State Library is starting a resource series that might be valuable to a number of researchers. If you need a consultation on something, drop by the Library on June 21 and see how they can help.

Get Free Advice from Genealogy Pros
Do you need help getting started? Have you hit a brick wall? Need information about what we have and how it can help you with your genealogy research? The Genealogy Collection of the Indiana State Library is offering 30 minute individual consultation sessions with one of our reference librarians on the third Saturday of every month from 10:00-11:00 AM (Eastern).

Registration is Required

Email to schedule an appointment. Please include topics and questions you would like to have addressed.  If you have completed any research please bring it with you.

Third Saturday One-on-One Family History Consultations

Monday, June 2, 2014

423. Sue Zobbe, 1935-2014

Susan Lynne Wallace Zobbe, a well-known local genealogist and long-time member of the Genealogical Society of Marion County, died on May 17th. On behalf of her many genealogical friends, I would like to extend our sympathies to her family.

                "Susan was born on June 26, 1935 and passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on May 17, 2014. She is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Wilbur A Zobbe; her children, Kim Hogdal (John), Lee Ann, Michael, Catherine Kuntz (Scott); 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Richard (Karen) and 3 nieces and many friends.
                She was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth Loder Wallace and Gerald Wallace, and her sister-in-law, Nancy Zobbe Midgley. Susan graduated from Howe High School and attended Ball State. Susan was the Vice President and Treasurer for nearly 25 years at Metal Craft Manufacturing Co., Inc. She finished her career at General Devices Co., Inc.
                Susan and Will were active for numerous years in the Indy Region of the Sports Car Club of America. She served as Chief Registrar and Chief of Timing and Scoring. She was the Central Division Pointskeeper for several years. Susan was involved with the Sherwood Forest Civic Association and served on its Board of Directors a number of times. In 2000, she became a member of the Board of Directors of the Nora Northside Community Council and served until 2012.
                Susan was devoted to her family, friends and community. She loved genealogy, bird watching, all things Indiana, and riding in their restored 1935 Ford. A Celebration of Life is planned for 4 p.m. on June 21st in Come Again Farm at 406 W. 256th Street Sheridan, IN 46069. Everyone is invited to bring their stories and memories to this casual, outdoor celebration. Memorials are preferred to the Indiana Historical Society or the donor's choice."

                Published in the Indianapolis Star on June 1, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

422. Three Indy Catholic Parishes Closing

   The Archdiocese of Indianapolis announced the closing of Holy Cross, St. Bernadette, and Holy Trinity parishes of Indianapolis, which will happen in November. They will be merged with other existing churches. (See the full story in the Indianapolis Star on May 21, 2014)
   This type of move is common in all denominations across the county, and it's one which causes genealogists no end of trouble. We always face the question-"Where did the records go?" In the above case they will probably go either to the surviving parish or to the Archdiocese Archives on North Illinois Street here in Indy.
   In most denominations it can be a real puzzle trying to find those old ledgers and histories. There is a good Indiana source that I found recently that might help in some of these cases. The book is Religion In Indiana, by the IU Press. It can be found in many major libraries around the state. Look in WorldCat and don't forget inter-library loans. Go for it!

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