Friday, November 28, 2014

489. Let's Trash The Race Forms

    I watched the last of Henry Louis Gates’ Finding Your Roots programs on Tuesday evening. One thing that struck me as I viewed this episode with a strong emphasis on DNA profiles is that we need to put the whole race thing behind us, not only as genealogists but as Americans.
    Nearly everyone featured on his programs-and on most other TV genealogy series-had a multi-racial as well as a multi-ethnic background. This is a standard American family feature. Yet on every form you fill out for nearly any purpose, you have to choose a “race.” I think it’s time to consign those kinds of forms to the trash dump. They are un-American and foster nothing but divisiveness.
    As of now I plan to choose only “Other” on those forms and mark “Human” when I have a choice. If I have no choice, I will never again mark “White.” What exactly is “White” anyway? Nobody I’ve ever seen is white, which is the color of copy paper. If you see anyone white, they’re probably dead.
    Let’s start lobbying the government and companies to eliminate the “Race” block on any and all forms. We are people, period-hard to pigeonhole, hard to categorize, difficult to fit into blocks. Any good genealogist recognizes that fact. 
    Most of our ancestors are real individuals, one of a kind folks. I think we should recognize that fact, dump the race blocks, and move on.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

488. GSMC Show-And-Tell Session, Dec. 13

I always enjoy the last monthly program of the Genealogical Society of Marion County. Listening to everyone present their genealogical successes of the past year is great family history. GSMC itself has some good events to brag about. I've not been to Marquette Manor before, so that will be a new thing. Why not plan to drop by, enjoy a good meal, visit with some genealogy friends, and share in the holiday season? We promise you will be very welcome!

Friday, November 21, 2014

487. IGS Grants Program Deadline Is December 31. Hurry!

[The end-of-the-year deadline season is fast approaching. Here is another program that needs to be done quickly if your group has a project that needs some extra cash.]

            The Indiana Genealogical Society has a Genealogy Grant Program to support the efforts of local genealogical and historical groups. To date, the program has awarded over $15,000 in grants.
            Grants are $500 each and may be awarded in three categories:
Cemetery Restoration Grant--Given for a project to restore and/or renovate an Indiana pioneer cemetery.
Resource Development Grant--Given for a project to develop a new Indiana genealogical resource in either a printed or electronic format.
Chapter Resource Grant--Given to an Indiana Genealogical Society Chapter for a project to support the operation of that society.
            Grants are subject to the following restrictions:
All work on the grant project must be completed within twelve months of the grant award.
The grantee society must provide a written summary report to the IGS following the project's completion.
A society may only receive one grant from the program per grant year, although that society may apply for more than one grant type each year.
Applicants must complete all parts of the application form. The submitted application form will be evaluated by the IGS Board of Directors. The Board's decision on the grant awards will be final.
            The grant application deadline is December 31 of each year. Notifications will be sent to all applicants, and the winners will be recognized at the IGS annual conference the following April.
Note: The IGS may elect not to award a grant in a category, if, in the opinion of the IGS Board, a suitable project has not been proposed in that category.

            Go to the IGS website at to print out the application form.
            For more information on the grant program, please contact the Grants Manager:
Mike Lewman, 1867 S. 600 West, Montezuma, IN 47862   Phone (765) 569-5935 home
(765) 562-2341 cell   E-mail

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

486. Good Marriage Workshop On Saturday

You probably still have time to register for a marriage workshop on Saturday at the Indiana Historical Society. Harold Henderson is a good speaker and will tell you tons of stuff about Indiana marriages you need to know.

How Hoosiers Got Hitched

Nov. 22, 2014 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center 10 a.m. to noon

            Not all marriage records are created equal. This program shows how Indiana marriage records have changed over the years, and how between 1880 and 1930 in some counties more than one record was created for each marriage – some with different information than the others. It also proposes a naming system, as in some counties different kinds of marriage records were given the same name. Existing guides to Indiana genealogy do not deal specifically with these record varieties or the research opportunities and challenges they offer.
            County clerks are not always aware of the differences, and in some counties some records have migrated outside the clerk's office altogether. And some of the records were designed for in-person use – they are not easy to understand when reduced to images.
            Harold Henderson, CG, has been a professional writer since 1979, a professional genealogist since 2009, and a board-certified genealogist since June 2012. He lives and works in northwest Indiana; and at Henderson is the author of Finding Ancestors in Fort Wayne  and an every-name index of the earliest court records of La Porte County.
            He has published articles in American Ancestors Journal (annual supplement to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register), the National Genealogical Society Quarterly,, and in six state publications, including “Early Midwestern Orphanage: The Indianapolis Orphans Asylum, 1851-1941, A Way Station on the Winding Road of Life” in THG: Connections, Spring/Summer 2011.

$10 ; $8 members  This class is eligible for 2 general LEUs. 
Register online or call (317) 232-1882 for more information.