Tuesday, September 30, 2014

467. Tombstone Studies Group To Meet Oct. 11

[OK, I didn't know Indiana had a chapter. So sue me!]

Association for Gravestone Studies, Indiana Chapter Meeting

Crown Point, Thursday, Oct. 11

          This national organization, which encourages the study and preservation of tombstones will host its Indiana Chapter meeting on Saturday, Oct. 11 in Crown Point. The meeting includes educational speakers and tours of local cemeteries.

          For more information, contact the DHPA at (317) 234-1268 or jrdinius@dnr.in.gov

Saturday, September 27, 2014

466. African-American Conference, Jeffersonville, Oct. 8-10

   Sometimes it's hard to verify some events. I read in the new Indiana Pioneers newsletter that the "Progressive Journey through Indiana History Conference" is being held in the Jeffersonville area on October 8-10.
   When I tried to find a website for more details, all I could come up with is the 2012 and 2013 events. Kinda odd, since the conference is only a couple of weeks away. [Or maybe my search skills are way under par!]
    Anyway, if you are an African-American genealogist and/or historian, you might call Maxine Brown at (502) 550-0484 or mxnbrown@aol.com for more info.

Current conference hopefully similar to this one!

Friday, September 26, 2014

465. Is Your Local Society Getting Stale?

                Scrounging up genealogy volunteers to do the work is, and probably always has been, a major problem. It’s most likely an even bigger problem in this digital, on-line, instant gratification era.
                I might suggest an even bigger problem: The same volunteers doing the same job forever--talk about a closed little stale clique. I have belonged to groups like that, and it’s not much fun.
                So I have always been in favor of term limits in genealogy. All offices should definitely have a upper end and not too far down the line. We need fresh voices and new ideas. If your group is doing the same thing you were doing twenty or even ten years ago, you are dead in the water.
                And now I can hear the refrain: “If we don’t do it, no one else will!” My answer to that is:
If it’s important enough, someone will step up and do it. If it’s not important enough, why are you doing it?” Tell them you’re not going to run again, and stick to it. See what happens—you might be surprised. And never ever say, “We’ve always done it that way,” or “We’ve never done it that way.”
                Let’s face it--many genealogy groups have not done any good work in years. Years ago they did census indexes, cemetery listings, a few little odds and ends; most of these are now all done and nothing new has replaced them. Is your group still selling twenty-year-old books? Digitize them on your website and move on! 
               Genealogy has changed and is changing even faster. You better change with it, or you and your group will end up being so yesterday—and not in a good way. And a suggestion to gauge how your group is doing: If you don’t have at least one new face at each public meeting, you better stop preaching to the choir and widen your outreach efforts.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

464. GSMC Annual Conference, Oct. 11 and Ancestry.com!

[I'm looking forward to hearing from Lou Szucs and her daughter and getting deeper into Ancestry.]

GSMC Annual Conference

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Indiana Historical Society

Our sessions:
            Finding Naturalization Records and other Clues to Immigrant Origins - Some amazing details and clues are waiting to be found in personal, local, county, state and federal collections.  This presentation will help you find naturalization records, how to use them effectively and to make other important discoveries leading back to the place in the old country that your immigrant ancestor called home.

            Coming to America: Finding Your Ancestor’s Arrival Records on Ancestry.com - Immigration is an important part of our nation’s history and of your personal family history. Passenger arrival records are much more than lists of names.  Finding and using these records effectively will lead to intriguing family stories and provide clues for further research.

            Common Surnames: Finding Your Smiths – Finding common names in your family tree is almost inevitable.  This presentation is loaded with tips for distinguishing one individual or family from others with same last name.

            Hidden Treasures at Ancestry.com- Beyond the traditional records that yield essential names, dates and places, you can often get a better understanding of your ancestors from some of the lesser-used records that don’t rise to the surface in a general search. From Almshouse and Agricultural schedules and fraternal and ethnic collections to a vast assortment of military records, great details can be found in the billions of records at Ancestry.com. This presentation highlights some of the best and most unusual collections, how to find them and the wonderful clues in them that will lead to other records.

Our Speakers:
            Juliana Szucs Smith has been with Ancestry.com for more than 15 years. She has written articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the "Computers and Technology" chapter of The Source. She is a former editor of the Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter and for many years, she was the editor of The Ancestry Daily News and  Ancestry’s Weekly Journal. Also for Ancestry.com, she has presented a number of webinars and videos. She regularly speaks at local, state and national conferences. Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

            Loretto Dennis Szucs (“Lou”) is Vice President of Community Relations at Ancestry.com.  With more than 40 years of experience as a researcher, archivist, author, editor and community leader, she continues to serve on the board of directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, as a member of the Records Preservation and Access Committee and the Lockport Area Genealogical and Historical Society. Previously she served on the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island History Advisory Committee and has appeared on television news stories and on The View. She was co-editor of The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy; co-author of The Archives and author of a number of books and articles.

Registration: www.genealogyindy.org > 2014 Conference

     $32 Members of GSMC and I.H.S.    $40 Non members


Registrations includes 4 sessions, lunch
access to exhibits and free parking.

Monday, September 22, 2014

463. Historic Preservation Grants For Genealogy?

I've often wondered how genealogists might get some preservation money for cemeteries and family-related structure improvements or rebuilds. If you are in a fix like that, perhaps you could finesse a little money out of the state. Let me know how that works--or not works!


Historic Preservation Fund Grant Applications Available,
Deadline is Oct. 3, 2014

            The Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology now has Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant application packets for FY 2015 are now available online. The new applications are posted on the DHPA website.
            There are three categories of projects: Architectural & Historical, Archaeological, and Acquisition & Development (rehabilitation). Please download the appropriate application packet and read all instructions carefully. Projects cannot begin until May 1, 2015 and must be completed by June 30, 2016. An overview of the HPF program is available.

            If you have questions about a potential project, contact the DHPA grants staff: Malia Vanaman at (317) 232-1648 or mvanaman@dnr.in.gov; or Steve Kennedy at (317) 232-6981 or skennedy@dnr.in.gov.
            The deadline for proposals is Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at 5 p.m. This is not a postmark deadline; all proposals must be received at the DHPA by the deadline. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

462. German Conference In Indy Sept. 27th.

{ In case you have been out of town, here's a good German research conference next week.}


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

461. Exploring Maps at SullivanMunce, Sept. 23rd

[The following program is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there.]


The Boone County Genealogical Society Meeting
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center 225 W. Hawthorne Street, Zionsville

Tuesday Evening, September 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Program: “Using Maps for Family History Research”

Geography was a significant determiner of our ancestor’s lives.
Learn how maps can lead you into understanding those lives.

Presenter: Ron Darrah, Indiana Genealogical Society.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

460. Henry Louis Gates Genealogy Series Returns

   I don't know about you, but I like "Finding Your Roots" the best of the genealogy programs. Gates presents a lot more analysis and explanations of the process, and I think that's good.


   In two weeks, the latest genealogy-related television series will be broadcast on most PBS stations. “Finding Your Roots” is a series that focuses on race, identity and heritage, hosted by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.
   In the first episode we meet horror novelist Stephen King, actor Courtney B. Vance and Canadian actress-singer Gloria Reuben.
King’s father walked out on his family when Stephen was two and never returned. Courtney Vance’s father committed suicide and Courtney was brought up in a foster home. Gloria Reuben’s father was 78 years old when she was born. When he died he took the secret of his ancestry with him, but not for good. 
   Using genealogy and in some cases DNA, Gates helps each of them to discover family history they never knew. The program airs on PBS at 8 PM Eastern time. Check your local listings for the time and channel near you.


Monday, September 8, 2014

459. IndyGenealogy Now On Cyndi's List

   I just received the email from Cyndi Howells that my submission of this blog has been approved and will be listed on the Locality Specific Blog area on her site. Hoorah!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

458. Noblesville Library Also Has Genealogy Gatherings

   Not to be outdone by those Carmel newbies, the Noblesville Library also has a full plate of genealogy offerings. Nancy Massey knows her stuff and she always draws a good group of attendees. Some of these need registrations and some don't. Check their website for details. [Doesn't anyone do anything on the Southside?]

Noblesville Library  
Conducted by Nancy Massey, Genealogy Librarian

Tuesday, Sept. 9 – Genealogy Roundtable   2:15 – 3:15 p.m. – Focus on “Using Social Media for Genealogy Research”  Informal discussion.

Saturday, Sept. 13 – Genealogy Seminar – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  “Researching Brick Wall Ancestors”  Register at www.hepl.lib.in.us or call 770-3206.

Wednesday, Sept. 24 – Computer Training Class – 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon – “Exploring Ancestry Library Edition”  Register at www.hepl.lib.in.us or call 770-3206

Saturday, Oct. 11 – Genealogy Seminar – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – “Digging in Cemetery Records”  Register at www.hepl.lib.in.us or call 770-3206

Tuesday, Oct. 14 – Genealogy Roundtable   2:15 -3:15 p.m. – Focus on “Funeral Home Records”  Informal discussion.


Wednesday, Oct. 29 - Computer Training Class – 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon – “Exploring Heritage Quest Online”  Register at www.hepl.lib.in.us or call 770-3206

Friday, September 5, 2014

457. Carmel Library Offering Some Genealogy Events

[Sue Dillon of the Carmel Library sent out this info recently. Northsiders, please note...]

Carmel Clay Public Library
55 4th Avenue S.E., Carmel, IN 46032

Tuesday, Sept 16 – Genealogy Forum – 1-2 p.m. in Computer Lab  Teresa Green will share her very clever genealogy books and demonstrate the computer website she used to create them.  Sharing, discussion, questions, computer demonstrations. 

Wednesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 - Finding Family  –  6:30-8:30 p.m.  This 5-week genealogy course is taught by Sue Dillon and covers the basics of genealogy research: how to get started, how to organize your information, Ancestry and other internet sources, records (vital records, land records, estate, etc.) and where to find them.  The course is free but registration is required by calling 844-3362.  Class is limited to 18 people.

Tuesday, Oct. 21 - Genealogy Forum – 1-2 p.m. in Computer Lab   Focus on creating a family history on Ancestry.  Sharing, discussion, questions, computer demonstrations. 

Every Tuesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  and  every Thursday, 6 – 8:45 p.m. – Genealogy Lab

Drop in and have volunteers help you with your genealogy and use the library’s genealogy databases.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

456. Maps Workshop, Sept. 13, Pike Library

    [This is a PR release from GSMC. I attended this program a couple of months ago, and I highly recommend it for researchers.]

“Using Sanborn and Baist Maps for Genealogical Research”

Monthly Program of Genealogical Society of Marion County

September 13th at 1:00 pm
Pike Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library
6525 Zionsville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268
            Fire insurance maps were originally created by companies needing a better way to determine risk from fire and therefore value of insurance offerings.  Highly detailed maps each include symbols, labels, and colors which describe all bits of information related to fire risk about a structure and its neighbors. 
            Today these maps are used by scholars and researchers in such fields as history, genealogy, urban geography, architectural history and preservation, ethnic studies, and urban archaeology.  Learn more about using Sanborn Fire Insurance in your own genealogical research.  
            Highlighted will be the digital Indianapolis Sanborn maps and Baist real estate atlases freely  accessible via IUPUI University Library. 

            Our featured speaker, Kristi L. Palmer, is the Director of the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship. She earned a B.A. in History from Ball State University in 1999 and a Master in Library Science from Indiana University in 2001. 
                She has worked professionally in the arena of digital collection organization and metadata creation for 13 years supporting the creation of faculty, student, and community-driven digital scholarship and cultural heritage collections.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

455. Ready To Digitize More 1812 Pensions?

   The Indiana Genealogical Society is in the midst of a second matching grant project to advance the digitizing of War of 1812 pensions. IGS passed a motion at their last Board meeting (introduced by yours truly) to take advantage of several fund matching opportunities.
   We (IGS; I am the Corresponding Secretary) are doing the matching grant in honor of Indiana's Bicentennial and in honor of the Indiana soldiers who served in the War of 1812. If the public--you--contributes $1816, IGS will match it with $2,016. Note the two numbers--look familiar?
    Anyway, if you contribute a few bucks, it will be essentially quadrupled and will digitize lots more pages of pension files. So, come on, send in a little of your spare cash to IGS for the project. Go to their website at www.indgensoc.org for details. And, yes, I'm putting my money where my mouth is.