Thursday, February 26, 2015

522. GSMC Presents Live Webinar March 4

Genealogical Society of Marion County
 Presents a Live Webinar
Wednesday, March 4, from 2:00-3:30 pm.
Free to the public.
GSMC Library, 9370 E. Washington St., Indianapolis 
(Within Memorial Park Cemetery)
Researching with Karen!

Feeling stuck? Have a difficult genealogy research problem? It may be time for a professional to assist. Join educator, author, and researcher, Karen Clifford, as she answers your questions and demonstrates how she solves genealogy cases. Seeing how someone else approaches a genealogy mystery can give you new ideas to apply for your own hunt.

Presenter : Karen Clifford
Karen Clifford develops and teaches multiple online genealogy courses at colleges in California and Utah. She is an Accredited Genealogist® Professional and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association. She has been President/CEO of Genealogy Research Associates, Incorporated since 1997. Her years of professional research work lead to authoring college textbooks and do-it-yourself guidebooks covering both traditional and electronic genealogy research including several books: Becoming an Accredited Genealogist, The Complete Beginners Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program (updated 2011), and Digging Deeper: Using Essential Pre-1850 Records (2011).

521. Need Your Input: Why People Love Archives

                As you are no doubt aware, Americans currently (probably always!) are besieged with public officials who can’t think beyond their noses. One effect of this is the constant government attacks on the budgets of libraries and archives. As genealogists, we are major players in the lists of patrons of those two groups. We also are major players in the voting rolls, which are what pols respect. Below is an appeal where we as “the public” can have a strong effect. Ready, set, go:
                Alison Harper Stankrauff of the Society of Indiana Archivists passed along a message from Society of American Archivists President Kathleen Roe, who is asking for heartfelt testimonials about why archives matter. Can you help? Respond to Kathleen directly at:  

Call to Action #5: Why People Love Archives

                We recently heard from many of you about why you’re an archivist and what you love about archives. We truly do have strong, energetic supporters of all kinds—from journalists to genealogists, students to stakeholders, there are people who can and do say wonderful things about the value of archives. So ask your supporters why they love archives.
                This month, we encourage you to seek input, comments, or testimonials on why archives matter to others.  We can use comments like these when we are promoting our programs to our managers, resource allocators, legislators, and even the public.
                Here are some ideas for how to gather that information:
Ask the supporters who visit your repository to write why they love archives using this simple form—or create your own. Leave out copies of the form at your repository. Responses can be detailed or short and sweet—all these comments will help us build an even stronger case for why archives matter.  Be sure to ask for permission to use their names and quotes!
                Reach out to those you know who have benefited from doing research in your repository, your colleagues, or even your boss and ask them to provide you with a statement indicating why they love archives. You can reach out with a simple email, or host a fun event to celebrate archives—such as an “I Love Archives” party in connection with Valentine’s Day. (Okay, it may be a little schmaltzy, but remember—it’s all for the love of archives!)  
                Again, be sure to ask for permission to use their names and quotes—and get a picture if you can! Share the responses you receive, or what you’ve done to reach out!
                Post your comments on SAA’s Facebook post.
(Or use #PeopleLoveArchives on Twitter, or email responses to

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

520. As Long As I'm Pushing Irish Methodists

If any of you Irish researchers out there in Hoosierland do have Methodist ancestors on the Olde Sod, you may be interested in the below organization. Their home page even has a nice hot button for genealogy! Find them at

Sunday, February 22, 2015

519. At Least I Like Irish Music...

                 I often think that, if you collected all the hokiness and schlock in the world and piled it in one place, about 80% of it would be Irish. One of the things that prevent me from getting too wrapped up in my two Irish lineages.
                The other thing is the endless Catholic hoopla, as both of my Irish lines were Methodists from somewhere in the 18th century. Family tradition says they were recruited by John Wesley himself, who first visited my county of Carlow as early as 1765.  I actually identify more with my Welsh Non-Conformists. (See previous post)
                About the only cultural Irish feature that I like is the traditional music and dancing. Not the schlocky Irish-American stuff, but the older folk songs and dances. I heard some good Irish harp music last night at a Storytellers session at the History Center, and I’m looking forward to another Irish music event coming up at the Main Library. (See below…and see you there.)