Wednesday, May 27, 2015

561. Webinar on Castle Garden Friday

[I had several relatives enter the country through New York's Castle Garden facility, so I was interested in a recent posting at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter about the following presentation. I've never used a USCIS program before, but I plan to log into this one (assuming space is available). Castle Garden preceded Ellis Island and millions of immigrants came through there; were any of yours among them?

USCIS “Records Found” LIVE Webinar, Friday, May 29, 2015 1:00 PM (Eastern) ***Send myself a reminder on this webinar.***
How Castle Garden Records Burned in the Ellis Island Fire*
Exactly what records burned in the 1897 fire that consumed Ellis Island?  Were “some,” “many,” “most,” or “all” records destroyed?  Were passenger lists destroyed or “only administrative” records?  Some say State and municipal records were burned, but why would those records be at a Federal immigration station?  Did we really lose anything in that fire?  Join Marian L. Smith and the live USCIS Records Found webinar at 1:00 p.m. ET on Friday, May 29th for answers to these burning questions for New York passenger list research.

Friday, May 22, 2015

560. Google Earth on Webinar Wednesday, June 3

Genealogical Society of Marion County
 Webinar Wednesday

June 3, 2015         2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

GSMC Library  9370 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis
(On the Memorial Park Cemetery Grounds)

Using Google Earth for Genealogy
Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke
            In this extremely popular class Google Earth Guru Lisa Louise Cooke will teach you how to unlock mysteries in your research: from unidentified photographs, to how an ancestral location looked a hundred years ago or more, to plotting homesteads precisely using land patent legal descriptions.
            You’ll learn how to interpret the genealogical records you already have in new and exciting ways using layers, overlays, forensic analysis, and little known online tech tools. You will be amazed to discover that Google Earth is one of the best free genealogical tools available!

Workshop is Free; No reservation required; Printed Handouts Provided
Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks Available
[Info: Contact Ron Darrah at]

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

559. Perry Township Cemeteries on Facebook

   I noticed the following page on Facebook a couple of days ago. It's new for 2015 and does not contain much yet, but, if that area is of interest to you, take a look and follow along.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

558. Indiana Historial Society Cemetery Tour, June 4

Grave Matters
June 4, 2015
     Join IHS Membership and Local History Services staff for our fifth Annual Grave Matters Cemetery Walking Tour: Indy's Buried Treasure. This year's exciting day-trip will lead participants through Indianapolis' lesser-known cemeteries throughout the city. 
     Our trip begins  with a tour of the Kelly Street Historic Jewish Cemeteries. In 1856, the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation  was the first to be established in Indianapolis. Shortly thereafter, land was purchased on Kelly Street to serve as a cemetery for the congregation. In the 1880s, as more synagogues were established, the IHC sold land to various Jewish congregations for use as burial grounds. Today, there are eight separate burial grounds that make up the south side Jewish cemeteries. 
     Our next stop will take us to Spring Valley Cemetery in Lawrence outside Fort Benjamin Harrison. This cemetery is was the burial ground for some of the pioneer leaders of Lawrence Township.  The cemetery fought the federal government when land was being taken for Fort Harrison. After winning the battle, they would not allow soldiers from the Fort to be buried in the cemetery – this led to a military cemetery nearby. 
    Following lunch we will visit Mt. Jackson Cemetery (a Wayne Township cemetery) and the adjacent burial grounds for patients of Central State Psychiatric Hospital.
    Indiana cemetery expert Jeannie Regan-Dinius of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will again accompany the group and make presentations throughout the day along with other cemetery experts. Lunch, snacks and transportation via coach will be provided. 
    To join us, RSVP by May 22 to Jennifer Hiatt at (317) 234-2670 or Please consider registering early, as space is limited to the first 50 participants.
$50 for IHS members and $75 for nonmembers (membership is included).
(Pictured below: Entrance to Kelly Street Jewish Cemetery)