Sunday, June 28, 2015

572a. Why Can't Indy Emulate The Willard?

I just participated in an annual week-long genealogy event at the Willard Library in Evansville. As you can see below, they had some really good learning topics for genealogists. In addition to the schedule below, the library hours for the week were from 9 am to midnight Monday through Friday and 9 to 5 on Saturday. My question is: why can't any of the libraries in Indianapolis (the State Capital and the state's largest city), put on an event like this? I mean, we're talking an entire week and every year! Is it apathy? ignorance? what? Don't they notice the stats on the number of genealogists in central Indiana? It's really frustrating. [Congrats to Lyn Martin and the Willard staff for a great event for their patrons.]

Friday, June 26, 2015

572. Historical Society Beginner Class, July 11

Beginning Genealogy
July 11, 2015  10 a.m. to noon
Day Classrooms, Indiana History Center

                As with every endeavor, you have to start at the beginning, or sometimes you need a refresher on the basics. This workshop will help you know where to start, use the information you already have, and learn where to find new information. You'll learn helpful tips and organization ideas whether you are just starting out in genealogy or would like to refresh your strategies.  
                Presenter Allison DePrey Singleton is the coordinator of family history programming at IHS. Prior to this position, she was the assistant coordinator for education and community engagement. Her first position at IHS was in the William H. Smith Memorial Library. She graduated from Indiana University with master's degrees in public history and library science. As a native of Allen County, she has been focused much of her life on the study of genealogy and archives.
                $10; members $8. Includes parking and same-day admission to the Indiana Experience
This class is eligible for 2 general LEU's.    Register online or call (317) 232-1882 for more info.

                Door Prize from Ancestry! One-year World Explorer membership to

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

571. Presenting Sessions At Willard Library June 25!

   I'm looking forward to presenting two sessions at the Willard Library in Evansville on Thursday. They are having a week long series of genealogy programs and my part will be on Fraternal Groups and World War One research.
   Going to try out the new route down the proto-I69 corridor on Wednesday. Maybe stop at a couple of antique stores to look for some Indiana resources to digitize.
   I always enjoy visiting the Willard Library; a great genealogy collection combined with an historic part of the Evansville community. I might even get to visit the LST, if it's in town and available. Also get to see a few genealogy friends from the southwest area. Totally a win-win-win situation!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

570. GSMC Webinar Wednesday, July 1: Female Research

GSMC Webinar Wednesday, July 1, 2015
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

GSMC Library, 9370 E. Washington St. Indianapolis
(Memorial Park Cemetery)

“The Secret Lives of Women:
Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind”

            How do you research the women in your family tree? In some of the same ways you research men but you also have to consider what documents and items were left behind by women. In this lecture we look at the specific trail women left including signature quilts, community cookbooks, journals and diaries.
Webinar Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Presenter : Gena Philibert-Ortega

            Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies, and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences worldwide.
            Gena is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, GenWeekly and the WorldVitalRecords newsletter. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera.

Monday, June 15, 2015

569. Like Historical Maps?

Maps are some of the coolest things ever made. Think of all the great information on a map and how much humans have depended on particular maps to create history. How did our ancestors migrate across the globe and across the country by using contemporary maps? How has the same landscape changed over time? You can follow a lot of that stuff at USGS. See below.

Historical Topographic Maps - Preserving the Past
            In 2009, USGS began the release of a new generation of topographic maps in electronic form, and is now complementing them with the release of high-resolution scans of more than 178,000 historical topographic maps of the United States. 
            Historic maps are snapshots of the nation's physical and cultural features at a particular time. Maps of the same area can show how an area looked before development and provide a detailed view of changes over time.
            The goal of The National Map's Historical Topographic Map Collection (HTMC) is to scan all the USGS historic topographic maps published by the USGS since the inception of the topographic mapping program in 1884.
            The Historical Topographic Map Collection (HTMC) exists online as a digital collection at and as a physical paper collection of maps in the USGS Clarence King Library in Reston, Virginia.

Friday, June 12, 2015

568. New Document Process At Historical Society

[You learn something new everyday--if you pay attention--and the technique below I had not heard of before. Sounds interesting.]

New Technology Reveals Document Secrets
                RTI is used to identify the writing method allowing conservators to use the best preservation techniques to store the document.
                New photographic technology is allowing the Indiana Historical Society to find undiscovered details hidden in historical documents. The process is called reflective transforming imaging – a simple concept with a complicated method.
                RTI combines multiple photographs and lighting methods of a single piece to create one blended image conservators can simultaneously view from all lighting angles. The result is a digital view of the piece which cannot be seen by the naked eye. “It’s a very important tool for conservation,” says David Turk, preservation imaging service manager. “And all you need is a camera, flash and computer.” David learned RTI at a four-day workshop at the Indianapolis Museum of Art sponsored by Cultural Heritage Imaging. 
                RTI uses three basic steps – capture, processing and viewing – to generate the final file. 
First, a photographer takes pictures of the document. Because RTI is such a delicate process, the camera cannot be touched during the shoot. It needs to be in the exactly the same spot for each shot, and even the micro vibrations from shooting can ruin the process. Instead, pictures are taken remotely from a computer. Lighting is placed at 12 different positions, creating a clock-like grid around the document. Light is then angled in four different ways at each position, creating a total of 48 pictures. 
                Once the photos are taken, the images are loaded into the program. Each image contains a black sphere, usually about the size of a cue ball, which captures the angle of the flash. The software combines the total captured flash points to calculate the light angles and creates the image. Certain functions, such as specular enhancement, create three-dimensional views of the document’s surface. 
Ramona Duncan-Huse, IHS’s senior director of conservation, says RTI will be an important tool in conserving documents. “The basic premise of conservation is knowing what’s in front of you and all its characteristics before you formulate a treatment,” she says. “I think there’s a lot of technology being developed that conservation can take advantage of, and that’s a real exciting prospect.” 
                Ramona hopes to use RTI to make IHS collections more available digitally. Susan Rogers, senior conservator, will work with David on the next RTI project, a famous glass plate negative of Abraham Lincoln.