Friday, July 31, 2015

582. Historical Society Goes German, August 15

German Heritage Day
Aug. 15, 2015
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Day Classrooms, Indiana History Center

German heritage is the highest percentage of national heritage among Hoosiers both historically and today: between 20 and 42 percent of Indiana residents have German ancestry. Join us as we explore this important heritage.

            John Herbst, president and CEO of IHS, presents an illustrated talk on his ongoing research project to explore his family's German background and then emigration from Germany in 1884. He will share the various sources and methods he used to authenticate the oral history that started his interest in family history and his investigative research which will include another trip to Germany this fall. 
            We will then discuss various aspects of German heritage in Indiana and how social views of German heritage changed during World War I as the program moves to the Athenaeum. (Transportation on your own.) The Athenaeum was built in 1893 as a "'house of culture for the mind and body" by German immigrants. The program includes a tour of the Athenaeum with a docent who will teach the group about the history of the structure and its uses.  

$12; members $10. Includes free History Center parking and same-day admission to the Indiana Experience. If you wish to dine on your own, the Rathskeller, located in the Athenaeum, is open for lunch until 2 p.m.
This class is eligible for 3 general LEUs.
Register online or call (317) 232-1882 for more information.

Presented in partnership with The Athenaeum Foundation and Palatines to America
Door Prize from Ancestry! AncestryDNA
The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Germanic Ancestry in Europe, a book from the Basile History Market

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

581. OK, Folks. It's Time For A Little Payback!

[If you have been the beneficiary from records that have been copied and indexed by other volunteers, now is your chance to pay that effort forward. Can you spare a few hours?]

2nd Annual Worldwide FamilySearch Indexing Event - August 7-14, 2015

            A record-setting 100,000 online volunteers are expected to participate in the second annual Worldwide Indexing Event, facilitating millions of discoveries for eager family history researchers. Scheduled for August 7–14, the event will show how anyone with a computer and Internet connection can help “Fuel the Find” by making information from historical documents easily searchable online.
            What Does It Mean to “Fuel the Find”?  Indexed (transcribed) historical records are like the fuel that powers genealogical search engines such as, enabling people to find missing or unknown branches in their family trees. Beyond simple name searches, indexed records also allow to provide patrons with highly relevant and accurate hints, essentially bringing the records of their ancestors to them automatically. Every name that a volunteer indexes from a historical record adds another drop of precious fuel that can ultimately help someone easily and quickly find a missing ancestor.
            International Language Emphasis: Already one of the largest and most successful volunteer transcription programs in history with more than 1.3 billion records indexed since 2007, FamilySearch indexing is looking toward this year’s event to launch an expanded push for indexed records in languages other than English. Currently offers 20 times more searchable records in English than in all other languages combined. To balance this ratio, people with fluency in other languages, especially French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, are being sought as indexing volunteers.
            To help volunteers with language skills to get started, FamilySearch indexing has launched carefully chosen indexing projects in its four focus languages of French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Special training guides are now available to help new and experienced English indexers with skills in these languages to quickly familiarize themselves with how to index these particular records.
            New One-Week Record Anticipated: Last year’s Worldwide Indexing Event established a one-week record of 91,721 participants. This year, more than 100,000 participants are expected. To be counted, each volunteer must submit at least one indexing or arbitration batch sometime during the week.
            Volunteers and potential volunteers can: Visit to learn more, including strategies for avoiding high demand periods that may tend to slow down the indexing system.  

[Thanks to LegacyNews and FamilySearch for this notice.]

Sunday, July 26, 2015

580. What New State Archives?

   I was just puzzling over the fact that we have not heard a word about the new site for the Indiana State Archives. We know where it isn't going to be--along the canal on a postage stamp lot, thanks to Senator Luke Kenley--but where will it be?
   Supposedly they had three sites in contention, and only one discarded, leaving two sites left. How hard would that be to decide? Site Two, yes-no; site Three, yes-no. $25 million to play with. Seems like a no brainer.
   The Bicentennial is breathing down our necks--can anyone say 2016? Will construction be underway within six months? Are the Public Records managers sitting in their offices, pouting that their favorite site is off the books?
   I'm hoping to see the Archives on the War Memorial Mall in the old State Legion building, because I think that site would be the most accessible to historians and genealogists. but, hey, that's just me.
How about you?

Friday, July 24, 2015

579. TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? This Sunday

            On Sunday, July 26 at 9PM/8PM Central, TLC will be bringing a new season of episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? with a brand new batch of celebrities ready to embark on a journey to learn more about their family history.
            Sunday’s episode features Once Upon A Time’s Ginnifer Goodwin. In the episode, Goodwin knows little about her paternal grandfather’s family, and sets out to learn why her father never knew his own grandparents. What she does know is that her grandfather left home at the young age of just 11 years old. Ginnifer searches to find out why.

[Thanks to Dick Eastman for this info.]