Wednesday, October 28, 2015

626. Looking For Vietnam Vets Photos

Looking For Vietnam Vets Photos

[The following article is reprinted from the Indiana Genealogical Society Online News. If any of our members and/or readers have any info for Mr. Hine, please contact him directly. Thanks.]

            A veteran in Greenfield, Indiana is seeking to find photos of all the Indiana soldiers that were killed in the Vietnam War, to add them to an online memorial by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. As explained in this article, there are only about 65 Indiana soldiers who still don't have photos.
            If you recognize any of these names, please contact Dave Hine (

Marion County

Jack Lee Allen (Indianapolis)
James Otis Allen (Indianapolis)
James Edward Arnold (Indianapolis)
David Colvin (Indianapolis)
Everett Frederick Cox (Indianapolis)
Ronald Francis Donohue (Indianapolis)
William Kenneth Garrity (Indianapolis)
Richard Dale Gordon (Indianapolis)
Harvey Gene Graham (Indianapolis)
Kenneth Lee Hearn (Indianapolis)
Ralph Edward Johnson (Indianapolis)
Ronnie Lee Logan (Indianapolis)
Carl Wayne Phillips (Indianapolis)
Roy Rogers Roark (Indianapolis)
Bradley Andrew Saint Clair (Indianapolis)
Michael Lynn Scisney (Indianapolis)
James Nelson Steen (Indianapolis)
James Edward Taylor (Indianapolis)
Harry Allen Watson (Indianapolis)
Michael Francis Weissert (Indianapolis)
Kenneth Eugene Willard, Jr. (Indianapolis)
Bobby Joe Wilson (Indianapolis)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

625. Achtung! Still Space At Palatine Conference Saturday

[The interesting topic selections at this year's Palatine Conference almost makes me wish I had some German ancestry. If you do, plan on being at the Athenaeum this Saturday.]

Sunday, October 25, 2015

624. Dr. Robert A. McDougal, 1928-2015

   The Indianapolis genealogy community lost a longtime genealogist and strong supporter with the death on October 10th of Dr. Robert A. McDougal. Bob's obituary is in today's Sunday Star and illustrates his activism in many areas.
   Bob was a longtime member of the Genealogical Society of Marion County, as well as the Mayflower Society, the Palatines, the Huguenot Society, and was a former SAR member. He strongly supported the Indiana Medical History Museum here in Indianapolis, and donations may be made to that facility in his name.
   Our sympathies go out to Bob's wife Lee and his family. He will be missed by more than just the genealogical community.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

623. Visiting At The ISL Genealogy Fair Saturday

Met lots of genealogy friends while staffing the Indiana Genealogical Society table at the ISL Genealogy Fair. A good number of other societies and groups were arrayed around the hallways and lots of visiting and gabbing took place--and it was all free!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

622. GenFair Parking In New York Street Garage

Just a reminder for our out-of-town guests that you will be able to park in the State Garage across the street from the State Library on Saturday. It will be an all day for $5 price, but you have to come in the New York Street entrance, and New York is one-way eastbound. Just get on West Street and come in that way. See you there.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

621. The Living Places Of Our Ancestors

                 I like to visit and tour old houses. Cathedrals and public buildings don’t really do much for me, but houses are more personal and more connected to real people.
                We genealogists often have problems imagining and inserting ourselves into the daily lives of our ancestors, and old houses can help us in this imagining.
                On a recent visit to England, Wanda, my significant other and a member of the Colonial Dames, and I took a really nice train about an hour northwest of London to the village of Sulgrave in South Northhamptonshire, where we visited Sulgrave Manor. The Manor is supported by the Colonial Dames of America because of its connection to President George Washington.
                Wikipedia has this to say about that:
                “In 1539 or 1540 the Crown sold three manors, including Sulgrave, to Lawrence Washington, a wool merchant who in 1532 had been Mayor of Northampton. Washington's descendants retained the manor until 1659, when one of them sold it. In 1656 a descendant, John Washington of Purleigh, Essex, emigrated to the Colony of Virginia. He is notable for being the great-grandfather of George Washington, who from 1775 commanded the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and in 1789 was elected first President of the United States.
                Lawrence Washington had Sulgrave Manor house built in about 1540–60. It is at the northeast end of the village, built of local limestone, with a southwest front, a kitchen and buttery, a great hall, and above it a great chamber and two smaller private chambers. Finds of what seem to be Tudor foundation stones up to 50 ft. west of the current house suggest that the original building was substantially larger than the surviving house. The great hall has a stone floor, and its Tudor fireplace contains a salt cupboard carved with Lawrence Washington's initials.
                The house has a projecting two-story southwest porch, over the doorway of which are set in plaster the royal arms of England and initials "ER" for Elizabeth Regina commemorating Elizabeth I, who acceded to the English throne in 1558. The doorway spandrels are decorated with the Washington family arms: two bars and three mullets or spur-rowels.”
                If you have a few bucks lying around doing nothing, you might contact the Colonial Dames and offer a little help to keep Washington’s ancestral home alive and maintained. We did when we were there.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

620. Good Archivist Workshop Next Friday in Muncie

[If your genealogy society has a digital collection, you might want to send a rep to Ball State on October 23rd. Nothing like learning from the pros.]

Fall 2015 SIA Workshop
“NUTS and Bolts: eRecords & Digital Preservation”

The Society of Indiana Archivists is pleased to announce its fall workshop on October 23, 2015.
Friday, October 23, 2015  9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Schwartz Digital Complex at Ball State University's Bracken Library
$25 for students, $35 for members, $55 for non-members

Advanced registration is required. Please register at
Registration will close on Friday, October 16, 2015.

About the Workshop
            Building on the Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation Outreach Education (DPOE), this workshop will teach you how to successfully prepare for a digital collection project at your shop. In particular, it will explore the need and process for inventorying digital holdings you have or will have, the requirements for systems to help manage those digital records, the process of choosing suitable systems, and some implementation considerations.
            This will be part interactive event and participants will join in exercises of estimations, debating options and justifying decisions against the three following contexts:
Case 1: Small Archive or Special Collection within a Library
Case 2: Medium Archive or Collection of a Historical Society, Museum or Corporation
Case 3: Large Archive or Collection within a University
Participants will work in homogeneous groups to discuss and come up with answers together.

About the Facilitator
            Tibaut Houzanme is the Electronic Records Archivist at the Indiana Archives and Records Administration. He manages the digital accessions, and advises the IARA Director and State Archivist on electronic records projects, issues, implementations. He is interested in the full life-cycle management of digital records in particular, and in technology aspects of the management of all archives in general.

 Participants of the workshop can earn both LEUs and ACA Recertification Credits for attending.

Workshop Agenda:
 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Check-in and continental breakfast
 9:30 AM: Introductions
 9:45 AM: Essential Steps to Prepare for a Successful Digital Collection Project
 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Break for lunch: Talk with Tibaut Houzanme
 1:30 PM: “Digital Preservation Outreach Education” (DPOE): Practical Implications
 4:00 PM: Questions & closing remarks.
 4:30 PM: Adjourn