Friday, November 27, 2015

638. Are You Following The DAR Patriot Records Project?

I ran across an interesting article in the September/October issue of the American Spirit magazine, published by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
            The page 32 article, titled “Sharing a Wealth of Data With the World,” by Nancy Mann Jackson, describes the Patriot Records Project, a NSDAR project started in 2014.
            The PRP is a digitization and indexing effort by the Society to locate Revolutionary-War era documents that are stashed in archives and repositories around the country and which are largely forgotten, ignored, or poorly accessible.
            The NSDAR is starting with themselves, as they are in process of making their own Library materials online accessible through the Genealogical Records System, their free database at
            The second phase of the Patriot Records Project is to have DAR members and chapters locate relevant materials all over the U.S., and notify the National office with the What/Where of the items. National will then secure required permissions and then arrange for the digitizing.
            This project seems to me to be a natural fit for the NSDAR, and, with their dedicated host of volunteers, something that will move right along. I’m looking forward to searching for my Revolutionary ancestors in this great new resource. Read the entire article on this project in the American Spirit magazine at the Indiana State Library, your local DAR Chapter, or from a friend who is a member.
            [As an aside comment, I am a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and it continually distresses me at how little the SAR has done or is doing in the resources area. The SAR website is nearly devoid of digital resources and with little sign of any near-term improvement. It’s fine to dress up in pretty uniforms and award each other medals for this and that, but where is the records preservation piece? Where is the digitization effort? Sad, really sad.] 

Monday, November 23, 2015

637. GSMC Webinar Wednesday, Dec. 2

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

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

Stories in Stone - Cemetery Research

          Ever wonder what various gravestone symbols mean? Is everything “set in stone” completely accurate? Gail will walk you through cemeteries all over the country with tips on how to use cemetery and associated records in your genealogy quest.

Presenter: Gail Blankenau
          Gail is an experienced genealogist, speaker and author. Her publications include articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and The Genealogist. She is also a contributor to Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy magazines.
          Based in Nebraska, she specializes in Nebraska records, Midwestern roots, German genealogy, land records, 19th-Century photographs and tracing lineages. More than half her ancestors came from New England, but she has roots in almost every state east of the Mississippi.

Workshop is Free; No reservation required;
Printed Handouts Provided
Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks Available

Saturday, November 21, 2015

636. Interesting Program In Floyd County, Dec. 3

[If you're close to the river in December, drop in at the Floyd County Library in New Albany.]

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                 
From Susan Covey, Publicity Chair, Southern Indiana Genealogical Society
             The Southern Indiana Genealogical Society (SIGS) will celebrate 199 years of Hoosier statehood with its “Happy Birthday Indiana!” program on December 3. Two special guest speakers will present. Olivia Abner, a fifth-grader at Morgan Elementary School in Palmyra, will read her 2014 first-place winning Statehood Day essay, “Signing of the Indiana Constitution Under the Constitution Elm Tree.”
            Indiana Bicentennial Commission Deputy Rene Stanley will share information about the 2016 statewide programs and events including SIGS’ “First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties Bicentennial Legacy Project” and the reprinting of Indiana’s 1816 constitution on the original printing press. Refreshments will be served.
            Program time is 7 PM in the Strassweg Auditorium of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 W. Spring St., New Albany, Indiana.
            For more information, visit
or call Melissa Wiseheart in the library’s Indiana Room at 812-949-3527.