Saturday, December 31, 2016

760. New Archives: Here We Go Again!

Just between you, me, and the bedpost, our new Indiana State Archives is not exactly jumping out of the ground. On this last day of the year, here is what the Archives Friends have to say about it. My recommendation? Contact your State Representative this month as the Legislature reconvenes (groan!), and mention that we need the funding shortfall covered and the mythical building actually constructed. Maybe we should call it the "Shangra-La Archives."

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

759. Explore DNA with GSMC January 4th

GSMC January First Wednesday Webinar

January 4, 2017  2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

GSMC Library 9370 E. Washington St, Indianapolis

“Strategies to Find the Most Challenging Ancestors with Autosomal DNA Data”

Case studies are used to illustrate the best strategies to use to find the ancestors you need to fill in gaps in your family tree in the 6th and 7th generation. Class members learn how to mix and match the use of Ancestry DNA, FTDNA, and GEDmatch to accumulate DNA evidence while efficiently sorting through the many possible matches.

Presenter: James M. Baker, PhD, CG

Mr. Baker, an active genealogist for the past fifteen years, completed the requirements to become a BCG associate in 2011. He specializes in German, Midwest U.S., and early American research. He was an officer of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) and has contributed numerous articles to its quarterly, Der Blumenbaum. He also has written articles for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Magazine and the NGS Quarterly. He is a member of NGS and SGGS. For the past ten years, he has volunteered at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library. He has given more than 100 genealogy presentations during the past three years at local, regional, and national events.

Free; No Reservation Required; Coffee & Cokes On Us

Library is Open from 9 am to 4 pm

Thursday, December 22, 2016

758. Brush Up on FamilySearch Jan 14

 “All About Family Search”

Saturday, January 14, 2017   10-12 noon


            During this special 2-hour program, Family Search expert, Dr. Michael Draper, will show us how to use Family Search and tell about how Ancestry and Family Search are working together to provide ever increasing access to genealogical information. 

            Michael is a retired professor from IU Medical School and Lilly Pharmaceuticals.  This is a “do not miss” opportunity that will be held in the Program Room on the 1st floor of the Carmel Library.

Monday, December 12, 2016

757. Hubbard House Now On Historic Preservation List

 MARION COUNTY Willard and Josephine Hubbard House, Indianapolis, 1903-1907 Architecture Listed on June 7, 2016

 Willard W. Hubbard and his wife, Josephine, moved into this new home on two lots in the Morton Place addition, which Hubbard co-developed, in 1903.  The two-and-one-half story residence is the only stone house within the addition.  The house is a vernacular center-hall design with Italian Renaissance Revival stylistic elements. Original windows (including some stained glass and leaded windows) and doors remain as does the elaborate front portico design.  The interior retains many of its historic features, including, original hardwood floors, mahogany woodwork, staircases, fireplaces and light fixtures, and for the most part, original floor plan.  The stone-clad carriage house/garage is also original or was built very early.  The Willard and Josephine Hubbard House is significant for its combination of Italian Renaissance Revival and vernacular architecture.  It was one of only a handful of stone houses built in Morton Place and is the only remaining one.  Stone houses constructed prior to 1940 are uncommon in Indianapolis and this is a grand one with good architectural integrity.  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

755. Anybody Real Familiar With FTM?

[Can anyone render assistance to Ms. Kelley? She would appreciate it. Contact her directly.]

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

753. Do You have A Revolutionary Ancestor?

Doing any lineage application can really show you the quality of your genealogy research. Here's a good one to start with if you're a guy. The females in your family can work with the Indiana DAR.
(Disclaimer: I am a long-time member of SAR.)

Monday, November 14, 2016

752. Indianapolis Public Library Doing IPS Records

I received the following message not long ago. Anyone interested? If so, contact Meaghan directly.
Go, Team!!

Hi Ron,

            I wanted to let you know that the Library received the grant to digitize the archives of IPS. Starting next year we will scan the Board meeting minutes, registers of children, and various other historical items. I will let you know when things start going online.

             It is our goal to make everything very searchable, so, if you know of anyone who would like to volunteer to transcribe handwritten meeting minutes, please let me know!

Meaghan Fukunaga, Digital Projects Manager, The Indianapolis Public Library


Friday, November 4, 2016

750. Descended From Pilgrims? Guess Again!

At the State Library's Genealogy Fair last month, I discovered that Indiana has a branch of this group. I also discovered that a "Pilgrim" for their purposes is anyone who immigrated into any American colony prior to 1700. So much for Plymouth Rock! Anyway, maybe you should check them out.

Friday, October 28, 2016

748. Any Genealogy On TV This Season?

I haven't heard of any plans for "Finding Your Roots" or "Who Do You Think You Are?" or even "Genealogy Roadshow." Am I missing something or are there just no plans?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

747. Indy Death Records in the Oversize Area.

There is an oversize book section in the State Library Genealogy Division that often gets overlooked by researchers. It's just to the far right as you come in, labeled Section 24. There are some Indianapolis death records there that are earlier than the 1882 state-wide date that is usually assumed. Check it out if you need some 1870's deaths.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

746. Check Out The State Library Digital Collection

The Indiana State Library has added a significant collection of digital resources. Go to their web page and take a look. A couple of Marion County examples below. The Plat Book is 1920; the Police Pension list is 1913:

Sunday, October 9, 2016

745. Interesting Indy Room Schedule

If you have not yet visited the Indianapolis Special Collections Room up on top of the Indianapolis Main Library building, take advantage of one or more of these remaining events to see for yourself. Lots of good stuff to poke into.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

744. Indy Library Adding Significant New Genealogy Resources

Indianapolis Public Library Announces Major Grants for New Projects

            Grants totaling nearly $3.3 million dollars have been awarded to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation for individual Library projects that will preserve Indianapolis history, establish a new collection highlighting African-American culture, and improve the Library experience for immigrant residents in the community.

            A $3.1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will fund two major Library projects over the next five years. In preparation for the city of Indianapolis' bicentennial in 2020, IndyPL will digitize and make available for free online access a significant portion of the histories of the Indianapolis Public Schools, Indianapolis Fire Department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Indianapolis Parks and Recreation Department. More than one million pages of records, 150 3-D objects and 400 films would be digitized, supplementing an abundance of existing digitized records from various local arts organizations found at The project underscores a Library priority in its strategic plan to digitize community records which could be lost to time or neglect.

            The Lilly Endowment Inc. grant also will create by the fall of 2017 the Center for African-American Literature and Culture at Central Library, a place to study the works of local African-American writers and discover the rich heritage of Black authors from Indiana and beyond. IndyPL will provide programming, including author talks and author fairs, to highlight the collection and showcase the African-American experience in Indianapolis. The work of the Library's African-American History Committee also will be highlighted. Curated by a dedicated librarian with an initial collection of 10,000 volumes, the Center will ensure that the Black experience is not only remembered but that its materials are easily accessible to inspire others.

Monday, October 3, 2016

743. Going To Be At Pal-Am on October 15?

[Looks like another good German research day at the Historical Society. Almost makes me want to have some German ancestry. Oh, well...]

Friday, September 30, 2016

742. Time For All The Scots To Rally Around

If you like bagpipes and plaid and shortbread, Saturday, October 8th, you need to be at the Indianapolis Scottish Games & Festival. [We'll ignore the German Park issue...] Let's hope the Indy weather cooperates, so we all can enjoy a great day and evening. See you there!!
Oh, yeah, the haggis is not mandatory, but the whiskey might be.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

741. Several Genealogy Events At The Carmel Library In October

[Northsiders might want to look into these sessions.]

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Nov. 2 - “Finding Family” – This Fall’s session of the five-week “Finding Family” genealogy course begins on Wed., October 5, 6:30-8:30 in the Training Lab on the 2nd floor. The course is free but limited to 18 people.  Attendees need to register by calling the reference desk at the library (844-3362). The course teaches about kinds of information to look for, how to use Ancestry and other sources to find this information, and how to organize your information once you’ve found it.  Everything builds on the first class so it is important to be able to attend the October 5th session.  A comfort level with computers is recommended.   
Oct. 22 - “DNA Genetic Genealogy” –You won’t want to miss this “cutting edge” genealogy symposium on Saturday, October 22, at 10 –12 noon in the Library Program Room located on the 1st floor.  DNA specialist, Steven Frank, will not only explain the various kinds of DNA tests, he will demonstrate how to interpret your DNA test results to enable you to find ancestors and connect with fellow researchers.

Every Tuesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and every Thursday, 6 – 8:45 p.m. – The Training Lab on the Library’s 2nd floor is open for genealogy research.  Skilled volunteers are there to help guide you with your genealogy research and help you use the library’s special genealogy databases.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

740. Calling All Indiana Archivists: Workshop Opportunity Oct 28

[The deadline is a little close, but if you are an archivist and a techie, this might be up your alley.]

2016 John Newman Professional Development Scholarship

The Society of Indiana Archivists will award the John Newman Professional Development Scholarship to attend the 2016 Society of Indiana Archivists Fall Workshop on Friday, October 28, at Hodge Hall at Indiana University (Bloomington). The scholarship waives the cost of the workshop and offers a check for $150 to help cover hotel and travel expenses.

Workshop: “Past History, Digital Future: Indiana DPLA Metadata”

This workshop is for those interested in providing greater access to their unique, locally hosted digital archival collections through inclusion in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and/or Indiana Memory. The presenters will guide participants in structuring existing metadata to conform to DPLA and Indiana Memory standards and the training will be geared towards the needs of archival institutions. This session will also be tailored to the content management systems in use by attendees, so whether you use CONTENTdm, PastPerfect, or another content management system, facilitators will provide tools to help you unveil your archives to the world.

To Apply:  Send a statement of 200-300 words about why the workshop will help you gain knowledge and experience useful in your volunteering efforts or career, along with your name, institution where you work/volunteer, and contact information.

Application Deadline:  Friday, October 14, 2016

Please submit the information stated above via email to the committee members:

Jennifer Noffze

Angela White

Neal A. Harmeyer

Please direct any questions to Jennifer Noffze

The award recipient will be announced through the SIA listserv prior to the meeting.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

739. GSMC Presents Annual Conference Oct. 8

GSMC is getting excited about their upcoming genealogy conference. Looks like a good day to visit the westside and enjoy some interesting topics. Hope to see you there!!

Friday, September 16, 2016

738. Want To Visit A Great Museum?

     On Tuesday I had an opportunity to visit the best county museum in the state, maybe the nation. This is the Dubois County Museum in Jasper, Indiana. It's also the largest in the state.
     Located in a donated former factory, this museum is totally funded and staffed by volunteers. It contains about everything you would want in a facility, and you really need to take your family or group for a visit.
     As I travel around the Hoosier state, I hear a lot, and I mean a lot, of officers whining about the lack of volunteers and donations for genealogical and historical societies. Maybe those officers need to visit Dubois County and ask them what they are doing right.
     They also have a great website (Google it!), and a great genealogy collection. Have Dubois roots?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

737. Calling All IPS Parents, Students, and Employees!

[GSMC is asking for all kinds of Indianapolis Public Schools historical materials. They want to scan them to add to their online resources. Help spread the word!]

Genealogical Society of Marion County
9370 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46229 [In Memorial Park]


You have a valuable historical record; Let us preserve it.

Indianapolis Public Schools
Class Photos, commencement lists, PTA Bulletins, Program Events, all kinds of material—the older the better—yours, your parents, your grandparents.
[Others schools are good, too; contact us!]

Email us at or call (317) 318-3768

Monday, September 5, 2016

736. Join GSMC For Some Web Crawling Sept. 10

The Genealogical Society of Marion County will take a look st some interesting genealogical websites on Saturday. Come on down and let's see what's new and helpful.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

735. Catch Up On Church Records Sept. 24th

Why We Care Where Grandma
Went to Church

Sept. 24, 2016   10 a.m. to noon
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center Day Classroom

            Church records can be your best resource for vital events, family relationships, overseas hometowns and  family migration clues for early U.S. ancestors. From the author of the forthcoming book Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, see first-hand what these records look like, learn to identify where your family may have attended church and discover how to locate and access old records.
            Sunny Morton is an award-winning writer and popular genealogy speaker whose lectures share her unique brand of warmth, humor, expertise and industry knowledge. She is a contributing editor and the Book Club moderator for Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems; a contributing editor and the Genealogy Insider columnist for Family Tree Magazine; a writing coach for Family Tree University and the editor of Ohio Genealogy News. Morton is also the author of My Life & Times: A Guided Journal for Collecting Your Stories and the forthcoming Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records.

$10; members $8. Includes parking and admission to the Indiana Experience that day.
This class is eligible for 2 general LEUs
Register online or call (317) 232-1882 for more information