Sunday, January 31, 2016

662. What Happened to Ancestry Day?

   I heard a long--very long--time ago, that Ancestry was going to host an all-day genealogy event here in Indy called Ancestry Day. This event has been held a number of times across the country. It seems to be a very slippery thing, though. A date is proposed, plans are set, and then it goes away. Funny how that happens.
   The latest rumor that I heard through the grapevine (hey, that would make a good song!) is that it will be on April 30th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Do you think this one is real or just another mirage? Hold your breath and we shall see. I have a bit more faith in Midwestern Roots--maybe I'll just put my money on that!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

659. Need Photos of 1940's Rural Street

[Can anyone help Jerry find a scene from his childhood? Did Rural Street actually run through a rural area at one time?]

Jerry Dreesen has left a new comment on your post "92. IPS History Now At Forest Manor":

Looking for photos of 3400 block of Rural St. in Forest Manor, Indianapolis in the 1940's. Street lined with Dutch Elm, now gone. I grew up there and went to School #69, Joyce Kilmer. Used to walk there. Thanks for any help. Jerry Dreesen

Thursday, January 21, 2016

658. Northwest Hancock County Anyone?

   If any of your family lines came from the northwest corner of Hancock County, Indiana, and especially from Vernon Township, you just might be a very lucky researcher. Lucky because you can visit the Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library or can access their website.
   The library has tons of local information online (as you can see below) and they have even more at the library itself. I visited Fortville not long ago and dropped in, and I was amazed at all they have for genealogy researchers.
   What interested me as a Marion County resident was the location of Fortville and Vernon Township--right along the county lines of Marion and Hamilton counties. Did our ancestors care about county lines? Not hardly! So maybe lots of folks wandered around these three counties and created records in multiple places. Might be worth checking out...

Sunday, January 17, 2016

657. Finding Your Roots Continues Tuesday

I tend to count how many times the celebrities say "Amazing," when Dr. Gates shows them something new. Maybe they should have a synonym coach.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

656. Ho Hum! Nothing New On The Archives Yet

   Now it is January 2016, well into Indiana's Bicentennial Year. We have over $20 million sitting in an account somewhere, intended for the construction of our new Indiana State Archives. What news do we, the donors of all those dollars, have on just where that building will be? Well, let's see, that would be no news, nada, zilch.
   It will soon be one whole year since the money was appropriated, and it is now less than eleven months until our Bicentennial Day will be history. Is anything happening? Is anybody involved? Do we have any piece of land in mind? Have we let any contracts? Have we selected an architect and a construction company? Does anybody know anything?
   I know Governor Pence has weightier issues on his mind, like regulating the love lives of all those abnormal Hoosiers and shielding all those religious fanatics, but come on, Mike, old boy, let's light a fire under some other people for a change. Let's abandon the rickety shack our records are now in and put them in a first-class facility. Or does the term "first-class" give you the shakes?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

655. Some Happenings at the Carmel Library

[Sue Dillon sent along some info of genealogy events in Carmel. I've been to some of these in the past. You might want to check them out.]

Hello Genealogists,
I hope your holidays were great and you are now spending your evenings sitting in front of the TV working on your family trees on Ancestry.  Winter is a great time for genealogy.  Mark your calendars and plan to take advantage of these opportunities to learn. 
Held on 3rd Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m. in the Training Room, 2nd Floor, Carmel Library.  This is an opportunity to expand your knowledge, ask questions, and network with others
January 19 – “Turner Christian – Building a Case History” – In late November Ancestry shocked the genealogy community when it announced that as of Jan. 1, they would no longer sell Family Tree Maker software.  Thus, I’ve changed the topic of my presentation for the January Forum and will show you how multiple sources were combined in the quest to prove that Turner Christian was my husband’ ggg grandfather. 
February 16  – “Introduction to Genetic Genealogy” presented by Steven Frank.  The program will tell us how to trace your ancestors through genetics (DNA) and will discuss DNA tests that are available through Ancestry and other sources.
Five-week class will be taught on Wednesday mornings in March from 10 -12 a.m.  Dates are March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 in the Training Room, 2nd Floor at Carmel Library.  The class includes how to get started, how to organize your information, what kinds of records are available and how to find them.   Everything builds on the first class so it is important to be able to attend the March 2 session.  A comfort level with computers is recommended.  The course is free but limited to 18 and attendees need to register by calling the reference desk at the library (844-3362).  Taught by Sue Dillon  

Friday, January 8, 2016

653. Interesting Family History Idea: Memory Jars

[Here’s a quirky idea for keeping track of the “little moments” that can help keep track of the accumulated big moments. Dick Eastman has an entry on his blog about this, but you can go direct using the link at the bottom.]
As one year ends and another begins, we look back on last year and try to remember what happened in our lives and in our family. Big things are easy to remember, but over 365 days, 8,760 hours, or 525,600 minutes, a lot happens. Let's start 2016 by making an effort to record those special moments we experience. A great way to do this is with a family memory jar!
What is a family memory jar? It's a glass jar or any container in which you can store family memories. It can be filled with short messages, everyday moments, photos or just about anything you want to preserve. Every item added has meaning for us, and is worthy of preserving and remembering.
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