Monday, February 29, 2016

674. Doing Girl Scout Genealogy?

Are you the parent of a Girl Scout who wants to add a new badge? Try this class at the Indiana Historical Society on Wednesday evening.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

673. Morgan's Raid Program In New Albany

[I wish New Albany was a little closer to Indianapolis! Any of you out there in the southern parts of Hoosierland may want to drop in on this one, especially any Civil War buffs.]

 “Morgan’s Great Raid Through Indiana”
Thursday, March 3   7:00 PM
New Albany-Floyd County Public Library
180 W. Spring St., New Albany
             Author and historian Michael A. Peake will present “Morgan’s Great Raid Through Indiana” at the March 3 program of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society (SIGS). He will examine General John Hunt Morgan’s forced crossing of the Ohio River at Brandenburg, Kentucky on June 8, 1863, the battle of Corydon the next day, and the long-term impact of the raid on the citizens of Southern Indiana.
            A Corydon resident, Peake is engaged in numerous projects related to Indiana history. He received the 2015 Indiana Historical Society award for his contributions to the field of historical scholarship. He has published several articles and released two books on the 1st German, 32nd Regiment Indiana Infantry. 
            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, please visit or call Melissa Wiseheart in the library’s Indiana Room at 812-949-3527. 
                        SIGS hosts a program the first Thursday of each month at the New Albany Library. Programs always feature a genealogical or historical topic. Anyone who wants to learn about family history and improve genealogy research skills is welcome to attend.   
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From Susan Covey                                                                                            
Publicity Chair
Southern Indiana Genealogical Society

Saturday, February 27, 2016

672. Ever Heard Of Headrights?

This is not too related to Indianapolis, but I thought it was an interesting concept for America. I found it in a newsletter in the State Library collections.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

671. GSMC First Wednesday Webinar March 2

GSMC First Wednesday Webinar

March 2, 2016   2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

GSMC Library 9370 E. Washington St., Indianapolis

“The War of 1812 Records - Preserving the Pensions”
The War of 1812 records contain more than just the Name, Rank, and Serial Number (minimum information required to give in the event of capture) of the veteran. This webinar will focus on the various documents that might be found in the Pension records of The War of 1812 veterans, how they might be used to overcome brick walls in genealogical research, and about the Preserve The Pensions project (

Presenter: Rebecca Koford

Rebecca Whitman Koford holds a Certified Genealogist® credential.  Her focus is in American research with special emphasis in Maryland. She has been interested in genealogy ever since the age of five, when she could read her parents’ collection of old handwritten family group sheets. Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the Maryland State Archives and for groups in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. She is a graduate of the ProGen Study Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills; she was appointed ProGen Administrator in January 2015.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

670. Finding Your Roots Tonight

This evening Dr. Gates will explore the ancestry of Neil Patrick Harris,Gloria Steinem, and Sandra Cisneros. Take your calculator and count how many times the subjects say, "Amazing," or "Incredible." Most genealogists will probably just think, "Well, duh!"

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

669. Freedom Trails Meeting Saturday

[I plan to attend this session on Saturday, Feb. 27. Sounds like an interesting topic. A couple of my folks in eastern Ohio ran a station on the Underground Railroad in the late 1850's. It may have led to Detroit.]

“A Fluid Frontier"
Slavery Resistance And The Underground Railroad In The Detroit River Borderland

Dr. Veta Smith Tucker will speak at the Indiana Freedom Trails
Quarterly Meeting Saturday February 27, 11-1pm (presentation @ 12pm)
Indiana Historical Society 450 W. Ohio (parking off
New York St) Book Signing follows
Free & Open to the public
Veta Smith Tucker is a literary and public historian and an educator. She taught African American literature and African American Studies at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan for two decades and launched the Kutsche Office of Local History at the university in 2009. Her major published works include articles on enslaved black women, on forgotten nineteenth-century African American author Julia Collins, on historical fiction by contemporary African American women, and A Twenty-First Century History of the 1847 Kentucky Raid in Cass County, Michigan (2010).