Wednesday, April 27, 2016

696. FGS Is Getting Close...In More Than One Way!

I've attended several FGS and NGS Conferences in the past several years, but they are getting repetitive on many topics. If you have never gone to one, though, it's a good experience. Springfield is not far from most Indiana locations, so go and take a look. I figure after the Midwestern Roots Conference in July, I will be set for a while, conference-wise.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

695. Genealogy Roadshow Coming Back May 17

It looks like "Who Do You Think You Are" will get over just in time for the Genealogy Roadshow to
take over. How cool is that!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

694. Preservation Day At The Historical Society Saturday

 Looks like an interesting series of events downtown this weekend. Anyone up for an appraisal?

Friday, April 15, 2016

693. GSMC Bonus Webinar: Sanborn Maps April 20th

The Genealogical Society of Marion County is presenting an extra bonus webinar on Wednesday, April 20th at 2 pm. Feel free to drop by and check out Sanborn Maps.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

692. State Library Has New Book Scanner

   I had a really good experience Tuesday morning down in the Genealogy Division of the State Library. It's nice to be able to give an attaboy to the Genealogy Division, since I have trashed them a number of times in the past.
   The ISL Foundation bought the Genealogy Division a new book scanner for patron use (yes, that's you and me!). The best part is it's free--you can copy pages and pages of your genealogy research onto a flash drive and take it home with you.
   Another excellent experience: I forgot to take a flash drive with me, so they gave me one--for free, also courtesy of the Foundation! I copied about 30 pages or so, including some practice copies, and it worked like a charm. There is a little learning curve, but nothing major. Plan on 5-10 minutes to get the hang of it.
   This is a major step into the 21st century for ISL and I'm glad to see it. We all need to join the Indiana State Library Foundation and toss a few bucks their way. Good changes seem to be happening since they were organized--let's encourage that sort of thing!
   I, for one, look forward to using this new technology numerous times in the future. You should drop in and check it out!

Monday, April 11, 2016

691. New Holocaust Database on

      Genealogy news is usually pretty rare on "mainstream" media, so I was glad to see the below article in the IndyStar on Friday. Another thing that I suspect is true is that many researchers automatically skip over Holocaust records because "I don't have any Jewish ancestry."
      If you take even a cursory look at WW2 history, you soon realize that the Jews were not the only target of the barbaric Nazis. They were also on the lookout for political opponents, Slavs, Gypsies, gays, mentally handicapped and just about anyone who did not fit neatly into Hitler's twisted eugenics concepts. Huge numbers of these groups were sent to concentration or work camps; huge numbers were worked to death by hard labor and minimal food.
      So take a look at the Nazi records just now coming to light and being scanned and indexed. Maybe your folks were in one of these other classifications that were killed.
      As a personal aside, we visited Prague, Czech Republic, a few years ago, and visited the Jewish Quarter (that the Nazis carefully preserved--look that up!), and found a large abandoned synagogue building restored inside and marked from floor to ceiling with the names of Czech residents killed by the Germans. Impressive memorial. We are also going to visit the Holocaust Museum in D. C. this summer--more on that later. [And, no, I don't believe I have any Jewish ancestry.]

Friday, April 8, 2016

690. GSMC Program Saturday On Manuscripts

The GSMC Library is open Saturday, April 9, from 9 to 4. Program at 1:00 pm. C'mon Down!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

689. Did You Have Family On the Frontier?

[For our southern Indiana contingent!]

            Dennis J. Latta, historian for Knox County, Indiana, will present “How We Changed the Frontier and How the Frontier Changed Us” at the April 7 program of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society. Mr. Latta will address the changing concept of the frontier, beginning with Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 through the 19th century. He will discuss frontier living, hospitality, legends and superstitions.
            Mr. Latta is a past president of the Vincennes Historical and Antiquarian Society. He is a former park ranger at George Rogers Clark National Historical Park and director of Grouseland, the William Henry Harrison Mansion and Museum in Vincennes.
            Program time is 7 pm in the Strassweg Auditorium of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 W. Spring St., New Albany, Indiana. Light refreshments will be served.
           For more information, please visit or call Donna Foster at 812-923-3492.
            SIGS hosts a program the first Thursday of each month at 7 PM at the New Albany Library. Programs are open to the public and always feature a genealogical or historical topic. Anyone interested in family history is welcome to attend. 
[MEDIA RELEASE: From Susan Covey, Publicity Chair, Southern Indiana Genealogical Society ]

Sunday, April 3, 2016

688. State Archives Recommendation From 2002!!!

[Ah, yes; 2002--I remember it well! Actually, I barely remember it, I mean, so long ago, so much has happened--well, except for that little matter of building a new State Archives building. That has not happened. Actually, it seems to be really hard, since 2002 was what, 14 years ago? Not one shovelful of dirt has been moved, not one bucket of concrete has been poured. Maybe they are waiting for the right baby to be born, so he or she can grow up, graduate from Purdue with a degree in architecture, and then design a great new building; then they can wait for another baby or two who knows bricklaying, or carpentry, or electricity, or, well, you get the picture. This process has now passed from frustrating to disgusting. I suppose they really are waiting for that tornado to make it all irrelevant. It looks like Indiana really is 51st in the nation in brains, number one in stupidity.]