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