Wednesday, March 29, 2017

788. Sexson Family Reunion, Garfield Park, 1925

I found this interesting photo in a collection donated to GSMC by Beth Smock of Greenwood. This is her father's family, plus probably some of her mother's Picketts, too. No names listed on anything that we could find. Anyone out there have any knowledge of these folks? Many family members were from Lawrence, Orange, and Monroe counties.
[The photo was damaged in storage and we had to repair it a bit for scanning.]

Monday, March 27, 2017

787. Cemetery Survey With Cheap Drones?

One of the major problems for genealogists is locating graves and sunken headstones in pioneer and abandoned cemeteries way out in the boonies. Why couldn't you hang an infrared camera of some kind on an inexpensive drone, then take it in your car and fly it over a site that looks promising? You could transmit the images to your laptop or download them when you land your drone. The graves should show up very nicely with infrared imagery. Sounds like a good market for a startup, right? C'mon, techies, let's get rolling!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

786. History Comes At Ya Fast!

I found this photo as the back of an old postcard. When did the Claypool get demolished? (I didn't get here until the '70's.)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

785. Interesting Attucks Program At Indy Library

One of the most interesting IPS high schools is the feature at the Central Library Saturday. Talk about a snapshot of Indianapolis history! The Indianapolis Public Library is doing some great stuff these days.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

784. Jennifer Grey On Tonight At 10

Let's hope that Jennifer Grey doesn't spend as much time in political rants as Julie Bowen did last week. It's genealogy, people!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

783. Lotsa Indy Genealogy Choices April 8th.

If you're a seriously all-German researcher, take in the below conference. If you're not, you can attend the IGS Conference at the Indianapolis Public Library the same day. Nice, huh!

Friday, March 10, 2017

782. New Northwest Territory Lineage Society

If you have early ancestry in the Northwest Territory (including Indiana), you may want to check out the new lineage group formed by the Ohio Genealogical Society. You don't have to be an OGS member to belong. It's kind of pricy, but it could be a source of pride for you to prove ancestry this early in this area. Go to and take a look.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

780. Looking Forward To Archivists Conference March 31

I joined SIA a couple of years ago; as a genealogist it seemed like a natural fit. Genealogists and archivists are natural partners in the quest for records preservation and digitization. The agenda looks interesting and the information acquired always helps my groups stay informed. See you there!

Friday, March 3, 2017

779. Hoosier History Live Focuses On Shortridge

Listen in tomorrow at noon as Nelson Price and some good guests discuss the history and programs of IPS Shortridge High School. Follow up by contributing to the GSMC IPS-SIG digitizing project.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

778. New Archivist For Catholic Archives

If you research Catholic families in the central/southern Indiana areas, you will have a new resource person when you visit the Archives on North Illinois Street. Maybe she will be a digitization lobbyist and get some good sources online.