Thursday, April 27, 2017

801. Cyndi Ingle Talks Preserving Your Research May 3

Join the GSMC to learn how to make sure your research is safeguarded. Don't let it disappear!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

800. Lilly Archives Reorganized, But No Public Access

I attended this session at the Society of Indiana Archivists' Conference in Muncie not long ago. Seems like a lot of work to go through to have it just sit there gathering dust. Would be nice if folks who have Lilly employees in their family could go in and research them a bit. Sigh!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

799. New Genealogy Classes In Noblesville

Nancy Massey has announced their genealogy programs and class schedule for May and June.  To see the schedule and register for the classes, go to their online calendar at (enter “genealogy” in the “search” box) or you may register by calling the Indiana Room at the library at 317 770-3236. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

798. GSMC Goes Topical With IPS Workshop

[The Indianapolis Public Schools are holding meetings this week about closing more schools. Come on down Saturday and see how all that came about. I'm looking forward to presenting this session!]

Friday, April 14, 2017

797. Have We Seen This IPS Move Before?

[I was hired by IPS in 1974, and, between then and my retirement in 2002, my Educational Supply Department assisted in the closing of at least 60 IPS schools. As you can see below, they are still at it. We can only hope that the school records do not disappear as they have for so many of the others. I for one intend to keep on the IPS administration about that very issue. Please join me.]

Media Advisory

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Media Contact
Carrie Cline Black
Media Relations Coordinator

Indianapolis Public Schools Releases Taskforce Report Recommending High School Closings

(April 14, 2017)-The Facilities Utilization Taskforce has released a comprehensive report to analyze and make recommendations on IPS facilities.  Most of the district's seven high schools are at less than 50 percent capacity. The taskforce, convened in September 2016, is comprised of eight internal and eight external members with a combined 220+ years of relevant experience.  This report reflects their thoughtful and careful consideration after analyzing several factors. Moving forward, the district's goal is to create the best learning environment for students, maximize operational efficiency and invest as much money as possible back into the classroom. 

Factors considered by the taskforce include, but are not limited to:
  • Academic Models
  • Building Utilization Rates
  • Utility and Operational Costs
  • Transportation Costs and Length of Bus Routes

The taskforce will present their complete report at the Board of School Commissioners Work Session on Tuesday, April 18 at 6pm at Thomas D. Gregg School 15 located at 2302 E. Michigan St. Indianapolis, IN 46201.  This meeting is open to the public and members of the community can make public comment.

IPS will also spend the next several months gathering input and feedback before making a decision on school closure.  This detailed process includes a series of community meetings to listen to public comments and concerns.  That feedback will be considered as part of the final recommendation to the Board that is scheduled for action in September 2017.

The community meetings will take place:

Wednesday, April 26
Glendale Library
6101 N. Keystone Ave.
Indianapolis, IN  46220
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Monday, May 1
Ivy Tech Culinary Center
2820 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Thursday, May 11
Zion Hope Baptist Church
5950 E 46th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46226
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Monday, May 15
Haughville Library
2121 W. Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN  46222
6:00 - 8:00 pm

For more information or interviews, contact Carrie Cline Black, Media Relations Coordinator, at 317-605-3797. For a full copy of the report, go to


Thursday, April 13, 2017

796. Genealogist Helps Catch Some Criminal Activity

[Saw this interesting article on a CBS news feed. Another one for the Genealogy Detectives team.]

                LANSDALE, Penn. -- The feds say a Pennsylvania man has been using a dead boy’s identity for more than 21 years, CBS Philly reports. Authorities got involved after a relative of the deceased used to put her family tree together.

                A woman was getting information on Ancestry last year and her nephew Nathan Laskoski popped up. She saw that he got married and he moved around the country -- from Texas to Mississippi to Tennessee and eventually to Pennsylvania. But the problem is Laskoski died in 1972 when he was two months old.

                Authorities say 44-year-old Jon Vincent escaped back in 1996 from a halfway house in Texas, and went to a cemetery to find someone born around the same time that he was.

                Prosecutors say he picked Laskoski and found his birth certificate, which he used to get a social security number. Authorities say that started 20-plus years of jobs, bank accounts, loans, marriage and divorce as Nathan Laskoski.

                Vincent faces identity theft and Social Security fraud charges. If convicted he’s looking at fines of up to half a million dollars and jail time.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

795. Another Indiana Legislator Exhausted From Creative Idiocy

They think that not only should we pay workers to show up, but now we should pay them extra to work. But, hey, whatever, you can only drink so much coffee, right?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

794. Reminder On IPS Files: We Need Em! Yes We Do!

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

Sunday, April 9, 2017

793. Decatur Township Elementary? Mid-40's?

The Genealogical Society of Marion County discovered this classroom photo inserted in a 1951 Decatur Central High School yearbook donated to them. It looks like a 4th or 5th grade class. If the yearbook belonged to a '51 DCHS grad of the 12th grade, it might be a 1943-44 class. Anyone have any ideas?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

792. Honoring Howard Druly O'Neill, Great-Uncle, WW1

My grandmother's brother, known as Druly, is the tall guy in the back row, second from left. The 19th was a railroad regiment, and Druly worked on rolling stock at the Nevers Depot. He is buried in the Little Rock National Cemetery, Arkansas.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

791. April Classes At Noblesville Library

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  Noblesville Library  Genealogy Classroom 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Noblesville Library Computer Training Lab

Registration is open

This "hands on" class will offer a demonstration exploring how to effectively search, one of our subscription databases. We will also explore five free genealogy websites: Familysearch, Findagrave, Rootsweb, US GenWeb, and Cyndi's List. Participants are encouraged to bring family information as there will be time after the demonstration to research ancestors. Each participant will have access to a computer. Basic computer skills are necessary to fully enjoy this workshop. Registration is required.

Event Type(s): Genealogy Classes  Presenter: Nancy Massey

Monday, April 3, 2017

790. Where Is the IPS Archives Room?

    About a year ago, the Genealogical Society of Marion County approved an "IPS-SIG Project" to collect and digitize both student and staff records of the Indianapolis Public Schools. We have had some success in doing this project (Disclaimer: I proposed this project and serve as the Chair.), but the project success is mostly in spite of IPS and not because of it.
    You would think that a public entity whose main reason for existence is education would be more concerned about documents and history. If you think so, you are sadly mistaken. With a few exceptions, finding and getting access to any IPS records is like getting a tooth pulled without Novocain.
   For one thing there is not any central IPS location for their records. There is a little dab here and a little pile there, but mostly very little of anything. Many records that I know from personal experience (I am a retired IPS supervisor.) existed in the not too distant past are nowhere to be found today. My nightmare is that they wound up in a dumpster at the order of a careless administrator.
   During my tenure at IPS from 1973 to 2002, my department participated in the closing of somewhere between 50 and 60 schools, following the Desegregation suit--thank you very much, Federal government! (And, yes, that was sarcasm)
   Try to find any records from those buildings today; if you find any, I'll take my hat off to you. And even more rare is finding a current IPS staff member who cares one way or the other.
    The folks who care the most are a handful of school alumni who have made an effort to gather some student and staff materials and keep them available. We (GSMC) have had great experiences with School 21 and Manual High School, so far, and hope to find other islands of hope.
    What all of us need is an IPS Archive, that could stem the practice of shuffling materials around like unwanted stepchildren.