Thursday, October 23, 2014

IGS Adds FREE Index of Orange County Wills

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a free index of Orange County wills to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Index to Will Records for Orange County, Indiana (1816-1852)

This is a free database - no membership is required to view it. It was contributed by Randi Richardson.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,386 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.

Southern Indiana Genealogical Society To Hold German Genealogy Workshop

The Southern Indiana Genealogical Society will hold a free workshop on German genealogy research on Thursday, November 6 at 7 pm in the Strassweg Auditorium of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library. Genealogist Joanne Pry Howard (pictured) will suggest strategies for finding a German immigrant’s home village, town or city. Topics to be covered include using family records, passenger lists, naturalization papers, local histories, newspapers, and cemetery records. Ms. Howard has conducted genealogical research in Germany and is the author of "Luther Families of Möhra, Germany.”

For more information, please visit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Query: William Henderson, Indiana Territory

            Does anyone have any data on William Henderson found in the Territorial Papers Vol. VIII 1810-1816 on Page 13.
            I need to know about this family. Thanks.

Roberta Russell

P O Box 794
Kremmling, CO 80459

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LaPorte County Genealogical Society To Discuss Military Symbols on Tombstones

The LaPorte County, Indiana Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday, November 11 at 7 pm at the LaPorte Parks Department Headquarters (250 Pine Lake Ave., LaPorte IN). In honor of Veterans Day, genealogist and author Patricia Gruse Harris will present a program on the various military symbols found in cemeteries and how to obtain information on an ancestor's military service.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

IGS War of 1812 Match Challenge Reaches Goal!

Thank you to all who contributed in our match challenge to help the Federation of Genealogical Societies in their digitizing of War of 1812 pensions! We have reached our goal of $1,816 (in honor of the year of Indiana statehood), so the Indiana Genealogical Society has matched that with another $2,016 (in honor of the year of Indiana's bicentennial). After matches by the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and, that will end up being $30,656.

For many donors, it was personal, including:
--Thomas McKee of Virginia - he donated in honor of his 4th great-grandfather, Robert Haynes, who served as a private in Col. Cheatam's regiment in Tennessee.
--Sheryl (Robertson) Smith of Missouri - she donated in memory of her 4th-great-grandfather, Noah Bridwell.

And then there were donors like DNA blogger Roberta Estes of Michigan, who celebrated being given a "Rockstar Genealogist" award by donating to her home state of Indiana.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dubois County Library To Discuss Periodical Source Index (PERSI)

The Jasper Public Library in Dubois County will hold a free class on using the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) on Thursday, October 23 from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Library Annex. Genealogist Kathy Mott will demonstrate and discuss the various materials that are referenced in the index, and how to access them to further your research.

This class is free and open to all skill levels - registration is required. Register online through the library's calendar of events or contact the library - phone (812) 482-2712.

Allen County Library To Demonstrate Photo Restoration Software

The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne will have a 2-part computer class by Kay Spears on using Adobe Elements software to digitally restore old photographs. Part 1 will be held on Monday, November 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the library's computer classroom; part 2 will be held on Monday, November 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Bring copies of your photos on a USB/flash drive to work on during the classes.

The classes are free but registration is required - to register, e-mail Genealogy@ACPL.Info or phone (260) 421-1225.