Monday, September 29, 2014

October 2014 Issue of IGS Newsletter Added To Members-Only Area

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added the October 2014 issue of IGS Newsletter, the society's bi-monthly newsletter for IGS members, to the Members Only area. IGS members must login to the IGS Records section to get their copy.

This issue has the details of our 2015 conference in Terre Haute featuring The Legal Genealogist, and an update about the progress of our match challenge to digitize War of 1812 pensions. There are also genealogy news items from around the state, including the discovery of a water leak in the Owen County Archives.

The newsletter is available for download in its regular size, as well as in a compressed version which downloads faster on slower Internet connections.

The newsletter is a premium database, accessible only to IGS members.

Dubois County Library To Hold Genealogy Class

The Jasper Public Library in Dubois County will hold a free genealogy class, "Genealogy Is Not Just A List of Dead People," on Thursday, October 2 from 6 to 7:30 pm in the library's genealogy room. Genealogist Kathy Mott will discuss how to go beyond just identifying our ancestors to learning about the details of their lives.

The class is free and open to all skill levels, but beginners are especially encouraged, as there will be time available after the class to get assistance with individual research. Registration is required. Register through the library's calendar of events on their website ( or by calling (812) 482-2712.

IGS War of 1812 Match Challenge Is Halfway to Goal

The Indiana Genealogical Society's match challenge for the digitizing of War of 1812 pension files is at 55% and rising. Thank you to all who are contributing, including the Starke County Genealogical Society of Indiana.

This match challenge seeks to raise $1,816 in donations (in honor of 1816, the year of Indiana statehood) - when we reach $1,816, IGS will match that with another $2,016 (in honor of the year of Indiana's bicentennial). Thanks to the participation of other organizations, that $3,832 will end up being $30,656 - enough to digitize some 60,000 pages of documents.

Donate online through the IGS website, or mail your check payable to Indiana Genealogical Society (please indicate "War of 1812 donation" in the memo line) to:

Indiana Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10507
Fort Wayne, IN 46852-0507

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Allen County Public Library To Discuss Genealogy Research in Great Lakes States

The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne will hold a free class on how to research in the Great Lakes states on Sunday, October 19 from 1 to 2 pm in the library's Meeting Room A. Curt Witcher will discuss how to find records in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

This class is free - please register by calling (260) 421-1225 or e-mailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Query: Thomas Aubrey, Hendricks/Putnam Counties

      I am currently trying to apply to the Sons of the American Revolution, but I am unable to find the birth data on my grandfather Thomas Aubrey, supposedly born 1 Mar 1876 in Coatesville,(Hendricks County), IN.
      I also need to find out who his Father and Mother were and where they were born. This information should be on his birth certificate.[Ed. Note: Birth certificates began in 1882 in Indiana.]
      I know he married Minnie Stewart 31 Aug 1899, but in Putnam County, IN.

Kenneth L. Aubrey
137 Valencia Lakes Dr.
Venice, FL 34292

Query: Fred Graham, Warrick County

          I am writing to see if you may be able to help me find information on my grandfather, Fred Graham. I recently found out that he was born in Boonville, (Warrick County) Indiana, in 1887. In 1910 he was living in Lindsay, CA, and he married my grandmother, Mayme Clara Anderson, in 1914 in Oakland, CA. That is about all I know about him.
          I am sorry to say that I do not know his parent’s names, but I do know that they were both from Indiana. My brother and I are trying to trace Fred's roots, and we thought that a researcher in Indiana might have a better chance of finding information on him for us.
          Many thanks for your time.

Jessica Nava
1353 Shippee Lane
Ojai, CA 93023

Allen County Public Library To Discuss Ohio Genealogy Research

The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne will hold a free class on how to research Ohio genealogy on Friday, October 24 from 10 am to 11 pm in the library's Meeting Room A. Dawne Slater-Putt will give an overview of doing genealogical research in Ohio, including records, repositories, societies and Internet resources.

This class is free - please register by calling (260) 421-1225 or e-mailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info.