Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Indiana State Library To Hold Genealogy and Local History Fair

The Indiana State Library in Indianapolis will hold their annual Genealogy and Local History Fair on Saturday, October 25 from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Admission is free and open to the general public. This year’s theme is "Haunted and Historic Indiana."

There will be more than 30 organizations and exhibitors will be in attendance - you can visit the tables in the "midway" to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations and Indiana public libraries, and shop the commercial vendors.

There will also be presentations. Presenters will include writer and blogger Joy Neighbors, who will be giving two presentations: “A Grave Interest” focuses on the treasure trove of genealogical records than can be found in cemeteries; “Reading Symbols” discusses the various symbols and images on gravestones and their meaning.

Ghost hunter Tim Poynter and local historian Al Hunter will be presenting the findings of their yearlong investigation of possible ghost sightings at the Indiana State Library. Steve Schmidt from the Indiana State Library will give a brief history of the library and surrounding property and introduce the ghost hunters.

Parking will be available free of charge at a surface lot close to the state house. The address for the lot is 220 N. Capitol Avenue. The entrance to the parking lot is off of New York Street. If you would like to park closer to the library, there are a few metered parking spots.

Complementary donuts, bagels, muffins, tea and coffee will be served in the morning (first come first serve) courtesy of CJ’s Sweets Creation and Catering. CJ’s will also have lunch items for purchase. At the end of the program, door prizes will be raffled off.

IGS Adds 36 Digital Files of Hendricks County Probate Records

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added 36 more digitized files of Hendricks County probate records to our website. The newest files span 1836 through 1890 and cover these surnames:

TONEY, TOUT, TOWNSEND, TRIGGS, TROTTER, TURNER, VAUGHAN, VEACH, VEATCH, VERBRIKE, WALKER, WATERS, WATKINS, WATSON, WELLS, WENDELL, WEST, WHICKER and WHIPPO

There are now 960 Hendricks County probate records online. These files are free to the public and are part of our Records Preservation Project.

We are more than 95% finished with the unfolding and organizing of the probate records, which is the first step to them being digitized.

IGS Adds Gibson County 1860 Mortality Schedule Index to Members-Only Area

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added an index of the 1860 Gibson County mortality schedule to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Index to Mortality Schedule for Gibson County, Indiana (1860)

Mortality schedules were special schedules to the federal census that were taken in 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. The 1860 mortality schedule listed those who had died between 1 June 1859 and 31 May 1860.

This is a premium database, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,331 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

IGS Issues Match Challenge for War of 1812 Pensions

In honor of 1816 (the year of Indiana statehood), the Indiana Genealogical Society is seeking a total of $1,816 in donations to help the Federation of Genealogical Societies in its project to digitize the pension files of War of 1812 veterans. If donations total $1,816, IGS will match that with another $2,016 (in honor of Indiana's upcoming bicentennial). And because of the matching programs from other organizations, that $3,832 total will grow to so much more:

--The Illinois State Genealogical Society will donate $3,832, for a total of $7,664
--The Federation of Genealogical Societies will donate $7,664, for a total of $15,328
--Ancestry.com will donate $15,328, for a total of $30,656

Even a $5 donation is enough to digitize 10 pages!

The digitizing of the War of 1812 pension files is about 20% complete - there are already 188 files of Indiana veterans online, representing those whose surnames begin with the letters A through H. Because pension applications required proof of certain events, the pension files are often filled with original family documents, including Bible records.

HOW TO DONATE:
Donate online through the IGS website, or mail your check (please indicate "War of 1812 donation" in the memo line) to:

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

Monday, August 18, 2014

IGS Adds 12 Digital Files of Hendricks County Probate Records

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added 12 more digitized files of Hendricks County probate records to our website. The newest files span 1828 through 1897 and cover these surnames:

TINCHER, TINDER, TINSLEY and TONEY

There are now 924 Hendricks County probate records online. These files are free to the public and are part of our Records Preservation Project.

We are more than 95% finished with the unfolding and organizing of the probate records, which is the prelude to them being digitized.

IGS Adds DeKalb County School Records Database to Members-Only Area

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a database about a DeKalb County school to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Students of Butler High School, DeKalb County, Indiana (1923)

This is a premium database, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,329 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Query: Albert B. Traeder, Lake County

Hi, Would you point me in the direction of a person that can be hired to do some research for me of Lake Co Records...Here is what I am looking for: 

                I am looking for the parents and siblings and/or any other information available from Lake County, Indiana, records of a person named Albert B. Traeder,  b 29 Nov 1849, Germany,  d Aug 15 1884, Lemars, Iowa.  He was married Jul 11 1876,  in Cook County, Illinois. (those records are online) to Bertha Marie Woodke,  b 7 Feb 1852, Prussia. He immigrated 1886 and d 13 Dec 1932, Odebolt, Sac County,  Iowa.       
                Bertha immigrated w/parents & siblings. She is the daughter of a Lake Co. settler/farmer John Woodke and Johanna/Hannah (nee Karl) Woodke. They had 8 children. She was child #3.  All children, in order:  William Frederick Woodke b1847, Henrietta Caroline b1849, Bertha Marie b1852, Otto William b1854, Charles John b1856, Herman Christian b1858, August Daniel b1861, Franz Frederick died as infant.
                There have been book bios written on members of the Woodke family, which is nice but I have found NOTHING on Albert B Traeder, husband of Bertha W.   Of course there were other Albert Traeder's living at that time but none with the same birth year.
                I believe he must have lived in Lake County at some point in order to have met Bertha. If I hire someone to help and that person does not find anything, I'll probably have to hire someone to search Cook Co. records.
                I've written this quickly and probably left something out.  The tree is assembled and located on FamilySearch.org.  See profile #LW8Q-PXD  Bertha Marie Woodke  1852-1932. Thank you 

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