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 Ancestry.com, 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.

IGS Adds 44 Digital Files of Hendricks County Probate Records

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added 44 more digitized files of Hendricks County probate records to our website. The newest files span 1826 through 1896 and cover these surnames:


There are now 1,004 digital files of 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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lake County Library To Host Session on Immigration Records

The Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday, November 14 at 10 am at the Crown Point Public Library (122 N. Main St., Crown Point IN). Juliana Szucs Smith will present a program on passenger arrival records and border crossings, discussing ways to find your ancestors when they came to America.

This meeting is free and open to the public.

Friday, October 17, 2014

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

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

--Index to Mortality Schedule for Decatur 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 1,385 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.