Friday, August 22, 2014

Southern Indiana Genealogical Society To Discuss Civil War Diary

The Southern Indiana Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, September 4 at 7 pm in the Strassweg Auditorium of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library (180 W. Spring St., New Albany, IN). Historian and author Gregg Seidl (pictured) will give a presentation, "The March from the Sea: The Civil War Diary of Robert Armstrong."

Robert Armstrong was from Fredericksburg, Washington County, Indiana and served as a sergeant in the 66th Regiment, Indiana Infantry in the Civil War. He kept a diary during General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Carolina Campaign. Armstrong's diary gives an excellent account of the daily life of a Hoosier soldier in the United States Army during the Civil War.

This program is free and open to the public.

IGS Appoints County Genealogist for Elkhart County

The Indiana Genealogical Society welcomes Mona Gehring as the Indiana County Genealogist for Elkhart County. She was appointed by the IGS board at their August meeting. Mona has been doing her own research for over 25 years, and researching for others for almost 20 years. She is active with the Elkhart County Genealogical Society and volunteered in the Sailor Library for 8 years. She has also written articles for the Elkhart County Genealogical Society's quarterly.

If you have questions about Elkhart County research, please contact her at elkhartcountygenealogist@gmail.com.

About ICG
Indiana County Genealogist (ICG) is a program of the Indiana Genealogical Society. Its goal is to appoint qualified individuals to represent each of the 92 counties in Indiana. The ICG promotes genealogical and historical research and education within the county, is familiar with the genealogical records and repositories in the county, is aware of record retention policies and issues and acts as a resource person for those doing research in the county.

If you would like to apply to be an Indiana County Genealogist for your area, please visit http://www.indgensoc.org/county_genealogists.php

Query: Edward Mericle, Dearborn County

            I’m looking for the Indiana marriage of my great-great grandfather Edward Mericle, ca.. 1845 – 1850. Edward was born c. 1826 in New York.  On the 1850 census, he is shown in Manchester, Dearborn County, Indiana, at age 24, wife Rosetta 23 and daughter Sarah 1. 
            On the 1860 census he’s in Iowa age 33, wife Luzetta 26, Sarah 11, George 8 and William 2.  On 1870 census he’s in Iowa age 43, wife Luzette 42, Sarah J. 20, George W. 18, William 12, Ralph 8 and Ida 4. 
            I’m assuming that Rosetta and Luzette are one in the same individual and that the age in 1860 is incorrect, but I would like to know what Indiana marriages show.  Edward served in the Civil War from Iowa.  From the time he arrived in Iowa, he lived in Appanoose County.   He is buried near the former town of Iconium. 


LeeAnn Wicker
P.O. Box 211
Manson, IA 50563
larryandleann@iowatelecom.net




[EDITOR'S NOTE: The Indiana State Library's pre-1850 Indiana marriage index shows that Edward Mericle and Luzetta Brosher were married August 7, 1847 in Ripley County.]

Thursday, August 21, 2014

IGS Appoints County Genealogist for Dubois County

The Indiana Genealogical Society welcomes Kathy Sparr Mott as the Indiana County Genealogist for Dubois County. She was appointed by the IGS board at their August meeting. Kathy volunteers at the Jasper Public Library, answering patrons' genealogical questions. She also presents genealogy programs at the library. Kathy is a member of the Dubois County Genealogical Society, the Indiana Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society and the Indiana Historical Society.

If you have questions about Dubois County research, please contact her at kmott@coopsone.com.

About ICG
Indiana County Genealogist (ICG) is a program of the Indiana Genealogical Society. Its goal is to appoint qualified individuals to represent each of the 92 counties in Indiana. The ICG promotes genealogical and historical research and education within the county, is familiar with the genealogical records and repositories in the county, is aware of record retention policies and issues and acts as a resource person for those doing research in the county.

If you would like to apply to be an Indiana County Genealogist for your area, please visit http://www.indgensoc.org/county_genealogists.php

Allen County Public Library To Discuss Newspaper Databases

The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne will hold a free class, "Discovering Newspaper Databases," on Wednesday, September 10 from 3 to 4 pm in the library's Meeting Room A. Sara Allen will discuss the various newspaper database subscriptions available to library visitors, including Newspaper Archive and African American Historical Newspapers.

This class is free and open to the public, as part of the library's "Digital Discoveries Series." To register, please call (260) 421-1225 or e-mail genealogy@acpl.info.

IGS Adds Indianapolis Law School Database to Members-Only Area

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a database about an Indianapolis law school to the College Records section of our Members Only area:

--Graduates of Benjamin Harrison Law School, Indianapolis (1930)

NOTE: Benjamin Harrison Law School later became part of Indianapolis University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

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

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,330 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.

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.