Thursday, January 22, 2015

Proposed Elimination of Genealogy at the Indiana State Library


Indiana House Bill 1001 – the State Budget Bill  – includes a proposed 24% cut in funding to the Indiana State Library. According to State Librarian Jacob Speer, the proposal includes elimination of the Genealogy Department at the State Library and a 10% reduction in ISL staff.

As Speer points out, the Genealogy Department at the Indiana State Library has more than 100,000 items devoted to Indiana, states from which Hoosiers came, as well as some foreign countries.

Many of these holdings are not duplicated at the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana State Archives, or the Indiana Historical Bureau. In addition, the Indiana State Library serves as the "genealogy destination" for patrons of the Indianapolis Public Library (IPL), as IPL made the decision not to have their own genealogy collection.

Almost half (49%) of the reference questions that come to the Indiana State Library are for research from the Genealogy collection. It isn't hard to imagine an increase in the number of people who will be researching their Indiana heritage and local history as we approach the State's bicentennial next year, especially with the state's plans to attract people to "come home to Indiana."

We encourage Indiana residents to contact their state legislators and members of the House Ways and Means Committee and weigh in on this important issue. You can locate contact information for your state legislators here and the House Ways and Means Committee here.

People outside of Indiana can contact Rep. Timothy Brown, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. Those dollars that you spend in the state while you're researching at the Indiana State Library add up. 

You can find State Librarian Speer's analysis here.

You can find the full State Budget Report here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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

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

--Index to Mortality Schedule for Parke 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 1,437 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

IGS Adds Indiana Boys' School Database to Members-Only Area

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a database about inmates released from the Indiana Boys' School to the Statewide Records section of our Members Only area:

--Inmates Released From Indiana Boys' School, Plainfield, Indiana (1880-1882)

NOTE: The Indiana Boys' School was a state correctional institution established in Plainfield, Hendricks County, Indiana in 1867 to reform male juvenile offenders.

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

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,438 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.


Monday, January 12, 2015

IGS Adds 2 Wabash County School Records Databases to Members-Only Area

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added 2 databases about a Wabash County school to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Students of Wabash High School, Wabash County, Indiana (1929)
--Teachers of Wabash High School, Wabash County, Indiana (1929)

These are premium databases, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,436 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.


Terre Haute Library To Host Free Intro to Genealogy Workshop

The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society will hold a free introduction to genealogy workshop on Saturday, January 24 from 1:30 to 3 pm at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute. Participants will be introduced to genealogy by Loran Braught, founder of the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society, and David Bonnett, longtime leader of the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society. They will give suggestions on how to get started researching and documenting your family history, how to gather information and how to avoid common pitfalls. You are encouraged to ask questions.

This workshop is free and open to the public - if the library is closed due to bad weather, the workshop will be rescheduled to Saturday, January 31 from 10:30 am to noon. For more information, call (765) 569-5935.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Marshall County Genealogical Society To Meet At Historical Museum

The Marshall County Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday, January 20 at 6:30 pm in the conference room of the Marshall County Historical Society Museum in Plymouth. Karen Rettinger will lead a discussion of her research into the real-life residents that were characterized in The Queen of the Huckleberry Marsh, a book published by Adelbert Knott back in 1879.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Friday, January 9, 2015

IGS Adds Presbyterian Church Records Database to Members-Only Area

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a database about the Presbyterian Church to the Statewide Records section of our Members Only area:

--Ministers of Presbyterian Church in Indiana (1885)

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

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,434 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.