Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Elkhart County Genealogical Society To Discuss Find A Grave

The Elkhart County Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, September 18 at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church (200 E. Beardsley, Elkhart, IN). Anita Rodgers will present a program on how to use the Find A Grave website and how to contribute information on your ancestors.

This meeting is free and open to the public.

Allen County Genealogical Society To Discuss What's New at Genealogy Center

The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana will meet on Wednesday, September 10 at 7 pm in Meeting Room A of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. Curt Witcher will present a program on what's new at the library's Genealogy Center. This meeting is free and open to the public - gathering time is 6:30 pm and refreshments will be provided.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Elkhart County Genealogical Society To Offer Beginning Genealogy Class

The Elkhart County Genealogical Society is offering a free class on how to begin to research your family history on Saturday, September 20 from 10 am to 3 pm. The class will be held at the Elkhart County Historical Museum in Bristol and participants may bring their own lunch or visit one of the area restaurants. The class will cover basic techniques for researching and genealogy software will be discussed, as well as free online resources. A follow-up class on Saturday, September 27 will focus on solving problems and getting access to fee-based websites.

The class is free but pre-registration is requested - please contact toliatris875@comcast.net.

Board for Certification of Genealogists Offers Free Webinars

The Board for Certification of Genealogists is offering 2 free webinars to help you become a better genealogist:

  • Monday, September 22 - 8 pm Eastern - Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, will discuss “Fine Wine in a New Bottle: Guidelines for Effective Research and Family Histories.” Updated, retitled, and reorganized, the genealogy standards first published in 2000 are now available in a new edition (see http://www.bcgcertification.org/resources/standard.html for more). ThIS webinar will describe the changes and what they mean for all family historians. Dr. Jones teaches at three genealogy institutes, co-edits the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and is the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof.
  • Wednesday, October 15 - 8 pm Eastern - Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL, will explain “Kinship Determination: From Generation to Generation.” Requirement 7 of the BCG certification application asks for a Kinship Determination Project in which the applicant writes a three-generation narrative and explains how the relationships are documented. All genealogists do this regularly while placing relatives with their appropriate connections in the family tree. A familiar speaker at conferences across the country, Russell will coordinate the Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis course at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research in 2015.

To sign up for these webinars, please visit the BCG blog - http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2014/08/bcg-announces-new-webinar-series.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hamilton County Library to Discuss Social Media for Genealogy

The Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville will hold a genealogy roundtable on Tuesday, September 9 from 2:15 to 3:15 pm in the library's genealogy classroom. The group will discuss the use of social media in genealogy research, including Facebook, blogs, message boards, and webinars. You are invited to bring your questions and share your own experiences.

This is an informal discussion group - no registration is required.

Friday, August 29, 2014

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

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

--Alumni of Winchester High School, Randolph County, Indiana (1919-1922)

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

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,338 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.

IGS War of 1812 Match Challenge At 15% of Goal

The Indiana Genealogical Society's match challenge for the digitizing of War of 1812 pension files has now reached 15%. Thanks to all who have contributed so far! 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