Monday, April 28, 2008

Marion County Society To Discuss Newspaper Research

The Genealogical Society of Marion County will meet on June 14, 2008 at 1:30 pm at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's Irvington branch (5625 E. Washington St., Indianapolis IN). Librarian Darrol Pierson will speak on "Using Newspapers in Family History Research." The meeting is open to the public.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Midwestern Roots Conference in Indianapolis

The Indiana Historical Society is hosting Midwestern Roots 2008: Family History and Genealogy Conference on August 15-16, 2008 at the Indianapolis Marriott East. Featured speakers will include James Madison, Dick Eastman, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, Stephen Morse and Curt Witcher. There will be several pre-conference activities on August 14, including tours of the Indiana Historical Society's William Henry Smith Memorial Library, the Indiana State Library and the Indiana State Archives.

The Indianapolis Marriott East is offering a discounted hotel rate--reservations must be made by July 21, 2008. For more information on the conference (including a full schedule and registration), please visit

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Marion County Historical Society Adds Website

The Marion County Historical Society (P.O. Box 2223, Indianapolis IN 46206) now has a website at The society was originally formed to help recognize and protect historically significant architecture in Indianapolis, but it now also includes programs and activities that explore and preserve local heritage, such as oral history workshops and reprinting of Indianapolis histories.

Monday, April 21, 2008

South Bend Library Hosts Program on Ancestral Homelands

The St. Joseph County Public Library in South Bend, Indiana will host a program, "Where Our Grandparents Walked: Finding Our Ancestral Homelands," on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 9 am. Local residents Carol Collins and Sara Allen will relate how they located their ancestral villages in Ireland and Slovenia, planned successful visits, and found long-lost relatives. They will also give genealogical tips and strategies for identifying your family's origins in Eastern Europe and Ireland. The program is co-sponsored by the South Bend Area Genealogical Society. To pre-register for this program, please call (574) 282-4621.

Query: Bailey of Cass County

Edmond Bailey (born 1859) said his mother and father were from Indiana. In the 1880 census for Cass County, Indiana, there is an O. A. Bailey married to a Mary A. Bailey with a son Edmond who is of the right age to be my Edmond. I am wondering if anybody has any information on this Edmond Bailey or on his father O.A. Bailey. I have been trying to get a handle on this bunch for 10 years with little luck.

Dennis Burchett
5401 W. 6th St.
Greeley, CO 80634

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Query: Fox of Vigo County

Looking for info on my great-great-grandfather, John Frederick Fox, who was born about 1824 in Germany. He was married to Julia (maiden name unknown), and they had sons: John, Jr.; Michael; George, and Christopher. The family lived in or near Riley, Vigo County, Indiana. I have pictures of people I think are the above named, plus others, as well as a picture of the probable homestead, which may still be standing. Any help would be most appreciated.

Donna Mason
5 Rosemary Ln.
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Query: Yoder of Bartholomew County

I am looking for the burial place of my great-great-grandfather, Daniel Yoder. I believe he was born ca. 1780 and died ca. 1864. He is believed to have had two wives, Elizabeth and Ellen. I believe he lived in Bartholomew County, Indiana and had a son, Absolom, born ca. 1800. Any other information would be greatly appreciated.

Linda Blaze
1527 NW 103rd St.
Clive, IA 50325

Query: Stone/Pennington of Lake County

I am trying to find the marriage date and location of my parents, Vernon L. Pennington (of West Virginia) and Shirley Marguerite Stone (of Hammond, Lake County, Indiana). The marriage took place about 1945.

Linda Lee Pennington
8980 Judson St.
Westminster, CO 80031

Query: Bowman/Cook/Goodnoe of Henry and Wayne counties

Seeking information regarding Shepard Bowman, who was born 8 September 1838 in Greensboro, Henry County, Indiana. He married Rhoda Evelyn Cook on 2 May 1861 in Henry County, and then married Jennie Goodnoe on 13 May 1874 in Wayne County, Indiana. When and where did his two wives die? Where were Shepard and his two wives buried?

Gillian Ann Bowman
8401 Old Stage Rd., #55
Central Point, OR 97502

Query: Hall/Retherford of Bartholomew County

Richard E. Hall (born 1801 in Ohio) married Matilda Retherford (born 1798 in Virginia) on 24 December 1843 in Bartholomew County, Indiana. They are on the 1850 census for Sandcreek Township, Bartholomew County, Indiana. Matilda had a previous marriage to Michael William Retherford.

I have only found four children for Matilda and Michael Retherford:
1) Woods Retherford born 1828 in Tennessee
2) Sampson Retherford born June 1831 in Tennessee
3) Melissa Retherford born 1833 in Tennessee
4) Jesse Retherford born 16 February 1836 in Bartholomew County, Indiana

I can't find any death information for Michael Retherford, Matilda Retherford Hall, or Richard E. Hall. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Diane Myers
19314 32nd Ave. NW
Stanwood, WA 98292

Query: Rush/Long of Pulaski County

I am desperately searching for information on this family, who were last known to be in Pulaski County, Indiana:

1) Catherine Seybert Rush--born ?1847?
2) George Seybert Rush--born March 1879
3) Rebecca (Long) Rush (wife of George Seybert Rush)--born 1887
4) Sarah Rush (believed to be the daughter of George Seybert Rush)--born July 1909

I would appreciate any information/records on any and all of these people--they are my great-grandmother, and grandfather, and grandmother and great-aunt, and I have hit a steel wall!

Donna Rush Moore
2101 McCaskey Rd.
Williamston, NC 27892

Query: Bair of Daviess County

I would like to exchange information with anyone who has researched the Bair family in Daviess County, Indiana.

Trecia Northrup
36066 Maple Dr.
North Ridgeville, OH 44039

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Allen County Society To Host Computer Interest Group

The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana will hold a Computer Interest Group on May 21, 2008 in Room A of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There will be a roundtable discussion of problems, surprises or tips for using computers for genealogical research. The public is invited to bring their "How do I..." questions to be answered. The meeting will begin at 7 pm; gathering time begins at 6:30 pm.

Program on Researching At Allen County Public Library

The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana will meet May 14, 2008 in Room A of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Marge Graham will present a program about how to do "local" research on your ancestors without leaving the library's Genealogy Center, as well as when you may need to visit a location and when it may be helpful to hire a professional genealogist. The meeting will begin at 7 pm; gathering time begins at 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Batesville Library To Host Research Lock-In

The Tri-County Genealogical Society, which represents Decatur, Franklin and Ripley counties, is sponsoring a Research Lock-In on Friday, May 16, 2008 from 5 to 11 pm at the Batesville Memorial Public Library in Ripley County. Researchers must be in the library before it closes at 5 pm and may stay until 11 pm.

Society members will be on hand to assist researchers in locating materials. The Batesville library has resources covering Franklin, Decatur, Ripley, and Dearborn counties. Please call ahead to reserve computer time. For more information, contact Marjorie Weiler-Powell--phone (812) 933-0846.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Delaware County Society To Discuss Cemetery Restoration

The Delaware County Historical Society's Pioneer Cemetery Restoration Committee will meet April 17, 2008 at 6:30 pm at the society's Resource Centre (120 E. Washington St., Muncie IN). The committee works on restoring Delaware County's abandoned pioneer cemeteries, including cleaning gravestones, repairing markers and probing for buried gravestones.

This meeting will focus on the restoration of Heath Cemetery in Salem Township, which will take place this summer. The public is welcome to attend. If you would like more information, you may contact the society's president, Jim Lee--phone (765) 282-7315.

Adams County Society To Meet In Decatur Library

The Adams County, Indiana Genealogical Society will meet May 12 at 6:30 pm at the Decatur Public Library. Louise Wolpert will talk about changes in the library's Indiana Room, which houses their genealogy collection. The public is welcome to attend.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Terre Haute Hosts Adoption/Orphanage Records Program

The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society will meet on May 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, Indiana. Jennifer Krockenberger will present a program, "Adoption and Orphanage Records." The public is welcome to attend.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

IGS Announces 2009 Conference

The Indiana Genealogical Society will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special 4-track conference on Saturday, April 25, 2009 in Indianapolis. Pamela K. Porter, C.G., C.G.L., who is the Educations and Publications Director at the National Genealogical Society, will be the featured speaker. The conference theme will be "Honoring Our Warriors: Military Genealogy," and there will be 7 sessions offered on military research, 3 sessions on African-American research, and 3 general sessions. The conference will be held at the Marriott Center East (7202 E. 21st St., Indianapolis IN). Mark your calendars now and plan to attend!