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Southern Indiana Genealogical Society Monthly Program

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Newlin Hall at the Floyd County 4-H Fairgrounds, Grantline Road, New Albany, Indiana

“HOOSIER HISTORY AND HERITAGE CELEBRATION”

The annual "Hoosier History and Heritage Celebration" will be held at the Floyd County 4-H Fairgrounds Newlin Hall on October 6 to recognize the newest members of the "First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties Bicentennial Legacy Project" and honor the legacy of the tri-county settlers.

The Corydon Dulcimer Society will entertain at a drop-in pioneer social starting at 5:30 p.m. Living historian Mandy Dick will portray her First Families ancestor Elizabeth Pennington and tell of her kidnap by Indians, rescue, and her contribution to the state constitution. Light refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome to attend dressed as pioneers.

At 7 PM, New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan's proclamation of "First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties in Indiana Day" and October 2016 as "Family History Month" in the city will be unveiled. Certificates will be awarded to the 2016 First Families Honorees with proven direct descent from tri-county settlers in the area before 1841.

The celebration is co-hosted by the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society and the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library's Stuart B. Wrege Indiana Room. For more information about the Celebration of the First Families Project, please visit www.sigsweb.org/firstfamilies/ or call Donna Foster at 812-923-3492.


About "First Families"

“First Families” is an official Legacy Project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. The project identifies Floyd, Clark, and Harrison County pioneers and their direct descendants and preserves those families’ histories. Membership is open to anyone verifying direct descent from a tri-county settler in the area prior to 1841. For more information about the First Families Legacy Project, please visit www.sigsweb.org/firstfamilies/" or call President Donna Foster at 812-923-3492.

SIGS invites individuals to join the First Families Project by verifying direct descent descent from an ancestor living in the tri-county area prior to 1841. Approved applicants will receive First Families certificates and be honored guests at the annual History and Heritage Celebration in October of each year. First Families applications are online at http://www.sigsweb.org/ .

For more information, or to request a SIGS volunteer to assist with First Families research, e-mail SIGSVolunteer@gmail.com or call Donna Foster at 812-923-3492.


First Family Celebration 2017

The next "History and Heritage Celebration" will be held in October, 2017, location to be announced at a later date. It isn't too early to start working on your applications to be submitted in 2017. All applications must be submitted by August 1st, 2017 to be eligible to receive your certificate at the October 2017 event.

Note: The regular program times for our monthly meetings are Thursdays at 7 PM in the Strassweg Auditorium of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 W. Spring St., New Albany, Indiana. The public is invited to attend these monthly meetings.


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Need Help With Your Genealogy?

For assistance with First Families research, e-mail sigsvolunteer@gmail.com or call Donna Foster at 812-923-3492. Deadline for 2017 submissions is August 1.

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