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Southern Indiana Genealogical Society Monthly Program

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.

"How We Changed the Frontier and How The Frontier Changed Us"

Knox County, Indiana, historian Dennis J. Latta will present “How We Changed the Frontier and How The Frontier Changed Us” at the April 7 program of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society. Mr. Latta will address the changing concept of the frontier, beginning with Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 through the 19th century. He will discuss frontier living, hospitality, legends and superstitions.

Mr. Latta is a past president of the Vincennes Historical and Antiquarian Society. He is a former park ranger at George Rogers Clark National Historical Park and director of Grouseland, the William Henry Harrison Mansion and Museum in Vincennes.

Program time is 7 PM in the Strassweg Auditorium of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 W. Spring St., New Albany, Indiana. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~insigs/nextmeet.htm or call Melissa Wiseheart in the library’s Indiana Room at 812-949-3527. SIGS programs are held the first Thursday of each month at the New Albany Library. Programs are open to the public and always feature a genealogical or historical topic. Anyone interested in family history and improving research skills is invited to attend.

Refreshments will be served.


"Hoosier History and Heritage Celebration 2015"

NEW ALBANY, IN (October 2, 2015) – Thirty-six descendants of early settlers of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties were awarded “First Families Bicentennial Legacy Project” certificates and pins at the third annual “Hoosier History and Heritage Celebration” on October 1. New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan officially proclaimed it “First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties in Indiana Day” and October 2015 “Family History Month” in New Albany. He congratulated the honorees for proving their ancestors were settlers in the tri-county area before 1841. Mayor Gahan thanked the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society (SIGS) for bringing attention to the early history and genealogy of the area and encouraged everyone to research and share their family histories.

The Celebration, cosponsored by SIGS and the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library’s Indiana Room, included a pioneer social with frontier-era music, genealogists, historians, re-enactors, and local history and First Families displays. Guest speakers at the certificate presentation were David Barksdale, Dan Bays, and Jeanne Burke, historians for Floyd, Harrison, and Clark Counties.

“First Families” is an official Legacy Project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. The project identifies Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties 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 http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~insigs/FF_2014/sigsFirstFamiliesProj.htm or call Melissa Wiseheart in the library’s Indiana Room at 812-949-3527.

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 on October 1. First Families applications are online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~insigs/FF_2014/ffproject.htm.

For more information, or to request a SIGS volunteer to assist with First Families research, email sigsvolunteer@gmail.com Email SIGS or call Melissa Wiseheart in the library's Indiana Room at 812-949-3527.


Upcoming Meetings Scheduled
Mark Your Calendars

The next "History and Heritage Celebration" will be held in October, 2016 . . . Date, time, and location will be announced later. It isn't too early to start worrking on your applications to be submitted in 2016, All applications must be submitted by August 1st, 2016 to be eligible to receive your certificate at the October 2016 event.

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, email sigsvolunteer@gmail.com or call Melissa Wiseheart in the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library s Indiana Room
at 812-949-3527. Deadline for 2015 submissions is September 1.

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