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Southern Indiana Genealogical Society Monthly Program

Date: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.


Genealogist Vicky Zuverink will present “Lineage Societies – Does Your Ancestor Make You Eligible?” at the July 7 program of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society. She will speak about the goals, projects, and membership requirements of several hereditary societies including the Daughters of the American Revolution. Ms. Zuverink is an Honorary State Regent of Indiana DAR and past-regent of the Piankeshaw Chapter. She will be assisted by Kathy Kessinger, Piankeshaw Chapter vice-regent. Both ladies are members of several lineage societies and can guide individuals in contacting groups of interest.

Floyd County Bicentennial Coordinator Melissa Wiseheart will announce local Bicentennial events including the torch relay, the “First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties Legacy Project" and other events. A meet and mingle with light refreshments begins at 6:45 PM with the program at 7 PM in the Strassweg Auditorium of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 W. Spring St., New Albany, Indiana.

For more information, please visit or call Donna Foster at 812-923-3492.

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.

"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 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

For more information, or to request a SIGS volunteer to assist with First Families research, email Email SIGS or call Donna Foster at 812-923-3492.

Upcoming Meetings Scheduled
Mark Your Calendars

The next "History and Heritage Celebration" will be held in October, 2016 at the Floyd County 4-H Fairgrounds on Green Valley Road. . . . Date and time 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 or call Donna Foster at 812-923-3492. Deadline for 2015 submissions is September 1.

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