At the time of this writing, we have had several “really” nice
days. The temperature has been
perfect, the sun has been shining --- “Spring Is Here!”
Ken and I attended the IGS Annual Meeting and Conference this past
weekend. On Friday, I attended the
Society Management part of the weekend held in
. The meeting was held at the
Lawrence County Historical Society. The
building is on the courthouse square and has numerous collections on display,
including bride and groom flees. Yes,
you have to look through a magnifying glass to see this pair of flees. Upstairs they have a very nice
genealogical library including a sitting room where you can take your book and
read. There are the original
skylights in the building and they go to the first floor. How industrious our ancestors were back
in the 1800’s! They knew how to
set those little pieces of glass at angles that would reflect the maximum
amount of light and then put these little squares into a square large enough
to make light in these large rooms on the first floor.
On Saturday, we were at the Monroe County Public Library. We didn’t see much of the library
except for the auditorium and 3 side rooms used for venders and a sitting room
and a classroom. The featured
speaker was D. Josh Taylor and the second tract was Harold Henderson, Lou
Malcomb, and Curt Witcher.
There were several inducted into the Society of Civil War Families of
Indiana and one into the Territorial Guard of Society of Indiana. The one person was very ambitious and
had researched several people in his family.
The IGS Annual Meeting and Conference will be held at
next year on
April 5, 2014
. The Society Management meeting
will be on
April 4, 2014
. Main speaker for next year will
be Mark Lowe with the second tract being Diana Biddle, Tina Lyons, Rachel
Popma, and Dawne Slater-Putt. Mark
your calendars now. I would like
to see a good representation from
and from the North West District. I
will be after everyone.
There were no Service to Local County Awards this year. I will be talking this up with the
whole North West District to look into their respective Societies and see whom
they can honor that has done work and should be recognized for their work. Nominees do not have to be members of
IGS, but the nominations have to be made by IGS members.
Back to our own society – we have projects we are working on,
mainly First Families, and secondly, the writing of your memoirs. As you are going through your
“precious treasures” (a phrase I captured from last weekend) looking at or
for documentation, I am sure you are thinking back at something that happened
with that person or a story about a person that you were told. Just take a few moments and put the
thought down. Then at another time
you can put it into more of a story form.
In closing, I wish everyone good luck on finding something new this
summer that you can share with the group.
We all need to be regenerated and what could regenerate your research
more than finding that new find.
“Happy Hunting” from George Morgan.