Message from the President

November 2014 



Greetings to my fellow genealogists,

I want to thank everyone for the support and putting up with me for past two terms of presidency. 

I will admit there were times when I was not completely prepared and you still put up with me.

I do believe we have had fun and need to do a "true" road trip again, but not on my watch.  I am referring to the overnight trip to Ohio .  The day trip to Danville,IL to the Illiana Library was a great success also.


I have put challenges to you, some were completed and I hope someday the rest of you will see the need to complete them also.


I have several projects started and hope to be able to concentrate on getting them completed in the next couple years.  Some projects will be shared with IGS to put on the website.

I have found I have a Revolutionary soldier in my direct lineage and have been trying to research this man.  This is not the easiest project I have come across.  Believe me, I will say doing the Indiana Territorial Guard Society papers were easier.  If you do not have people here in Indiana at the time needed for the Territorial Guard look at where your people came there something there that you could do for recognition of these ancestors?  It is worth looking into.  Jackson County Indiana has a Pioneer Society check the counties of your ancestors in other states.  There could be my last challenge: Is there a Pioneer Society in the county your people were from?  Check into this and I will be asking in December where you have found something.


Next year, on April 25th, 2015 , the IGS Annual Meeting & Conference will be held at Indiana State University in Terre Haute .  It has been my dream to have the largest group at one of these meetings. 

I am still on the Board of Directors of IGS and will be preaching and promoting this to be something to experience.  The speaker will be Judy G. Russell and her topics are "Your First Trip to the Courthouse", "Disabled or Deceased in the Line of Duty", "Staying Out of Trouble: The Rights and Responsibilities of Today's Genealogist", and "Rogues, Rascals and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep".  There is a second set of speakers and topics you can choose from also.  This is an inexpensive conference that should be taken advantage of.  Go to and take a look.


Well, as I sit here working on this last president's page, fall has arrived, time has changed, and we have voted.  What is next?  Oh, yes, Old Man Winter.  That is when we all snuggle down and get caught up, read up on new genealogical progress, and share with the family all of our findings.  Even though they may not act as excited as you are believe me there will be a time when they will asked something about one of the ancestors.  The family listens with a glazed look but sometime later there is a question and you have the answer and they know you do.


Thank you again for all of your support.  Your new president will be taking over soon give her the support she needs also.


Happy Holidays to all of you. 

Happy Hunting!


Barbara Kirkpatrick

TIPCOA President

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Recent news;  L.A. Clugh has been appointed by the Indiana Genealogy Society as the Tippecanoe County Genealogist. (IGC) They are individuals who will help you answer questions about research in their own County. 2011

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