We are into spring with summer right around the corner and the itch to hit the road and do research is
getting stronger. Usually my trips are centered around courthouses and cemeteries but this year my great aunt has
agreed to let me go through the trunks that has all the old family records and photographs, many over 100 years
old. No one has seen the contents since my great grandparents were alive so I feel very honored and excited to
have this opportunity. I am hoping this will hold the clues to breaking through brick walls and locating burial
sights of lost ancestors.
Thank you to all the members that have helped clean and organize the poor farm records from the 1830's
through the 1850's. We have completed the 4 dedicated meetings. As the records were being cleaned they were
also being indexed. When the indexing is finished we will have another source for finding long forgotten or lost
people to share should have when this is done the project can be expanded to include later years. Thanks to
Marsha Selmer and L.A. Clugh for keeping us on track.
This year the Indiana Genealogical Society seminar and conference was in Fort Wayne. A few of the topics
were online family trees, paperless genealogy, and preserving your personal archive. At the end of the day on
Friday we were given the interesting opportunity to tour behind the scenes of the Genealogy Center at the Allen
County Library. This included the process of accepting donations and how they are classified. I particularly
enjoyed seeing the area in the library basement where FamilySearch.org and
Archives.org have stations with new scanners where they are copying the books from the library so they can be put online for the public to read and use
for research. The process to scan and get a book online takes only one day.
The program for May is about connecting with distant relatives thru DNA. We will be watching a video
Getting started in Genetic Genealogy that simplifies the understanding of DNA and then connecting with people
with whom you have a partial match. This helps to break through brick walls.
For the June meeting, I am waiting to hear about a possible tour of the special collections section at Purdue
University. If this does not workout we will have a brick wall roundtable. Will have an update at our next
FROM THE PRESIDENT
We are off to a good start for the first part of this
year. Our first work session at TCHA library was a success; more than 20
people came to help with sorting the documents, learning how to clean and
repair old documents, and learning some names of some of the forgotten lives
from pre 1850 Tippecanoe County. I hope we continue with the good turnout
for future sessions at TCHA.
April 25th was the IGS Convention and TIPCOA was awarded a
grant of $500.00 towards supplies to properly clean, repair, store and index
some of the oldest records from the Tippecanoe Courthouse. These records
have not been viewed by anyone for over 150 years. In many instances other
county's records such as these did not survive and the people and their
names contained in those records have been lost forever. We are fortunate to
have the chance to make these forgotten people known for those who are
searching for them now and in the future.
The speaker at the IGS convention this year was Judy
Russell (The Legal Genealogist.) Judyís presentations are very informative
and entertaining and I wasnít ready for them to end. I learned quite a lot
from her and the TIPCOA board is looking into the possibility of showing you
one of her webinars.
The seminar and the conference were very well organized.
We were able to walk from our hotel to the Terre Haute Library which has a
very good genealogy department. L.A. was able to find information on her
family. We were also able to walk to restaurants and cafes for meals. If you
have any ancestors that were in Vigo County and you havenít been there on
a research trip, I highly recommend you go.
We are planning a trip to the Indiana Historical Library
and the Indiana State Library for July. These two libraries are across the
street from each other so you will be able to spend time in each or just
one. I will find out what each library has in their collections and let you
know before we go. We have also been looking into the State Archives as a
possible future trip. Will keep you informed.
The 2016-2017 budgets has been signed into law and though
funding for the Indiana State Library was put back in the amount was not as
much as it has been in years past. So I expect there to be a few changes due
to the smaller amount but I have not been able to find any information as to
how this will affect the library.
2015, it is now the beginning of February and spring is just a little over a
month away. It is time to shed the
winter blahs and get involved breaking down your brick walls or find new
information on your family.
The new TIPCOA
board members met in the middle of January and have planned several
presentations which we think you will enjoy.
We also discussed TIPCOA taking on a new project which will take three
to four meetings over the course of a year to complete. If it is successful we can continue it
further. More information will be
available at the February meeting.
Please think of
which cemetery you would like to tour this August and if you would like to
take a research trip in July and if so, where.
Your input is important and I will be asking you for your thoughts at
House Bill 1001 has been
proposed to cut 24% from the State funding to The Indiana State Library and to
eliminate the Genealogy Department altogether.
State budget director said that the libraries services are the same
that would be offered through Ancestry.com.
Please write, call, or email your state representative to vote against
this bill. If it passes, Indiana
will lose a great asset and all residents and everyone with ties to
Indianaís past will lose.
The Indiana Genealogical
Society's annual conference will be held on Saturday,
April 25, 2015 at University Hall on the campus of Indiana
State University (401 N. Seventh St.) in Terre Haute, Indiana. The featured
speaker will be Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, of The Legal Genealogist. The local host will be
the Wabash Valley Genealogy
DEADLINE: The deadline
to register online is Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 11:59 pm Eastern. After
that, you can only register at the door ($50 per person). If you want to
purchase a membership before registering for the conference, you must do so
before Monday, April 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm Eastern, to give us enough time to
e-mail you the login information you will need to get the member rate. REGISTRATION:
Register online for the conference using the form below or print out and
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