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Message from the President

August 2016 



For the 40 years I have been researching my families using the standard methods of finding vital records, walking cemeteries, poring over census reports and other written records. This has gotten me quite far in my research but in all of my lines eventually I reached a point where records could not be found, or are nonexistent or there are too many families with the same name in the same location with no clear path to follow.

I could not go back further without some kind of help.  So two years ago I took the plunge and decided it was time to explore the science of genetic genealogy and ordered a DNA kit through 23andMe.  I was hoping this would connect me with other researchers with which I could share and exchange information.  Until a few months ago, those I connected with had their own brick walls that fell short of mine so I was sharing information but not learning anything new. There were also a few matches that we couldn’t figure out how we were connected.

A few weeks ago I decided to take my DNA file and put it on GEDmatch, a third party website that accepts files from the three most commonly used DNA companies.  With a bigger pool of DNA files, the chances increase for finding more matches.  This turned out to be a very good decision.  In just a few weeks I have had contacts from distant cousins and been able to break through several brick walls and connect a few family members to well researched families that have taken me further back several generations.  I am dancing the happy dance.

Having had more success going this route I decided to test with the other two companies FamilyTreeDNA and AncestryDNA to increase my chances with those who have not uploaded their file to GEDmatch.

These new DNA third party websites have tools the original DNA websites either do not have or are difficult to navigate making it easier to compare chromosome segments and contacting the DNA file administrator.  A copy of your gedcom file can also be uploaded and is much easier to navigate individual and pedigree files.  Gedcom files can also be compared with multiple files at the same time or you can easily find your matches that have also uploaded a gedcom

After a slow start this is turning into a positive experience for me and I am now able to take some of my families back one or more generations.  I recommend testing your DNA, you never know, those brick walls may crumble if you do.


President Billie Seaton


May 2015 



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.) Judy’s presentations are very informative and entertaining and I wasn’t 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 haven’t 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.

President Billie Seaton



February 2015 

Greetings TIPCOA Members,

Welcome to 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 the meeting.


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  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 Indiana’s past will lose.


President Billie Seaton Our new email.



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 Society.

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 mail in the  Registration Form.


Meetings coming upConnect to us on Facebook for your reminder of events.  Our meetings are at 7:00 p.m. and held at the Bethany Presbyterian Church, 3305 Longlois Dr, Lafayette, IN 47904 A map is on our webpage.

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

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