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.
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.
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
With a bigger pool of DNA files, the chances increase for finding more
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.
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.
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
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.
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.) 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.
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
Indiana’s 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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