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
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.
President for TIPCOA
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
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