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Volume XXI, Number 2
December 1997


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Corrections - Once a mistake is made it is difficult to correct. The outside cover of the September issue continued the mistake from the previous issue. (The September issue was volume 21 # 1, and this issue, December 1997, is volume 21 #2) I hope that it is correct this issue. Also, apologies to Robert Allen Plane (September 1997 issue page 22) who is still alive and well. The date of death belongs to Allen George Plane (May 11, 1903 - Feb 21, 1970). This has been a challenging year at Willard Library. All summer the air conditioning system continued to break down. The last I heard was that it would be fixed by October.

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December 1997

Our lives are marked by milestones: another birthday, the end of a year, the beginning of another. While the year for Tri-State Genealogical Society goes from June 1 to May 31, we are coming up to the end of the calendar year. It is time to take stock of what we have done during the last year, and to think of some new goals for 1998

It's easy to have some vague ideas: "I'm going to work harder trying to find great grandmother's lineage", or "I really should talk to Aunt Bessie -she's not getting any younger...", and " I wish I could get around to sorting out my material so that I know what I have."

These goals are too general to be useful. Start by making plans to spend some time with Aunt Bessie over the holidays. (Families are together then and it's the ideal time to do a more detailed interview with some of the older family members.) Let her know when you will come, and give her some idea of what you would like her to talk about. Go armed with a a list of starter questions, but remember to let her talk about whatever she is inclined to include.

Your third goal of sorting your files may help with your wish to find more about great grandmother's parentage. You may have forgotten about information you found on an earlier research trip, and it (that information) will mean more now that you know more about the family and about researching.

To sort papers effectively, start with a system. Record the bare bones of what you know about the family on family sheets and lineage charts, or in your computer program, being careful to fully document where the information came from. Fasten your little pieces of paper to 8 x 11 loose leaf paper, one family per page, and file the pages in a three-ring binder (sorted by types of information. Photocopy any original documents, file the originals, and work from the photocopy. Most of us are guilty of putting too many papers in one file folder, so start separating the large ones. It will be much easier to find what you have.

To make progress in your genealogy research, break the year into small bites. This week I will sort this file folder and write to Aunt Bessie. Next week it will be another file folder (or shoebox, or large brown envelope). Along the way you will also think of things you haven't yet looked for about great grandmother's lineage.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the October seminar such a success. In spite of the fact that we had some last minute changes, things went off smoothly, thanks to everyone's good help.

Best wishes for a good holiday! and happy hunting in the future.

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December 1997

The Tri-State Packet is pleased to publish queries from TSGS members. Queries are limited to 50 words & five typed lines. Please include your name, address and membership number (on the mailing label), and at least one name, date and location.
Submit your questions to:
TSGS Packet
c/o Willard Library
21 First Ave.
Evansville IN

Seek information on Rev. William LAMBERT (b 28 Apr 1824), Minister at First Cumberland Curch (1851-1852) in Evansville IN. Married Mary Jane PHELPS of Newburgh in March 1850, and d 4 June 1852. Would like to learn more about Rev. Lambert's friend J.J. Cooter.
Frances Owensby / 5017 McCray St. / Indianapolis IN 46224 membership # 1827

Seek info on Bertha (SANDERS) CAREY GATTON b 1880-1890 Poseyville, Posey Co. IN; d. 196? Robinson, Crawford Co IL. Parents: James and ? (DIXON) SANDERS.
James Anthony "Tony" Keltz Sr. / P0 Box #442 / Wilmington OH member # 1814

Seeking descendants of Joshua ROBERTS m -1- Joanna STEVENS I STEPHENS; m- 2-Sally/Sarah?. Children by Joanna: Malinda D., Moses S. (m Elizabeth "Betsy"?), Rufus K. (m - 1 - Elizabeth Hannah BROSHEARS, m -2- Rachel PURDUE; m -3- Catherine PECKA), Joshua F. (m Juliette E. FUQUAY), and Jonathan (m Delilah ALEXANDER). Children by Sally: Thomas (m Venita Ann R. COX), and Mary.
Peg Roberts / Box 93/ Benton WI 53803 member # 1821

Seeking info on children of Ratlift and Delilah ANDERSON BOON: Matilda, Minerva (m William LUCE), Maria / Mariah (m James DENTON), Perry, Allen, and Baily Hart. Have info on Malinda m Randolph ALEXANDER. Was Baily named for grandfather Baily ANDERSON?
Peg Roberts / Box 93/ Benton WI 53803 member # 1821

Need parents of Rachel VANBIBBER I VANBEEBER (b 1810 Ohio) m 1828 in Ripley Co IN to Samuel KINCART (b 1803 ca KY) Children = James (b 1832 KY?), Sarah (b 1835 m Humphrey FIOKAS), Peter Van (b 1836 ca IN m Harriet Kulasta), Zippera ( b 1837 IN m Frederick Pfingston -b 1837Ger.), Preston (b 1842 IN), Rhoda Jane (b 1845 IN m J. H. FICKAS), Mary F. (b 1849 IN). Adrian?/John? Kincart (b 1829 KY) may be son also.
Evelyn Pfingston Dismore / P0 Box 206 / Gilbertsville KY 42044 member # 1204

97-1076 * CROOKS * MITCHELL *
Need parents of Leanna CROOKS b 1820 KY. She may be related to the Crooks family in Henderson Co., KY. She married Odom Cock Mitchell in Union Co. IL in 1840, then went to AR. Was in Scott Co. by 1842.
Evelyn Mitchell Smith / 302 NW Ridgeview Way / Lawton OK 73505-6132 member # 1300

97-1077 * SCHAEFFER * ZACHRlTZ *
Looking for descendents of Peter Zachritz b 1840 in Battenberg Germany, married Mary C. Schaeffer in 1861 in Cincinnati OH, died 1923 in Sapulpa OK.
Kathleen Zachritz Vandeveer / 834 S. Burkhardt Rd. / Evansville IN 47715 member # 1735

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by John G. West, TSGS 4-H Coordinator
December 1997

At the 56th Annual Vanderburgh County Indiana 4-H Achievement Banquet, TSGS President Marge Kinsey presented two Certificates of Achievement to 4-H members Brian Rexing and Kelly Paul (Kelly was not present.) These awards are sponsored by the Tri-State Genealogical Society for outstanding achievement in the 4-H Genealogy projects. This is the fifteenth year for the society's sponsorship of these awards.

TSGS 4-H Coordinator, John G. West, announced at the banquet that the award was being named in honor of former TSGS Tri-State Packet Editor, Glenda K. Trapp. For the greater part of the past fifteen years Glenda had been actively involved with the 4-H genealogy projects and had served as a judge of the notebook exhibits at the Vanderburgh County Fair.

The "Glenda K. Trapp Memorial Award" certificate will be presented annually by a representative of the Tri-State Genealogical Society to at least one but not more than four outstanding Vanderburgh County 4-H member(s) on the 4-H Genealogy projects. The award is given only one time to a 4-H'er, and is based on what that individual has done for the project in addition to the work required for the fair exhibit. The 4-H Achievement Banquet was held on Friday, November 14,1997 at the 4-H Center.

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