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The Tri-State Packet

Volume XXI, Number 3
March 1998

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THE PILOT HOUSE
FROM THE EDITOR
March 1998

Spring and summer bring an increase in programs, seminars and training sessions
in Genealogy. Perhaps you will be able to combine one of these with a research trip.
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FREE BEGINNING CLASSES * MARCH AND APRIL 1998 * WILLARD LIBRARY
The Regional and Family History Department of Willard Library
will host a series of beginning genealogy classes, "Treetops",
starting on March 4 and running for six consecutive Wednesdays.
Topics will be:
March 4 - Getting Started - Brenda Joyce Jerome, Certified Genealogist
March 11 - What's at Willard - Lyn Martin, Special Collections Librarian, Willard Library
March 18 - Cite Your Sources - Bettie Ann Cook, Certified Genealogist
March 25 - Vital Records - What They Are and Where to Find Them - Carol Bartlett, Archivist, Willard Library
April 1 - Church Records - What They Are and What They Aren't - Karin Marie Kirsch, Packet Editor Tri-State Genealogical Society.
April 8 - Internet Genealogy - Chris Myers, Webmaster, Tri-State Genealogical Society
All sessions will run 12:00 - 12:45 P.M. Classes are free, but preregistration is required.
Participants are invited to bring a sack lunch. To register or for more information call Special Collections, Willard Library, 812-425-4309, Fax 812-425-4303, or email lmartin@evansville.net
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MIDNIGHT MADNESS ONCE AGAIN
The third annual Midnight Madness will be held at Willard Library
June 16-19, 1998. Special Collections, which houses the Regional and Family History collection will stay open for researchers from 9:00 A M to Midnight for four exciting evenings.
Local researchers will hold classes and be available to answer questions. Refreshments will be served each night.
A special mailing with the schedule will be sent out to all members of TSGS. To sign up for classes, call, fax, or send a postcard with your name, address, phone number, and the classes you want. The library will contact you to confirm your choices.
Send your card to:
Willard Library
Midnight Madness
21 First Ave
Evansville IN 47710
Phone: 812-425-4309 (Special Collections)
Fax: 812-425-4303
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SUMMER RESEARCH TRIP Are you planning to come to Southern Indiana for a research trip this summer? Please remember that Willard Library is always closed on Mondays, and is closed for such holidays as July 4th and Labor Day.

Regular hours: Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday Thursday Friday   Saturday
               1-5 PM  Closed  9AM-8PM     (--9AM-5:30 PM---)       9AM-5PM
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ALL MEMBERSHIPS EXPIRE IN JUNE
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SURNAME FILE - TSGS SURNAME FILE AT WILLARD LIBRARY - SURNAME FILE
All members are invited to submit all the names you are researching with Tri-State links. Each surname is to be submitted on a 3"high x 5" wide file card.
Please use this format:
SURNAME (in caps) and the given name
Tri-State location / approximate dates
Submitter's Name
Address and phone number           Date of submission
Send cards to
Sally T. Wyman
TSGS
c/o Willard Library
21 First Ave
Evansville, IN 47710

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THE SHIP'S LOG
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
March 1998

By March most of us have failed to keep at least one of our New Year's resolutions. A large majority vowed to loose weight and exercise more, but have found these are no easier to keep this year than last. Well, it's not too late to add another resolution, and this one will be easier to keep.

We all have "brick-wall" problems in our family research - those ancestors who continue to be unsolved mysteries. The records can't be found, the name is too common, every generation named the children the same names, the census is unreadable, etc. etc. The reasons go on and on for our being unable to find the answers we seek.

Maybe it's time to try networking. That may be an overused phrase but it can be just as useful in getting help for tough genealogical problems as it can be for getting a job or sharing business ideas. The idea is to present your problem to some friends or fellow researchers in order to get some new suggestions of how to find answers.

Start by carefully organizing all the material you already know about a problem person. Briefly abstract every clue and reference you have found, and add a list of where you have looked unsuccessfully for your man/woman. You may be surprised at the information buried in your file folder, especially if it's a problem you have worked on over a long period of time. As you learn more about the family, items may mean more to you now than they did when first found. Next, outline the theories you might propose as to his/her parentage, where he/she lived, where he/she went or whatever your problem is.

Your network might be friends from your local society who will brainstorm with you, or it might be an internet chat group who are researching the same family. One of the best ways to expand your knowledge is to ask questions, and none are too basic to ask. Even the most experienced professional was once a beginner.

Don't discard any suggested theory or scenario, and question carefully any assumptions you may have already made about this individual and this problem. Verbalize them and listen to the opinions of your group. A brain storming session may remind you of additional places to look; the next step will be to follow through on the new ideas. We all need all the help we can get. The old adage of two heads being better than one couldn't hold more truth than when you are trying to solve a genealogy problem.
Best wishes in your family digging.
Marjorie Blocher Kinsey, CG, President

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QUERIES
March 1998

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:
QUERIES
TSGS Packet
c/o Willard Library
21 First Ave.
Evansville IN
47710-1294

98-1078 * GREATHOUSE * GROTHAUS * SANDERS * POELLEIN * WOLF *
Seek info on wife of Wilhelm SANDERS: Anna Maria _____ , b 02 Mar 1833, Hannover GY, settled in Spencer County about 1868 and died 27 August 1915 in Santa Claus, Indiana. (buried Methodist Churchyard) Her daughter, Anna Maria Sophie Sanders, married John Andrew Poellein. They are the grandparents of Louella (Poellein) Wolf. After the 1877 death of Wilhelm SANDERS, Anna Maria ____ married (27 Feb 1879) Hermann GROTHAUS/GREATHOUSE.
George T. Wolf / 10365 Chippewa Dr. / Newburgh IN 47630-8711 Member #1038

98-1080 * KIRCHOFF * NIEMEIER *
Seeking descendents of Francis KIRCHOFF, born in Evansville in February 1866. Baptized in Holy Trinity Church on 11 Feb 1866. Father: Franz KIRCHOFF; mother: Maria NIEMEIER KIRCHOFF: sister: Frances Bernadine. Parents died in 1869/1870. Francis lived with Uncle Franz NIEMEIER.
Walter Orey / 4840 Oak Vista Dr./ Carmichael CA 95608-6207 Member #1627

98-1081 * CAMERON * HAMEL * HICKS * KELLUMS *
Seek information on Mary CAMERON HAMEL KELLUMS HICKS (b 1834c KY) - 1870 Census in Caldwell Co. KY - married to John Emsley HICKS- Children: John Ida Hicks; Robert Hicks; Willie Hicks; Ellen Kellums; Ann Kellums.
Sandra G. Haas / 2905 Vermont Ave. / Evansville IN 47710 Member #

98-1082 * BRIDGES * CAMERON * HAMEL * HICKS * KELLUMS *
Seek information on John Emsley HICKS -born 1845 in North Carolina died Uniontown, KY 1922. Married to 1-Mary CAMERON HAMEL KELLUMS and 2- Sarah BRIDGES.
Sandra G. Haas / 2905 Vermont Ave. / Evansville IN 47710 Member #

98-1083 * DENNIS * KNETTER * KNETTY *
Looking for Sophia Wilhelmina (-) KNETTER married April 1871 to J.J. DENNIS - Vanderburgh Co. IN. Sophia's daughter Anna KNETTY b 1862. Both spellings are used in records. Will answer all.
Sandra Taylor / P0 Box 117 / Dale IL 62829 Member #1593

98-1084 * HILL *
Are you researching the HILL name in Gibson, Vanderburgh, or Warrick Co. IN? Would like to hear from you.
Sandra Taylor / P0 Box 117 / Dale IL 62829 Member #1593

98-1O85 * AREND * BLACE * BOND * BUENTE * DENNIS * FISCHER * HILL * HEILMAN * KNETTER *
the above names; would like to hear from you if you are also, and exchange information.
Sandra Taylor / P0 Box 117 / Dale IL 62829 Member #1593

98-1086 * CARTER * KELLY * ROGERS *
Who was the father of Eleanor CARTER m Matthew ROGERS? They came to (now) Spencer Co.; their daughter Mary m John B. Kelly in 1814 in Ohio Co. KY; they lived in Warrick Co. Does anyone have any info on Barnabus, Shadrack, Meshack & Abednego CARTER?
William G. Carter / bcarte@aol.com /1030 Vista del Mar / San Jose CA 95132 Mem #1090

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