We have started yet another new year for our society. We have some new Officers and Directors, as well as, new standing committee members and chairs (see inside front cover for the names and posts each serves). With a new year each of us might consider what we can do new this year in our genealogical research approach and methods. In October, my Lewis family (going back to William Lewis born 1760 or earlier and lived in Maryland) has decide to have a major family reunion at Falls of Rough in Breckinridge County, KY. Everyone is being asked to submit photographs of family members descended from this William Lewis line to be published in a booklet for everyone who attends. What does this have to do with a new year or new research approaches or methods? Read on... I had some problems with my computer not long ago and had to put in a new modem. When I put it all back together, I think I plugged my scanner into the wrong place in the back of the computer case. Anyhow, I am temporarily unable to scan photos for the reunion. I have a nice digital camera that can take close-up photos that I could take photos of my old pictures and send them by email to the Lewis Reunion organizer. I call this procedure of taking photos of old pictures - “photopics!” I tried it with some framed pictures that belonged to some cousins, put the “new” photo into a computer program to get rid of scratches, marks, etc. I cropped it to the size I wanted with only what I wanted in the photo. Saved the photo; and, then, printed it out on premium photo paper. My “photopic” was an excellent reproduction of the original framed picture - suitable for framing in my home! And perfect to put in the reunion booklet. Of course, this is not all that new, either (except to me and maybe some of you). But, the neat thing is that I now have discovered a new approach and method of preserving some of my family history. I am taking “photopics” of old photos (with no negatives) of such things as: quilts, dishes, homes, heirlooms, even, tools, pets and farm animals that no longer exist other than that old photo! And, you bet while I am at it I am taking digital photos of items that still exist that other family members have that came from my ancestors and their families. Recently, we received sad news that we have lost two of our TSGS members: Lela Mae Greubel and Marge Kinsey. A Memorial Book Fund has been created in honor of each of them. The funds donated will be used to purchase research material to be placed at Willard Library for the public’s use with a book plate honoring the individual. If anyone would like to donate to one or both of these Memorial Book Funds, please send your check to Tri-State Genealogical Society, Treasurer Leroy Anderson, c/o Willard Library, 21 First Avenue, Evansville, IN 47710 (remember to specify the person you wish to honor). How can our “out of local area” members play an active role in TSGS? All of us can contribute unpublished articles and data for the Tri-State Packet; volunteer to be look-up volunteers for our web site; or donate money, books, microfilm, etc. to our genealogical collection at Willard Library. Remember that a donation to TSGS is a donation to Willard Library, too!