TSGS Cruiser Blog

Saturday, April 18, 2009

"Recent Microfilm Purchase By TSGS"

From Brenda Joyce Jerome, CG (TSGS Acquisition Chair):

The Tri-State Genealogical Society recently acquired a sizeable microfilm collection from the personal library of a long-time professional genealogist. Included in this purchase are the following with number of rolls in parenthesis:

Kentucky records for Boyle, Clark (8), Fleming (2), Garrard (12), Green (5), Harrison (3), Henry (4), Jessamine (7), Knox (1), Madison (23), Simpson (1), Union (41), Whitley (7) counties.

Virginia records for Louisa (23), Loudon (36), Orange (22), Prince William (9), and Stafford (13) counties.

Illinois records for St. Clair County (2).

North Carolina records for Guilford County (2 vols. 7-13).

The most exciting part of this purchase is a portion of the Draper Manuscripts. They include the following:

Kentucky Papers, Series CC, volumes 1-36 on 8 rolls

George Rogers Clark Papers, 64 volumes on 17 rolls

George Rogers Clark Misc. Papers, 5 volumes on 1 roll

Virginia Papers, Series ZZ, 16 volumes on 2 rolls

The above collection will be catalogued and placed in Special Collections at Willard Library. The addition of this microfilm will enhance the already fine collection at Willard Library.

Friday, April 17, 2009

From the FIRST MATE's

Grave Cover in Oak Hill Cemetery of Evansville, Indiana

Marker is very ornate. Click on the images to enlarge them.

C. Klingelhoefer
born June 23, 1830
died Jan. 31, 1875

-Photo taken and submitted by JGWest

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tombstone Thursday - Stephen & Martha Fuquay

Ellis Cemetery

Ellis Cemetery is in Warrick County, Indiana between Newburgh & Boonville just north of Paradise, Indiana. I like this style of tombstone.

- Photo taken & submitted by JGWest

[Tombstone Thursday is dedicated in memory of Donald G. West 1952-2000]

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


TSGS had a great dinner meeting last night at the Sirloin Stockade with a nice crowd. Everyone seemed to have a great time. We recognized 3 individuals for their contributions toward the society's blog (TSGS Cruiser Blog that you are reading now). These three each were awarded a TSGS Certificate of Appreciation for being great TSGS Bloggers: Don Counts, Brenda Jerome and Chris Myers.

We had a very interesting program concerning the newly published book "Judge Lynch" written by Posey County Circuit Court Judge James M. Redwine. A huge list of microfilm was read off to those attending that will be soon available to everyone at Willard Library thanks to the Acquisitions Committee: Brenda Jerome (Chair), Mary Lou Bevers, Rena Goss.

John G. West, TSGS President

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Tonight is the TSGS Annual Dinner Meeting at the Sirloin Stockade on Bellemeade Ave. near Green River Road. From 5:30 t0 6:30 we will eat and enjoy some fellowship (genealogists usually have little trouble visiting with one another!). We will have a very short meeting with some Certificates of Appreciation presented to some TSGS members for contributing to the success of our society. About 7PM our guest speaker, Judge Redwine, will speak concerning Judge Lynch. I am really looking forward to hearing his program. Come join us. You do not need to be a member to attend our meetings.

Our regular web site has recently jumped to over 1,500 visits since last Thanksgiving (less than five months) which gives us about 300 visits per month or an average of 10 visits a day. Before this time we got about 10 visits every two or three weeks! Our Clustra-Maps Counter shows that we have had visits from people in 29 countries with 12 having two or more visits. These are unique visits meaning that each person is only counted once in a 24 hour period. The number of hits during this time is over 5,350! Which is over 1,000 hits per month. We are attracting some visitors to our web sites. Since 14 Dec 2008, the TSGS Cruiser Blog has had over 4,400 hits - 4 months... an average of 1,100 visits per month.

I invite everyone to consider submitting short articles, photos, links or even ideas to make this blog a further success and to make it a diverse blog made up of genealogists with all kinds of interests and experiences. Share with others some of your stories.

Tomorrow is Tax Day, but it is also the deadline for submissions for the Tri-State Packet - our members quarterly journal.

TSGS member, Ken Gilkey is in the hospital... remember him in your prayers.

See you tonight!
John G. West, TSGS President

Monday, April 13, 2009

Research Tips

Draft Registration Cards -
These draft cards are a wealth of genealogical information! This card for WWII was signed by my Grandfather Long... it was filed out some time between the date of the form (01 Apr 1942) and his 62nd. birthday on 25 June 1942. He states that he is 61 years of age and that his date of birth is 25 June 1880 (place of birth is listed as Horse Cave, Kentucky). His address is listed in Evansville, Indiana. The card lists where he works and what the business does. It even lists the person's name and address that would always know his address. The individual is Myrtle Long at the same address as his. Not known if related... could be mother, wife, maiden sister, daughter, wife or other relationship. In this case it is his wife, my Grandmother Long.
- Submitted by JGWest

Sunday, April 12, 2009

"Happy Easter"

An obituary to celebrate Easter. For Christians, the death of Jesus Christ fulfills God's plan of Salvation for mankind.

- Submitted by Graham Denby Morey