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Saturday, May 14, 2011

2011 Midnight Madness - Willard Library

Willard Library's Annual Midnight Madness

June 20-24, 2011

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Midnight Madness Class Descriptions

Monday June 20th
9:00am Beginning Genealogy - Lyn Martin, Special Collections Librarian
An introduction to how to get started on your family tree.
11:00am Courthouse Research - Brenda Joyce Jerome, Certified Genealogist
Where and how to locate vital records; where to look when “official” records are not available.
2:00pm Navigating the Willard Website - Vannetta McDowell, Special Collections Library Assistant
An introduction to what is available on the Willard Library Website and the online resources that can be accessed there.
7:00pm I Have It: Now What Do I Do With It? (Tips on Saving & Storing Your Research - Connie Conrad, Genealogist
Tips on saving and storing your research. This will include some of the different options available to researchers for scanning, organizing and preserving charts and records.
Tuesday June 21st
10:00am Where Do I Go For…? : Source Books for Genealogists - Lyn Martin, Special Collections Librarian
A discussion on source books that lead you to other sources of information
1:00pm Joining the DAR - Margaret Brook, Registrar, Captain Henry Vanderburgh Chapter, NSDAR
One-on-one appointments to tell you what you will need to join the Daughters of the American Revolution
2:00pm Church Records: Willard’s Collection and On-Line Sources - Karin Marie Kirsch, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Archivist
Getting familiar with local resources to help your search for records from other areas of America and Germany.
7:00pm Victorian Mourning Customs & Their Significance - United Daughters of the Confederacy Henderson, KY
An explanation of the mourning customs of yesteryear and how they impact research.
Wednesday June 22nd
9:30am Brother vs. Brother: Civil War Research - Ron Darrah, Genealogy Researcher & Lecturer
Civil War - " Brother vs. Brother: Family History and the Civil War". This huge record group from the mid-19th century can benefit millions of genealogists. Record Range: 1860’s - 1930's
11:00am Over There: World War I Genealogy Ron Darrah, Genealogy Researcher & Lecturer
"Over There: World War One Genealogy" Millions of men and women participated in our first 20th century conflict, and they left records by the ton. Records Range: 1914 -1980's
2:00pm Lineage Societies -
Find out what it takes to join the societies and what they have to offer. The following will work with you to get you started in the various societies: Ken Gilkey, Peggy Gilkey, John Powell & Sue Berry... see chart above for who will be helping which society.
7:00pm Civil War Evansville - Stan Schmitt, Local historian
Discussion about Evansville and its history during the Civil War.
Thursday June 23rd
10:00am Finding Cemetery and Death Records (Online Resources: Updated) – Vannetta McDowell, Special Collections Lib. Assist
An introduction to valuable websites for finding important death information
1:00pm Willard Library Ghost & History Tour - Betty Palmer, Adult Services Library Assistant
A guided tour through the library, which includes stories about Willard's famous ghost and historical facts.
2:00pm Finding Germans On Both Sides of The Atlantic: Bringing the Dead to Life – Karin Marie Kirsch, St. Paul’s Lutheran,
This session will deal with the specific German states that existed at the time of immigration. Maps and resources that are available to aid research will also be discussed.
7:00pm Written In Stone: Tombstone Inscriptions - Sue Berry, Historian/ Researcher Henderson, KY
A discussion on tombstone art and the meanings of common symbols used.
Friday June 24th
10:00 am Becoming a Certified Genealogist - Brenda Joyce Jerome, Certified Genealogist
The why, what, and how of becoming a certified genealogist. Get the answers from a board certified genealogist.
1:00pm Evansville Museum: Photographs and Collections of Interest to Genealogists Thomas Lonnberg, Curator of History
A discussion about the photographs, manuscripts, & memorabilia housed at the museum.
2:00pm Thanks For the Memories Peggy K. Newton, Special Collections Library Assistant
Peggy will make suggestions for journaling family stories and traditions. Learn ways to give the gift of memories to the generations to come.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sandy Bitz ~ 1941-2011 TSGS Member


Sandra D. "Sandy" Bitz, age 69, of Evansville, passed away Monday, May 9, 2011 at Deaconess Hospital. Sandy was a member of Westwood Church and also played piano at Fares Ave. Baptist Church. She worked as a clerk at Stop-n-Go for many years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and The[Tri-State] Genealogy Society. Surviving are her husband, Daniel Bitz; her daughter, Sandy Wright of New Albany, IN; a stepson, Mark Anthony Walker of California; four sisters, Ruth Mae Neuman of Westville, IL, Shirley Bailey of Boonville, Faye Stephens of Dale, IN and Buehlah Marie Kunard of Tell City, IN; four grandchildren, Danny, Bryan and Martin Walker and Nathan Wright and one great grandson, Xavior.Sandy was preceded in death by her mother and father, Beulah and Hovey Rhoades, brother, Hovey Franklin Rhoades and four sisters, Edith Emogene Widmer, Reba Irene Rhineburger, Kathleen Bockting and Lelia Elizabeth Anderson.Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Pierre Funeral Home, Rev. John Sloan officiating. Burial will take place in Garden of Memory Cemetery in Gentryville, IN on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 11:00 A.M.Friends may visit with the family from 11:00 A.M. until service time on Thursday at Pierre Funeral Home, 2601 W. Franklin Street.Condolences may be made online at http://www.pierrefuneralhome.com/.
Published in Courier Press on May 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

TSGS Meeting Tonight!


TSGS Meeting Notice!

When: 10 May 2011 Tuesday Night
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Willard Library - 2nd. Floor
What: Monthly Meeting

A drawing for an attendance prize will be awarded at close of meeting... you must be present to win.

The Tri-State Genealogical Society will have a brief business meeting followed by a presentation by Becky West ~"A Personal Journey to the Beginning: My Adoption Story" Anyone interested in genealogy, history or adoptions is invited... you do not need to be a member to attend the society's monthly meetings.

John G. West, TSGS President

Sunday, May 8, 2011

From My Email Box - "Links from Friends"


Don Counts sent me this one to post ~ Our Shared Legacy: World War II and “The Joint” http://archives.jdc.org/sharedlegacy/
"Welcome to our extraordinary collection of documents and photographs from the World War II era. Explore our shared legacy of ' The Joint’s' work rescuing and providing relief during and after the Holocaust."

Bill Cook sent me another link to post ~ Teen Makes Digital Record of Arlington Graves http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-arlington-graves-20110427,0,5940894,full.story
"Ricky Gilleland, a tech-savvy 11th-grader, has created the only digitized record of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery."