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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Willard Library Book Sale

The Evansville Area's largest 1 day book sale featuring large collections of fiction, history, cookbooks, etc.

Hardbacks $1, Paperbacks $ .50, Children's Books 10 for $1, and All Other Material $ .25; Some individually priced items will be available.

The sale is across the street from Willard Library (at Fire & Rain Productions), but the library will be open on Saturday 9am - 5pm for your convenience.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Adventures of Indiana Bones, Cemetery Geek

It is the time to get away from the computer...
 and get out of the house to begin your genealogical research with your relatives and other knowledgeable people.  They will take you to the cemeteries where family are buried.  Like many that have remained in the same location for several generations, they can show you where the old homestead was.  For sure you will be out on a field trip.  Many of these locations are full of pests: insects, ticks, spiders, snakes, poison ivy and many others.  A big concern right now is ticks... I know because about 10 days ago I went into a small cemetery with some high grass and got some ticks (5-6) on me.  For some reason I did not get a single chigger!  When I got home I pulled off four ticks that were having a good time drawing my blood.  Those spots itched quite a bit (not as bad as chiggers, though).  One of the ticks got me right in the bend of my leg behind the knee.  It got inflamed and began growing in size.  I decided to see a doctor, who said it is a reaction to the bite that has worsened because of the location... not to worry.  He gave me some ointment to put on it and gave me some antibiotics to take to fight any infections.  So, I will live to experience many more field trips.

This made me think that it might be a good idea to address some of these field trips into the "wild" with some things that us genealogical cemetery hoppers should do to prepare ourselves.  So, what should we do?  Here is a list to begin with and as time goes on I will expand each in more detail:
  • Carry a good First Aid Kit with you on your trips.
  • Be able to identify poisonous plants to avoid.
  • Bring drinking water and cleaning water in the car.
  • Not a bad idea to have a cell phone and a GPS to get help or find your way.
  • Wear proper clothing for protection of briars, sunburn, pests.
  • Make sure you carry any medications you take.
  • Have proper identification and someone to contact in emergencies.
We often just hop into our cars and off we go to places we have never been before without thinking about any of the above items.  And this is only a partial list.  Each of us have special needs to add and weather conditions will change some things needed.  This should help to give you some ideas to be better prepared.  Watch for more Indiana Bones blogs to give you more detailed information... soon, I will include what you might need in a first aid kit.

- Written by Indiana Bones

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tombstone Thursday

Parker Cemetery
Warrick County, Indiana
Eva Jo Perry

 Above photo [click on photo for a larger image] shows the state of Texas.  Neat and unusual grave marker!  Below photo [click on photo for a larger image] is the back side.
- Photos taken & submitted by Indiana Bones

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

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cemetery Records Published by TSGS

From Don Counts
This is my wife, Betty Neale Counts family cemetery.


I found the site while searching for the Mt Sinai cemetery and noticed the occupants were not listed: 

Neale - King Cemetery

Old Henderson Road, 3.3 miles S. of Deusner Road
Union Township, Vanderburgh County, IN

If you have any further information on "occupants" in this cemetery, please send it in.

"This cemetery is located in Union Twp., Vanderburgh Co., Indiana. It is on the Old Henderson Rd. 3.3 miles south of Deusner Road. It is next to a red barn and is enclosed in a small concrete wall. Most of the stones were buried and very difficult to locate. The entire cemetery was overgrown by a wide-blade grass that had died and fallen over and covered the stones. Copied Nov. 13, 1983 by Andrew J. Fehd, Bonnie S. Fehd, Scott W. Fehd, Glenda K. Trapp and John G. West." 

1. Lantaff, Carol A. and Trapp, Glenda K. Cemetery Records of Vanderburgh County, Indiana Volume 2. Owensboro, Ky.: Cook-McDowell Publications, 1986.  Published and Copyrighted by the Tri-State Genealogical Society.  The information contained in this publication is prohibited for any use without the explicit written permission of the Tri-State Genealogical Society.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Adventures of Indiana Bones (aka Cemetery Geek!)


As a "self-proclaimed cemetery geek," I have decided to introduce a new feature for the blog: "The Adventures of Indiana Bones (aka Cemetery Geek!)"  I seem to be in or around cemeteries almost every day and I can not help but find something unusual to take a picture or to tell a story.  This feature will provide the format for all of these things I find interesting and I hope you bloggers will like them, too!  

Today's adventure story is about this see-through tree.

 As you can see this tree is somewhat hollow and you can see right through it!  It is right on the line between St. Joseph and Alexander Memorial Park Cemeteries.  This section of St. Joe is directly behind Memorial Park's Office building.  I have three generations of my family buried in this small section.  My Great Grandfather James Henry Wood was buried here in 1933 about 4 years after his granddaughter (my Mother's sister) was buried here in 1929.  Grandfather Wood's daughter, my great aunt Susan Margaret Wood is buried here, too.  I suspect this tree was here in 1929 when 3 year-old Mildred Louise Long was buried here.

 Click on these photos to get larger images that will show things more clearly.

 This is a cool picture looking right through the tree at the grave markers.  The inner wood is very soft and I doubt that the tree will survive very many more years.

 In these 2 photos, you can see how this tree has lifted up and moved these grave stones!

I was putting flowers on Aunt Maggie's grave when I noticed the big hole in this tree.  From the road where Aunt Maggie's grave is located (about 8 -12 rows from this back row), I did not know you could see through the tree.  I am glad I walked up to it.  Another nice Adventure for Indiana Bones, a cemetery geek!

- Photos taken and submitted by JGWest

Monday, May 28, 2012

Marker/Plaque/Monument Monday

Parker Cemetery near Yankeetown, Indiana (Warrick County)
is a small nicely-kept cemetery with about 163 military veterans buried there!

[Click on the pictures to get a larger image to read the list of veterans.]
 These two plaques are posted on the north and south side of the flag pole in the newer section of the cemetery.  I have not counted the names, but I think they said 163 are buried here.
- Photos taken and submitted by Indiana Bones

Sunday, May 27, 2012

From the First Mate's Photo Album

Oh, Deer!!!
And I do mean deer, White-tailed Deer roaming around grazing in Oak Hill Cemetery!  Superintendent Chris Cooke sent me a photo of these deer that were right in front of the Administration Office Building early yesterday morning.  I went by the cemetery to finish decorating graves for Becky's family.  And, there they were just walking around like they owned the place.  Chris said he had seen some deer over the last few years, but mostly when it was a little colder.  These look like they are young... short and slender.
 They stopped to pose for me and, then, they looked at me as if I was invading their privacy.
 Then they saw the SUV taking pictures of them and decided to run for it.  I was lucky to get this last pic before they were gone!  This was a first for this ol' Cemetery Geek!
- Photos taken and submitted by Indiana Bones