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Saturday, June 9, 2012

1940 U.S. Census - 18 States Searchable


More than Half of the 1940 U.S. Census Records Indexed in Just Two Months Thanks to Thousands of Volunteers Across the U.S. [Written by FamilySearch]

This was reported on 08 Jun 2012 in Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Thanks to the efforts of more than 125,000 volunteers, more than 75 million names from the 1940 U.S. census have been indexed with 18 state records already available to the public on all Project partner websites, including the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Archives.com, FamilySearch.org and findmypast.com. The records will also be made available in more than 7,000 public libraries nationwide in the coming months by ProQuest. The national service project, the first and largest of its kind, aims to establish a comprehensive searchable database and make the 1940 U.S. census records available for free.

Following just two months of volunteer indexing, records for the following 18 U.S. states are currently available and searchable by name, location and family relation: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming.
Read more on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter (link above). 

Friday, June 8, 2012

TSGS Meeting Notice!


Tri-State Genealogical Society
(TSGS) Meeting Notice! 

When: Tuesday 12 June 2012 - 7:00 PM
Where: Willard Library - 2nd. Floor
What: Monthly Meeting

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

The Tri-State Genealogical Society will have a brief business meeting including Election of Officers and Installation for the forthcoming fiscal year, followed by our program:

Becky West, TSGS Program Chair, has announced that the program will feature

"Genealogy Humor" and an appearance by Indiana Bones.

This is a program you don’t want to miss, we will be looking forward to seeing you at the meeting and enjoying a very interesting and entertaining program.

You do not have to be a member to come and participate at the society’s monthly meetings (except, no meetings in July and August).

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This time of the year, weather conditions may cause the society to cancel meetings... the decision to cancel usually is determined the day of the meeting, providing short notice.  Since a bad weather system may develop later in the day (or that night), check our blog (http://tsgsblog.blogspot.com/) for cancellation notice or call Willard Library (812-425-4309).

Don Counts,
TSGS President

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tombstone Thursday - Kron

Oak Hill Cemetery
Evansville, Indiana
Section 62, Lot 89, Graves 3 & 4
Fred Kron
Mathilda Kron

 I selected this grave marker because I noticed it was made of two regular grave markers: one flat (horizontal on the ground and the other was mounted on top vertically.  I have never seen one made in this fashion before.
- Photos taken by Indiana Bones

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

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tri-State Packet Mailing Problem.


Packet Mailing Problem

We had a technical problem with a computer crash & are aware there might be a few incorrect addresses on the members' journal The Tri-State Packet... we are correcting the problem.  Please bear with us!  

We apologize for any inconvenience or problems this may cause anyone!

Released by TSGS President Don Counts and Treasurer Diana Davis

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Circa 1906 Child's Casket in Museum

A Child's Casket about 1906
Fort Vallonia, Indiana Museum
On Loan From Vera Hague,
Hague Funeral Home,
Medora, Indiana

The label below states that these coffins were called "Fiddle Box Caskets."  To view the body, the lid was slid to the side!  First I have ever seen or even heard of this type of casket.
 Below is a view with the lid closed.

Above shows the inner lining with the lid opened.  Still in great shape despite the lid and top of casket showing a lot of wear and scratches from this beautiful wooden coffin that is over 100 years old!

- Photos taken and submitted by Janet and Mark Kreps.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Marker/Plaque/Monument Monday

During Memorial Day weekend...
Becky & I were out decorating family graves with flowers in the area cemeteries, as we do each year.  Mom and Dad are buried in Alexander Memorial Park Cemetery along with four of Mom's brothers.  We have cemetery plots for us there, as well.  Memorial Park provides some cookies and something to drink and a nice room to get cool after being in the hot, sunny outdoors, plus restrooms!  TSGS member Jill Brinkley works there.  Jill along with Chad Williams were TSGS Seminar Co-Chairs for several years.  When we got to the office, Jill was running around helping a visitor find someone buried there.  While standing in the office waiting for her return, I noticed these very attractive and unusual plaques on the wall.

 These two Century Club Awards (shown above and below were) awarded to Jillian Brinkley in 2009 and 2010 "For Excellence, Dedication, and Commitment to Outstanding Service."  A nice tribute to her professional work!  
A few years back, Jill was a singer and sang with the Don Lee Trio.  Don Lee is the husband of TSGS member Judy Foreman Lee and fellow Orange County, North Carolina researcher.
 Above Jill is seated in front of Don's group... left to right: Jim Camp, Don Lee and Wayne "Red" Wick.  Below is a newspaper photo of Don and Jill singing.
- Compiled by JGWest.  - Plaque photos taken by JGWest.  - Don and Jill photos taken from Jill's FaceBook site.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Adventures of Indiana Bones!


Field Trip First Aid Kit

Anytime that you go on a genealogical research trip, consider it to be a field trip that may end up in the the woods or on some back road somewhere that no one has been for years (or so it might seem). I have gone to Kentucky to check out a local library and asked for records about a particular surname as someone else over heard me. This person would know of my particular family and will tell me where they are buried and give me detailed instructions on how to get there. The next thing you know I am in this old cemetery that has not had a burial for over 50 years and basically abandoned. Briars are everywhere... there might be some poison ivy by that one grave marker that is leaning. I can see a marker with the surname I am looking for, but an old tree has fallen down that will make getting to it difficult. I am wearing shorts and have nothing to cut my way through all of the briars, but I am a genealogist determined to get answers. Then, I get a large scratch from the briars and begin bleeding... I will have to come back another time - sadly it may be years before I get the chance again! If only I had prepared for a possible field trip, chances are I would get to check this out, take a few photos and be on my way. I might have brought along a pair of long-legged pants that I could have put on at the library restroom. I could have brought along something to cut away a few of the briars. And if I had a first aid kit I could have better tended to any scratches or other problems. Indiana Bones is always prepared for almost anything (not everyone is like me), but you should have a decent first aid kit in your car at all times. Some things you should consider having in a good kit:
  • Adhesive bandages (4-6 of several sizes).
  • Sterile gauze pads to clean and cover wounds.
  • Bandage tape to hold gauze pads in place (maybe include some string or cord).
  • Insect sting solutions like baking soda.
  • Antiseptics such as alcohol, iodine or hydrogen peroxide to clean wounds. [Tip an important treatment is to wash the wound thoroughly with soap and running water.]
  • Soap and bottled water (milk jug) to clean wounds and wash hands. [Bring along separate drinking water.]
  • Instant cold pack to reduce swelling of injuries.
  • Tweezers to remove broken glass or splinters.
  • Good cutting scissors.
  • Matches, flash light, pen knife.
  • Finger splints to support an injured finger.
  • Aspirin (ibuprofen, Tylenol, acetaminophen [non-aspirin]).
  • Sunscreen lotion, lip moisturizer, etc.
  • Insect repellent (Deet for skin and/or Permethrin spray for clothing).
  • Antacid, cough medications, cold/flu medicine.
  • Moisturizers for burns, calamine lotions for poison ivy, etc.
  • Medical information about each person that might be with you, including allergies and emergency contact information (doctors, etc.). Bring personal medications!
  • Ink pen and notepad... this one you should have just because you are a genealogical researcher!
  • A cell phone and a GPS to get you help or find your way out, back to somewhere you know.
  • Water-proof case to carry everything.
  • Wash cloth and bath towel (which could be used as a sling for arm injuries).
There are lots of other items that you might add to customize the kit from your experiences.  Indiana Bones and McGuyver highly recommend a roll of duct tape, as well!!!

- Compiled by Indiana Bones