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Saturday, August 18, 2012

"Muster on the Wabash"

"Muster on the Wabash" - Ft. Knox II, Vincennes
When: 11/3/2012 to 11/4/2012 WAR OF 1812
"Muster on the Wabash" a living history event will be held at the site of historic Fort Knox II on Saturday, November 3 from 9:00am - 5:00pm and on Sunday, November 4 from 10:00am - 4:00pm. Interactive events and activities include "Confrontation between Governor William Henry Harrison and Tecumseh, Shawnee leader", "Patrol with Governor Harrison's troups", "Gentlemen's Duel", "Cannon, Rifle and Musket Demonstrations" and "Children's Games". Battles will be held daily at 1:30pm. Enjoy the food and period venders that provide the atmosphere of early Vincennes history! Fort Knox II is located three miles north of Vincennes on Lower Fort Knox Road next to Ouabache Trails Park.

Admission is FREE with parking $5.00/car. For more information, please contact Angela Lucas or David Weaver at 812.882.7422 or vincennesshs@dnr.in.gov <mailto:vincennesshs@dnr.in.gov>

- Submitted by Don Counts.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Correcting Indexing Errors 1940 Census

The following is from the Ancestry.com blog ~

How Can I Improve the 1940 U.S. Census?

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on August 15, 2012 in Ancestry.com Site
Changing a name or other indexed details
First thing to do when you discover an error in an indexed name or other detail on the 1940 census or any collection on ancestry.com, is fix it. By adding your own corrections or alternative names – even a nickname if you know your family member regularly went by one – you’ll help other people searching for the same individual find him or her even faster. And your later searches for that same individual will produce results with the name you’ve added, too.
There are two places you can add your own corrections and alternatives: from the index page or while viewing the actual census image.
From the index page
Select View/Add Alternate Information from the Page Tools box on the left. Then follow the instructions to update the information about the individual with your changes.
While viewing the census image
Hover over the specific entry, or box, you’d like to change in the index at the bottom of the screen and a pencil icon will appear. Select the box and follow the instructions to update the information.
You’ll find step-by-step instructions for making changes here.
Reporting a problem with the image itself
On occasion, the census image itself may be causing the problem. In these instances, contact our Member Services team at 1-800-ANCESTRY to report the problem.
Why it matters
Submitting an alternative or a correction to an index adds that information to the index itself. Within a few weeks, the information you’ve provided becomes publicly searchable as well making it easier for other people to find answers, too. Alternatively, reporting an image problem to our Member Services team alerts us to review the image so we can attempt to correct it.
What to do when you can’t find your family member in the indexed 1940 U.S. Census
On occasion, an index discrepancy may make it difficult to find your family member in the 1940 U.S. Census. In that instance, you may want to search for your family member by “browsing” images instead. Our Free downloadable guide will show you the steps to discovering your family by browsing.

[See the beginning of this article here: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/08/15/how-can-i-improve-the-1940-u-s-census/]

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tombstone Thursday - Woodis

New Ebenezer Church Cemetery
Christian County, Kentucky
Harry and Maude Woodis

This is part of my Woodis family.  The name has several variations in spelling: Wooddis, Woodas, Woodus... sometimes with 2 "d's" and/or 2 "s's"  This line goes back to Littleberry (Barry) Woodis and wife, Luvana Blalock who were both born in the 1780's in North Carolina.  Harry is their great grandson.  Littleberry's granddaughter was Margaret G. Woodis who married Joseph Phipps in 1864 in neighboring Todd County, Kentucky and they are my Great, Great Grandparents.

- Photo taken by JGWest

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

1807 Indiana Census Map

Illinois, Indiana and Ohio
"The Upper Territories of the United States"

[Click on map to make it larger and easier to read.]
This comes from the 1807 Indiana census.
-Map submitted by Mark Kreps.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Marker/Plaque/Monument Monday

New Ebenezer Church Cemetery
Christian County, Kentucky
John William West
And His Wife
Hester Ann Martin
Great Grandparents of John G. West

 I was in the 5th. Grade of school when I first saw this memorial monument to my great grandparents and it and the Civil War marker for another great grandparent in Owensboro, KY was a strong motivator to learn more about my family history!  Seeing their photo made the fact that they once were living and raised a family seem more real to a kid like me.
- Photos taken by JGWest

Sunday, August 12, 2012

From the First Mate's Photo Album

Willard Library's Flowers

These flowers looked so nice at the entrance of the library that I wanted to share them with you.  This is sort of my way of "stopping to smell the roses!"  As you well might suspect, I was on my way for some serious genealogical research.  This time researching on my Gardner family in Pittsylvania County, Virginia records... I found a lot in 3 hours!  I will have to return to go through more than just 3 books of the 20 or so books for that county at Willard Library!
- Photos taken by JGWest.