Monday, November 17, 2014

November Meeting Report


11 November 2014 Meeting

Of the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society

 

The La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society met at the La Porte Park Department Headquarters on Tuesday, November 11 2014. The meeting was called to order by the President, Dorothy Palmer. A business meeting followed. In honor of Veterans Day, Palmer read “In Flanders Field”, by John McCrae, a Canadian Surgeon who died in World War I.

Following the business meeting, a program was presented by Patricia Gruse Harris, author and genealogist. “Military Cemetery Flag Holders, the organizations they represent and how to obtain information on ancestors’ service,” was closely followed by the members in attendance. Harris described and illustrated the vast variety of emblems used to hold veterans’ flags in cemeteries, and provided information on the types of documentation preserved by the governmental bodies and organizations which place them. She described not only the flag holders, but also the grave markers and plaques authorized for veterans’ graves.

For more information about the society, please visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/.

The next meeting of the society will be on December 9, 2014, at the ’Round the Clock restaurant at 6 PM. The members will share a holiday meal and honor the recipient of the “Genealogist of the Year” award, presented for service to the area of genealogy in La Porte County. Those wishing to attend should contact Dorothy Palmer, the society president, by December first.

 

 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November Meeting - Honoring Veteran's Day



The La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society will meet at 7 PM Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The business portion of the meeting will be followed by a program presented by Patricia Gruse Harris, author and genealogist. She will speak on ”Military Cemetery Flag Holders, the organizations they represent and how to obtain information on ancestors’ service.”
All members are reminded that the December meeting, featuring the awarding of the Genealogist of the Year Award, will be at ‘Round the Clock restaurant at 6 Pm on December 9. The President, Dorothy Palmer, will expect those who intend to attend to notify her at this November meeting.
 The society meets at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of each month, weather permitting, at the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department building at 250 Pine Lake Avenue. The business meeting will start promptly at 7:00, and the social time and refreshment period will come between the business meeting and the program. The public is welcome at all meetings.

For more information about the society's activities in awards, research, abstracting, transcribing, indexing, publishing, and records preservation, visit our web site at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/.

Friday, October 31, 2014

October 14 Meeting of the LPCIGS


October 14 Meeting of the LPCIGS

Nineteen members and guests were present for the regular monthly meeting of the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society at the La Porte City Parks Department Building oat 250 Pine Lake Avenue in on Tuesday evening, October 14. President Dorothy Palmer called the meeting to order at 7:06 pm.

The business portion of the meeting included an announcement that the Board had decided that the annual holiday meal and presentation of the Genealogist of the Year award will be held at a local restaurant, at 6 pm on Tuesday, December 9. Members will be notified by email and at the November 11 meeting of the final details and deadline for RSVPs.

A further feature of the meeting was the explanation by Palmer of how she, and Pam Pulice, a member and local videographer, recorded a video interview of member Paul Graham, a WWII veteran who lived through the Battle of the Bulge, for the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. Graham’s video, and the documents supporting it, will be forwarded to the Library of Congress by way of Senator Dan Coats for the Library archives.

Following the business portion of the meeting, La Porte County Historian Fern Eddy Schultz informed the audience what records could be found in the La Porte County courthouses. She began with a concise history of the various courts in the county and the buildings which housed them. She then outlined the records which the courts and county offices have produced. She emphasized the value of the 1939 WPA inventory of the records, and said that learning what records were in our local files would be a good start to realizing which records are to be found in other jurisdictions. Schultz encouraged researchers to seek all types of records which were generated contemporaneously with their ancestors. Stopping once you find the birth, marriage, and death records could mean that you miss important facts and clues about your family.

The next meeting will be at 7 pm, Tuesday, November 11, at the La Porte City Park Department Headquarters. Genealogist and author, Patricia Gruse Harris will present a program in honor of Veteran’s Day, “Military Cemetery flag Holders, the organizations they represent and how to obtain information on ancestor’s service”.

More information about the society, its objectives, and awards can be found at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Extra!

Passing along a message from Lisa Ellam at the South Bend Area Genealogical Society…

YOU ARE NEEDED!

The South Bend Area Genealogical Society and the Northern Indiana Center for History have collaborated to preserve the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church original church transfer records.  These early records of many early immigrant church members identify the parish where they lived in Sweden and provide detailed family information.  The original one hundred and thirty three year old paper records are housed at the Northern Indiana Center for History. 

Volunteers are needed to help place the original records in archival sleeves: 

Thursday, October 30, 2014
2:00 – 5:00
Center for History, 808 W Washington St, South Bend, IN 46601 

Come whenever you can and stay as long as you are able!

If you would like to volunteer please contact me at ellam.lisa@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Lisa

 

Monday, September 29, 2014


La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society (LPCIGS)

October 14, 2014 Meeting



Where do you search for clues to the lives of your ancestors? What types of information can you find?  When did the records you seek begin? How can you find the exact records which will give you the answers? For many of these questions you must look to the records and ledgers in the local County Courthouse. The program featured at the November meeting of the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society will start you on the correct road to finding the records held in the La Porte County Courthouse(s). County Historian Fern Eddy Schultz will present the program after the business meeting, which begins at 7 PM, at the La Porte Parks Department Headquarters at 250 Pine Lake Avenue. Guests are always welcome at the meetings, and we’ll try to assist you with your quest for information about your ancestors.

The society has a website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/. Look to this site for more information about the Society. 

Monday, September 22, 2014


9 September 2014 Meeting

Of the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society


The La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society met at the La Porte Park Department Headquarters on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. The meeting was called to order by the President, Dorothy Palmer. A business meeting followed.

Following the business meeting residency certificates were awarded to three individuals who had documented their ancestry in accordance with the rules. A Settler residency certificate was awarded to Leslie Rankin of Monticello, IL who documented her ancestor, Carl Backhaus/Bachus as a resident of the County in 1870. Robert Warren Bowman, Jr., of new London, CT received a certificate for documenting his Civil War ancestor, George Culbertson Dorland. James Randall Steele of Richmond, CA received two First Family certificates (one documenting his descendancy from Miriam Waldron Benedict and one for descendancy from Henley Clyburn). Both were documented residents of the County in 1829.

Applications along with documentation must be received no later than July 31 each year to be considered for awarding at the September meeting of the society. Applications may be requested from the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society, 904 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, IN 46350 or from Committee Chair, Fern Eddy Schultz at netster@csinet.net.

The Residency Committee, consisting of Fern Eddy Schultz, Chair, Gloria Arndt and Dottisue Gansmer, reviewed all materials submitted with the applications. Shultz thanked the committee and honorees for participating in the program and encourages others to also submit an application with documentation. The next awarding will be at the general meeting of the Society, September 8, 2015 at the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department Building, 250 Pine Lake Avenue, La Porte. For more information about the project and the society, please visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/.

The next meeting of the society will be on October 14, 2014, at the La Porte Parks and Recreation Building, at 7 PM. The program will be “Research in the La Porte County, Indiana Court House”, presented by Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

August Meeting Wrap-up



The La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society met at the La Porte Park Department Headquarters on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. The meeting was called to order by the President, Dorothy Palmer. A business meeting followed. Genealogist-Historian Fern Eddy Schultz showed a mystery photograph from the files of the Michigan City News-Dispatch showing a submarine on Franklin Street, in front of a movie theatre. Some detective work, involving the title of the movie, led to the precise date of the exhibition and more information.

After the business meeting, a program by Lester Chadwick introduced many to an incident in United States history. A chance remark overheard at a family reunion led to Lester’s interest.  Lester played a short video which helped to explain what happened at Mountain Meadows, Washington County, Utah Territory, on September 11, 1857. A wagon train from Arkansas, bound for California, was attacked by the local Mormon Militia and a few Paiute Indians. The adults of the train were killed, while under the Militia’s escort. Seventeen children were spared, and among them was Lester’s Great Grandfather, Felix Jones. Lester told of the insights which he has gained through research into the Incident, and from gatherings of descendants of the children.

Program chair Patricia Harris reminded the group that the presentation of the Residency Awards will be the feature of the September 9 meeting.

The society meets at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of each month, weather permitting, at the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department building at 250 Pine Lake Avenue. The business meeting will start promptly at 7:00, and the social time and refreshment period will come between the business meeting and the program. The public is welcome at all meetings. For more information about the society's activities in awards, research, abstracting, transcribing, indexing, publishing, and records preservation, visit our  website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/.