Tuesday, July 29, 2014

August 12, 2014 Meeting


On September 11, 1857, in Utah Territory, 100-140 members of a wagon train bound from Arkansas to California were killed in a cruel and treacherous attack. On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, the members and guests at the regular meeting of the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society will learn more about this strange episode in American history. Lester Chadwick, a relative of some of the casualties, will present a program about the “Mountain Meadows Massacre.”
The society meets the second Tuesday of every month at the La Porte Parks Department Headquarters at 250 Pine Lake Avenue. The meetings begin promptly at 7 PM, and the program follows. Applications for this year’s residence awards closed on July 31.The award presentation is scheduled for September 9, 2014. However, nominations for Genealogist of the Year are accepted until September 30. Click on the links on our site, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/, to read the details.

Friday, July 18, 2014

July 2014 Meeting



Tuesday, July 8, the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society met at the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department Headquarters on Pine Lake Avenue in La Porte. The business meeting was called to order by the President, Dorothy Palmer. The latest issue of the society’s newsletter, “The Door,” was mailed using a new mode. The Editor, Lester Chadwick, asked that any problems be reported to him. He was of the opinion that savings on the cost of postage will help hold down expenditures from the budget.
After refreshments provided by Patricia Harris, an interesting program was presented. Audrey Kinezian, the Starke County Genealogist and an officer of the Starke County Genealogical Society, spoke of “Starke Co., IN Records for the Genealogist – the Lower Townships of La Porte Co. That Were Once Part of Starke Co”. Anecdotes from her early experiences in genealogy and her evolving interest in Indiana resources helped illustrate the large variety of sources which can further one’s pursuit of facts about his ancestors. Audrey outlined the resources available, especially those at the Starke County Public Library.

 
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. July 31 is the deadline for residency applications.  If you had an ancestor who came to La Porte County early, check the certification categories link from the main page of the web site. 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, July 4, 2014

July Meeting Post


July Meeting to feature Starke County resources

On Tuesday, July 8, the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society will hold its regular meeting at the La Porte Parks & Recreation Department Office Meeting room at 250 Pine Lake Avenue.After a business meeting starting promptly at 7 PM, Audrey Kinezian, Starke County Genealogist and professional genealogist, will present a program outlining the types and extent of records existing in Starke County which concern residents of what is presently La Porte County. 
Why would records of La Porte County residents be in another county? What records can you find? Come to the meeting and find the answers. 

A reminder that July 31 is the deadline to submit your completed applications for Residency awards. The awards are given for First Families, Pioneer Families, Settler Families, and Civil War Ancestors. Check our website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/ for more information on these awards and other activities and services offered by the society.

Monday, June 2, 2014


Kingsbury Cemetery Tour

June 10, 2014




Preparing for the annual Cemetery Tour, La Porte County, Indiana, Genealogical Society members, Dorothy Palmer and Gloria Arndt, look over biographical facts of Civil War veteran, William W. DeMyer, a resident of Kingsbury Cemetery in Kingsbury, IN.

            Burials at the cemetery, established in 1836, include some of the county’s earliest pioneers, as well as a separate cemetery, the Winchell Cemetery, whose residents were displaced from their original resting place in 1941 by the construction of the Kingsbury Ordinance Plant and moved to their new home within the boundaries of the Kingsbury Cemetery.

            The tour, scheduled for Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 6:00 pm, will focus on a brief history of the cemetery presented by Lloyd and Shirley Mounce as well as a biographical sketch of James Good, by society member and descendant, Joan Good McCoy.   A Mexican-American War veteran, Wallace Wilcox, and two Civil War Veterans, Emulus Travis and DeMyer, will be presented by Dorothy Palmer.  Maggi Griswold will recreate the life of John Winchell, a veteran of the War of 1812.

The public is welcome.


Tuesday, May 13, the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society met at the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department Headquarters on Pine Lake Avenue in La Porte. Fourteen members and guests were in attendance.The business meeting was called to order by the President, Dorothy Palmer. Among the committee reports, Editor Lester Chadwick said that his study of alternative formats for the “The Door” suggested some benefits in using double-sized paper and folding the publication for mailing. Patricia Harris reported on the successful trip to Allen County Public Library. Harold Henderson said that the committee on indexing, abstractions and publications is almost done with the early probates.

After refreshments provided by Laura Shields, Archivist/ Records Manager Vicky Rydzynski of the St. Joseph County Archives presented “What the St. Joseph County Archives Can Do for You.” Ms. Rydzynski explained that the archives is the official repository of documents for all the local government bodies in the county, including cities, school corporations, and libraries. The primary duty is preserving the records, but assistance to researchers is provided when possible. Some records are the property of the bodies which generate them, and may be subject to the rules of that body. Her first advice is that you find as many details as possible on the person of interest. A group of volunteers are steadily indexing some of the records, and their indexes are available on the South Bend Area Genealogical Society website, http://www.sbags.org/. Armed with a narrow range of dates and type of record, the busy staff at the archives will be able to show you which items and group of records will be most helpful. A call in advance is always recommended. The archives are located at 1140 S. Lafayette Blvd. South Bend, IN 46601-3328, and the phone is 574-235-9091.

The records are in more than one location, so advance notice could help avoid delays. Cameras are allowed, since some records are too fragile to allow scanning. When scanning is possible, a fee may apply.

It isn’t too early to nominate someone as the Genealogist of the Year. The deadline is September 30, 2014. Contact Gloria Arndt or check the website mentioned below.

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. July 31 is the deadline for residency applications.  If you had an ancestor who came to La Porte County early, check the certification categories link from the main page of the web site. 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/.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May 2014 meeting

St. Joseph County Archives
Subject of May Meeting

Did your ancestors live in the eastern part of La Porte County? Were they really in La Porte County? The border between St. Joseph County and La Porte County wasn’t always where it now is. Some folks who did reside in La Porte County found it much easier or more interesting to travel east to South Bend, rather than west to Michigan City or La Porte.
Find out what historical records of your family could be in the Archives and Records Center of St. Joseph County, 1140 S. Lafayette Blvd. South Bend. The Archivist/Records Manager, Ms. Vicky Rydzynski, will present a program entitled “What the St. Joseph County Archives Can Do for You” at the May 13, 2014, meeting of the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society. The business meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm, CDT, at the Parks Department Meeting Room at 250 Pine Lake Avenue, La Porte. Refreshments and the program will follow. Visitors are always welcome at the 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. Coming up soon is the deadline for residency applications. If you had an ancestor who came to La Porte County early, check the certification categories link from the main page of the web site. 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/.




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 2014 genealogy meeting wrap-up


Tuesday, April 8, the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society met at the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department Headquarters on Pine Lake Avenue in La Porte. Sixteen members and guests were in attendance.

Before a business meeting presided over by President Dorothy Palmer, the group enjoyed a presentation by Jeffrey Bassett. Mr. Bassett was an early customer of Ancestry DNA, and was able to use yDNA matching to clarify relationships on his own family tree. As introduction, Mr. Bassett told of the early results he had from classic genealogical methods. He began collecting his family history while his four great-grandmothers were still able to give him a lot of information. The Bassett family had held family reunions as lately as 1912, and many photographs were preserved. This enabled him to trace back to his first immigrant ancestor with good certainty.

Jeffrey told the audience of the three major types of genetic matching and the utility of each. More specifically, he illustrated the utility of using yDNA results to further the study of a surname group.
When the first yDNA tests were available, he took part, and became the defacto head of the Bassett yDNA project. He presently maintains an on-line newsletter and promotes and coordinates the comparison of genetic results for the Bassett surname group.

Using illustrations from this project, Bassett told of the mysteries and contradictions that were resolved when genetic testing was used. During his talk, he accepted questions from the audience, and he told all that he would be willing to advise individuals according to their unique situations. The audience seemed very interested his presentation, and hearty applause greeted the end.

After refreshments provided by Mary Wenzel, a business meeting was held. Patricia Harris, the chair of the bus trip to the Allen County Public Library on April 23, reported that a satisfying number of reservations have been received. The board is reviewing the Constitution and the By-laws, and Fern Eddy Schultz spoke of the objectives and purpose of the society. She concluded that they haven’t changed, but the society should be alert to changes in technology and communication that will enable us to pursue these objectives.

Next month’s program, on May 13, will be “What the St. Joseph County Archives Can Do for You”, presented by Vicky Rydzinski, the Records Manager /Archivist.

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. Coming up soon is the deadline for residency applications. If you had an ancestor who came to La Porte County early, check the certification categories link from the main page of the web site. 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/.