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/.


Thursday, March 27, 2014


April Meeting to feature Genetic Genealogy
On Tuesday, April 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. Please note that this month our business meeting will follow the program.

Starting promptly at 7 PM, Jeffrey Bassett will speak on Genetic Genealogy, the latest technique being used as a tool in genealogical research. He will explain how he got started in genealogy, how DNA testing works, and then will present different case studies from the Bassett DNA project showing how DNA testing has helped in the research of different Bassett lines.

He has been working on Bassett Family genealogy for more than 32 years. His research includes more than 15,000 pages of text covering more than 490 different Bassett lines throughout the world. He started the Bassett DNA project in April of 2002. This project has grown to include more than 250 male Bassetts living in 7 countries around the world making it one of the largest projects of its kind.

The Bassett project was featured in the Spring 2004 issue of “The New England Ancestors” magazine published by the New England Historic and Genealogical Society and titled “A Comparison of Five Early Bassett immigrants”. He has presented the Bassett DNA project to more than two dozen different groups in several states, has appeared on the Milwaukee Wisconsin NBC nightly news, and has appeared on a segment dealing with genetic genealogy in an Illinois newspaper. He also publishes a free Bassett Family monthly newsletter.

Guests are always welcome at the society’s meetings. Check our website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/. For more information on the activities and services offered by the society.

Friday, March 21, 2014

March 2014 genealogy meeting wrapup

Note the change in the meeting time! A decision at the March meeting will slightly change the order of the meeting. 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.

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The deadline for reservations for the trip to the Allen County Public Library is coming up! Contact Patricia Harris or check the website before April 4!

Tuesday, March 11, 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. Fifteen members and guests were in attendance.

After a business meeting presided over by President Dorothy Palmer, the group enjoyed a presentation by Marlene Polster, a genealogical librarian at Porter County Public Library and an active officer and committee member in local and state genealogical societies. She spoke on “What Will Happen to your Genealogical Research when You Die?” The talk outlined to whom to give it, how to make sure that your wishes are honored, what you should plan to pass on, and the preparation you should do in order to increase the value of your legacy. She gave the audience a suggested form for a “Genealogical Codicil to My Last Will and Testament.”

Next month, on Tuesday, April 8, the program will be “DNA for Genealogists”, presented by Jeffrey Bassett.

Remember that the website, at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/, has details and forms for Genealogist of the Year and Residency awards

Sunday, February 16, 2014



Tuesday, February 11, 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. Twenty-two members and guests were in attendance.

After a business meeting presided over by President Dorothy Palmer, the group enjoyed a presentation by local videographer Pam Pulice. She noted that most of us tracing our families are trying to find a lot more than the bare facts of births, marriages and deaths. We seek to learn the stories and reasons why behind the facts. She emphasized that everyone has a story; you are the only one who can tell the entire story. She advised everyone to record now what you did and why. Pulice illustrated a fine example of story-telling in her video based on interviews with a lady who married the American GI who she met in North Africa, in a 17-minute video entitled Peggy’s Memoir, Recollections of an English War Bride.

Next month’s meeting, on March 11, will feature Marlene Polster, the president of the North West Indiana Genealogical Society. She will speak about preserving genealogical research. The title of her talk is “What Will Happen to your Genealogical Research when You Die?”

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 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/.

A decision by the Genealogist of the Year committee was announced at the meeting. Beginning in 2014, the committee will consider nominations for the award which name members of the society or non-members. Details of the criteria for the award and a nomination form can be found at the web site mentioned above.

The society also has a blog at http://lpcgs.blogspot.com/. There you can find summaries of meetings, news items about the society, and a posting of several years of the society’s newsletter.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

11 February 2014 meeting

The February meeting of the La Porte County Indiana Genealogical Society is scheduled

for 7 pm on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at the La Porte City Parks Department building,

250 Pine Lake Avenue. After a social time and a business meeting, the program will

feature a presentation by Pam Pulice, of La Porte. A videographer, Pulice will present a

program entitled “Family History Through the Eyes of a Videographer.”

The society meets at 7 pm the second Tuesday of each month, weather permitting, at the

La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department building at 250 Pine Lake Avenue. 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/.

Also at our web site, those who believe they have La Porte County ancestors (and can

prove it!) can find information on how to apply for First Families of La Porte (before

December 1840), Pioneer Families (1841-1860), Settler Families (1861-1880), and

Civil War Families (1861-1865). It is not too early to start documenting your La Porte

County ancestor! The period to accept 2014 applications is July 1 through July 31.

You can also read or search back issues of the society’s newsletter, December 2005

through December 2009, including genealogical and historical information from

members’ research and abstracting work in local records, on our blog at http://

lpcgs.blogspot.com/2010/08/la-porte-county-genealogical-society.html.

Friday, January 17, 2014

January genealogy meeting wrapup by Alan Zeller

Tuesday, January 14, the La Porte County Indiana Genealogical Society honored a person who has unselfishly given help and encouragement to everyone around her. An award was created in 2010, entitled the “Genealogist of the Year”. Each year a committee examines the nominations and selects an outstanding contributor to genealogy in La Porte County. Due to the inclement weather, the award was not presented as scheduled, at the December dinner meeting. More moderate conditions for the January meeting permitted the delayed award to be presented. Gloria Arndt was presented with the award by committee members Dorothy Palmer and Joan McCoy

La Porte County Genealogical Society members enjoyed an exchange of experiences and discoveries. An evening of sharing let us join in newly uncovered insights into the lives our ancestors. From the unexpected visit to a cemetery which ignited one man’s interest in his family history, to sharing the inhumanity that ethnic hatred can encourage, each speaker had something of value to offer. One showed us the tiny shoes and garment worn by her ancestor in the 1850’s. Another told of the newspaper articles which ignited his interest in his immigrant great-uncles. Tales of veterans of the War of 1812 and the Civil War vied with tales of the unimagined troubles that filled the life of a beloved grandparent. One family moved from Kentucky to Indiana because of lingering animosity after the Civil War. A member reported the results that patience can bring when a query posted long ago finally attracts the eye of a distant cousin. Another found the missing facts about her grandfather once she ignored family tradition and found he had lived almost eleven years longer than tradition claimed.

Next month’s meeting, on February 11, will feature local videographer Pam Pulice. She will present Family History Through the Eyes of a Videographer.

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 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/.

Also at our web site, those who believe they have La Porte County ancestors (and can prove it!) can find information on how to apply for First Families of La Porte (before December 1840), Pioneer Families (1841-1860), Settler Families (1861-1880), and Civil War Families (1861-1865). Completed 2014 applications may be submitted between July 1 and July 31. The next awards will be made at the September 9, 2014 meeting.


You can also read or search back issues of the society's newsletter, December 2005 through December 2009, including genealogical and historical information from members' research and abstracting work in local records, on our blog at http://lpcgs.blogspot.com/2010/08/la-porte-county-genealogical-society.html.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

November 2013 genealogy meeting

On Tuesday, November 12, the La Porte County Genealogical Society program will feature Commander James Stemmler of the Hubner Swanson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1130, describing services the VFW provides to veterans and their families.

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 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/.

Also at our web site, those who believe they have La Porte County ancestors (and can prove it!) can find information on how to apply for First Families of La Porte (before December 1840), Pioneer Families (1841-1860), Settler Families (1861-1880), and Civil War Families (1861-1865). Completed 2014 applications may be submitted between July 1 and July 31. The next awards will be made at the September 9, 2014 meeting.

You can also read or search back issues of the society's newsletter, December 2005 through December 2009, including genealogical and historical information from members' research and abstracting work in local records, on our blog at http://lpcgs.blogspot.com/2010/08/la-porte-county-genealogical-society.html.