Tuesday, March 9, 2010

March 2010 meeting

The La Porte County Genealogical Society met Tuesday, March 9, for the first time in two months. Past president Pat Harris gave the program on why people are sometimes buried in unexpected places. People may be buried with their children, with a predeceased spouse or other relation, with in-laws, in a mass grave, in a prison or military cemetery, or a potter's field. She gave examples of all these possibilities, many of them from her own families. One cemetery west of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was reported to be “equally inaccessible from every point on earth,” but she found it.

The society is seeking an editor for its quarterly newsletter, as Donna Nelson is retiring from the volunteer position after five years.

Future plans discussed include the annual bus trip to Allen County Public Library April 21, and future programs: April (St. Joseph County Archives), May (La Porte courthouse resources), June (Sauktown Cemetery tour), September (Michigan City movie stars), and November (Escape from Slavery, postponed from February due to weather). July, August, and October programs are not yet set.

Indexing and abstracting work continues at the courthouse. The committee to name Genealogist of the Year is receiving nominations (deadline September).

The society meets at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of every month at the Swanson Center for Older Adults, 910 State St., La Porte. The public is welcome at all meetings. For a list of upcoming programs and more
information about the society's activities in awards, research, publication, and records preservation, visit our web site.

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