The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 8, 2013

Indiana society’s data online

JOAN GRIFFIS
Commercial-News

Members of the Indiana Historical Society have been receiving important, and often rare, Indiana records in the society’s publication, The Hoosier Genealogist (THG), and published compilations of that magazine’s data. It should be noted, however, that the society’s “Online Connections” provides content and name indexes to THG, some as early as 2000, on the Internet.

Visit http://www.indianahistory.org and under “Our Services” select “Family History,” and then choose “Family History Publications.” A click on “Online Connections” takes one to a page offering several links including THG Connections Companion articles, as well as indexes and contents for The Hoosier Genealogist. One can search this site by typing a name or keyword in the search box.

For example, a search for “Quaker” provides a list of works; a click on any choice provides a complete bibliography, content information, and how to locate that material in the society’s library collection. Included in the Quaker category is a link to a 25-page article (in PDF format) by genealogist Willard C. Heiss, “Introduction to the Quaker Records Project,” with information helpful to anyone researching this topic.

Also under the “Online Connections” category is a link to “Family Records.” This department contains ancestral information from Bibles, reunion meeting minutes, and other sources, and can be searched by an individual’s last name, place or residence, or a year. It would be appropriate to click on the various resources to learn of other options and links available.

Newspaper project

IHS has partnered with Newspaper Archive to release an existing database of more than 2.5 million newspaper pages. The database is available free at the reference room of the IHS’ William Henry Smith Memorial Library, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, or through a subscription to Newspaper Archive. Titles of newspapers by county with inclusive dates may be searched in the online catalog on the HIS website at http://www.indianahistory.org. Under Our Services, click on Conservation, then Indiana Newspapers on Microfilm; then click on Search the online catalog. From that page search county, town, or title (of newspaper). For example, the database has a Fountain County newspaper as early as 1834.

For more information call David Turk, manager, Preservation Imaging, at (317) 232-4592. Also, check with a local library to determine if it has a subscription to Newspaper Archive. The subscription site at http://www.NewspaperArchive.com also has more information. (Information from THG Connections, Spring/Summer 2013, pages 57-61.)

Cemetery tour

Have you signed up for the cemetery tour hosted by the Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society on Saturday, Sept. 14? Call 431-8733 for more information.

Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing JBGriffis@aol.com