The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 13, 2013

Illiana Genealogist mailed to members


The most recent issue of the Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society’s quarterly, the Illiana Genealogist (Vol. 49, No. 3, Fall 2013), has been mailed to society members. It also may viewed or purchased at the Illiana Genealogy Library, 215 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832.

Articles in this issue include family data on Gustavius Pearson (1827-1911), Frances Pearson Meeks (1870-1962), and James A. Meeks (as a continuation of the Rabbit Town articles), Amos Woodin and George Price. The article, Registers of Friends Bible School of Henderson Chapel in Vermillion County, Indiana, includes names of students and teachers in 1909 and 1911. A 1907 photograph of Henderson Chapel identifies persons in that photo.

Michael A. Coan, whose website at includes photographs of Vermilion County, Illinois, cemetery tombstones, has written an interesting article on Illiana area cemeteries. He includes information on some tombstones from the Old Rossville Cemetery that are outside the Rossville Historical Society building on Attica Street in Rossville. (Herbert Andrews, James Spear and Mary Windson are some of the names on the stones.)

IGHS President Carolyn Livingston’s message urges members to include an extra donation when sending a membership renewal. (The society’s immediate need is replacement of the main computer in the office.) An individual membership costs $25 per calendar year and is the society’s main source of revenue.

This issue also includes a list of new members and the surnames they are researching, and a surname index.

IGHS will celebrate its 50th year in 2014, and is looking for ideas for events, information on past active members and volunteers, and personal memories of the society’s past. Any suggestions may be sent via an e-mail to

Indiana conference

“Photographic History, Preservation and Archiving” will be covered at the 2013 conference of the Genealogical Society of Marion County. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis. Joan Hostetler of Heritage Photo and Research Service will lead the all-day workshop on the history of photography, how to date an image, safe storage environments and materials, and how to properly mark photographs.

According to a recent Indiana Historical Society newsletter, “IN Perspective,” September-October 2013, she will address “pertinent questions on how to create a family archive. Should you use boxes or create an album? Is it a good idea to place images online? What are the best ways to share photographs with family? What if there are no family photographs to be found? How can local historical societies be of service and should you consider donating any materials yourself? The day concludes with Hostetler viewing attendee photographs and helping to demystify them.”

Visit for complete details. Early registration price, until Tuesday, is $30. (After Oct. 15, $40.) Fee includes lunch.

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