The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 17, 2013

Display commemorates Black History Month


The Indiana State Archives is commemorating Black History Month by having a special display all month at the Indiana Statehouse. “Black Hoosiers in America’s Wars” features documents and photographs stressing the service and heroism of African American soldiers during wartime, from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War.

The documents in this display include the muster rolls for the 28th Regiment United States Colored Troops (an Indiana unit) and photographs of Indiana African American soldiers in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

According to Ted Cotterill of the Indiana State Archives, “The featured image is of Lieutenant Aaron Fisher of Lyles Station, Gibson County, Indiana … (who) was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by the United States for ‘exceptional bravery in action’ near Lesseau, France, on Sept. 3, 1918. The government of France described Lt. Fisher as ‘an officer of admirable courage’ and presented him with the Croix de Guerre with Gold Star.”

The Indiana Statehouse is located at the corner of Capitol and Washington streets in downtown Indianapolis, and the “Black Hoosiers in America’s Wars” display is on the fourth floor atrium. It may be viewed during regular public hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. For more information call (317) 233-5293.

The Indiana State Archives has a website on the Internet, African American Family History Resources, at and also provides related indexes on the website of the Indiana Digital Archives at

Also, the Indiana State Library has links to useful guides at These guides are two-page brochures in PDF format (which require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader) on these subjects: Indiana State Library (describes collections and services); Beginning Genealogy Research; African American Family History Resources (includes a helpful bibliography); Genealogy Resources for K–12 Educators; Native American Family History Resources; and Genealogy Collection Overview (which can be accessed directly at

It is fortunate that genealogists and historians have Internet access to such a wealth of information.

Israel antiquities

A new online archives has been launched by Israel Antiquities Authority at

”Following the conquest of Palestine by British forces … in 1918, the documentation and data collecting of ancient and archaeological sites had begun. Once a civil government was established by the British Mandatory Authorities in 1920, the Department of Antiquities was created and the archive had become an integral part of it.”

The archives includes pictures, texts, maps, and drawings for the period of the British Mandate, 1919-1948, and one can search for any item you would like to see. This website is still growing, thus check back often. Access is free.

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