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Exploring Hoosier genealogy

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April 13, 2013

This weekend I will be performing in a production of Little Shop of Horrors at The Belfry Theater in Noblesville, and it has led me to consider Indianapolis’ theatrical past. Theater has a long history in this city, and if […]

Family Tree: Searching the Web

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March 30, 2013, No comments

Most genealogy education is focused on using specific databases or collections, and there is often an implied warning against random online searches. ...

Family Tree: Get It Published!

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March 23, 2013, 1 Comment

Right now in Salt Lake City, Utah, thousands of genealogists have gathered for RootsTech, one of the biggest genealogy conferences this country has to ...

Family Tree: The Irish Beyond Indy

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March 16, 2013, No comments

We talked about the Irish in Indianapolis in a previous post, where we learned that any of you with deep roots in the city are also fairly likely to ...

  • Family Tree: Maiden Names
    March 9, 2013, No comments

    As you may know, March is Women’s History Month. Therefore I thought it would be appropriate to revisit the topic of our female ancestors. One of the most frustrating parts of researching female family lines is not knowing a woman ...

  • Family Tree: The First Census
    March 2, 2013, 1 Comment

    Two hundred and twenty-three years ago, on March 1, 1790, Congress passed the First Census Act. They gave the responsibility of collecting information to the marshalls of the U.S. judicial districts, who beginning on Census Day, August 2, 1 ...

  • Family Tree: No Love Sincerer
    February 23, 2013, 1 Comment

    “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” ~ George Bernard Shaw As I recreate the stories of my ancestors I often wonder how they approached the topic of food. Did they have favorite family recipes? Did they […]

  • DNA Tests
    Family Tree: DNA (Part 1)
    February 16, 2013, 7 Comments

    I recently purchased two DNA kits. One was from Ancestry DNA, a part of the larger The other was from a much lesser known company with a very similar name, Ancestry by DNA. My plan is to use the […]

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    Family Tree: Scrapbooks
    February 9, 2013, 2 Comments

    If you know me, then you know that I’m a scrapbooker. That’s right, I scrapbook, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. There are many reasons why I choose to scrapbook my daily life and the lives of my past […]

  • Report of the board of managers of the Indiana Reformatory
    Family Tree: The Indiana Girl’s School
    February 2, 2013, No comments

    In 1869, Indiana established the first detention facility in the country that was exclusively for females. Originally named the Indiana Reformatory Institution for Women and Girls, it was located just east of downtown (on Randolph St., betw ...