• Posted in: Family Tree Family Tree: Thespian Roots

    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...

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  • Posted in: Family Tree Family Tree: Searching the Web

    Most genealogy education is focused on using specific databases or collections, and there is often an implied warning against random online searches. After all it can be overwhelming and confusing to type a name into...

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  • Posted in: Family Tree Family Tree: Get It Published!

    This is just a portion of the tree I created years ago on Ancestry.com Right now in Salt Lake City, Utah, thousands of genealogists have gathered for RootsTech, one of the biggest genealogy conferences this...

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  • Posted in: Family Tree Family Tree: The Irish Beyond Indy

    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 have roots in Ireland. But discovering that...

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  • Posted in: Family Tree Family Tree: Maiden Names

    Women at an Indianpolis Cotton Mill, August 1908. Image via Library of Congress, LOT 7479, v. 1, no. 0009 As you may know, March is Women’s History Month. Therefore I thought it would be appropriate to...

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  • Posted in: Family Tree Family Tree: No Love Sincerer

    Cover of a cookbook compiled by Marie Wanee Schuster“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...

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  • Posted in: Family Tree Family Tree: Scrapbooks

    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...

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  • Posted in: Family Tree Family Tree: The Indiana Girl’s School

    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...

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  • Posted in: Family Tree Family Tree: Our Female Ancestors

    My great-granmother, Anna Buttchen, and her sister, Lizzie. As family historians, we often focus on our male relatives. After all, they are the ones who give us our surnames, and they are often much easier to...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: The Tomlinson Family

    Reader’s Question: I was wondering how much information you have on the TOMLINSON family and the history of Indiana?  Please contact me, so that I can find out more and fill in a lot of blanks...

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