Thursday, May 7, 2015

Genealogy Society of Marion County (Indianapolis) - Treasure Chest Thursday

Genealogical Society of Marion County, 9350 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis
Time for a variation on my Treasure Chest Thursday post.  I usually have an heirloom or other treasured family item to add to the chest.  But this time I'm going to include an organization that offers ways to find family history treasures.  I'm talking about the Genealogy Society of Marion County (GSMC), ( The goal of the GSMC is to contribute to the growth of genealogy in the Indianapolis area. All family history researchers are invited to participate. 

Jerry (my hubby) and I volunteer at the library on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month, keeping it open for anyone who wants to stop in to do research. We've noticed the considerable efforts that the board members and committee volunteers are putting towards fine tuning the resources offered by GSMC.  The library's new location is at 9350 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, in the Memorial Park Cemetery.  It is open to the public on Wednesday and Thursday from Noon to 4 pm. And genealogical programs are planned at various other times, such as the annual conference and monthly meetings, organized by volunteers.  One new program is Webinar Wednesdays, featuring a different topic once a month that's an online educational program that researchers can watch together at the library.  June 3 is "Using Google Earth for Genealogy" presented by Lisa Louise Cooke.

I plan to feature on Indiana Ties a selection of the books, information and various types of services and programs available through GSMC.  For instance, the other day I was browsing through the Germany-related shelves and came across this book entitled Germanic Ancestors that contains a good deal of research assistance. So I scanned a few pages with my phone to share. In addition to the history of German immigration, German settlement patterns and causes of emigration from Germany, there are sections on How To Read Germanic Records, including an extensive alphabet chart and a German Letter Writing Guide with suggested wording for requesting records.  Here are some examples from Discovering Your Germanic Ancestors, by Chris Anderson and Ernie Thode:
Germanic Ancestors, a research book available at the GSMC library

  Who knows what treasures could be lurking at the GSMC.  Go to the website to read more about the activities and benefits offered: You are invited to attend a program or just stop by on a Wednesday or Thursday to say hello and take a look around. 

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