At the end of 2016, the bicentennial year of our State of Indiana, I’m happy to say that my Indiana Ties website is still growing and providing nutrients for our family history. This year of researching, analyzing and writing was a sunny merry-go-round ride. For example, I stepped into the surprising Birkenstock records in Ruhlkirchen, Hessen; learned details of my father, Frank Niehaus’s, birth that enhanced the hazy picture of his mother and gained a stronger understanding of Henry A. Weber’s family from his Last Will and Testament. There are so many experiences to think about over the year; but meeting new cousins is definitely a topper. Such as the niece of World War II veteran, Roy Albers, who wrote to introduce herself and say she enjoyed the blog. And a Niehaus cousin from Tennessee who’s offered to share his father’s historical records. Finding these new family stories took me on some very interesting journeys. I’m hoping for many eye-opening and gratifying interactions with other family members in 2017.
During this year I have also added my page for Nancy’s Finding Aids (see tab above). This list is a great assistant for me when I need reminders of handy research locations. As I sign off for 2016, I’m listing a few more of the websites that I’ve found helpful and sometimes just plain fascinating. I hope they provide a bread crumb or two on your path to those personal family stories:
-- Indiana Township Maps -- Indiana’s Official Digital Data Center. Need a map of a certain section of Indiana? This site also includes helpful tools, such as an inflation and cost-of-living calculator..
-- Locations of Railroad Genealogical Materials -- Helpful information on railroads around the country, including links to historical societies and museums.
-- National Park Service: Civil War -- Compendium of collections and databases, including a search for your civil war ancestor.
-- Online Indiana Death Records & Indexes: A Genealogy Records Guide – Compilation of Indiana records from specific counties that relate to death.
Thanks for visiting Indiana Ties. Please join me in 2017 and let me know what’s on your mind. Happy New Year!
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