Wednesday, March 31, 2021

GSMC Adds Two More Cathedral HS Annuals

Our Catholic High School yearbooks collection just added the 1958 and 1961 Cathedral HS "Cathedran" issues to our library. We now have years 1945 to 1948, 1950, 63, 68, 92, and 99. Note: The Indianapolis Public Library has only public high schools in its digital collection, and the Cathedral website does not have any yearbooks listed. The online Classmates site may have some scanned issues. 
We would welcome additional issues.


Saturday, March 27, 2021

State Library Resuming Consultations

As the state slowly works its way back to "Normal," 
the State Library is booking personal meetings for family historians.
GSMC will also do consultations during our regular Wednesday library sessions.


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

DNA Zoom Session Saturday By Denise Anderson-Decina


A live presentation on best practices for reviewing autosomal DNA test results

from Ancestry, 23andMe, MyHeritage, and Family Tree DNA.  Topics will include:

  *   Overview of DNA basics
  *   Understanding test results
  *   Ethnicity reporting
  *   Building trees, and
  *   Digging deeper into matches

Following the program, Denise will answer questions on genetic genealogy subjects.

Share your experiences with using DNA testing along with your genealogical research.

Friday, March 19, 2021

GSMC Adds Large Screen For Programs

Our GSMC Library is all ready to resume live classes and programs, 
as we now have this 60" flat screen able to connect to our laptops. 
The visual quality is a major improvement over our projector. 
We can't wait to put it in use for some super workshops!


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Indy's Leon Bates Presents John Freeman Program

This free presentation should be a must see for all those folks 
interested in the Indianapolis African-American community.


Monday, March 15, 2021

Announcing the 2nd Annual 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon

April 8-9, 2021

Thursday and Friday.

Registration now open and Free

This 24 hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon is hosted by and



FamilySearch Goes Irish For Wednesday

 If you need some Irish assistance in your research, you are in luck on St. Patrick's Day March 17th.

Go to the FamilySearch Wiki page, select Family History Library, and then Online Classes to join these FREE workshops.


Sunday, March 14, 2021

Indiana Genealogy Events maintains a website that will tell you about a genealogy event from just about anywhere.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


This website is the most complete collection of genealogy events anywhere!

Check out Indiana's webpage to find out what's happening in our state! 


photo from Freepix

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Darn Those Brick Walls

"Darn Those Brick Walls" was the topic of GSMC's March program today. Darlene Anderson gave a short presentation, discussing reasons why we have brick walls and techniques to solve or maneuver around them. After the discussion, Darlene and Ron Darrah answered questions asked by the attendees about their brick wall quandaries. We closed the discussion at 2:10 and two of our attendees talked with each other until 2:35. One lady was from Denmark, yes the country; and the other lady had ancestors who were from Denmark.

Who attended the program? Ron, Darlene, Jene, Janet, Barb, Gail, Jill, Karen, Kristen, Larry, May be an image of one or more people, brick wall and text that says 'Saturday, March 13, 2021, from 1pm- 1pm 3pm ZOOM. Panel discussion addressing your brick walls of genealogical research! Register in advance for this meeting: /meeting/register/tZcof- uDGKodsGQpUl1 GabekusrwyX Genealogical Society of Marion County'Paula, Rebecca, Richard and Ruth. One of the attendees said this about the program, "Thank you for a great discussion! I got a lot of great ideas to try with my brick walls!"

GSMC thanks all of you that attended the program and hope we see you again soon! 

"Advanced Military Research For Genealogists," by Ron Darrah will be the topic of GSMC's presentation April 3, 2021, 1pm to 3pm on Zoom. More details about this program will follow concerning registration. In the meantime, the program:

Once a genealogist checks the Federal military and pension files, where do they go after that? This fast-paced workshop for the Intermediate and Advanced researcher will focus on research tactics that go off the beaten path. Attendees will discover specialized record groups in specialized locations that cover American military activities from the Revolution to the modern day. Questions are encouraged, so bring your family problems waiting to be solved.
Don't miss this one!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Clearer Titles From Previous Post


New German Resources Donated Wednesday

Genealogist Marlena Linne of Franklin Township dropped into the library yesterday and donated these mint-condition German resources to our collection. They are Clearfield Publishing reprints of earlier documents. If you are a German descendant and researcher, come by next Wednesday and you might hit the jackpot. See you there.


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Family History Library Classes and Webinars

FamilySearch is offering a slew of free classes and webinars.  While we're still living with Covid now is the time to learn about genealogy and history. What better way to do this than sitting in front of your computer at home, in your pj's, no less, and enjoying free genealogy stuff?!

If the link above doesn't work, copy and past this link -

Have a great genealogy day!

New FREE Indianapolis HIstory

We recently added this 1907 historical sketch of Indianapolis to our FREE databases. Look in the "Marion County People and Places" category. It's 76 pages with a subject index--and a three-page every name index.


Monday, March 8, 2021

How social history can help you find female ancestors

Lisa Lisson talks about females and social history research in this article. She asks questions to consider when searching for a female ancestor. She tells us ideas about what resources may have influenced our female ancestor. Check it out if you're having problems locating one of your female ancestors.

This article was published on the 3 March 2021. Click the link below to read the full article:

Photograph from:

Genealogy Is Where You Find It: Britannica

We have an interesting 10-Volume set titled "Makers of America" that contains hundreds of short articles and illustrations covering early peoples of this country. Next time you are in the area you  should scan through them for topics that get into your research area. 

Genealogy is where you find it!

A sample topic list 


Sunday, March 7, 2021

GSMC Adds New 1812 Resource

We just added this great War of 1812 resource to our library's Military section. It is a recent 1,000+ page facsimile of the 1868 original book. Lots of engraved images and great info on what has been called "Indiana's War."