Monday, June 28, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021
As the Indiana State Library prepares to restore its full services on July 6, here’s a reminder of what the library provides for patrons. The State Library acts as a public access point to current and historical government information and genealogy research at global, federal, state and local levels. Librarians and staff are available to assist patrons with print and online resources, which give them the tools they need to find data and information on U.S. and Indiana history and law, Indiana newspapers, family history, census records, statistics, maps, Indiana business and books by Indiana authors.
The library’s seven levels of stacks contain fiction and non-fiction materials from around the world on a variety of topics, all searchable in the Evergreen catalog. The in-house conservation lab ensures that items at the library, including those from the special Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection, are preserved and ready to be viewed by visitors and patrons. The Talking Book and Braille Library houses a large collection of materials for patrons who don’t use standard printed materials due to visual or physical disabilities. The Young Readers Center is open and ready for families to browse and play in the Clifford doghouse. The State Library encourages visitors to play in the Educational Center on the first floor, where they’ll find a model of the Indiana Statehouse and several interactive games and displays.
Visitors to the State Library are also encouraged to stop by the Nook retail space during library hours to peruse a selection of gifts and Hoosier merchandise. Nook has a unique collection of materials aimed at pleasing those who love Indiana.
A special discount of 20% off will apply to all visitors during the month of July. After July, Indiana state employees will continue to receive a 20% discount on all merchandise.
The library is located at 315 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. Please call 317-232-3675 for more information.
[Thanks to Reann Poray of Plainfield Library for this news note.]
Monday, June 21, 2021
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
We just added the below Land Title Abstract to our collection in Members Resources Set 1. These are great original records of land transactions from the very beginning of Marion County. This one has several wills included, Fielding Geeter and Zenas Lake among others. The original is in our library. We thank local researcher Sharon Kennedy for this donation.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
At the end of April the GSMC Library received a call from Alan Tentschert, who lives in St. Louis, MO.
His Great Grandfather was here in 1860 for a brief period of time, and he wanted someone to do research for him. GSMC President Barbara Hutchinson contacted him and started researching for him as time permitted. She completed his request and found some important data for him, but not all was Marion County, IN, information.
Last week she informed him of what she found. He said that he was coming to Indianapolis on June 15, and they met at 1:00 at the GSMC Library. Barry Levitt was able to meet Mr. Tentschert briefly also.
The meeting went really well, and he was very pleased with what we found. He also asked us to follow up looking for a couple other items. Mr.Tentschert gave us an $100.00 donation for GSMC. Yay!!
Ferdinand Tentschert came into New York in 1854 and traveled to Marion County, IN. Showing up here in the 1860 Census. Did Register on the Civil War Draft Registration Records 1863-1865. Was held prisoner. In 1866 was listed in St. Louis MO. City Directory.
Stayed in St. Louis MO the rest of his life.
Our Society has assisted numerous researchers over the years, and we hope to help many more, If you have a problem, Marion County or not, let us know. Maybe you can be our next "Happy Client."
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
We recently received a donation of 5 excellent photos on heavy card stock of the Bruce family, probably from Marion County. The below two photos are Charles and Albert Bruce taken by the Wesley Bennett Studio in Indianapolis. In addition, we have a photo of Bruce's Bakery, of Mrs. James Bruce, and of "Grandpa and Bella Bruce." We would like to find a home for these high-quality family artifacts. Anyone have some ideas?
Sunday, June 13, 2021
We have completed the initial upload of the Indianapolis Union Railway Collection covered in the previous post. Members may now log in and use the files as needed. We may be able to add a photo grouping in the near future, if present plans work out. [Keep your fingers crossed.] We are also open to contributions from other historians and genealogists who may have Indianapolis railroad material. A physical donation is not required, as our scanners are standing by. Keep us in mind. Thanks.
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Our GSMC Members Resources continue to expand by leaps and bounds. We just created a new Members Section 3 on our website, and we started that location off by uploading our new Indianapolis Union Railway Collection.
Still under construction, we believe our IURC files are the only significant online resources focused on the railroad employees. In the 20th century the railroads were the largest employers in the country, including Indiana. Check out our new Section 3 and keep monitoring it as we continue to add more research files.