Thursday, July 29, 2021

New FREE Database Entries

 1. If you want to see the history of our building and the surrounding area, look at the  new "Woodland Cemetery" article in the FREE files under "Cemetery + Mixed Sources." This article was found online by our 'cemetery sleuth'  Doug Scott.

2. We just added a very early financial file "Tax Assessments 1829" under the FREE "Tax Lists" category.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Silver Nook Anyone?

OK, GSMC needs your help. 
We have the below photo in our collection. 
It is labeled "Silver Nook Reunion, Sept. 11, 1938." 
We're drawing a blank here; what exactly is "Silver Nook?" 
Any super historians out there who can solve this puzzle?


Monday, July 26, 2021

Be Alert! Genealogy Is Everywhere!

We have a book in our library about the former Navistar/International Harvester plant on Brookville Road. It's lots of photos and lists of employees, but there is this interesting photo and article of the time before the plant arrived. Any Shimers out there?


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Brownsburg Library: DAR Program July 28

If you want a lineage tutorial or a DAR tutorial, 
plan to attend the below event and get up to speed.


Thursday, July 22, 2021

New Genealogy Added To Our Collection

A local genealogist gave us permission to scan 
this 160+ page genealogy of several Marion County families. 
Our volunteer Doug Scott completed that task yesterday, 
and this fine new asset is now in our library collection. 
A win-win occasion for all!


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Try To Follow This Book Donation!

    A woman called Barbara a few days ago, and said she had some books from her grandmother to donate to us. This kind of event is not too rare for us, so we said some ahead down.
    The granddaughter turned out to be a young mother with a toddler and a baby in a stroller. We carried in the two boxes she brought, which were about 20+ really new genealogy books, like the 2016 DNA volume below.
    There was an address sticker in this book that said "Wadeanne Nardo, Weirton, WV." This was her grandmother, and I told her I was born and raised a few miles downriver in Wheeling, WV. Weirton is in Hancock County and I told her my parents were married in Hancock County. I said I graduated from Triadelphia HS, in Wheeling, and she said she attended summer camp in Triadelphia. Now, how is that for a small world!
    [One more item: Wadeanne Campbell Nardo of Weirton, WV, graduated from Butler University and was married in the chapel there. The granddaughter lives here, so we received these books.] Don'tcha love genealogy!!


Monday, July 19, 2021

Lots of Bargains Available

Check these three tabs on the left side of the GSMC website home page. We have many great genealogy resources listed at rock bottom prices. Now is the time to stock up your personal library. 


Friday, July 16, 2021

Emmerich Manual Moves On

 Manual drops its nickname as school transitions to new leadership

             The old nickname "Redskins" will officially be retired at Manual High School after more than 90 years.

            The Indiana High School Athletic Association approved a merger of the sports teams at Christel House Watanabe and Emmerich Manual, which currently occupy the same Southside building. The merger “allows the schools to increase sports offerings and provide many more opportunities for student athletes as the Manual program winds down” by the end of the 2022-23 school year.

            The new name: The Christel House at Manual Eagles. The new colors: The eagle mascot and logo will incorporate the blue and gold of Christel House and the red and white of Manual. The old name, which first appeared in articles referencing Manual’s sports teams in the early 1930s, will officially go by the wayside.

            Christel House, a charter school, assumed management of Manual in July of 2020 after the school was returned to Indianapolis Public Schools after a state takeover in 2012. Christel House executive director Sarah Weimer said it was clear through the innovation agreement with IPS that keeping some of the Manual tradition alive was important to alumni.

                        Manual, which opened in 1895, is one of the state’s oldest schools, though nicknames of athletic teams were not commonplace until the late 1920s and early ‘30s. In newspaper articles, teams at Manual were frequently called the “red and white” until 1930, when the nickname now being dropped became prevalent.

[Edited from an article By Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, July 13, 2021]


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Lawrence Central Yearbooks Gift

We were gifted with six Lawrence Central High School "Bears Den" yearbooks today at our library. Genealogist Kerry Steiner donated books for 1950,51,52,53,54, and 57 to our library collection, more than tripling our holdings for this school. Ms. Steiner donated the books in honor of her mother Claudia Reager Steiner, LCHS Class of 1956, and former school reunion coordinator. All of us at GSMC thank Kerry for this collection. Come see these items in our library.


Monday, July 12, 2021

GSMC Adds New Mortality Index

     GSMC has just added an alphabetical index to 14,000 1874-1881 Marion County mortality records. These records, originally extracted by Jane Darlington, cover the ten years prior to the 1882 state-mandated beginning date for those records.

    GSMC now has the only online listing of these records, just another research perk for our members. They are listed in our Members Section 1.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Another Data-Packed Abstract Added

Thanks to the generosity of a local genealogist, we were able to scan and add the below abstract to our growing collection.

We snipped out this little piece to illustrate some of the great details these abstracts can provide. 


Thursday, July 8, 2021

Great New Martin Genealogies Added

Bill Martin of Venice, Florida, sent us his two new genealogies for our collection. Lots of Indy connections and collateral lines of Hylton, Dayton, Spicklemire, Saunders, Browning, Howell, and lots more. Look them over in our library next Wednesday.


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Any Native American Ancestry?

A new National Archives resource for Native American lineages is now online. 
Lots of treaties were signed in the early 19th century--many in and around Indiana. 
They affected the lives of the natives that were in this continent prior to the Europeans arrival. 
Some might be yours!


Sunday, July 4, 2021

First Families Society Fires Off July Fourth

 In honor of the 200th Anniversary of the creation of Marion County in 1822,


First Families of Marion County Society (FFMC)

, the first lineage group to be founded by the Genealogical Society of Marion County, officially begins operations on July 4, 2021.

            The FFMC is designed to both honor the 200th anniversary of the county, but also  to offer a rigorous challenge to GSMC genealogists.

            To qualify for the First Families Society, GSMC members must prove a direct lineage line back to a resident of Marion County on or prior to June 1, 1850, the date of the Federal Census.

            Interested applicants should visit the GSMC website, select the “First Families” tab, read the instructions, print the Application Form, and follow the indicated directions.

            The FFMC uses a lineage style that is very similar to SAR, DAR, Indiana Pioneers, or Society of 1812 applications, all of which can be used as proof.

            The initial submission period ends on December 31, 2021, and all applications should be postmarked by that deadline.


             Don’t wait! Visit the GSMC website at for further guidance and feel free to email with questions. The first Induction Class will be honored at the GSMC monthly meeting in April 2022..

            June 1850 was way back in our county history--are you up to the challenge???


Thursday, July 1, 2021

Watch This Spot On July 4th!

On Independence Day,
 the Genealogical Society of Marion County
will unveil an exciting new program. 

 You'll want to take a look right here!