Thursday, March 18, 2010

Local Author Norman Bridwell

Norman Bridwell, author of the popular Clifford the Big Red Dog books was born in Kokomo and has never forgotten his roots. Several family pictures can be viewed as our most recent addition to the Howard County Memory Project at

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2010 Census

Now is the time to stand up and be counted. We as genealogy enthusiasts sometimes forget that the Census was not created just so that we could find our ancestors.

Census data affects more than $400 billion per year in federal funding for public health, transportation, school classrooms and teachers, libraries, water and sewer services, electric lines, natural gas service, computer broadband, roads and highways, fire and police protection--and much more. The head count alone determines the number of representatives your state will have to Congress, and that your local district will have in your state legislative bodies. If enough people in your area avoid the census, then you could lose representation in your government.

The census consists of 10 questions which will take you about 10 minutes. Census questionnaires will be delivered to each household in March. Between April and July 2010, Census takers will visit households that did not return the census form by mail. For more information and to see the questions go to

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

"Who Do You Think You Are?"

This is the title of a new prime time series to air Friday, March 5 at 8/7 Central on NBC. and NBC will bring us the stories of seven notable people, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Lisa Kudrow, Mathew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon and Spike Lee. This program also highlights the ideas and research strategies that will benefit our own search for family stories.
Also, don't forget the last in the series "Faces of America". This inspiring series ends tomorrow night on PBS at 8 p.m. with the last installment. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I have.
We are very fortunate to have these programs. What a plus for the genealogy world. Enjoy.
Visit the Genealogy Department online at