Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October events - We need YOU!

Only a week and a half until our 33rd Genealogy for Night Owls.  Come join us Friday Oct. 18 from 5:30 until midnight for fun, food, prizes, and research.  We will begin the evening with a catered buffet dinner, share our search needs, draw for door prizes and spend lots of time researching.  We have 2 short programs planned.....Land Records and How Can DNA Research Help in Genealogy?  The cost to come is $15.25 for members of the Howard County Genealogical Society and $17.25 for non-members.  This charge covers the cost of the meal.   While you are here, check out the books we have for our Silent Auction.  Proceeds from the Silent Auction go to the Howard County Genealogical Society.  They use the $$$ to do neat things for us!  Please come.  You'll have loads of fun.

Come to the GLHD to register and pay your fee (we need the headcount so there is enough food!)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Gear up for some hard hitting Genealogy work!!

Fall is here and summer activies should be winding down.  We have plans in GLHD and it's time to get moving on your genealogy research!

Saturday Sept. 28 (10:00 AM - noon) is the day members of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) will be here to help you with your paperwork.  This isn't just for women, either.  Men are welcome.  DAR members will help you look for links for any of the women in your family or for your own links for SAR membership. 

Friday Oct. 18 (5:30 to midnight) is our 33rd semi-annual Genealogy for Nite Owls.  We will have the library to ourselves and plenty of time for fun and research.  Our catered meal will begin at 6:00 and door prizes will be awarded all evening.  We have 2 instructional sessions planned for anyone who needs a break.  Ron Tetrick will talk about Land Records and How Can DNA Research Help in Genealogy?  The cost for the evening will be $15.25 for members of the Howard County Genealogical Society and $17.25 for non-members.  Please come in to the department anytime before Oct. 16 to sign up and pay the fee. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

As a reminder - Next Monday, September 9 is the Howard County Genealogical Society monthly meeting.  The meeting begins at 6 and will end by 8.  There will be a short business meeting, refreshments, and a program.  This month's program will be a talk and power point about the Daughters of the American Revolution - DAR. 

Later in the month - Saturday, September 28 will be a DAR workshop for any one interested in joining.  As a matter of fact, you don't even have to join (I'm looking at you males in the audience).  We can help with your research also.  Perhaps your wife or daughter would like to join.  Or, maybe you are looking for a Revolution ancestor so you can join SAR or SR.  We will be happy to see you, Saturday Sept 28 10:00 until noon. 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Some upcoming genealogy happenins' is offering free access to Immigration and Travel Records for the Labor Day weekend.   Good time to get some free info!

Also, a library in Michigan is giving a free course on Preserving Family Treasures: 

 MCLS invites you to view "Preserving Family Treasures" on September 9, 2013 at 6 PM (Eastern Daylight Time). You can attend in-person at the Delta Township District Library in Lansing, Michigan or online via live stream here: No log-in is necessary. This event will be recorded and made available in the future. This event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to share this information with your patrons and to host viewing parties at your library.

Do you have grandma’s wedding gown, a tintype of a great-great uncle during the Civil War or even the family bible from the old country? Family and personal historical collections are a diary of where we come from and what is important to us. Most of these collections are stored in attics, basements or under other conditions which constantly place them in harm’s way.

Internationally recognized preservationist and the ALA 2012 Ken Haycock Award winner Jeanne Drewes'  presentation will focus on appropriate storage environments, enclosure options for varying formats, steps to mitigate damage and handling instructions.  If you are a family historian or the caretaker of a small library or historical society collection this is a wonderful opportunity to learn from the very best. You may bring materials for recommendations from Ms. Drewes after her public presentation.

Ms Drewes currently serves as Chief of Binding and Collections Care in the Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress and as Manager for the Mass Deacidification Program.

Librarian for Conservation and Digitization at the Library of Michigan Kevin Driedger will also join the conversation during the Q and A period of this event.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A chat from the new person

Oh my...look how time has been flying!  I fully intended to pick up this blog just where Marcia left off.  Ahhh...such good intentions.

The weeks (and months) since Marcia left have been busy.  I'll start with a brief introduction.  I am Amy Russell.  I was born in Niagara Falls, NY, but have lived in Kokomo since I was 2.  I am a graduate of Kokomo High School, Purdue University and Indiana University.  My library career began here at KHCPL (KPL then) fresh out of college as the County Bookmobile Librarian.  I left after 3 years to take a job in the Library at Haynes International.  I returned to KHCPL as a volunteer in 2010 and am now the Head of the Genealogy & Local History Department.  (Volunteers take note.  This is a way to a career path).

We have also added a new member to the Digitization portion of our department.  We were sad to let Janet Winrotte move on to a new adventure but delighted to welcome Melanie Vess.  Melanie came to us from the Adult and Teen Department and has been diligently learning the digi side of genealogy and local history.  Melanie ably supervised a summer student and is keeping some of our volunteers busy.  Of course Janice Blanchard and Ron Tetrick are still the friendly folks who greet you as you come in and will help with your requests.  You might also see a couple of our substitutes - Joe Rayl and Cindy Stover helping us with desk duties. 

We have lots of plans for fall and I will get to them in another entry.  Meanwhile, watch for announcements on a DAR workday (Sept 28), our 33rd NightOwls evening (Oct 18) and another trip to the Allen County Public Library (Nov. 9). 


Monday, April 22, 2013

What Will the Future Bring?

Goodbye, Marcia

Just a note to let you know that I am retiring and my last day to work at KHCPL will be April 24.  I am very excited about this but also very sad to leave this wonderful position as head of the Genealogy & Local History Department at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library.  I have enjoyed this remarkable part of my life for the last 11 years.  I look forward to seeing what my next adventure will bring for I will be moving to Wisconsin (yes North not South, Brrrrrr) to be near my oldest son & his family.  I have never lived outside of the great state of Indiana so this will be a new experience for me.  I also plan to spend time working on my own genealogy for a change.

Hello, Amy
The new Head of GLHD is Amy Russell.  She is also a MLS degreed person with many years of experience.  Amy will be taking over the responsibility of this BLOG and she will keep you up to date on the department and the Howard County Genealogical Society.
My best to you all - Marcia

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Launching of the Kokomo Victory Ship

Library board member Clee Oliver recently loaned us a family scrapbook to scan and put on the Howard County Memory Project.  Mrs. Clara Maddox is Clee’s grandmother.  She was selected as the Indiana War Mother of 1945 because she had seven sons in the military at that time.  She was also the Mother of Honor at the December 18, 1944 launching of the S.S. Kokomo Victory, one of the cargo ships built during World War II.  The pictures also show the life rafts and lifeboats made at the Globe plant in Kokomo.  View this wonderful addition to the Memory Project at

New Books in the Department

We have added a few new books to our Howard County collection.  Come in and take a look at them.
B.F. Jones Kokomo Directory, 1889 (IN/Howard)
History of North Union Cemetery, 1865-2009 (IN/Howard)
One of Howard County Firsts: Bassett Cemetery (IN/Howard)
Howard County, Indiana 2005 Plat Book (IN/Howard)
Miscellaneous Obituaries, Vol. 1,2,3 (IN/Howard)
Howard County Genealogical Society 1972-2012(IN/Howard/B)
Wayman Chapel A.M.C., 1982 (IN/Howard/C)
Indiana Reflections (IN/Howard/LA)
Kat Kaller ’57-’58 (IN/Howard/S)
Kokomo High School Class of 1937 (IN/Howard/S)
For more information about these books, call 765-626-0839 or visit our website at .

Monday, February 25, 2013

Howard County Genealogical Society Meeting

The Howard County Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in Meeting Rooms A&B at the Main Library. The speaker will be Genealogy Assistant, Ron Tetrick with a program entitled "Faith of Our Fathers". The public is welcome and for more information call 765-626-0839. Visit the Genealogy and Local History Department online at

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

HCGS Officers & Committee Chairs for 2013

The officers and committee chairs for 2013 for the Howard County Genealogical Society are as follows:  President-John Morr, 1st Vice Pres-Marcia Ford, 2nd Vice Pres-Cindy Stover, Secretary-Cindy Morr, Treasurer-Janet Winrotte, Book Chairman-Ron Tetrick, Newsletter Editor-Marcia Ford, Program Chair-Marcia Ford, Publicity Chair-Cindy Stover, and Queries-Janice Blanchard.
Meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the first Monday of the month April through October and at 10:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month November through March.  The meetings are held in the meeting room of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library main branch.
Visit our new website at

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Thanks to Our Volunteers

The Volunteers in the Genealogy & Local History Department have completed another year of giving of their time and efforts so that our department can be successful in its endeavors. Our volunteers assist us with many projects that the staff would not have time to do.  Our wonderful and devoted group of volunteers work on compiling obituary books, indexing of local court record microfilms, filing, cemetery databases, processing books, creating displays, shelving, research, digitization and more.
Our 2012 volunteers include Ed Beheler, Debra Beheler, Aaron Blessinger, Gayle Eikenberry, Cheryl Genovese, Mary Jo Kaspar, Amy Russell, Pat Tracewell, Kate Washburn, Janice Weaver, and Vivian White.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Two Indiana Sites Named to Top 75 List

Rick Crume has posted his Top 75 State Websites of 2012.  Two Indiana sites made his list.  Mr. Crume says, "Tracking down state-level genealogy records - births, marriages, deaths and more - can be exhausting work, but each year it gets easier and easier as more state historical societies and archives digitize collections and post them online for you to browse or search."
From Indiana:
The Indiana State Digital Archives  - Thanks to the work of volunteers, this site now boasts more than 2.8 million searchable records, including military, naturalization and prison records.  Naturalization records from other counties are on the way.
Indiana State Library: Genealogy Collection - Click on Databases to search indexes to marriages, deaths, biographies and newspapers.  The VINE database has Indiana local history and vital records from libraries, historical societies and genealogical societies.
Visit the Genealogy & Local History Department at and our digital collection at