Sunday, February 18, 2018

Howard County Genealogical Society

The 2018 officers for the Howard County Genealogical Society are:
President - Karen Sosbe
Vice President - Kathy Smith
Secretary - Amanda Monroe
Treasurer - Pam Carter
Committees include:
Publicity - Cindy Stover
Book Chairman - Ron Tetrick
Newsletter Editor - Melanie Vess
Queries - Janice Blanchard
Library Liaison - Amy Russell

HCGS meetings are on the second Monday of each month from 6 to 8 pm in the lower level meeting rooms of KHCPL Main.  An enlightening and entertaining program is presented at each meeting.  Dues are $15 per year and new members are always welcome.  Call 765.626.0839 for more information.  Come join the fun.

Monday, February 5, 2018

February Display Case

Ron Tetrick has put together a display case to go along with the program that he will present to the Howard County Genealogical Society on Monday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.  The title is:
Newbury Preparative Meeting: Union Township, Howard County, Indiana, 1842-1857
Friends (Quakers) began settling around the Forks of the Wildcat Creek as early as 1842, when the land was still part of the Big Miami Indian Reserve.  Most came from Deer Creek Antislavery Monthly Meeting in Mill Township, Grant County, Indiana, but others came from Friends meetings in Henry, Randolph and Wayne counties.  Early family names were Bailey, Anderson, Mendenhall, Felton, Jones, Baldwin, Lancaster, Fry, Horine, Dean, Mason, Moorman, Wright, Ellis, and Macy.  Many moved farther west in the late 1850s and 1860s to Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.  Those who died here were buried at the Forks of Wildcat Creek Cemetery, Simpson Cemetery, Jerome Cemetery and New Salem Cemetery.  Only descendants of the Ellis, Horine and Mendenhall families remain in the county today.  The display shows how Union Township was created out of what had been Green Township; a photo of the cemetery; photos of some of the people who lived here from 1842 to 1860; and several tombstones of those who were buried here or farther west.  This is a part of our county history which never before had been documented.  This information will become part of our Vertical Files Collection after the HCGS presentation on February 12.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Climbing Your Family Tree Class

The Genealogy and Local History Department is again offering it's Climbing Your Family Tree class.  The class will be held from 9:15 - 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, & 24 at KHCPL Main.  This four-week beginning genealogy class will teach you how to begin climbing your family tree to find your ancestors using vital records, census records, and databases.  You will receive a three-ring binder full of helpful information.  The class is free but registration is required because class size is limited.  Register in the Genealogy and Local History Department or call 765.626.0839 beginning Feb 3. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Genealogy Humor

  • My ancestors must be in a witness protection program.
  • Success is relative - the greater the success, the more the relatives.
  • I'm not stuck, I'm ancestrally challenged.
  • A Family Tree can wither if nobody tends its roots.
  • That's the problem with the gene pool:  No lifeguards.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Genealogy Happenings in 2018

Now is the time to make genealogy plans for 2018.  Here are a few dates to remember:

Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2018
Roots Tech
Salt Lake City, Utah

Apr 11 - 14, 2018
Ohio Genealogical Society
Columbus, Ohio

Apr 28, 2018
IGS Annual Conference
New Albany, Indiana

May 2 - 5, 2018
NGS Family History Conference
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aug 22 - 25, 2018
FGS Annual Conference
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Kokomo Stars

Come in and view the January Display Case just outside the Genealogy and Local History Department door.  Janice Blanchard has put together a display of "Kokomo Stars".  These are famous people from the Kokomo area including Sylvia, Leon Ames, Strother Martin, Ryan White, and Norman Bridwell to name a few.  Is there a name you are not familiar with?  Come view the display and find out more about that "Kokomo Star."

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Genealogy Basics Class Reminder

Just a reminder, now is the time to sign up for the Genealogy Basics Class (It's Free), scheduled for 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 20 at KHCPL Main.  Feel free to bring your laptop if you have one.  Handouts will be provided.  Call 765-626-0839 to register.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Genealogy Humor

Snow, snow, cold, snow, and more cold, yes it is winter in Indiana.  How about some genealogy humor to take your mind off the snow and ice.
*My hobby is genealogy, and I raise dust bunnies as pets.
*You know you are addicted to Genealogy when you refer to cemeteries as ancestor farms and headstones as concrete evidence.
*A will is a dead giveaway.
*What do you mean my Birth Certificate expired?
*My family tree is lost in the forest.
*Only a genealogist regards a step backwards as progress.
*It's hard to believe that someday I'll be an ancestor.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Howard County Genealogical Society Membership

It's a new year.  Have you paid your dues for 2018?  Single/Family memberships for the Howard County Genealogical Society are available for $15.00.  Enjoy monthly meetings, informative programs, and friendships with people with like interests.  Send your membership fee to the Howard County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 176, Kokomo, Indiana 46903-0176 or pay in person at the Genealogy & Local History Department.  If you have questions, please call 765-626-0839.  Renew you membership or become a new member of HCGS.  Pay your dues now.  Don't miss out.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The National Desert Storm War Memorial Program

The National Desert Storm War Memorial (NDSWM) is a new national monument slated to be built by 2021 in Washington, D.C.  It honors the service members who served and died in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Teens and adults are invited to join us on Tuesday, January 16 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at KHCPL South as lead architect Randy Schumacher, AIA of CSO Architects and NDSWM board member, Desert Storm Veteran and Design Committee Vice Chair Kent Shively discuss the preliminary design as well as the status of the memorial.  Visit for information about the memorial.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

KHCPL will be closed Monday, January 15

All library locations will be closed on Monday, January 15 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Visit the Genealogy and Local History Department online at

Monday, January 8, 2018

Meeting Canceled

The Howard County Genealogical Society meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled because of the weather.  Be sure to attend next month on February 12th.  Stay warm, Spring is just around the corner. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Howard County Genealogical Society Meeting

The Howard County Genealogical Society will meet Monday, January 8, from 6 pm to 8 pm in Meeting Rooms A&B at the Main Library.  The program will be presented by Gil Porter on Family and Local History from a Writer's Perspective. 
The public is welcome and for more information call 765-626-0839.  Visit the Genealogy and Local History Department online at