General Club Events
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Co-Chairs: Amy Harbor 426-1438 and Deborah Jaffey 414-1629
Meetings: 1st Monday of the month, 1:30-3:00 pm September through June at the West Lafayette Public Library unless stated otherwise.
Participation Fee: None, except perhaps shared transportation on some field trips
Genealogy is the search for family history. We learn how to use information gleaned from oral traditions, historical records, even genetic analysis to build our family trees. Our members research for different reasons: to put their family in the context of history, or a desire to preserve the past for future generations, or just the satisfaction of solving a puzzle. Just beware – genealogy can become an addictive hobby!
We meet for 1-½ hours each month with a topic for discussion or a speaker. Our goal is to help members pursue their own genealogy journeys, whether their ancestors lived in Indiana or elsewhere in the US or in other countries, and whether they are beginners or experienced genealogists. Sometimes, we have field trips to genealogy libraries or local historical sites to learn about local resources. In recent years we’ve also organized annual sessions where we help other genealogists by fulfilling requests from findagrave.com at a local cemetery, and where we volunteer at the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. Both are ways to give back to the genealogical community-at-large. Members are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets that are Wi-Fi accessible when appropriate to the topic, but this is not necessary.
This meeting will be a summer round-up: we’ll share new discoveries, review the slightly revised schedule for this year’s meetings, and discuss volunteer needs for some of those meetings and for the PWC interest fair coming up in September. We will be meeting at our usual time of 1:30 pm, but a different location - The Daniel Turf Center, at 1340 Cherry Lane, West Lafayette, IN 47907.
Organizing your materials – digital and paper
findagrave.com volunteer outing
Breaking Down Brick Walls – members will submit their brick walls in advance of the meeting and we will brainstorm ways to break through them
Fieldtrip to Tippecanoe County Public Library to find out what resources they have for genealogists
Lineage Societies – DAR, the Mayflower Society, Colonial Dames and others; what’s out there, and how do you join them?
A survey of social media help sites and print resources
Work and Question Session; possibly more Brick Walls
TCHA service project
End of year Roundtable and planning for 2017-18