General Club Events
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Chair: Amy Harbor 426-1438
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.
Meeting dates will be:
August 28 – Military Records - Mary Anne Robinson will share the military records she obtained for her father, and will walk us through the process of getting them
October 2 - Cemetery Outing to take photos for findagrave.com
November 6 - Websites for getting started in genealogy - focusing on free websites for the beginner (ie: not ancestry.com)
December 4 - visit to the Family History Center at the LDS church in West Lafayette
January 8 - Service project at the Tippecanoe County Historical Association
February 5 - Finding and Using Church Records
March 5 - possible speaker on DNA testing
April 2 - Speaker from the Indiana DNR about Cemetery Restoration
May 7 - possible outing to clean gravestones at a Tippecanoe County pioneer cemetery
June 4 - planning for 2018-2019 year
All of this is subject to change with the availability of speakers, etc.