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August 18, 2012

GENEALOGY: Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair set

TERRE HAUTE — Sponsored by the Indiana State Library, the Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair will be from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in downtown Indianapolis. The fair includes programs, library and society information booths, and offerings by commercial vendors. Throughout the day there will be three free presentations offered:

Digging for Data in Back Rooms and Basements. “This program will discuss funeral home and cemetery records, including how to approach these companies and organizations to see what records are available and the reliability of those records.” Presented by Bruce Oakley, researcher and funeral director.  

Your Grandma Wasn’t a Cherokee Princess. “Specific problems encountered with researching Native American ancestry.” Presented by Dark Rain Thom, author and family historian.

Genealogy is like a Potato. “How to make your ancestry come alive!” Presented by James Alexander Thom, author and researcher.

The Indiana State Library is at 315 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis, with several parking lots nearby. The Library was established in 1825 and contains a large genealogy collection in a special wing. The Library’s award-winning website affirms that “The Genealogy Collection has developed over time to become one of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest. The collection includes 40,000 printed items (family histories, indexes to records, how-to books, cemetery transcriptions, family history magazines, and more) as well as microfilmed federal census records, Indiana county records, passenger lists, and military pension information. The collection includes hundreds of CDs with family history information. The emphasis of the collection is on Indiana and bordering states, as well as eastern and southern states.”

This website won Family Tree Magazine’s Best State Websites award in 2011. Visit it at Click on “databases,” and explore all of the on-line information that the Library has to offer.


• My grandfather and great grandfather, both named Harvey S. Ludington, were born in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Both were surveyors for the government. I understand that the elder Harvey did the surveying for the original sites of Danville and also did the auctioning for the parcels of land at the land sale. Would like proof of this. Also searching for information such as death, marriage, and general information regarding this family. Harvey S. Ludington Sr. married Catherine Williams. Thank you, Fred Jones, phone (360) 307-0065, address 3060 McWilliams Road NE, Bremerton, WA 98311.

• Looking for information on William Matison/Madison Phillips, born November 6, 1861, in Clay County, Indiana. At some point he went to Morgan County, Indiana, and married on Dec. 24, 1882, to Martilla or Mertilda Parker, born July 25, 1858, and died Oct. 10, 1945. They had several children. My line being through Clona Velna Phillips, born Feb. 27, 1898. Hoping to find who his parents were. Please contact Anne Poindexter at email bear4dex@

• Researching the Keltz family in Parke, Vermillion, Vigo, and Clay Counties, Indiana. Would appreciate any genealogy information. Please contact Tony Keltz, Sr., at email Thank you.

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