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September 29, 2013

GENEALOGY: Indiana African American Genealogy conference set

TERRE HAUTE — The Indiana African American Genealogy Group is presenting its annual conference titled “Putting the Pieces Together,” on Oct. 19 at Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St., in downtown Indianapolis.

The conference begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. Sessions include “Black Migration Patterns Into Indiana” at 9 a.m., “Indirect Evidence: When Perry Mason Is Not on Your Side” at 10:45 a.m. “Beyond Fort Wayne and Newberry: Welcome to Other Midwest Archives” at 1 p.m. and “Pathways to Freedom — 150th Anniversary and Juneteenth” at 2 p.m. The speakers will be Modupe Labode, assistant professor of history at IUPUI; Harold Henderson, certified genealogist; and attorneys Faye Williams and Charles K. Barker.

The cost of the conference is $25 for IAAGG members who preregister by Oct. 1, or $30 for members at the door; and $35 for non-members who preregister by Oct. 1 or $40 for non-members at the door. Lunch is not included; there is a restaurant in the museum and others nearby.

Register at www.iaagg.org/annual-genealogy-conference/; by mail at IAAGG, P.O. Box 1811, Indianapolis, IN 46206; or contact Tamara Winfrey Harris at 773-354-6910 for more information. Email info@iaagg.org for more information about the IAAGG.

Query

I am trying to find parents and siblings of Elijah D. Burress. He is buried in the Sullivan County Burris Cemetery. He was born on Jan. 16, 1805, in Tennessee, and died on June 7, 1881, in Sullivan County, Ind. He married Susannah Zink about 1839. They had the following children: 1) Elisha, married Mary Ann Secrest; 2) Louisa Jane, married Jacob Secrest; 3) Nancy Caroline, married James Hayes, and they lived in Dick Johnson Township, Clay County, Ind.; 4) Mary Elizabeth, married High Headley, and they lived in Shannon County, Mo.; 5) Matthew J. or John Matthew, married Elza Hawk/Howk; 6) Amos Pierce, married Sara Jane Secrest; 7) James A., married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Borders, and she later married Henry A. Burris; 8) Samuel S., married Martha Stanley and Lettie Heath. If anyone has any information on Elijah Burris’ parents, siblings or children, I would deeply appreciate hearing from you. Contact Ronnie Burris at ronnieb1@att.net.

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