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Editor’s note: This genealogy column ran in the Nov. 30, 2014, issue of the Tribune-Star.The Palatines of southwest Germany had immigrated to New York colony in 1710. They believed they were going to be given 40 acres of farmland immediately after ar

“It’s Howdy Doody Time!” Howdy Doody, Buffalo Bob, Clarabelle the Clown burst on the American television screen on the NBC network as “The Howdy Doody Show” in 1947 and captured the hearts of America’s “Baby Boomers.” The time was ripe for the show’

This week’s Historical Treasure at the Vigo County Historical Museum is the Indiana State University Distinguished Alumni Medallion presented to educator, civil rights pioneer, aviator and politician Willa Beatrice Brown Chappell (1906-1992). For her

The Palatinate is a region located in southwestern Germany that is the source of most of the earliest German immigrants to America. German immigration to North America began as early as the 1670s. These first immigrants were from rural areas – mainly farmers and craftsmen, poor, and not well educated. They traveled together in groups of related families and neighbors from particular towns. This story is about the migration of Palatines in 1709-10 to the Hudson River area of New York.

A photo restoration program called Restore by Vivid-Pix is a truly impressive product for rejuvenating faded photographs and making old documents readable again. The folks at VividPix have created an online genealogy game called “Where is Great-Uncle George?” to promote the Restore program.

Vigo County has long been proud of the educational opportunities offered to its young people. One place where this has been attested to is at the Vigo County Historical Museum. In its former site at Sixth and Washington streets, there was on display a model of an early elementary school. At the present location, on the second floor of the Vigo County History Center, is a room which depicts items related mostly to high schools of the early 20th century.

The federal census records over time changed with nearly every decade, asking different questions and containing various supplemental schedules. For each state many of these enumerations and schedules still exist but some don’t. So here is a kind of “cheat sheet” to use for quick reference when searching through the Indiana and Illinois federal censuses.

It doesn’t seem too far back a memory that I once browsed through the thin glossy pages of a Sears or J.C. Penney catalog. You might say it was the primitive beginnings of virtual shopping. As I circled with a marker the items, I hoped to one day pur

Editor's note: This genealogy column ran in the Feb. 18, 2007, issue of the Tribune-Star.If you take a beginning genealogy course you will often learn, as I did many years ago, that the 1790 census was destroyed by fire when the British invaded Washi

The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are an underused resource that can be very helpful to family historians. These maps were created starting in the 1850s by an insurance company to help identify the fire risk in towns and cities across the United States.

Today’s historical treasure from the Vigo County Historical Society Museum is a spice jar from Joseph Strong Co. A native of Ohio, Joseph Strong came to Terre Haute after serving in the Civil War, having met his future wife and Terre Haute resident,

Editor’s note: This genealogy column ran in the March 25, 2012, issue of the Tribune-Star.When you get back far enough in your family history, one of the most challenging tasks is locating information about the women in your family. Often, the furthe

Fully-intact family photo albums are cherished treasures, encapsulating all the highs and lows of a particular individual or group of people over many years. A complete African-American photo album is a particular rarity, and the Vigo County Historical Museum has a stellar example chronicling the life of Terre Haute school teacher, administrator and civic leader J. Allen Parks, fondly known to his students as Principal Parks.

If you’ve never checked out the Olive Tree Genealogy website, then you are missing out on a lot of free and worthwhile information. The site is currently listed as one of the “Best Genealogy Websites of 2021” by Family Tree Magazine.

If you have an ancestor who was living on the Great Plains in the 1870s and then seemed to suddenly disappear from the area, it might have been due to several monumental plagues of locusts that invaded and covered the states and territories of the Great Plains in the middle of that decade. The plagues started in 1874 and lasted through 1877; but their peak was 1875, which is known as the “Year of the Locust.”

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