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TSGS Meetings for Fall 2018

Meetings start at 6:00 p.m. in the Browning Gallery in the Lower Level at Willard Library.

The Tri-State Genealogical Society announces its program schedule for Fall 2018. All programs are in partnership with Willard Library, and will be held in the library’s Browning Gallery on the lower level. All programs are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a member to attend, but you are encouraged to register for each program at Willard Library’s website from our link below each program. (And don’t forget to enter the drawings for a free book published by the Tri-State Genealogical Society!)


Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Linda Saltzman McCall cropped reducedLinda Saltzman McCall is a genealogy enthusiast now living in Springfield, Illinois. In her program on Lineage Societies, she will offer general information and examples of lineage societies; discuss the benefits of the application process on her own research; and show how to find and clarify errors in family documents.

She is a member of the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the Indiana Genealogical Society, Inc., the Society of Indiana Pioneers, and Daughters of the American Revolution, Posey County Historical Society, Tri-State Genealogical Society, and the Friends of Genealogy at Chatham Area Library in Sangamon County, IL (rotating Chair).

McCall grew up in Posey County, Indiana, and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School. Her family farm in Springfield, Indiana, was homesteaded in 1816. Both her great-grandfather and grandmother lived into their 90s and were proud of their family histories. She grew up listening to their stories that encouraged her interest in genealogy from an early age. Old Beech Cemetery is very near the farm and all of her Saltzman ancestors are buried there.

At 17 she left for nurses training at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, and there she met and married her husband. After their respective graduations, they moved to Chatham, Illinois, her husband’s hometown, and have lived in that area since. She and her brother still own the family farm that received the Bicentennial Award in 2016 for having been in the same family for over 200 years. She has continued documentation in Posey County with family histories, photographing cemeteries, and gathering and sharing information at family reunions and local libraries.

Representatives for the following local chapters of their lineage societies will be on hand to answer questions: Thomas Sprigg Sr. Chapter (Evansville), National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century; Captain Henry Vanderburgh Chapter (Evansville), National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; Captain Jacob Warrick Chapter (Boonville), National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; Hugh McGary Sr. Chapter (Newburgh), National Society United States Daughters of 1812; Brigadier General Eli Huston Murray Chapter, United Daughters of the Union 1861-1865; Evansville Society, National Society Children of the American Revolution. Both Brigadier General Eli Huston Murray U.D. and the Evansville Society C.A.R. meet in various locations in the Tri State area.

To register for Linda Saltzman McCall’s program, click here.

Tuesday,  13 November 2018

Mary Ann Mathews

MaryAnne Mathews, of Indianapolis, Indiana, will present her play, Mrs. President: A Visit with Mary Lincoln. The play depicts the former first lady in the last year of her life, while she is living in her sister’s home in Springfield, Illinois. The audience, in the role of unexpected visitors of Mrs. Lincoln, is invited to tea and listens to her reminiscing about periods of her life. The play runs slightly less than an hour, after which questions are encouraged.

In other appearances as Mrs. Lincoln, Mathews has portrayed Mrs. Lincoln in particular years, such as 1861, when she was full of enthusiasm and optimism about her new role as America’s first lady and could talk about her sons with affection, prior to Willie’s death. This is more of a casual program, an ad-lib, meet-and-greet type of program, perhaps more appropriate with casual audiences who are coming in and out of a venue, or for visiting classrooms for a brief period of time.

To register for Mrs. President: A Visit with Mary Lincoln, click here.


Tuesday, 11 December 2018Mark Soper reduced

“Saving Grandma’s Photo Album” is the topic of Mark Soper’s program in December. Vannetta McDowell, TSGS President, will lead off the program by discussing the importance of saving family photos before it’s too late. She will also suggest what to take in your genealogy bag to holiday (or any) family gatherings that will help you quickly capture photographs shared by other family members that you have never seen before.

She will then introduce Mr. Soper for his program in which he will demonstrate photo scanning and archiving techniques, and the steps toward transforming and digitally repairing a photo, using Photoshop Elements.

Mark Soper is the author of more than 30 books on technology that are available in many languages around the world. Two of his books were on digital photography: Easy Digital Cameras and The Shot Doctor: The Amateur’s Guide to Taking Great Digital Photos. As an instructor at IVY Tech Community College of Evansville, Soper has taught photo editing and archiving.

He has digitized several historic photo collections for area libraries, including The Workingman’s Institute in New Harmony, the Princeton (Indiana) Public Library, and the University of Southern Indiana archives. He has presented programs on photo digitizing and restoration for the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library and Willard Library.

With family gatherings coming up for the holidays, this is a good time to learn more about digitizing and archiving your family’s photo collection.

To register for “Saving Grandma’s Photo Album,” click here.


For more than 40 years, the Tri-State Genealogical Society has presented programs with the goal of educating, informing and promoting proper genealogical research to beginning and advanced genealogists and to the public at large with an interest in genealogy. The programs are the featured events at the monthly meetings, which are held on the second Tuesday of each month from September through June. Meetings are not held in July and August. The public is welcome, and while membership in TSGS is encouraged, it is not required to attend the meetings.

From its inception, TSGS has donated books, microfilms, and other research materials that are available in the Special Collections Department at Willard Library, 21 First Avenue, Evansville, IN 47710. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information on programs or the Tri-State Genealogical Society, contact or follow TSGS on Facebook at .




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