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Presented by: Patricia Sides, Evansville, Indiana

Patricia SidesIn 1869 the Vanderburgh Christian Home, aka Home for the Friendless, was founded by Eleanor E. Johnson “to assist women who have wandered from the path of virtue and who are desirous of leading better lives” and, often, to give up their “illegitimate” newborns for adoption. For more than 100 years the home was a beacon for the girl “in trouble.” Patricia “Pat” Sides, Archivist at Willard Library, tells the story of the charitable home from its founding to its closing. After her PowerPoint program, a TSGS member will give an update on Indiana’s new adoption law, which recently opened up older adoption records.

Patricia (“Pat”) Sides holds a master’s degree in history and has worked in historic preservation, museums, and libraries throughout her career. Since 2001, she has been Archivist at Willard Library, where she oversees the library’s local history collection. Some of her main duties involve working with the library’s vast collection of vintage Tri-State photos, presenting public programs, and developing history exhibits. Pat also enjoys researching and writing, and has authored numerous articles for Maturity Journal, the Courier & Press, and the daily online newspaper City-County Observer.

After the program:
There will be a brief business meeting with reports, then we will have a Mini Workshop featuring a report on the current Indiana Open Adoption records released July 1, 2018. We will also have members available for one on one research assistance.



Presented by: Dr. Mark Browning, Evansville, Indiana

Dr. Mark BrowningFor many years Charles Browning, founder of Browning Funeral Home in 1954, maintained a database of obituaries culled from the Evansville newspapers and made it available to the local public libraries and online. In time a Local History Database was created. The Browning family has expanded their number of databases and the areas they cover. Carrying on the legacy begun by his father, Dr. Mark Browning will navigate the newly-expanded website and demonstrate the easy accessibility of the information his family is so generously sharing for genealogists and researchers of local and military history.

Dr. Browning, Board Member of, continues the legacy of his father, Browning Genealogy logoCharles Browning, through his work directing the nonprofit archive. Mark is a hematologist oncologist, philanthropist, and advocate for cultural and historical preservation in Evansville and the Tri-State Area. He helped create and implement the database that provides “user friendly” genealogical information for more than 28 Tri-State counties. He assists with the development of internships with high schools and colleges to facilitate “active learning” for subsequent generations. Collaboration with many county libraries, high schools and universities is one of his missions to ensure sustainability of these historical preservation projects.

After the program:
There will have a brief business meeting with reports and then we will have a Mini Workshop featuring a report on the current Updates to the We will also have members available for one-on-one research assistance.

April 7th Sunday, Annual Anniversary Reception and Awards Ceremony

We will have a program, awards, and refreshments.




Presented by: Harold Morgan, Mt Vernon, Indiana

Harold MorganFor our Sunday anniversary reception, we’ve asked Harold Morgan to be our featured speaker. After researching on the history of Evansville, the city’s World War II years, and its transportation history, Harold Morgan is now focusing on schools and colleges in Vanderburgh County, which will be featured in his next book, Home Town History: Schools, Parks and Important Buildings in Evansville and the Tri-State.

Harold graduated from Reitz High School in 1954 and attended Evansville College and Murray State. After a career as a structural engineer for several companies, he retired and embarked on his “second career” as local historian and popular speaker. He has previously published five books: Home Front Heroes; Home Town History; Home Front Warriors; Home Front Soldiers; and Home Town History: Trains, Automobiles. His next book, to be released in the fall of 2018, will be Home Town History: Parks, Schools and Important Buildings. Harold’s books can be found at Barnes & Noble.

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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