News & Events — Fall & Winter 2019

General meetings of the Tri-State Genealogical Society are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Browning Gallery*, Willard Library, 21 First Ave., Evansville, IN 47710. Occasionally TSGS will present, or be part of, additional events at Willard Library taking place at other dates and times; those events, along with their respective dates and times, will be posted on this page.

In case of inclement weather, call the library at 812-425-4309 to check for cancellations, or go to the TSGS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tristategenealogicalsociety42/ . All programs are free and open to the public. You may register at https:www.willard.lib.in.us/events/genealogy .

*The September meeting is held in the Lankford Reading Room, adjacent to the  Browning Gallery.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Before 1850: Strategies for Early American Research

Presented by Jacob Eubanks

Beginning genealogists with access to census and vital records may not encounter an actual research challenge until the 1840s. Successful research prior to the 1850 census (the first census to list the names and ages of everyone in a household) requires the genealogist to structure research around multiple events within the context of each individual generation. Through a series of case studies, learn how identifying key generational events and the records produced due to those events can aid a genealogist in identifying ancestors and resolving evidentiary conflicts.

Jacob Eubanks, MLS, is a librarian, author, and national speaker in the field of genealogical research and is the Assistant Manager of History and Genealogy at St. Louis County Library. Jacob’s rag-tag group of Appalachian ancestors found their way from the Mid-Atlantic to Indiana and Kentucky and by the mid-1850s, Eastern Kansas, Northwest Arkansas, and Southern Missouri. These ancestors left behind a challenging genealogical road map, one that Jacob uses to guide others in their early American research.


Saturday, November 2, 2019 — 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Lineage Society Workshop

If you’ve been thinking about joining the DAR, SAR, or another lineage society–or, if you’re just curious about them and would like to find more information, this workshop is for you. Vannetta McDowell, TSGS president, will present How to Use Your Pedigree Sheet or Family Tree to Fill Out Your Lineage Worksheets. Melinda King, registrar of the INSDAR, will discuss What Documents You Need That Count as Proof and Where to Find Them.

Representatives from a number of organizations will be on hand to answer questions and offer personal guidance toward applying for membership. They include:

John G. West, president, and John Young, registrar, Ohio Valley Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)

Debby Ludwig, registrar, and Sharron Mattingly, assistant registrar, Captain Henry Vanderburgh Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

Brenda Black, regent, Captain Jacob Warrick DAR

Vannetta McDowell, senior president, and Luke Pettijohn, society president, Evansville Society Children of the American Revolution (CAR)

Molly Hall, regent, Eli Huston Murray Chapter National Society of Daughters of the Union (NSDU) 1861-1865 (Civil War)

Dennis Hutchison, commander, and David Hoesli, member, John Foster Camp #2 Sons of the Union Veterans (SUVCW)

Cheri Baumberger, president, Hugh McGary Sr, 1812 Society

Rebecca Shelton, state president, Colonial Dames 17c

Cynthia Byxbee, National Society Descendants of American Farmers

Members of the Indiana Pioneers will be available to answer your questions.

A representative from Browning Genealogy will be on hand at a display table.

Vannetta McDowell, president, and Shirley Risinger, program chair, will answer your questions regarding the Tri-State Genealogical Society.

As with all of our meetings and events, registration is not required but is recommended, and can be done so by using the link near the top of this page.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Navigating Browning Genealogy–A 70-Minute Tour

A TLEU Learning Event**

This workshop offers a brief history of Browning Genealogy and the familiar obituary and local history databases that have been maintained for many years by the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library. In addition, an overview of “Global Search” will be presented, and the workshop explores the obituary databases for Southern Indiana, Illinois, and Western Kentucky, as well as databases for Western Kentucky history, all on the Browning Genealogy website.

Other BG website databases covered: Cemeteries in Southern Indiana, Veterans, Immigration, 175 Years of Business Entity Records in the Vanderburgh County Recorder’s Office, yearbooks for St. Mary’s and Deaconess schools of nursing, historic monuments of the Henry Vanderburgh Chapter of the DAR, and Igleheart Gardens. Finally, the workshop looks at the Browning Genealogy Channel on YouTube.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops or tablets to follow along. Time will be allowed at the end of the program for questions and answers.

The work and passion of Charles Browning, the results of which are seen in the Browning Obituary and Local History Databases, is carried on by Dr. Mark Browning, Kira Long, John Dowell, and Jeannie Hester through the remarkable website of easily accessible information, continuing the family’s generosity in sharing with genealogists and researchers of local and military history.

**Librarians and library workers seeking 1 TLEU from this presentation should register ahead of time and specify that they are seeking a certificate, which will be available after the presentation.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

DNA + Genealogy

How Multiple Resources Combine to Solve Family Mysteries

Presented by Andy Lee

Genetic genealogy creates an additional record to solve family mysteries, but it often cannot stand alone. The parents and life story of Benjamin Freeman Lee was an unsolved case for over 40 years until DNA cracked the brick wall. DNA, combined with traditional genealogy records, unravel a cold case in a very unexpected way.

Andy Lee has been involved in family history research for 30 years. He enjoys researching ancestors from Sacramento, California, upstate New York, and St. Keverne, Cornwall, England. As a trained speaker with Toastmaster’s International, Andy has won several storytelling contests. He teaches throughout the U.S. and Canada at conferences and local societies on subjects such as DNA, writing, beginning genealogy, and various tools to incorporate in your hobby. In 2016, he and his wife started the Family History Fanatics YouTube channel which has grown to be one of the most popular genealogy-related channels on YouTube. Videos are usually 7-10 minutes long, focus on a single topic, and are posted twice a week. He’s the co-author of the best-selling DNA Q&A and A Recipe for Writing Family History as well as other family history-related books. Andy graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and works in the oil and gas industry. He and his wife have five children.

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