Genealogical Society of Marion County
Welcome!  We are very excited about the many projects that are currently on-going at GSMC.  We'd love to have some extra hands to help out or feel free to start a new project. Everyone's efforts help make GSMC a premier site to research Marion County families.
 
Current Projects
 
Cemetery Project:
 
Calvary, Holy Cross and St. Joseph Catholic Cemeteries.
We are currently in the process of scanning burial cards ad daybooks from Calvary, Holy Cross and St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  Assistance in the following areas is needed
 
on-site    scanning burial cards with GSMC equipment
off-site    proofing scans, verifying scans are legible and in alphabetical or chronological order
off-site    adding to the GSMC database by indexing the daybooks and burial cards
 
Township Cemeteries
We are updating our website cemetery database to verify that it is as complete as possible.  This project includes seeking out various historical readings of cemeteries from various repositories, compare and contrast the data and walking the smaller cemeteries.
 
on-site   walking cemeteries
on-site   visit the Indiana State Library, township trustee office, cemetery/church office, etc seeking cemetery burial records
off-site   update GSMC website with updated data
 
Flanner and Buchanan cemeteries
on-site    scanning burial cards with GSMC equipment
off-site    proofing scans, verifying scans are legible and in alphabetical or chronological order
off-site    adding to the GSMC database by indexing the burial cards
 
Special Projects:
 
Indianapolis Public Schools Special Interest Group (IPS-SIG)
                “A Special Interest Group (SIG) is a community within a larger organization with a shared interest in advancing a specific area of knowledge, learning or technology where members cooperate to affect or to produce solutions within their particular field, and may communicate, meet, and organize workshops.”
                We would like to facilitate the discovering, gathering, preserving, and disseminating of historical and genealogical materials about and by the Indianapolis Public Schools, since the founding of the school system in 1853.
                If you would like to be a part of and participate in this effort, please contact us or drop by the GSMC Library, 9370 E. Washington St., Indianapolis. Some of us will be members of GSMC, the sponsoring group, but membership is not required.
                We encourage you to bring any IPS material you may have to show, tell, or scan. We have recently reorganized the IPS collection in the GSMC Library, and we welcome any ideas about further tactics and strategies for furthering the goals of IPS-SIG.
               
IOOF Records Project
     GSMC received permission to scan the death entries in the State IOOF Annual Reports from the 1830's to 1885. We took a scanning "kit" to the headquarters building at Rockville and Lyndhurst Roads on the westside and scanned the relevant pages from each volume. The scan was edited and placed on the GSMC website with a CD copy to the IOOF. Possibly more scans coming. (2-3 volunteers required) Contact rdarrah@att.net if interested.
 
County Commissioners Death Records Project
     GSMC volunteers will visit the Smith Library at the Indiana Historical Society and use the 3 volumes of WPA Marion County Commissioners Records from 1822 to 1840. They will view each page for Pauper death information, and key that information into a data file. The data file will be edited and indexed and placed on the GSMC website. (2 volunteers required.) Contact rdarrah@att.net if interested.
 
EBay Online Sales Project
    GSMC volunteers will set up a Society sales position on the EBay website, regularly place GSMC Board-approved materials online to be purchased. They will records sales, prepare shipping packages, and process sales orders. We are currently working on this. (2 volunteers required) Contact rdarrah@att.net if interested.
 
Publication Support Projects:
 
Family Quest Journal
The Society publishes a quarterly journal of Marion County genealogical data and requires an ongoing supply of small and medium sized articles for publication. Everyone is invited to develop materials for inclusion in the Journal. These materials can include information about families, communities, cemeteries, organizations, employers, governmental records, etc. Contact the Family Quest Editor
 
Indy Lineages Newsletter
The Society publishes a bi-monthly newsletter of topical articles of interest to members and other genealogists. Everyone is invited to develop materials for inclusion, including notices of events planned by other organizations or communities, happenings of interest, "How to" articles, personal experiences, etc. Contact the Indy Lineages Editor.