Marjorie Weiler-Powell became passively interested in genealogy in high school by watching her mother keep track of relatives’ births and weddings, “but when my daughters joined 4-H and attempted the genealogy project, I became an active genealogy researcher,” she admits.
The Batesville resident, who grew up on a farm near Lawrenceville, where her parents still reside, is fascinated by this science because “my ancestors’ triumphs and discouragements are what made me into the person I am today. It is a history of me.”
The mother of two daughters (Brittany, a portrait photographer finishing her degree at Brooks Institute of Photography in California; and Shelley, a singer attending Indiana State University, double majoring in vocal performance and teaching) is married to Jim Powell, a teacher for the visually handicapped in area schools.
Powell’s other hobbies include singing, crocheting and embroidery. In her free time, she enjoys Sudoku, cryptoquip word ciphers, reading murder mysteries and “watching any movie with Sean Connery in it.”
She is involved in the Tri-County Genealogical Society, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Genealogical Society, Dearborn County Historical Society and Palatines to America.
Getting started in genealogy research: Begin by documenting yourself. Who doesn’t like to talk about themselves? Just put it in writing. Record names, dates and places and personal information that is an important part of your life. Volunteering to abstract data from sources is an excellent way to become familiar with the information to be found on records, to practice reading cursive and to further the cause of genealogy. IGS, in conjunction with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has a project for abstracting the marriage record data in Indiana county records and eventually putting it online for everyone free of charge. Go to www.indgensoc.org to sign up.
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