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Beekeepers and Bank Robbers

So, I never knew my great grandparents were bee keepers.

Site searchThis might not sound like a big deal, but when you are researching your family history, finding fun facts like these can make the story that much more complete and interesting. I found a reference to their involvement in a beekeeping convention in a 1920 newspaper article from the Mooresville Times.

We have been discovering a lot of interesting facts about people and events with our new newspaper database. Researchers have found ancestors on both sides of the law (both arrest records and reports of stopping crime). We have found texts of speeches made to the state legislature, how Hoosiers coped with the 1913 flood, and advertisements to early businesses in the state.

Newspapers can be a great source for research and now they are much easier to search and access. The Indiana Historical Society recently partnered with Newspaper Archive to digitize 5,625 reels of microfilm, which represents more than 2.5 million newspaper page images dated 1924 or earlier. Now, 760 individual Indiana newspaper titles representing the vast majority of the state are now available for research on the web. Researchers can search newspaper pages by keyword or browse particular issues. To make the news even better, folks can access the database for free in the reference room of IHS’s William Henry Smith Memorial Library.

The Library is open to the public fro 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. If you are unable to visit, personal subscriptions are available for purchase through NewspaperArchive.com. Come and try the new database – maybe your ancestor was a beekeeper or a bank robber!

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1. C. Byron Buckley says

May 2, 2013 at 1:56 p.m.
Suzanne, do you think that any of the newspaper data bases would have anything on "Skyline Bill," Montana's ambassador to Indiana who lived in both Vernon, IN (The North Vernon Plain Dealer and Sun newspaper) and Montana. He looked like Buffalo Bill and was a Montana deputy. He brought The West to North Vernon, IN and died in the fifties - quite a character! Thanks, Byron cbyronbuckley@aol.com