March News and Updates
What do the surnames Brown, White, Smith, Burns and Power have in common? If you said they are all five letters long you would only be half right. While researching family crests, I learned that these surnames rank among the top 100 Irish surnames! Now I bet if I had included Kelly, Doyle and Magee in that list you would have seen the Irish connection. The ethnic origin of surnames is not always so easily identified without doing some research! This Friday (March 7) the library will be celebrating the Irish during the hours of 6:00-8:00 P.M. for our Downtown First Friday celebration. The Genealogy Department will have a table set up with some Irish trivia, and our list of the top 100 Irish surnames. Come see if your name is on that list! And speaking of surnames, did you know our Department has several file cabinets full of surname files containing newspaper articles, genealogy information and pictures of local families? You can check out our list of surname files on the Howard County Memory Project to see if your name is included. Files are added and updated regularly.
Coming soon to the HCMP...
- We are currently working on a new collection of Kokomo Civic Theatre history for our Organization collection, thanks to patrons Doug North and Steve Hughes, both active members of the Kokomo Civic Theatre for years.
- Did you know there is a wonderful column in the Kokomo Tribune each Sunday highlighting couples who have been married over half a century? In the months ahead, we will be working to create a new collection entitled "Longtime Lovers" for the HCMP using this weekly newspaper column.
~The Howard County Memory Project website was established in 2002 and focused on local high school yearbooks. Within this site today, you will find multiple databases and digitized items especially for genealogy and local history researchers. We continue to add items of interest and we hope you will check back often as this site continues to grow.