Genealogy meeting to focus on using church records for ancestors

Randy Neuman
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The Huntington County Genealogy Society will meet Wednesday, March 7, in the Indiana Room at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting’s speaker will be Randy Neuman and the title of his presentation is “When the roll is call up yonder: How religious records can help to get to know your ancestors.” The presentation will focus on types of church and denominational records, how they can be accessed and the strengths and shortcomings of the information one will find. The society will also discuss the difference in the amount of historical records for the lay person and the clergy. Lastly, the society will touch on the difficulty in tracing some ancestors through the changes in denominational affiliations.

Neuman is the director of the United Brethren Historical Center at Huntington University. He holds a degree in history from Huntington University and a master’s in library and information science from the University of Michigan. Neuman has been the director of the Historical Center since 1999. During his tenure, he helped organize the United Brethren Historical Society and has launched the United Brethren Digital Research Collection.

The meeting is open to the public.