The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


March 22, 2010

Jesse J. Wilkerson: Looking to the past helps us to see our future

Today I am beginning a new journey.

I am here at the Anderson Public Library with Dan. Dan works upstairs in the Indiana Room. Amongst the many things he does here, one of his assignments is to assist patrons with information regarding their genealogy and Indiana’s history.

I started here with some background information like birthdays, names, addresses in hopes of finding out more about my personal family history and their involvement in this community or the communities that they were a part of years ago.

I also ended up here after spending time with someone last week who is nearly 60 years my senior. I consider this individual a person who has achieved a high level of success in this community and cherished my time with them along with several other seniors that I have the privilege of calling friends.

The longer I spent with this individual and heard about their community service and their perspective from their life experience I couldn’t help but think that there were plenty of others who share a rich history of what this community used to be even years before the pre-General Motors era. History tells a story that the future tends to repeat.

I don’t know if it is the fact that spring is in the air or that I have had a personal desire to start a new project, but over the last several months I have been wondering about who my great-great-great-grandparents were and how the most successful of them fared. I have also wondered after watching a special on PBS how far back I could stretch to find out everything I could about my personal genealogy and the history of our community.

Here is where I started. If you go to you will find links that take you to everywhere from ancestry to Anderson’s history to newspaper archives. Though many of the resources are found online, you can also search the volume of books available. Author John L. Forkner, who wrote “The History of Madison County,” has been mentioned as one of the most frequently used resources for information about our county. The book deals with information pre-1914.

Text Only
Featured Ads
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Front page

How often would you ride an express bus to Indianapolis?

Every work day
Once or twice a week
I'll stick to driving my car, thank you
     View Results