A new budget proposal is poised to eliminate funding for the the Indiana State Library’s Genealogy Department. The library holds more than 100,000 records of genealogical research complied through the countless hours of individuals interested in preserving and sharing their history. In turn the Indiana State Library brings these documents, many decades old, here to the bindery where we turn them into hardcover books that ensure their longevity on the library’s shelves. However, what happens if those shelves aren’t there? Continue reading
Our Yonder Bound exclusive cemetery log was released last October at the Indiana State Library’s annual Genealogy Show. The log features 25 pages of log sheets to record the genealogical findings during cemetery visits. The log also contains a symbols guide to aid in decoding tombstone symbols you find as well as a reference to the common tombstone styles you’ll encounter out in the field.
We are excited to announce that Yonder Bound’s cemetery logs are now available for purchase at the Indiana Historical Bureau’s Gift Shop located at 140 North Senate Avenue.
Situated at 8,750 feet in an isolated mountain town in Telluride Colorado is the American Academy of Bookbinding. Last November our restoration expert, Teresa Walker, made the journey via a small propeller aircraft to take the school’s week-long intensive in paper conservation. Tucked into the snowcapped mountains this fully restored historic little town provided the perfect setting for Teresa to learn advanced methods in the mending and cleaning of old papers through immersion baths, deacidification, and re-sizing to restore paper that had become damaged over time. To practice her newly learned skills, Teresa brought samples of items that required various degrees of repair, from water damage to a child’s crayon handiwork. One of Teresa’s items was a small family heirloom – a pamphlet from 1906 containing information and a photo about her great-grandfather.