My name is Melissa Wiseheart. I am a librarian/genealogist at the Stuart Barth Wrege Indiana History Room at New Albany-Floyd County Public Library. I primarily work in the archives and teach genealogy classes. I learn something new everyday at work. I love my job!
I first got into genealogy about fifteen years ago, when my grandmother gave me a copy of the pedigree chart she made. She began to tell me stories about some of the names on the chart and I wanted to learn more. After she died, I continued working with my grandpa and on my own. I was able to prove my Rakestraw line in Floyd County, Indiana before December 31, 1840, which qualified me for a certificate from the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society. My new genealogy project for work is creating Genealogy for Kids sessions.
I also enjoy working in the archives because it often relates to genealogy. I’ve learned a lot about preserving documents and identifying photographs. Most of our collections have some family history aspect to them, and, as many of the families in Floyd County have been here for generations, some of them are relations.
If you have any questions about researching at the library, any of the people that I post about, or genealogy questions in general, please feel free to contact me.