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Due to Centers for Disease Control mandate to avoid groups of 50 people or more for 8 weeks, and the fact that many of our members fall into high risk categories, SIGS is cancelling our programs indefinitely. We are working on ways to have the presenters livestream their presentations and we will update as we make progress.

We implore everyone to remain at home as much as possible, and to practice good hygiene and social distancing if you have to leave the house. As genealogists we are blessed with an abundance of ways to research our ancestors online, so we encourage you to make use of free sources like FamilySearch and resources through your local library!

Stay safe and we look forward to meeting again this summer!

Passing of Doris (Byrd) Leistner

Passing of Doris (Byrd) Leistner

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Doris (Byrd) Leistner. Doris was a founding member of SIGS and created our First Families of Floyd County program as part of the 2013 New Albany Bicentennial. Here is her full obituary from the Huber Funeral Home in Tell City:

Doris M. (Byrd) Leistner, 90, formerly of Tell City, passed away December 31, 2018 in New Albany, Indiana.

She was born in English, Indiana on November 10, 1928, daughter of the late Russell and Lola (Apple) Byrd. Also preceding her in death was her husband Oscar L. Leistner, and son Steven Leistner.

Doris was a 1946 graduate of Tell City High School, where she was Salutatorian. She was a former member of Evangelical United Church of Christ and Tri-Kappa. She had worked as a medical social worker for Perry County Memorial Hospital from 1972-1976. Doris became interested in genealogy more than 50 years ago and was appointed county historian for Perry County from 1981-1991, where she served as Past President and genealogy chairman. She also served as the chairman for the New Albany Bicentennial in 2013.

The Indiana Historical Society awarded her the 1996 Honorary Member Award and the 2007 Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award.

Doris had conducted genealogy workshops in many Indiana counties, taught genealogy classes for Vincennes University and Indiana University, Indiana Historical Society, several local historical and genealogical societies and libraries and worked with individuals.

She is survived by her two sons, Allen “Al” Leistner (Cheryl) , Panama City Beach, Florida and Brian Leistner (Arleen Schwab), Louisville, Kentucky; brother, Ralph Byrd, Elizabethtown, KY; two grandsons, Matthew Leistner, Floyd Knobs, Indiana and Patrick Leistner, Panama City Beach, Florida.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM CST Saturday, January 5, 2018 at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Pastor Jeff McCarn will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 PM EST on Friday at Kraft Funeral Home, 708 East Spring Street, New Albany, Indiana and on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM CST at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a public library of your choice.