Pat Gooldy, R.I.P

Pat Gooldy, well known as the owner of Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, passed away recently in Indianapolis and was buried 20 December 2017. There is no obituary and nothing on FindAGrave. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Gooldy.

Pat wrote a number of genealogy articles as well as at least one book: Manual for Indiana Genealogical Research. She also compiled and edited, with Charles M. Franklin, the Index to Testators of Indiana Wills to 1880.

Ray and Pat Gooldy opened Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe in 1974, providing exhibits, lectures, classes, publications and other genealogical services. Their first major genealogical seminar was in Decatur, Illinois in 1975 and they continued to display and/or lecture at dozens of events until Ray’s death in 2002.

Pat was a retired elementary school teacher, having received her bachelor’s degree from The Unversity of Indianapolis and her master’s at Butler University.

Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe web site is still up and running at However, the shopping cart is not functioning. I suspect the site will disappear before long if no one pays the bills to keep it running.


So sorry to hear this! Pat was a very nice lady. YOGS was an exhibitor at the Marion Public Library’s GenFest 2007, probably one of their last events.


I must have been among some of their early customers. I remember purchasing some genealogical charts and forms from that shop to use in my research efforts. That was before the Internet changed everything. Sorry to hear of her passing!


I was thinking of her recently. She was such a nice lady and I bought useful and unique genealogical items from her store. I hope someone in her family or a new owner keeps YOGS going.


I am so saddened to read of Pat’s passing. She was a dear lady. R.I.P., Pat.


Pat and Ray were frequent exhibitors at The Ohio Genealogical Society conferences many years ago. I was able to spend some very pleasant browsing time at their shop, probably in the late 1970s. I always enjoyed talking with Pat about genealogy. She was a special lady.


I remember Ray & Pat and visiting their booth at many genealogy seminars over the years. They were special people.Always outgoing and friendly. Now they are again together. RIP


I’m sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. I recently sent an order in to the shop, but got no reply. If anyone knows where I can get blank family group sheets for my mini binder, please let me know.


Would like to know if the materials for their mini binders are available anywhere out there in the genealogy world. am down to my last 4 FG sheets and would love to get more. Did anyone buy out their business and continue it under perhaps a different name??? Would appreciate any replies in regard to my question.


    Hi, While cleaning I came across a mini binder and pages that have never been used. If anyone is interested I will send them on.


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