Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Databases: African-American Civil War Soldiers & Floyd, LaPorte, Lawrence, Miami, and Pulaski Counties

As the weather warms up, flowers are spring up. So are new databases on the Indiana Genealogical Society's website! Here are 11 new resources that might help you find your ancestors:

Free Database:

Indiana Soldiers in 54th Massachusetts Infantry (1863-1865)
More than two dozen soldiers who enlisted from an Indiana town or whose last known residence was Indiana, as listed in an 1891 history. This database includes their age, marital status and occupation at the time they enlisted.

Members-Only Databases:

IGS members can access these resources when they log in. Not a member? Join now!

Floyd County:
- Students of New Albany High School, Floyd County, Indiana (1928)
800 students in grades 9-12, as listed in the school’s 1928 yearbook, Senior Blotter. This database also includes digital images.

- Teachers of New Albany High School, Floyd County, Indiana (1928)
37 teachers and the subjects they taught, as listed in the school’s 1928 yearbook, Senior Blotter. This database also includes digital images.

LaPorte County:
- Students of LaPorte High School, LaPorte County, Indiana (1943)
1,050 students in grades 9-12, as listed in the school’s 1943 yearbook, El-Pe. This database also includes digital images.

- Teachers of LaPorte High School, LaPorte County, Indiana (1943)
40 teachers, as listed in the school’s 1943 yearbook, El-Pe. This database also includes digital images.

Lawrence County:
- Alumni of Bedford High School, Lawrence County, Indiana (1871-1930)
Browsable list of alumni from the school’s 1931 yearbook, The Pioneer. The listing includes married names for women and employment information. This database was contributed by Ron Darrah.

- Students of Bedford High School, Lawrence County, Indiana (1926)
125 students in grade 12, as listed in the school’s 1926 yearbook, The Pioneer. This database also includes digital images.

Miami County:
- Graduates of Bunker Hill High School, Miami County, Indiana (1886-1963)
Browsable list of graduates, as listed in a pictorial history of the school. This database was contributed by Ron Darrah.

Pulaski County:
--Students of Winamac High School, Pulaski County, Indiana (1916)
90 students in grades 9-12, as listed in the school’s 1916 yearbook, The Totem.

Franklin College:
- Graduates of Franklin College, Franklin (1890-1898)
165 graduates, as listed in the college’s annual catalogs for the 1891-1891 through 1898-1899 school years. This database includes their hometowns and the degrees they received.

Notre Dame:
- Students of University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame (1899-1911)
10,500 students, as listed in the university’s annual catalogs for the 1898-1899 through 1910-1911 school years. This database includes their hometowns, which ranged from South America to Canada and North Dakota.

From Alumni of Bedford High School, Lawrence County, Indiana (1871-1930). "The page from the 1919 Pioneer shown above represents four sons of B.H.S. who, up to the spring of 1919, had given their all for their country. Wounds and disease have since claimed others."

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Query: Robert Winchell, Fayette/Orange Counties

             Good morning: I am the “keeper” of the Winchell Family Tree here in Nebraska. I wonder if you can assist me in finding out information about Robert Samuel Winchell who is my fourth great-grandfather.. Here is what I know:
            Robert Samuel Winchell was born approximately 1765. The actual birth date and names of Robert’s parents are unknown. It is felt that Robert’s ancestry traces back to Robert Winchell, from England,  who settled in Connecticut in the 1640’s. Robert married Susannah Ruth Hart on June 3, 1788, at Dutch Reformed Church, Schaghitoke, Rennsselaer County, New York.
            Census records of 1790, 1800, and 1810 indicate Robert and Susannah lived in New York. Four daughters, Louisa, Phebe, Waitie, and Susan, and four sons, George, Robert Jr, Richard and Alpheus, were born to this marriage. In 1814 they traveled to Indiana by covered wagon. Also accompanying them was Catherine Wheeler with her three sons. Robert and Susannah settled in Columbia Township, Fayette County, IN.
            Robert homesteaded in Orange County, IN, in 1814. Their home was west of Columbia on what later became known as the Utter place. Susannah died before 1817, Columbia Township, Fayette County, Indiana. She was buried in a plot in a field across from the house. Robert married Catherine Wheeler, April  5, 1817, in Brookville, IN. Upon his death, he was also buried in the same place across from the house.
            I am trying to find out who Robert’s parents were, and, so my question is: based on the information above, do you think you could help me figure out the parents of Robert?
            Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Ron Winchell
2015 2nd Ave
Scottsbluff, NE  69361

Query: Sylvenus Bilby, Fayette/Tipton Counties

            I am trying to locate information as to where to find Indiana court records for an ancestor who it was said had been “bound out”.  Previous searches have included Fayette County Orphan Court, Probate, and Death records for family members Bilby, Ludlow and Nelson.  None have been found.
            What I know:  Sylvenus Bilby was born Nov 8, 1829 or 1830 in Fayette County, Indiana.  According to newspaper articles on Sylvenus, he had been bound out to William H. Nelson sometime between 1838 – 1840 because his parents had died.  Some stories report that the father was Stephen Bilby, and mother Rebecca Ludlow.  One problem arises because Stephen Bilby was not only very much alive at that time, but married to Jane Ludlow with several children at that time. 
            It is possible that Rebecca Ludlow, a single woman and sister to Jane, was Sylvenus’s mother.  Although no death record for her has been found, she apparently died sometime between the 1830 and 1840 censuses. The 1840 census for William Nelson does include a boy age 10-15 and is, most likely, Sylvenus.
            It of course is possible that Stephen Bilby was his father, but his will and probate records bear no mention of a Sylvenus, nor does there seem to have been any contact between them.
           In 1841 Nelson and his family (including Sylvenus) moved to Tipton County where he lived until his death. Sylvenus Bilby also remained in Tipton County until his death.
            Shouldn’t there be some kind of court record since “bound out” was a legal term?  It seems important to locate such a document, as it should indeed indicate the parents of Sylvenus.

Sally Gerhart

Monday, April 13, 2015

New Issue of Indiana Genealogist: Deaf Ancestors, Civil War Vets, and More

The new issue of Indiana Genealogist, the quarterly journal published by the Indiana Genealogical Society, is now available. In this issue, you will find:

  • Amy Johnson Crow's detailed profile of students from the Indiana School for the Deaf who are buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis
  • David C. Bailey, Sr.'s biographic entries for some Indiana Civil War veterans who are buried in Illinois
  • Patricia K. Johnson's account of the restoration of a historic church in Elkhart County
  • Rachel Popma's compilation of items on a Dearborn County elopement in 1903
  • Marlene Polster's profile of photos in the Valparaiso Public Library's collection
  • Brief records form Adams, Bartholomew, Hamilton, Henry, Knox, Marion, Montgomery, and Vanderburgh counties
IGS members can access Indiana Genealogist by logging into the IGS website. Click on "Members Only Databases" and select "IGS Records."

Not an IGS member? You can join online! The Indiana Genealogist is just one of several member benefits!

“Ladies Group” of Indiana School for the Deaf alumni, 1908. Image courtesy Library of Congress.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hotel Options for IGS 2015 Conference

If you're coming in from out of town for the IGS conference in Terre Haute, there are numerous hotel options in the area. Our local hosts, the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society, put together a few recommendations.

Within walking distance of University Hall at Indiana State University (site of the IGS conference on April 25) and the Vigo County Public Library (site of the IGS society management seminar on April 24 and extended research hours that evening) include:

Hilton Garden Inn
750 Wabash Avenue
(812) 234-8900

Candlewood Suites
721 Wabash Avenue
(812) 234-3400

Hotels near the I-70 and US 41/150 interchange (approx. 4 miles from conference site) include:

Drury Inn
3040 S. US Hwy 41
(812) 238-1206

Holiday Inn
3300 S. US Hwy 41
(812) 232-6081

Spring Hill Suites
3304 S. US Hwy 41
(812) 235-0696

There's still time to register for the IGS conference featuring Judy Russell and the IGS Society Management Seminar featuring Curt Witcher, Loran Braught, David Bonnett, Jennifer Cruse, Linda Gregory, and Ron Darrah