Friday, July 24, 2015

Check Illinois for Indiana Marriages


If you're having trouble finding a marriage record for an Indiana ancestor, you may want to expand your search to the bordering counties in eastern Illinois. Depending on the time period, a county in Illinois may have had more lax requirements when it came to getting a marriage license (such as no waiting period). It also offered more anonymity, which was helpful if the couple was underage and/or facing family disapproval.

One of the more popular destinations for Indiana couples was Vermilion County, Illinois. Its county seat, Danville, was just inside the state line and the road that today is US 36 offered a direct link to Indianapolis. Vermilion County marriages for 1826-1899 are included in the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900. For marriages after 1899, you can request a search from the Vermilion County Clerk.




Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Anthony Haag of Indianapolis: Are You Related to Him?


Shelley Cardiel (cardiels@comcast.net) has found this photo of a young boy, identified as Anthony Haag of Indianapolis, which was taken at Harrod's New Studio in Indianapolis in the early 1910s. He appears to be about age 4 in the photo. If you are a descendant of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact Shelley.

Anthony Haag of Indianapolis
This is the information Shelley was able to find on Anthony and his family:

Anthony N. HAAG (born 27 February 1908 in Indianapolis; died 8 April 2004 in Indianapolis; buried at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis) married Mary Elizabeth YATES (1911-2000). Anthony was the son of John Francis HAAG (1868-1938) and Rosina Mary WEINTRAUT (1867-1939). Anthony was a pharmacist in Indianapolis for more than 50 years. He managed the Keene Drug Company and retired in 1985 from the Hawkins Pharmacy. His obituary names his surviving children as James HAAG; Thomas HAAG, and Rosemarie HAAG ROWNEY. Anthony was living in Beech Grove, Marion County, Indiana at the time of his death in 2004, having moved there in 1998.

The family is found in the census in Indianapolis:

1910 census - 826 N. West St.:
  • Catherine HAAG, age 63, a widower, born IN, parents born Germany
  • John F. HAAG, son, age 42, married 7 years, born IN, parents born IN, a Hardware Store Owner
  • Rosina W. HAAG, dau-in-law, age 42, married 7 years, 1 child/1 living, born IN, parents born Germany
  • Anthony N. HAAG, grandson, age 4, born IN, parents born IN
  • Anthony F. HAAG, son, age 38, born IN, parents born IN, Store Owner
1920 census - 838 N. West St.:
  • Catherine HAAG, age 99
  • John F. HAAG, son, age 51
  • Rosina HAAG, dau-in-law, age 50
  • Anthony M. HAAG, grandson, age 12, born IN
  • Anthony J. HAAG, son, age 48, born IN
1930 census - 1644 Union St.:
  • F. John HAAG, age 62, married 34 years, born IN, parents born IN, a Hardware Merchant
  • Rosina HAAG, wife, age 62, married 34 years, born IN, parents born IN
  • Anthony HAAG, son, age 22, born IN, a Drug Store Pharmacist
  • J. Anthony HAAG, brother, age 57, born IN, parents born IN, a Hardware Merchant
1940 census - 1644 Union St.:
  • Anthony N. HAGG, age 32, born IN, a Drug Store Pharmacist
  • Mary E. HAGG, wife, age 28, born IN
  • James HAGG, son, age 5
  • Thomas HAGG, son, age 3
  • Anthony J. HAGG, uncle, age 67, born IN, a Hardware Store Dealer

Friday, July 17, 2015

Research Tip: Guardianships of Adults

When you think of guardianship records, do you think they are only for children? Think again. The law also provided for guardianships to be established for adults in various situations. A guardianship could be for mental incapacity (unsound mind, insane and idiot were the main categories), but there were also guardianships for being a "habitual drunkard" or for old age (referred to as "aged and infirm").

Whether the guardianship was for a minor or an adult, it will be found in probate records. If the guardianship was for unsound mind or insanity, there was a separate court proceeding to prove the mental incapacity, so you'll also want to look for "insanity inquests" in court records.

As a general rule, probate cases are their own record group and are kept separate from civil cases. However, when the probate case is about the guardianship of an adult, you also need to look in civil court records. Guardianship cases normally begin with someone filing an application in probate court to be appointed guardian. However, if their intended ward is an adult, a separate case must first be filed in civil court. This civil court case is full of details that will not be found in the probate case. The intended guardian must specify why they believe the adult cannot care for themselves (whether it's because of habitual drunkenness, mental incapacity, old & infirm, etc.) and provide witnesses to support their claims. A jury then rules on the case.

NOTE: The adult ward can later file a petition to end the guardianship and have their remaining assets returned to them - if you see this notation in their probate case, don't forget to also look for that follow-up case in the civil court records.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New Databases: Allen, Clinton, Elkhart, Hancock, and Jasper Counties and More!

There's no summer break when it comes to putting more collections online! Here are the latest additions to the Indiana Genealogical Society website.

Free Database:

Wayne County
- Members of the Grand Army of the Republic in Wayne County, Indiana (1894)
Searchable digital images of listings of Wayne County’s Civil War veterans who belonged to the GAR posts in the county, as listed in a 1894 GAR souvenir booklet. This database was contributed by Wayne Klusman.

Premium Databases:

The following new databases are available to IGS members. Log in to use these collections. Not a member? Join today!

Allen County
- Members of Fort Wayne Second Presbyterian Church, Allen County, Indiana (1844-1869)
An index of 325 members and the year they joined, as listed in an 1869 church publication.

Clinton County
- Students of Frankfort High School, Clinton County, Indiana (1921)
Searchable digital images of students in grades 9-12, as listed in the school’s 1921 yearbook, The Cauldron. This database was contributed by Ron Darrah.

- Teachers of Frankfort High School, Clinton County, Indiana (1921)
Searchable digital images of teachers in grades 9-12, as listed in the school’s 1921 yearbook, The Cauldron. This database was contributed by Ron Darrah.

Elkhart County
- Students of Nappanee High School, Elkhart County, Indiana (1923)
An index of 185 students in grades 9-12, as listed in the school’s 1923 yearbook, The Purple Parrot.

- Teachers of Nappanee High School, Elkhart County, Indiana (1923)
An index of 10 teachers in grades 9-12, as listed in the school’s 1923 yearbook, The Purple Parrot.

Hancock County
- Phone Directory of New Palestine, Hancock County, Indiana (1959)
Searchable digital images of a 1959 phone directory. This database was contributed by Ron Darrah.

Jasper County
- Enumeration of Males in Carpenter Township, Jasper County, Indiana (1931)
An index of 525 males over the age of 21, as listed in a special census taken by the township trustee in 1931. This database was contributed by Sue Caldwell, Jasper County Genealogist.

- Index to Photo Album of Early Pioneers in Jasper County, Indiana
An index to a photo album kept by Judge Simon P. Thompson that is in the collection of the Jasper County Historical Society. This database was contributed by Sue Caldwell, Jasper County Genealogist.

- Lawyers Admitted to the Bar in Jasper County, Indiana (1912-1931)
An index of bar admission records that are in the collection of the Jasper County Historical Society. This database was contributed by Sue Caldwell, Jasper County Genealogist.

University of Indianapolis (Indiana Central)
- Graduates of Indiana Central University, Indianapolis (1912-1916)
An index of 55 graduates, their hometowns and the degrees they received, as listed in the school’s annual catalogs. Indiana Central University later became the University of Indianapolis.

Moores Hill College
- Graduates of Moores Hill College, Dearborn County, Indiana (1872-1875)
An index of 17 graduates and their hometowns, as listed in the school’s annual catalogs. Moores Hill College later became the University of Evansville.
From the Frankfort High School yearbook, The Cauldron, 1921

Friday, July 10, 2015

Research Tip: Drainage Records


If your ancestor owned land, you probably know to look for their names in deed books and on plat maps. But did you know there’s another resource that can help you locate their land and also show you their neighbors?

In March 1867 to help improve land, the Indiana legislature passed a law (Acts of 1867, Chapter 99) allowing landowners to petition for ditches and drains to be created on their land. This law also benefited the state—improved drainage meant more land could be used for planting crops or putting up buildings, which meant higher property taxes could be assessed.

These drainage petitions were to be filed with the county commissioners, and because it would have an effect on adjacent land, the petitions not only had to give a technical description of the ditch or drain, they also had to list the names of the petitioner’s neighbors and give the legal descriptions of those lands.

This law was in effect for several decades—the petition shown here is from 1905, and shows all the neighbors in Sections 26 and 35 of Township 17 North, Range 1 East in Hendricks County. Note how some of the land parcels are held by a group of people, and some by a guardian on behalf of their ward—a boon to a researcher.

References to these drainage petitions can be found in various places:
  • County Commissioners records
  • County Auditor records
  • Official notices in newspapers
  • Court order books and loose papers
 
Drainage petition from Hendricks County, Indiana, 1905. (Click to enlarge)