Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Query: Clinton and Ann (Thompson) Farris, Jay County, Indiana

I am looking for the following family. They are relatives of my family.

Clinton Farris, born ca 1827, and Ann E. (Thompson) Farris, born ca 1838, both in Ohio. They lived most of their lives in Jay County, Indiana.

I am looking for both parents and family members. They had three children: Dayton 1859, Amanda 1861, and Rosa 1871.

Clinton was in the Civil War, 11th regiment in Indiana ca 1863. I am at a roadblock when it comes to Clinton and Ann. There is no marriage date unless Ann is Ann E Larry then it could be 1866. Clinton appears in the 1880 census, but nowhere after that. Ann appears to have lived until Nov 1902.

Clinton's parents were born in Ohio, possibly Marion, Ohio. Ann's father was born in New Jersey, Mother was born in Ohio.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

IGS Appoints 4 New County Genealogists

At its recent board meeting, the Indiana Genealogical Society board approved the appointment of 4 new Indiana County Genealogists. They are:

Dearborn County

Cassandra (Cassie) Blankenhorn
Cassie has been working on her research since 2000 after moving to Dearborn County, IN. She spent time in the Lawrenceburg Public Library researching, and then becoming a volunteer. She now works for as a Genealogy Assistant for the Dearborn County historian. Her duties include working with local and out-of-state patrons to find information on their Dearborn county Roots. Cassie is also a board member of the Dearborn County Historical Society.

Contact her:
Cassie Blankenhorn
1199 Campground Dr.
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Cassie is replacing Joyce Baer as the Dearborn County ICG. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Joyce for her work in that role.

Floyd County

Nancy Strickland
Nancy started working on her own genealogy back in 1977, after watching the TV show Roots. She is now working in the Indiana Room at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library and volunteering at the local Family History Center. She enjoys teaching beginning genealogy class and demonstrating the use of maps and abstracts presentation with co-sponsored Indiana Landmarks.

Contact her:
Nancy Strickland
New Albany-Floyd County Public Library
180 W. Spring St.
New Albany, IN 47150

Hancock County

Paul McNeil 
Paul McNeil works for the Hancock County Public Library in which he is in charge of the Indiana/Hanock History Room. Paul received his Masters of Library Science degree from the Indiana University, specializing in archives and records management. He also hold a B.A. from Ball State University in History.

Early this year Paul was award the IGS Library Staff Educational Scholarship, He was able to attend a Genealogy Library Services course through the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is also the project director for a 2015 LSTA digitization grant, in which a number of microfilmed newspapers will be digitized and added to the Hoosier State Chronicles.

Contact him:
Paul McNeil

Hancock County Public Library
900 West McKenzie Road
Greenfield, IN 46140
Phone (317) 462-5141 ext. 231

Henry County

Amanda Clark
Amanda is a member of several genealogical societies including IGS, German Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society, and the Hamilton County Ohio Genealogical Society. She has volunteered to work on projects for the Henry County Historical Society. She is a contributor and volunteer. Amanda also belongs to the Sarah Winston Henry Chapter of the DAR

Amanda has also organized the Blue River Valley Genealogy Society this year.

Contact her:
Amanda Clark
1318 Linden Drive
New Castle, IN 47362

About the Indiana County Genealogists

The Indiana Genealogical Society appoints qualified individuals to be an Indiana County Genealogist (ICG) for each of the 92 counties in Indiana. Indiana County Genealogists act as a liaison between the IGS District Director representing that area and the local societies and individuals in that county. You can find a listing of all of the Indiana County Genealogists on the IGS website

Saturday, November 7, 2015

New Databases: DeKalb, Perry, Porter, Steuben and Wayne Counties

Raking leaves isn't nearly as enjoyable as climbing your family tree! Put down the rake and check out the new databases that we've added for DeKalb, Perry, Porter, Steuben, and Wayne counties.

Premium Databases:

The following are members-only databases. Log in to use these collections. Not a member of the Indiana Genealogical Society? Join today!

DeKalb County:
- Students of Auburn High School, DeKalb County, Indiana (1930)
Browsable digital images of students in grades 9-12, as listed in the school’s 1930 yearbook, The Follies of 1930. This database was contributed by Ron Darrah.

- Teachers of Auburn High School, DeKalb County, Indiana (1930)
Browsable digital images of teachers in grades 9-12, as listed in the school’s 1930 yearbook, The Follies of 1930. This database was contributed by Ron Darrah.

Perry County:
- Index to Mortality Schedule for Perry County, Indiana (1870)
An index of residents who died between June 1869 and May 1870, as listed in the county’s 1870 mortality schedule.

Porter County:
- Students of Valparaiso High School, Porter County, Indiana (1921)
An index of students in grades 9-12, as listed in the school’s 1921 yearbook, The Valenian.

Steuben County:
- Index to Mortality Schedule for Steuben County, Indiana (1870)
An index of residents who died between June 1869 and May 1870, as listed in the county’s 1870 mortality schedule.

Wayne County:
- Students of Hagerstown High School, Wayne County, Indiana (1921)
An index of 110 students in grades 9-12, as listed in the school’s 1921 yearbook, The Epitome.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Seeking Orphan Train Descendants

On Monday, November 30, 2015, the South Bend Area Genealogical Society's monthly program will feature Educator and Genealogist Barbara Cook of Niles who will speak on the "The Orphan Trains: Saga of the resettlement of homeless or destitute children from the East Coast to foster or adoptive families in the Midwest."

The Orphan Train project, initiated in New York City and Baltimore during the 18th and early 19th century, located homeless waifs with willing families in our area. Indiana was one of the largest recipients of "homeless children."Very little is known about the history of the children placed or their descendants.

We are attempting to identify and invite as many descendants to this event in order to recognize and honor the journey of their ancestors. In addition, we hope to document the beginnings of a data base which would be offered on the South Bend Area Genealogical Society's website (

If You're an Orphan Train Descendant:
The SBAGS's meeting is November 30 at 7:00pm at the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 115 S. Frances St., South Bend.

If you can't make the meeting, please contact them at or (574) 282-4621.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Civil War Veteran John Tilford Haynes of White County

Photo of Sergeant J. T. Haynes' tombstone, courtesy of Barbara Westfall
Barbara Westfall ( saw her great-grandfather, John Tilford Haynes, listed in our Members-Only database, Burials of Civil War Veterans from Indiana (1861-1904) and passed along some additional information on him - thanks Barbara!

John Tilford Haynes was a Sergeant in Company I of the 72nd Indiana Infantry. He was from Wolcott, White County, Indiana but actually enlisted at Remington, Jasper County, Indiana. He was also a Mexican War veteran, serving with the 2nd Indiana and the 7th Indiana.

He was wounded in Farmington, Tennessee and shot through both legs. He died in April 1903 and was buried in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Wolcott, White County, Indiana. More information can be found on his Find A Grave page.

John T.'s oldest son, David Haynes, was 14 years old when he enlisted with him and he served with the same company throughout the war. It's not clear what happened to David and where he is buried - he may be the David Haynes on the Benton County 1880 mortality schedule, but there is no record of his getting a tombstone for his military service.