Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Join IGS Now and Save!

Want to save money on your Indiana genealogy? Join the Indiana Genealogical Society now! Join before September 30 and your membership will be only $20 (normally $30)!

This offer is also good if you've let your membership lapse. Renew your membership before September 30 and renew for only $20!

Why Join IGS?

Members of the Indiana Genealogical Society receive:
  • Access to our Members-Only section, which includes 1,500+ databases as well as the current issues of IGS Newsletter and Indiana Genealogist.
  • A subscription to our monthly e-mail, Indiana News, which is filled with items of interest to the Indiana genealogy community.
  • A 25% discount on registration to the IGS annual Conference in April.
  • A 50% discount on Find My Past's World annual subscription, which includes the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), records from the United States and the United Kingdom + Ireland. That's $100 in savings.
  • E-mail notifications when the latest issues of IGS Newsletter and Indiana Genealogist are available for download.
  • A discount on selected publications in the IGS Shop.
IGS will send you an e-mail (usually within 72 hours of your purchase) notifying you when your membership login for the Members-Only section has been activated and is ready to use.

Your membership will still expire on December 31, 2015. However, you will have access to all of the 2015 issues of Indiana Genealogist and IGS Newsletter.

What are you waiting for? Join now!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New Databases and New Milestone: 6 for 92!

You have ancestors all across Indiana. So do we! That's why we are proud to announce a new milestone:

6 for 92!

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has at least 6 databases for each of Indiana's 92 counties! The two databases that put us there are two from Spencer County:

An index of 133 residents of various towns in Spencer County who attended Indiana State Normal School between 1874 and 1897, as listed in the school’s annual catalogs. Indiana State Normal School was formed in 1865 for the training of teachers, and it later changed its named to Indiana State University.

An index of 30 Spencer County veterans, wives and widows who were staying at the Indiana State Soldiers’ Home between 1902 and 1916, as listed in the home’s annual reports. The home was built in 1896 to care for Indiana veterans, as well as their wives and widows. Admissions were based on a quota system for each county, proportional to its population. This database includes their age, birthplace, details of military service and any medical conditions.

Both of these are Members-Only databases. IGS members can use them after they log in. (Not an IGS member? Join today!)

Explore what records IGS has available. With more than 1,500 databases on the site, you're sure to find something to help your Hoosier research. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

New Databases: Hamilton, Henry, and Huntington Counties, plus more

Summer has unofficially begun. Start your research road trip virtually by taking a look at the newest databases on the Indiana Genealogical Society website.

Free Databases:

Hamilton County:
- Directory of Businesses in Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana (1930)
Searchable digital images of listings from a 1930 business directory for the town of Noblesville. This database was contributed by Wayne Klusman.

Henry County:
- History of Millville, Henry County, Indiana (1854-1954)
Searchable digital images of residents and businesses, as listed in a centennial history. This database was contributed by Wayne Klusman.

Huntington County:
- Directory of Businesses in Roanoke, Huntington County, Indiana (1930)
Searchable digital images of listings from a 1930 business directory for the town of Roanoke. This database was contributed by Wayne Klusman.

Members-Only Databases:

The following new databases are available to IGS members. Not a member? Join today!

Evansville College:
- Graduates of Evansville College, Evansville (1921-1922)
An index of 13 seniors and their degrees, as listed in the school’s annual catalogs. The school later changed its name to the University of Evansville.

Franklin College:
- Graduates of Franklin College, Franklin (1915)
An index of 21 graduating seniors and their degrees, as listed in the school’s annual catalog.

University of Notre Dame:
- Students of University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame (1883)
An index of 475 students and their home states (ranging from Alabama to Wyoming), as listed in the school’s annual catalog.

Wabash College:
- Faculty of Wabash College, Crawfordsville (1923)
An index of 25 professors and their positions at the all-male school, as listed in the school’s 1923 yearbook, The Wabash.
- Students of Wabash College, Crawfordsville (1923)
An index of 500 students, their hometowns and their course of study at the all-male school, as listed in the school’s 1923 yearbook, The Wabash.

From History of Millville, Henry County, Indiana

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Genealogy Events in Indiana, June 2015

Want to learn more about genealogy? There are events going on across the state during the month of June. Check them out!

June 4, 2015
Southern Indiana Genealogical Society: "History of the Tuley Homestead of Silver Hill" by Kelly Carnighan. 7:00pm, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.

June 5, 6 and 7, 2015
Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library: "Global Family Reunion." Main Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. See brochure for full schedule.

June 6, 2015
Elkhart County Historical Museum: Walking tours of Baintertown. Meet at Baintertown Park, 67380 CR 29, New Paris, 1:00 & 2:30 pm. Museum staff will explain the history of the area which includes Five Medals, the Wylands, and the Bainters.

SullivanMunce Cultural Center: Global Family Reunion, 11:00-3:00, at the cultural center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville.

June 8, 2015
Wabash Valley Genealogy Society: Tim Crumrin – “West Terre Haute History & Research: The Rise and Decline of a Small Town.” 6:30pm at the Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute.

June 9, 2015
Hamilton East Public Library, Noblesville: Genealogy Roundtable, 2:15pm. Registration is required by calling (317) 776-6939 or register online.

June 13, 2015
Indiana Historical Society: "Growing Little Leaves," a program for children at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, 1:00-3:00pm. Registration is required.

June 18, 2015
Elkhart County Genealogical Society – “Anatomy of An Obituary and Vital Records – Ready-made Family Trees,” will be presented by Penny Bucks and Anita Rodgers. First Presbyterian Church, 200 East Beardsley, Elkhart. Use the East door. 7:00pm.

June 20, 2015
Indiana Historical Society: "Tap, Tap, Tap. There's Another App," at the History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis. 10:00am.

Jennings County Public Library: Two sessions on preservation & restoration of area cemeteries by Brad Manzenberger, Conservator, Stone Revival Historical Preservation. 11:00 to 12:00, 2375 State Hwy 3, Mount Vernon.

June 22, 2015
Willard Library: Beginning Genealogy, Courthouse Research, Come to Your Census, and Finding Your Civil War Ancestor. 21 First Avenue, Evansville. See the website for full details

June 23, 2015
Kosciusko County Historical Society: "How to Write a Family or Community History" with Dan Replogle, author of several books on his family and the communities of Cromwell and Ligonier. Kosciusko County Historical Society Genealogy Library, 112 Indiana St., Warsaw, 10:00am.

Twigs Meeting: Learn How to Use Christ the King Lutheran Church, 17195 Cleveland Rd. South Bend, 7pm-8:30pm.

Willard Library: I Have the Document, Where Do I Go From Here; Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestor; Resources for Finding German Families in the Tri-State Area and Germany; and Organizing Your Family Research on the Computer. 21 First Avenue, Evansville. See the website for full details.  

June 24, 2015
Indiana State Library: Genealogy for Night Owls. After-hours research at ISL, 315 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis. 4:30-8:30pm. Registration is required. Call (317) 232-3689 or register online.

Willard Library: Full-day seminar with J. Mark Lowe. Topics include: People, Places and River Rocks: Our Ancestors Were More Than Names and Dates; Over the Mountain, Across the Plains: Using Electronic Records to Trace Our Ancestors; Don't Count Me Out: Finding Insolvent Estate Settlements; and Trains of Daniel Boone and Other Western Travelers. 21 First Avenue, Evansville. See the website for full details.  

June 25, 2015
Willard Library: "Remember the Raisin" - Life in the Ohio River Valley 1811-1814; Fraternal Order of Everyone: Finding Records Created by Memberships in Clubs; Over There: World War I Genealogy; and Genealogy Through Letters and Personal Correspondence. 21 First Avenue, Evansville. See the website for full details.  

June 26, 2015
Willard Library: The Good Old Days: Were They Really?; Introduction to the New Willard Library Archives; Printing/Publishing Your Family History: Practical Advice. 21 First Avenue, Evansville. See the website for full details.

June 27, 2015
Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library: "Beginning Your Family History Exploration." Main Library, Meeting Room A, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 10:00am. 

Willard Library: History of Auto and Motorcycle Racing in Evansville and the Tri-State Area, with Ivan Jerome, former driver and researcher. 21 First Avenue, Evansville. 10:00am.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Got A Digitization Idea? Send It In!

The Indiana Genealogical Society is compiling a list of possible Indiana genealogy projects for digitization and indexing. The Society wants to understand (a) what resources might be out in the state that contain data usable for genealogical researchers, and (b) what has not yet been converted into digital form.

The resources may be in printed, manuscript, or microform. They may be a few paragraphs or a few dozen names to hundreds or thousands of pages.

What is IGS looking for? The basic parameter is this: Can the material be used to help genealogists find and extend their knowledge of families and individual?

What do you know? Be creative, brainstorm, peer into nooks and crannies, open old boxes, check interesting envelopes, ask piercing questions, work with your friends, go far afield, tramp down new pathways, go crazy…Ignore difficulties -- assume everything is doable.

No item is too small, no idea is too big!

When submitting an idea, include enough detail about project scope and location to allow IGS/others to pursue the project further.

Email your contribution to IGS at or mail your idea to IGS, PO Box 10507, Fort Wayne, IN 46852-0507.

The Indiana genealogy world will be in your debt. Thanks!