Thursday, August 25, 2016

IGS Offers Help with Digitizing Genealogy Records

The Indiana Genealogical Society has formed the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project to help Indiana non-profit organizations digitize local records. There are a wide variety of small records across Indiana - items like booklets, directories, programs and group photos. But these valuable records may be kept in hard-to-reach locations, like museums, churches, and even private homes. Unfortunately, many societies, museums, and libraries do not have the budget for digitization equipment. That's where the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project comes in.

This project will supply qualified Indiana non-profit organizations (including genealogical societies, historical societies, and public libraries) with a portable scanning kit, which consists of:
  • A Windows laptop computer with basic scanning and image-editing software installed
  • A flatbed scanner that can scan documents up to 8.5 inches x 11 inches
  • A carrying case
  • A storage device for backing up files (e.g. a USB flash drive or external hard drive)
If needed, IGS will go to the society's location and train individuals on how to use this scanning kit.

In return for receiving this scanning kit, the non-profit organization agrees that within 6 months, they will give IGS five databases that will be available free to the public on the IGS website. (The organization is free to also publish these same databases anywhere else they wish.) After the five required databases are submitted to IGS, the non-profit organization can keep the scanning kit and continue to use it as they wish.

Full details and the application form are available on the IGS website

This project is being partially funded by a $2,000 grant received from the Kahle Family Foundation in 2015.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

New Databases: Jennings, Monroe, Randolph, Scott, Spencer, and Washington Counties

There are now more than 1,800 databases on the IGS website! Here are the latest additions:

FREE Database:

- History of Van Buren Township, Monroe County, Indiana (1940)
A searchable index of 1,700 names and places that are mentioned in a 1940 township history. This database was contributed by Randi Richardson.

Premium Databases:

These databases are available to members of the Indiana Genealogical Society. Not a member? Join today and get access to these and more than 1,800 other databases!

Jennings County:
- History of Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana (1818-1938)
Browsable digital images of a 1938 history of the town of Vernon. This database was contributed by Ron Darrah.

Randolph County:
- Students of Monroe Township Schools, Parker City, Randolph County, Indiana (1911)
Browsable digital images of the students in grades 1 through 12, as listed in Monroe Township High School's 1911 yearbook, The Oculus. Only the students in grades 9 through 12 are identified by name. This database was contributed by Ron Darrah.

- Teachers of Monroe Township Schools, Parker City, Randolph County, Indiana (1911)
Browsable digital images of the teachers in grades 1 through 12, as listed in Monroe Township High School's 1911 yearbook, The Oculus. This database was contributed by Ron Darrah.

Scott County:
- Tax List of Scott County, Indiana (1839)
Browsable digital images of those who owed property taxes in 1839, as listed in the Scott County Assessor's records. This listing includes the property owner's name and the number of acres they owned, as well as other details. This database was contributed by Ron Darrah.

Spencer County:
- Graduates of Grass Township High School, Spencer County, Indiana (1943)
An index of students who graduated from Grass Township High School in 1943, as listed in the school's 1943 commencement program. This database was contributed by Marlene Polster.

Washington County:
- Members of Lost River Baptist Church, Claysville, Washington County, Indiana (1836-1884)
Browsable digital images of a church membership list, as listed in a church minutes book for 1865-1906. The membership list includes their name, the year they were received and the year they died or were dismissed/excluded. This database was contributed by Ron Darrah.

- Inmates at Indiana Girls' School, Indianapolis Who Died (1877-1894)
An index of girls who died while inmates at the Indiana Girls' School, as listed in the institution's annual reports for the years 1877 through 1894.

- Prisoners Released from Indiana State Prison North, Michigan City, Indiana (1861)
An index of 69 prisoners who served their sentences and were released from the Indiana State Prison North in 1861, as listed in the institution's annual report for 1861. The index includes their name, age, the county they were sentenced from, and the details of their sentence.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Query: Laura Ellen Tucker, Jefferson Co.; Ellen Dean, Gibson Co.

            I am looking for burial locations for two ancestors of mine by the names of:
Laura Ellen Tucker, date of death: Nov. 15, 1933, died in Jefferson Co., buried in Cliff Hill Cemetery, Versailles.
Ellen Dean, date of death: Mar. 5, 1904, died in Gibson Co., Patoka Township, buried in Decker Cemetery. Her last census showed her living in county poor farm.
            I have death certificates for both of them but would like  to go get photos of their stones if I had burial records or locations. Appreciate any help you could give me.

Linda Popp
1102 Burton Ave.
New Albany, IN 47150

Query: James Daubenspeck, Rush County

            I am trying to find some information regarding my great grandfather's parents.
My great grandfather was James Daubenspeck. He married Eliza Cook in Rush County on Feb 5th, 1836. ( Marriage book 4, p 213) His father, John Daubenspeck, his mother and a number of
James' siblings lived there for a great number of years and many died there.
            I was hoping that there would be a marriage application or some form they had to fill out before they could marry. Usually that contains the names of the parents. Any help you could give me would be very much appreciated. 
            I am positive John and Jenny were his parents, but, the parents married and he was their first born in Harrison Co., KY, and they don't have any records to speak of; saying what records they have back that far were damaged and lost.
            They arrived in Rush County in about 1815 or 1816. I would be happy to pay for the information if it exists, and I hope it does or if there is some kind of information that would confirm my information. Thank you and have a nice day

Mary Jane Thunstrom
525 Westminster Drive
Eagle Point, OR 97524

Query: Edward Daniel Achgill, Indiana

            Since I am a new member, I would like to learn how to get started in using the databases to search for information on my ancestors.  I do know that the name "Achgill" is at least 2 to 3 generations old.  I also know that some of my ancestors came from Germany or Eastern Europe. 
            My Grandfather, Edward Daniel Achgill was adopted by Christian and Carolina Achgill.  That is where I lose his information.  He used to tell us he came from Germany.  His birthdate is 1884.  Can anyone tell me how to get started? Thank you

Gary Achgill
20 Windmill Court
Lafayette, IN 47909