Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Query: Henry Brierton, Switzerland County



                Looking for any information on Henry Brierton, who married Jane Mcbarth in Switzerland County, Indiana.  He owned land there.  He had a son named Samuel.  Henry was supposed to be from Wales and born in the 1700s. 
                He is a rascally rabbit, genealogically speaking.  Samuel later moved to Brown County, Illinois.  Are there church records that I might check?  I cannot seem to get them online.
                Thanks for any help or suggestions.
Fran Himmelberg
26 Mountain  View Dr.
Keene, NH 03431
Fhimmelberg@myfairpoint.net

Query: John Brazill Stinson, Vanderburgh County



                John Brazill Stinson, resided in Vanderburgh County, Indiana; Buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Indiana.  Served in the War of 1812. His son, John Bazel Stinson was born in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, 23 May 1835; died in Denison, Grayson County, Texas, 1919. 
                Any information appreciated, and I will be willing to share my 50-year research database.

Mary (Stinson) Walthall
7800 Mockingbird Lane #172
North Richland Hills, Texas, 76180
marywalthall@sbcglobal.net

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Databases: Civil War, Yearbooks, Notre Dame, and More

Have you seen the latest databases on the Indiana Genealogical Society's website? Check out these additions:

Free Database:

Soldiers of Monroe County, Indiana Who Received Pensions (1883)
This database includes Bloomington-area veterans, widows, and children, as found on an 1883 federal government list of pensioners. Service was for the War of 1812 through the Civil War. 

Members-Only Databases:

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

Decatur County:
- Founding Members of Kingston Presbyterian Church, Decatur County, Indiana (1823)
Fifty members who founded what was originally known as Sand Creek Church, as abstracted from a 75th anniversary booklet.

Grant County:
- Students of Marion High School, Grant County, Indiana (1935)
- Teachers of Marion High School, Grant County, Indiana (1935)
Searchable digital images from the school's 1935 yearbook, The Cactus. The yearbook includes information on grades 7 through 12. 

Montgomery County:
- Students of Crawfordsville High School, Montgomery County, Indiana (1951)
- Teachers of Crawfordsville High School, Montgomery County, Indiana (1951)
Searchable digital images from the school's 1951 yearbook, Athenian. The yearbook includes information on grades 10 through 12.

Indiana Boys School:
- Graduates of Charlton High School, Indiana Boys' School, Plainfield, Indiana (1925-1927)
Indiana's only juvenile reform school had its own commissioned high school. See the names and class of 230 boys who graduated from it, as abstracted from commencement programs. 

Central Normal College, Danville:
- Directory of Students at Central Normal College (1940-1941)
This database includes 400 students at one of the state's largest institutions for training to be a teacher, as listed in a student directory for the 1940-1941 school year. Includes name, class, and hometown.

University of Notre Dame:
- Students of University of Notre Dame (1877-1878)
This database includes 575 young men and their home states (ranging from Alabama to the Idaho Territory), as abstracted from the school's annual catalogs for the 1876-1877 and 1877-1878 school years.

Taylor University, Upland:
- Students of Taylor University (1955)
This database includes 400 students at one of the state's oldest evangelical Christian colleges, as abstracted from the school's annual catalog for the 1954-1955 school year. Includes the student's name, class, and hometown.

From Marion High School Seniors, 1935; The Cactus yearbook.



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Proposed Elimination of Genealogy at the Indiana State Library


Indiana House Bill 1001 – the State Budget Bill  – includes a proposed 24% cut in funding to the Indiana State Library. According to State Librarian Jacob Speer, the proposal includes elimination of the Genealogy Department at the State Library and a 10% reduction in ISL staff.

As Speer points out, the Genealogy Department at the Indiana State Library has more than 100,000 items devoted to Indiana, states from which Hoosiers came, as well as some foreign countries.

Many of these holdings are not duplicated at the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana State Archives, or the Indiana Historical Bureau. In addition, the Indiana State Library serves as the "genealogy destination" for patrons of the Indianapolis Public Library (IPL), as IPL made the decision not to have their own genealogy collection.

Almost half (49%) of the reference questions that come to the Indiana State Library are for research from the Genealogy collection. It isn't hard to imagine an increase in the number of people who will be researching their Indiana heritage and local history as we approach the State's bicentennial next year, especially with the state's plans to attract people to "come home to Indiana."

We encourage Indiana residents to contact their state legislators and members of the House Ways and Means Committee and weigh in on this important issue. You can locate contact information for your state legislators here and the House Ways and Means Committee here.

People outside of Indiana can contact Rep. Timothy Brown, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. Those dollars that you spend in the state while you're researching at the Indiana State Library add up. 

You can find State Librarian Speer's analysis here.

You can find the full State Budget Report here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

IGS Adds Parke County 1860 Mortality Schedule Index to Members-Only Area

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added an index of the 1860 Parke County mortality schedule to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Index to Mortality Schedule for Parke County, Indiana (1860)

Mortality schedules were special schedules to the federal census that were taken in 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. The 1860 mortality schedule listed those who had died between 1 June 1859 and 31 May 1860.

This is a premium database, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,437 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

IGS Adds Indiana Boys' School Database to Members-Only Area

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a database about inmates released from the Indiana Boys' School to the Statewide Records section of our Members Only area:

--Inmates Released From Indiana Boys' School, Plainfield, Indiana (1880-1882)

NOTE: The Indiana Boys' School was a state correctional institution established in Plainfield, Hendricks County, Indiana in 1867 to reform male juvenile offenders.

This is a premium database, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,438 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.


Monday, January 12, 2015

IGS Adds 2 Wabash County School Records Databases to Members-Only Area

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added 2 databases about a Wabash County school to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Students of Wabash High School, Wabash County, Indiana (1929)
--Teachers of Wabash High School, Wabash County, Indiana (1929)

These are premium databases, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,436 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.