Friday, July 31, 2015

Query: Pleasant Reynolds and Rachel Goodman

Pleasant Reynolds born abt 1819 in Indiana; married Rachel Goodman, 28 Oct 1841, in Lawrence Co, Indiana. They had children: Thomas 1842-1915, Joseph 1844-1917, Noah 1849-1902, Abraham 1852-?, John 1855-?, Jacob 1957-?, and James 1859-1928. James is my great-grandfather; he married Sarah A Bailey, 15 Sep 1872, in Putnam Co., and they had children Martha E abt 1874 and George abt 1879.

Would love to know parent’s and/or sibling’s names. I have hit the brick wall on Pleasant Reynolds and Rachel Goodman Reynolds. Thanks.

Barbara Reynolds Miller
402 W 10th St
Oolitic, IN 47451

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Shortened Saturday Hours at the Indiana State Library

Effective 1 September 2015, the Indiana State Library will be open from 10:00am - 4:00pm on Saturdays. Previously, the Saturday hours had been from 8:00am - 4:00pm.

The decision to change Saturday hours was made to align with other state agencies in the downtown Indianapolis area.

"The new Saturday hours will align with the Indiana Statehouse and the Indiana State Museum," said State Librarian Jacob Speer. "This alleviates any confusion to anyone visiting the downtown historic sites and focuses the hours we are open during the times when we have our most customers."

The Indiana State Library is located at 315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis. The hours are:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm (Manuscripts and Rare Books closes at 4:30pm)
  • Saturday (until 1 September 2015): 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Saturday (after 1 September 2015): 10:00am - 4:00pm

Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis

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 ( 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.