Sunday, May 21, 2017

New FREE Databases for Howard, Owen and Vigo Counties and More!

The following new FREE databases on the Indiana Genealogical Society website were made possible through the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project. Check them out:

Howard County:

Contributed by Kokomo-Howard County Public Library
- Alumni of New London High School, Howard County, Indiana (1884-1930)
From a 1930 alumni souvenir.
- Alumni of New London High School, Howard County, Indiana (1931-1948)
A handwritten list in the back of a 1930 alumni souvenir.
- History of Young Men Christian's Association, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana (1937) []
Miscellaneous materials about the Kokomo YMCA, including a 1930s basketball team roster and photo and a 1937 newspaper article.

Owen County:

Contributed by Ten O'Clock Line Treaty Museum (Gosport, Indiana)
- Burials at Gosport Cemetery, Owen County, Indiana (1901-1928)
A typewritten list of burials that was found in an old notebook.
- Owners of Lots at Lake Hollybrook, Owen County, Indiana (1930) 
A typewritten list of lots in Lake Hollybrook that had been sold as of July 14, 1930.

Vigo County:

Contributed by Wabash Valley Genealogy Society (Terre Haute, Indiana)
- Benefit for West Terre Haute Police Department, Vigo County, Indiana (1941)
A program for a July 18, 1941 show to benefit the West Terre Haute Police Department. It includes the names of performers and ads for local businesses.
- Confederate Soldiers Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana
Information about 11 Confederate prisoners of war who died in a local prison and were buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

College, Military, or Statewide:

Contributed by the Genealogical Society of Marion County (Indianapolis):
- Graduates of Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis (1914-1945)
A 1956 history of the Indiana University Training School for Nurses.
- Selected Employees of Indiana Bell Telephone Co. (1965)
A booklet containing news of various employees and the company's 1964 annual report.
- History of Allison Engine Division, Indianapolis in World War II 
 A booklet published by the Allison Engine Division of General Motors Corporation, Indianapolis.

Does your organization have Indiana genealogy materials that need digitized? Consider applying for equipment through the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project

Query: Merrimon Straughn, Henry County

            Merrimon Straughn was my 4th-great grandfather.  He was married to Hannah Vickery, daughter of Jehu Vickery and Lydia Levenwood Leonard, who I believe were Quakers. Our family records indicate the station in Dudley Township, Henry County, was named after Merrimon, now known as Straughn, IN.  Supposedly, they were inn keepers of Straughn's Station. 

            For more info on this family, where would you suggest I look?  I have located digital images of both of their gravestones.  

Virginia Bright Brooks

Query: John Myers, Marion County

            I'm trying to find out how John Myers, living in Perry Township, Marion County, Indiana died in July of 1860.  I've found his burial and he is listed on that census, but two days later is dead.  Also his youngest two sons don't show up on records after that census - William and Peter, both under the age of 10. 

            If anyone can help me answer the questions about what happened to these family members, I'd be very thankful.

Billie Dearborn

PO Box 246

Packwood, WA 98361

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Research Tip: Other Records for Indiana's Colleges and Universities

Yearbooks and catalogs are probably the first two things that come to mind when thinking about resources for ancestors who went to college or who were faculty. However, there are several other types of records that you should consider.

Student Directories

Student directories, sometimes known as handbooks or manuals, contained information on the students as well as the faculty and various campus organizations, including fraternities and sororities.

This example from Indiana University's student directory, which they called "the red book," for the 1929-1930 school year, included the student's name, year, hometown, and the name of their residence hall or fraternity/sorority, as well as a phone number.
Indiana University Student Directory, 1929-1930

Student Newspapers

Student-produced newspapers can offer a glimpse into the daily life on campus. They contain information not just on the school's sports teams, but various clubs and associations, sprinkled in with news from alumni.

This example from Indiana Central College (now University of Indianapolis)'s student newspaper for January 1941 includes news of several alumni who have gotten married, as well as a trip to an indoor pool — a treat during an Indiana winter.
(Indiana Central College) Reflector, January 1941.

Commencement Programs

Commencement programs can contain detailed information about those who are graduating, as well as the schedule of events and commencement speakers.

Ball State University's June 1969 commencement program contains a list of the graduates for the Master of Science degree, including their name, hometown, where they earned their undergraduate degree, and the subject of their degree. We can also see that they're not actually graduating until August.
Ball State University commencement program, June 1969.

Alumni Directories

Alumni directories are valuable because students were likely to keep in touch long after their graduation. The directories of alumni that the schools would periodically publish are valuable not just for finding out a woman's married name, but for the level of detail they could include.

Earlham College's 1957 alumni directory, for example, show the alumnus's name, degree they earned, year of graduation, spouse's name, children's name, children's years of birth, occupation, and current residence.
Earlham College Alumni Directory, 1957.

Finding These Records

Many of these resources can only be found at the college or university, or at public libraries in the areas surrounding these institutions. However, be sure and check Google Books and Internet Archive to see what they have for these institutions. Some institutions are beginning to digitize their own resources, including:
You can also find Indiana college and university records in the "College Records" section of the IGS website.

If you want to find out more about using college catalogs, be sure to check out this blog post.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Digitization Kit #24: Martin County Historical Society

Yesterday IGS delivered Kit 24 to the Martin County Historical Society, which is located in this great Museum in Shoals, Indiana. A former courthouse, the building is crammed with great artifacts and exhibits and especially with tons of documents waiting digitization. Get ready for some great resources coming out of Martin County. This Museum is well worth a visit to see some early Americana, Indiana-style.

Does your organization have Indiana genealogy materials that need digitizing? Consider applying for a portable scanning kit from IGS. You can find details and the application form on the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project page.