Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Research Tip: How to Find More Indiana Marriages on FamilySearch

There are more than 3 million records in FamilySearch's collection "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007" (and IGS is proud to be involved with indexing that collection!) But did you know that not every county is included in that collection yet? What's more, that collection doesn't even have all of the marriage records that FamilySearch has digitized! Here's how to find more.

The "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007" collection is available through the Historical Records section on FamilySearch. (Hover over the Search tab, then click on Records. You'll find a link to "Browse all published collections.") When you get into the collection, you can click "Browse through images," which will give you a list of the counties that are included. As of October 2017, it includes 70 of Indiana's 92 counties.

But there are other digitized records available on FamilySearch. To find them, go through the Catalog. (Click on Search, then click on Catalog.)

For best results, type the name of the county, pause, and then select the place from the list of choices that will appear. (If that doesn't work, type in United States, Indiana, <name of county>.)

Grant County isn't included in the "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007" collection, but when you go into the FamilySearch Catalog and search for Grant County, you'll see several listings under the subject heading "Vital Records." Two of them are from the Grant County Circuit Court:
  • Marriage licenses, Grant County, Indiana, 1840-1919 and Returns of marriages, 1882-1946
  • Marriage records, Circuit Court, Grant County, Indiana, 1831-1955. 
When you click on a title, you'll see its availability. 

The camera icon with the key over it means that these records have been digitized, but can only be viewed from a Family History Center or from a FamilySearch affiliate library. Family History Centers are free to use, but sometimes have limited hours. If your local Center isn't open when you're available to do research, check to see if your local public library is an affiliate. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

New Databases on the IGS Site: Madison, Marshall, Monroe, Newton counties and more

Family History Month is drawing to a close, but we're not slowing down adding new databases to the IGS website! Here are the latest additions.

Free Databases

Madison County
- Directory of Businesses in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana (1930) (Contributed by Wayne Klusman)

Monroe County
- Index to Tax Duplicates for Monroe County, Indiana (1865)
This index was created from the original bound volume at the Monroe County History Center in Bloomington. It is one of only three bound volumes of tax duplicates in existence and the only volume prior to 1900. Contributed by Randi Richardson.

Orange County
- Index to Will Records for Orange County, Indiana (1892-1917)
An index of Orange County Will Book 3. Submitted by Randi Richardson.

Members-Only Databases

These databases are available to IGS members. If you're not a member yet, sign up and get access to these and more than 2,000 other Indiana genealogy databases!

Marshall County
- Students of Brick School, Marshall County, Indiana (1908).
This school was in West Township. Submitted by Meredith Thompson.

Monroe County
- African-Americans in Censuses of Monroe County, Indiana (1850-1870)
An index of all of the people listed as either black or mulatto in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 census for Monroe County. Submitted by Randi Richardson.

Newton County
- History of Brook, Newton County, Indiana (1916)
- History of Morocco, Newton County, Indiana (1916)
- History of Newton County, Indiana (1933) 

Steuben County
- Roster of Steuben Rangers, Indiana Legion, Angola, Steuben County, Indiana (1863)
- Roster of Turkey Creek Rangers, Indiana Legion, Salem Center, Steuben County, Indiana (1863)

Switzerland County
- Phone Directory of Patriot, Switzerland County, Indiana (1956) (Contributed by Meredith Thompson)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

IGS At ISL Saturday

Directors Lou Ann Clugh and Donna Adams joined Corresponding Secretary Ron Darrah in staffing the IGS table on Saturday for the State Library Genealogy Fair. A good time was had by all. IGS encourages all of the state's genealogy groups to reserve a free publicity table at the annual event.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

CCC Newsletters Online At State Library

The Civilian Conservation Corps employed thousands of Hoosiers during the 1930s. Nearly all the CCC camps in Indiana had newspapers/newsletters, and many of these are newly digitized at the Indiana State Library. 

ISL notes that they will be adding to the collection, so check back regularly! You can use the collection on the ISL website.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Query: Jesse and Elizabeth Preble, Orlean, IN

            I am interested in locating decedents of Jesse and Elizabeth Preble. Jesse was the son of Bernard and Elizabeth (Maddox) Preble (Pribble). They were living in Olean, IN, in 1833. Jesse was a child at the time.

            I have a book, The Memories of the Jesse and Elizabeth Preble Family, by Salvation Army Brigadier Harry Ulyat, born 1908. I would like to pass this book on to a descendant who is involved with the family genealogy. Thank you,

James Bouchard