Friday, March 30, 2007

Marriage Indexing: No Periods

We're starting to see punctuation after middle name initials -- not necessary! Please ignore all punctuation while indexing the Indiana Marriage Records.

Query: AKERS family of Indiana

AKERS--Looking for information on George Akers (born 1791) and wife Nancy (born 1792) who had children:

--Martha Akers (born 1813)
--Milton Akers (born 1815 in Indiana)
--Sarah Akers (born 1817)
--Rachel Akers (born 1819)

Milton Akers married Rachel REDMAN (born 1820 in Ohio) on June 21, 1838 in Champaign County, Illinois. They were in the 1840 and 1850 censuses in Champaign County, Illinois.

There is a George Akers in the 1840 census in Champaign County, Illinois. He may be the same as the George Ackers who is in the 1850 census in the Navarro District of Tarrant County, Texas--he is born about 1791 in Kentucky, wife Nancy is born about 1793 in Kentucky. They have children:

--Simon Akers (born about 1821 in Indiana)
--Thomas Akers (born about 1826 in Indiana)
--John Akers (born about 1828 in Indiana)
--Byron Akers (born about 1843 in Illinois)

The only George Akers who's in Indiana for the 1830 census is in Silver Creek Township, Clark County, Indiana.

If you can help with this family, please contact Melanie Adams ( directly.

Soldiers Enrollment Lists for Indiana counties

The Indiana Genealogical Society has just published indexes to the 1890 soldiers enrollment lists for Cass County, Owen County, Parke County and Perry County, Indiana. The lists enumerated the veterans of all past wars who were living in various Indiana counties in 1890 (or information on their widows and children). The indexes contain detailed information from the lists and are in Adobe Acrobat format on CD-ROM. For more information (including a sample page), see

Query: ENLOW/INLOW of Crawford County

ENLOW/INLOW—Looking for information on the ancestors of Herbert H. ENLOW (born about 1901 in Indiana; son of Jonas G. Enlow and Carrie GRANT). He married Bertie E. Odie WATTS (born about 1901 in Illinois) in about 1921 and they lived in Whiskey Run Township, Crawford County, Indiana in the 1930 census. Herbert and Bertie had children:

--Eugene (born about 1922 in Indiana)
--Billie (born about 1923 in Indiana)
--Donald (born about 1924 in Milltown, Harrison County, Indiana)
--Richard (born about 1927 in Indiana)
--Mary L. (born about 1929 in Indiana)

Herbert left Bertie when the children were small and remarried.

Jonas G. Enlow was born September 1877 in Indiana and died after 1930. He married Carrie Grant (born about 1888 in Indiana; died after 1930) and they had children:

--Herbert H. (born about 1901 in Indiana)
--Rowan (born about 1902 in Indiana)
--Lowell V. (born about 1907 in Indiana)
--L. Kenneth (born about 1909 in Indiana)
--Kathleen (born about 1913 in Indiana)
--Geraldine (born about 1917 in Indiana)
--Mary B. (born about 1919 in Indiana)

Jonas Enlow was found in Ohio Township, Crawford County, Indiana for the 1880, 1900 and 1910 censuses; by the 1930 census, he had moved to Milltown, Harrison County, Indiana. He was the son of Nancy ?? (born about 1856 in Illinois; stepdaughter of Jonas GREEN who was born April 1829 in Indiana). Nancy married a Mr. INLOW (who died before the 1880 census) and they had children:

--John W. Enlow (born December 1872 in Indiana)—married Minnie about 1896.
--Jonas G. Enlow (born September 1877 in Indiana)—married Carrie Grant.
--Mary B. Enlow (born about 1877 in Indiana)

Sometime after 1880, Nancy remarried to a Mr. JOHNSON, who died before the 1900 census. They had children:
--Allen D. Johnson (born June 1885 in Indiana)
--Eddie E. Johnson (May 1887 in Indiana)
--Leonard T. Johnson (born November 1889 in Indiana)
--Claude A. Johnson (born September 1893 in Indiana)

An Enlow researcher has published a book that says that Jonas G. Enlow's mother was named Elvira THOMPSON and that she married to a Henry Enlow (born 1835 in Knox County, Indiana; died 1877 in Kansas) and that this Henry Enlow may have had a brother named Joe or Joseph Enlow. HAINES, GREEN and BELL appear to be family names associated with this family.

Any help on this family would be appreciated.

Contact: Donna Enlow Shields (

Genealogy Seminar in Vincennes

The Northwest Territory Genealogical Society and the Knox County Public Library are co-sponsoring a Genealogy Seminar on Saturday, April 21, 2007. The seminar will take place at the Vincennes Fortnightly Clubhouse, 421 N. 6th St. in Vincennes, Indiana. Registration begins at 8:45 am, with the first session getting underway at 9:30 am (all times are Central Time Zone).

This year’s seminar will feature two speakers. Morning sessions entitled “Publishing ‘The Book’” and “Details and Demonstrations for Self-Publishing” will be presented by Larry Goss. Afternoon sessions on “Civil War Union Military Records” and “Civil War Union Pension Records and GAR Records” will be presented by Ron Darrah.

Several area societies will have their genealogy and local history books for sale.

The cost of the workshop is $15 for pre-registration and $20 at the door. This fee includes a light lunch. Registrations should be mailed to Northwest Territory Genealogical Society, c/o Knox County Public Library, 502 N. 7th St., Vincennes IN 47591. For more information, contact Brian Spangle at

Hotel Discount for 2007 IGS Conference

If you haven't made your hotel reservations yet for the 2007 Indiana Genealogical Society conference (which will be Saturday, April 28 at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne--see for more info), you might want to consider the Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Center (1020 S. Calhoun St., Ft. Wayne IN 46802; They are offering a block of rooms at $89 per night (+ tax).

To receive this special rate, you must make your reservation directly with the hotel (call 260-420-1100). Make sure to mention the IGS conference. Note: Any cancellations must be made 72 hours before your scheduled arrival.