Friday, August 31, 2007

Query: McCormick/Agan of Marion, Harrison or Orange counties

I am looking for a marriage certifcate for Anna M. McCormick and John N. Agan on 31 May 1906. The marriage took place in either Marion, Harrison or Orange counties.

Query:Terrell of Lawrence County

Looking for information on Andrew Jackson Terrell, born April 1824, lived in Lawrence County, Indiana until 12 years old. He lived with his grandmother, Nancy Terrell. His mother died shortly after child birth. I do not know who was his father or his mother.

Howard Terrell
6405 Julie Ann Dr.
Hanover, MD 21076-2011

Query: Lowe/Sanderlin

Looking for information on John C. F. Lowe. He was supposedly born in Indiana about 1842. His parents were William Low/e and Mary Sanderlin. Siblings at the time he was born were Benjamin, Joseph P., David, Sarah J., and William H. Lowe. All the siblings except William H. Lowe were born in Ohio. William H. born in 1840 in Indiana along with John. Trying to find out what county he was born in. Also information on any of his family.

Marian Jordan
1426 South B St.
Rogers, AR 72756

Query:Russell/Asher/McGuire/Baker/Holton of Clinton County

John Thomas Russell is my 2nd great-grandfather. He was born in Virginia (probably somewhere near Charles Parish, York) in 1804. His parents' names were Thomas James Russell and Sarah Asher who lived in Charles Parish, York, VA, along with his sibling, Richard Russell. (Richard also moved to Indiana.) Sometime early in life he moved to Clinton County, and may have already been married to Jane McGuire or Elizabeth Baker. We have not been able to find a specific death date, but I think it was in 1866 in Clinton County. There is also great confusion regarding his wives -he may have had three of them: Jane McGuire, Elizabeth Baker and Mary J. Holton. Does anyone have ideas of where I could search for specific documentation or would someone who reads this be willing to look for me? I have spent 40 years looking for this man and he is driving me crazy!!!!

Janet Sincavage
101 North View Dr.
Pineville, LA 71360

Query:Fleming of Warren County

I am trying to locate an obituary or cemetery information for my ancestors Peter and Rebecca Fleming. Peter was born in 1783 in North Carolina. Rebecca was born in 1782 in Virginia or Kentucky. They lived in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana. I think they came to Warren County in 1827. Rebecca died in 1858 and Peter died in 1868. If there is a photo of the burial site, that would be really helpful. Thanks so much

Marcia Russo

Query:Green/Fidler of Lawernce County

I am looking for the parents of Daniel Green, born ca.1822 in Lawrence County, Indiana. He married Polly Fidler in 1842 in Lawrence County. He had 4 or possibly 5 children: Elias, John, James, Susan and Jane(?). He and Polly disappeared around 1854.

Shelley Green
610 Winton St.
Wausau, WI 54403

Query:Spahr of Fountain County

I am trying to find out about Martin Spahr of Davis Township, Fountain County, Indiana. He is buried in Salem Cemetery there. Henry and Dunkin Spahr are also buried there.

KB Williams
445 W. Madison
Rushville, IL 62681

Query:McElroy/Taylor/Hamilton of Jefferson County

I am trying to locate a death certificate, or a grave marker for my great-great-great-great-grandfather. His name was John McElroy, born in Ireland, circa 1770-1775.
He came to the Americas circa 1801-1802. His then-wife was Margaret--she passed away in 1821.

His second wife was Jane (Taylor) McElroy, she passed away circa 1826. This marriage took place in the Lancaster, PA area. Along with his family he moved to Jefferson County, Indiana and married Mary (Hamilton) McElroy, who passed away in 1838.

John McElroy lived in Jefferson County until his death in 1837. His children were: Robert, John Jr., George, James, Sarah and Margaret (from his first marriage) and Eliza and Yates (from his third marriage).

I would appreciate any information.

Ellen Price
4544 Parent St.
Missoula, MT 59808

Query:VanLaningham of Harrison County

Livingston VanLaningham (Vanlandingham) was born 1828/29 in Harrison County, Indiana to Lydia Eoyse VanLaningham, wife of Elijah VanLaningham (Vanlandingham). Looking for information on his specific date of birth and his ancestors.

J. Leon Vanlandingham

Query: Geary

I am trying to find info on the Geary family. I have a John and Mary Geary (I don't know her maiden name) born about 1800's or 1820's in Indiana (I do not know the location). They had a daughter who was also born in Indiana, Wilhelmine (Minnie), born October 3, 1848. I would like info on where they came from before Indiana, nationality, etc.

Linda (Linzey) Carlson

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Query:Thorn/Wisner of Bartholomew County

An Indiana resident, Dr. William E. Wisner, had researched the Thorn family. He died sometime in the early 1900's in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana. I am trying to locate the work that he did.

Jean A. Kunz
1818 Kent Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15241-2118

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Query: MOHAN/CLARKE/LONG of Marion County

Looking for descendants of Bessie (Mohan) and Michael Clarke who emigrated to Indianapolis from Ireland in the 1860's or possibly early 1870's. Her brother James Mohan also emigrated. They lived on S. West Street. Bessie later lived with her daughter Elizabeth M. (b. 1886) who married Edward J. Long in 1919. They had two children Edward (b. 1921 or 1922) and Marie (b. 1923). I cannot find anyone beyond the 1930 census. There is a 1942 draft card for Edward Long, Sr. that states that he worked as a molder for the Kinsley Foundry, and lived on N. Parker at that time. According to a 1951 Indianapolis directory, Elizabeth M. Long (now widowed) still lived on N. Parker.

Elizabeth was my grandmother's first cousin. There are many relatives still living in Ireland and England that would love to find out what happened to these distant cousins and their descendants.

Karen McDonald
2190 27th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94116


I have heard from my cousin, Nancy Sherman-Neutz of Lanesville, that there is a new Harrison County, Indiana book (from Heritage Books?) that lists information on Shermans and Fulliloves and Gwins and Lopps--my ancestors. I hope you can guide me to where I can order this book.

Janie Sherman, CG
701 Donaghe St.
Staunton, VA 24401-2838

Kosciusko County Cemetery Walk & Book

The Local History and Genealogy Center of the North Webster Community Public Library (301 N. Main St., North Webster IN 46555) is sponsoring a Cemetery Walk of North Webster Cemetery in Kosciusko County on Saturday, September 9. Beginning at 1 pm and going every 10-15 minutes until approximately 2:45 pm, groups will be able to walk the cemetery, where there will be a guide and re-enactors highlighting the life of selected individuals who are buried there: Perry E. Mock; Louie and Dorthea Tenney Engle; John S. Hall; Clara Kiser Cripe Rothenberger; Ned & Helen Raver, and Eleanor Joy Warner.

After the walk, refreshments will be offered at the library. Note: in the event of rain, the walk will be rescheduled to Saturday, September 16.

Pre-paid orders for Transcription of the North Webster Cemetery will be accepted beginning on September 9. The book includes information on over 2,000 burials, with photos of all the stones and over 950 obituaries. There is also a site map and a transcription of the original plat map, along with an index. The book was made possible by a grant from the Esther Pfleiderer Charitable Trust. Softbound copies will be available for $45 (shipping & handling and tax is additional), and hardbound copies will be available for $75 (shipping & handling and tax is additional). For more information, contact Beth Smith at the library--phone (574) 834-7122.

Elkhart County Cemetery Book Published

The Elkhart County Genealogical Society ( has just published Prairie Street Cemetery by Patricia K. Johnson and Jeffrey L. Keim. The cemetery was formed by the Prairie Street Mennonite Church in 1895 and in 1998, the church donated the cemetery to the city of Elkhart. The book (which is 318 pages and includes over 21,000 names in the index) contains information on over 11,000 burials from 1895 through 2006. The names of spouses or parents are often included in the information.

Copies of the book are available for $45 + $4 shipping & handling (Indiana residents must add $2.70 for sales tax). Make checks payable to Elkhart County Genealogical Society and mail to: Publications, Elkhart County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1031, Elkhart IN 46515-1031.

Friday, August 24, 2007

IGS Seminar in Evansville

The Indiana Genealogical Society will hold a Society Management Seminar on Saturday, September 8 from 9 am to 4 pm in the Browning Room of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Library ( in Evansville, Indiana. The seminar is focused on helping all those involved in the running of their local genealogical and historical organizations. This year's seminar will focus on aspects of publishing, including a presentation on electronic publishing by Curt Witcher of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne.

Registration is free to all those who are members of an IGS chapter; for all others, registration is just $5. For more information, including directions and a registration form, visit

Cemetery Restoration in Montgomery County

The Genealogy Club of Montgomery County, Indiana ( has been working on cleaning and restoring O'Neall Cemetery since 2003, with major work coming in the last couple of years. The cemetery is located in Ripley Township, Montgomery County, near the town of Yountsville.

The earliest recorded burial was for James D. McClelland (1828) and the latest was for Michael Fruits (1912). Over 100 people are known to be buried there, including 9 veterans of the Civil War, 4 from the War of 1812, and 1 from the Mexican War.

Trees and excess brush have been removed, and club members have attended training offered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Historical Society on how to properly clean, restore and reset tombstones.

Donations of labor, materials or money to help offset the costs of this ongoing project are welcome. For more information, contact Dian Moore at the Crawfordsville District Public Library--phone (765) 362-2242 ext. 4; e-mail

Increased Copy Fees At National Archives

The National Archives has officially increased its rates for photocopies. The new rates will go into effect on October 1st. The Archives announced the proposed increases back in February, and received comments from over 1,200 people. Some of the comments led them to scale back on the amount of their proposed increases:

--Copies of Civil War pension files were scheduled to increase to $125, but will instead be increased to $75, if less than 100 pages (there will be a price break for copies above and beyond the 100 page limit).
--Copies of pension files for service that pre-dates the Civil War (such as the Revolutionary War) were scheduled to increase to $60, but will instead be increased to $50.

The amount of the other proposed increases was not changed:

--Copies of passenger arrival lists and census records will increase to $25 per page
--Copies of land entry records will increase to $40
--Copies of bounty land warrant application files will increase to $25
--Copies of military service files more than 75 years old will increase to $25

Franklin County History To Be Published

Whitewater Publications is compiling a history of Franklin County, Indiana, called Franklin County: A Glimpse of The Past, which will be published in June 2008. Submissions of stories and photos about Franklin County families or local history (including information about historic homes) are welcome. Submissions of family genealogy have a $20 fee; submissions of photos have a $5 fee. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2007.

Submissions (and fees) should be sent to : Sherry Allen, Whitewater Publications, P.O. Box 38, Brookville IN 47012; phone (765) 647-4221. Pre-publication orders are also being taken for the book--send $40 for each copy desired to Whitewater Publications at the above address. The deadline for pre-publication orders is December 31, 2007.

This history project is being coordinated by Julie Schlesselman of the Brookville library. If you have any questions about the project, please contact her at: Julie Schlesselman, Genealogy and Local History Division, Whitewater Valley Community Library District, 919 Main St., Brookville IN 47012; phone (765) 647-4031; e-mail

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Marriage Indexing: 8 Records per Image

Some batches are now coming up with 8 marriages on an image -- four on the left-hand page and four on the right. Let's handle them this way:

Left page – Top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right
Right page – Top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right

Thank you!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Query: McCLELLAN/PAUL of Gibson County

I'm trying to find out information on my great-great-grandfather John S. McClellan. I believe he was born in Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana on July 4, 1841. He fought in the Civil War and was in the 58th Indiana Infantry. He is buried here in Kingman County, Kansas. I'm just tring to find out any information possible about him. Possibly his parents and where they came from? He married Amanda R. Paul on June 2, 1880 in Gibson County, Indiana. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.

Lisa Lilja
16585 SW 90th Ave.
Zenda, KS 67159

Query: LINDSEY/McPIKE of Hancock County

I located my great-great-grandfather Richard Lindsey in Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana in the 1840 census. He was born in Ireland circa 1781. In the 1850 census I find many of his children, including minor daughters, living in Greenfield (a son Richard, William C., Aurelia, Eliza, John B., and family) but Richard and wife Nancy (McPike) Lindsey cannot be found in any census. There is no record he ever owned land, or was buried there. I wonder what other records are available for the time period 1840-1850?

Joan M. Longmire
13263 W. Stonebridge Lane
Huntley, IL 60142-7695

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Wayne County Family History Published

Penobscot Press recently published Descendants of John Cox of Abington, Indiana and Joseph Cox of Hampton, Illinois by Ruth Anna Hicks and William Jerome Utermohlen (1193 pages, hardcover), an extensive history tracing the descendants of John Cox and Catherine Cull. Their oldest son, Joseph Cox, married Mary Rue in November 1804 and lived in Wayne County, Indiana until 1824, moving on to Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties before settling in Rock Island County, Illinois in 1836. Several branches of the family remained in eastern Indiana. Further information on the history of the family is available at

The book includes more than 300 photographs and a place index, as well as a name index. Copies are $55 each +$5 shipping & handling. An order form is available on the website, or may be ordered directly from:

William J. Utermohlen
1916 Windsor Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22307

Parke County Adds Website

The Parke County Historical Society in Rockville, Indiana has launched their own website, at

The website includes past issues of their newsletter, "Yesterday & Today"

Dearborn County Website Moved

The Dearborn County Historical Society in Lawrenceburg, Indiana has moved their website to

Remember to update any bookmarks or links you may have.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

La Porte County Resources

The La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society ( will hold a free session, "Sharing Our Sources," on October 20 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Swanson Activity Center for Older Adults (910 State St., La Porte IN 46350), which is located across Madison Street from La Porte Hospital. There will be information available on the various resources for researching in La Porte County. There will be representatives or information from area genealogical and historical societies, libraries, museum, county offices, etc. There is no cost to attend; light refreshments will be offered.

South Bend Society to Meet

The South Bend Area Genealogical Society ( will meet September 24 at the First Christian Church (1101 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend IN). Cake and coffee will be served at 6:30 pm, and then at 7 pm, Matt Baumgartner will present a program.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Marriage Indexing: Roll of Honor

Congratulations to all the volunteers on our Indiana Marriage Record Indexing Project, for their wonderful accomplishments. We especially would like to recognize those on our Roll of Honor:

Over 20,000 Records Indexed:
Harold Martin of Melbourne, Florida

Over 20,000 Records Arbitrated:
Dan Elliott of Mount Vernon, Indiana

Over 10,000 Records Indexed:
Sheryl Porter of Monmouth, Illinois
Clara J. Whan of Avilla, Indiana
Robert E. Van Lue of Rochester, Indiana
Jane Chamberlain of Bloomfield, Indiana
Justina Cook of Nampa, Idaho

Over 10,000 Records Arbitrated:
Clara J. Whan of Avilla, Indiana
Nancy Bower of Oroville, California
Ronald Chard of Ocala, Florida
Justina Cook of Nampa, Idaho

Over 5,000 Records Indexed:
Mary Sallee of Mesa, Arizona
Darlene Shuart of Monroe, Washington
Patricia Hodges of Stacy, Minnesota
Teresa Taramasso of Graham, Texas
Carolyn Lowe of Knoxville, Tennessee
Bea Barton of Washington, Utah
Robert McKillip of Rocky Mount, Virginia
Michelle Golden of Roy, Washington
Mary Stewart of Muncie, Indiana
Evelyn D. City of Clinton, Indiana

Over 5,000 Records Arbitrated:
Bernie Cinkoske of Indianapolis, Indiana
Michelle Golden of Roy, Washington
Lori White of Windsor, Colorado
Ann C. Richardson of Woods Cross, Utah

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Scholarship for Indiana Library Staff

The Indiana Genealogical Society is now accepting applications for its Library Staff Educational Scholarship, for employees of Indiana libraries. The scholarship is intended to increase the staff's genealogical knowledge, thus enabling them to better serve their patrons.

The scholarship includes:
--a $500 credit to help pay the costs for the library employee to attend any conference, seminar or class that is related to genealogy.
--a complimentary registration to the IGS annual conference.
--a complimentary 1 year membership in IGS.
--a $100 gift certificate for the sponsoring library, to be used towards the purchase of any IGS publications.

Library staff that are new to the field of genealogy are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed by a three person committee appointed by the IGS president. Applications must be postmarked by 31 December.

Applications, as well as a full explanation of the scholarship and its requirements, may be downloaded from

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Central Indiana Family History Conference

The 3rd Annual Central Indiana Family History Conference will be held Saturday, September 15 from 9 am to 4 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 777 Sunblest Blvd. in Fishers, Indiana (east of Allisonville Road and north of 116th Street). The theme of the conference, which is sponsored by the Indianapolis, Indianapolis North, and Muncie Stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is "Family History Links: Connecting Generations."

Over 30 workshops will be offered, as well as various genealogy-related displays. Registration is free. There will be a lunch available for $4. Copies of the syllabus will also be available--CD copies will be $1, printed copies will be $6.

To register for the conference, or for more information, visit

Monday, August 6, 2007

Jay County Cemetery Book Published

The Jay County Genealogy Society ( has published Bluff Point Cemetery 1845-2006, a survey of the Bluff Point Cemetery in Bluff Point, Pike Township, Jay County, Indiana. The information was surveyed and compiled by Kathy Selman.

For ordering information, please contact the Jay County Genealogy Society (

Scott County Group to Meet

The Scott County Genealogical Society ( will meet September 6 at 6:30 pm at the Scott County Heritage Center & Museum (1050 S. Main St., Scottsburg IN). Nadine Harris of the Scott County Public Library will discuss the library's genealogical and historical collection.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Query: GARDNER of Clay and Vigo counties

GARDNER/FREDERICKS/STINSON—My husband's grandmother was Laura Frances GARDNER, born December 9, 1896 in Clay County, Indiana to Edward W. and Catherine “Katie” Gardner, who afterwards moved to Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. Laura had a son, Delbert F. Gardner, born August 2, 1915. No father was listed on his birth certificate, and he was later to be known as Delbert F. COLE.

Laura Gardner married 1) Freddy FREDERICK on May 14, 1921 in Clay County. Their daughter, Wilma Grace Frederick (my mother-in-law, now deceased), was born May 27, 1922. After an annulment or divorce, Laura married 2) Harry F. STINSON on March 4, 1925 in Vigo County. After that we have no trace of her. We have always wondered what happened to her, as her son had been placed in an orphanage and beginning at 17 months of age, her daughter was raised by great aunts in Parkersburg, West Virginia. This was after Laura's mother, Catherine “Katie” Gardner, died suddenly in December 1923. Any help finding what happened to this lady would be appreciated.

Contact: Marie Nutter (5056 Veto Rd., Vincent OH 45784;

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Internet Research Workshop in Kokomo

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library ( will hold a workshop about how to do genealogy research on the Internet on August 30 from 7 to 9 pm in the library's computer lab. Space is limited, and registration is required. To register, contact the computer lab--phone (765) 457-3242.

Elkhart Hosts Genealogy Workshop

The Elkhart County Genealogical Society ( will hold their annual Genealogy Workshop on October 27 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Rush Memorial Center (304 Vistula St., Bristol IN). Shirley Gage Hodges will be the featured speaker. Her topics include:
  • "Maps, Gazetteers, and Directories"
  • "Church Records"
  • "Newspapers: A Valuable Research Tool"
  • "The Internet: Blessings and Curses"

Registration is $25.00 if received before October 24; otherwise it will be $28.00. Registration includes morning coffee, snacks, and lunch.

Checks should be made payable to Elkhart County Genealogical Society, and mailed to: Elkhart County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1031, Elkhart IN 46515.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Kokomo Group to Visit Civil War Battlefield

The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library ( and the Greentown Public Library ( are sponsoring a trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to visit the Civil War battlefield. The trip is in conjunction with Howard County Reads 2007 (, which has chosen Michael Shaara's Killer Angels (a story about the battle of Gettysburg) for its community book discussion.

The trip to Gettysburg will take place Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21 and costs $299 per person. The cost includes:
--a bus trip by Imperial Travel of Lafayette
--2 nights in a hotel, based on 2 people per room with 2 double beds
--a continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday provided by the hotel
--a guided tour of the Gettysburg National Military Park

Registrations and a $50 deposit are due by August 15; the balance must be paid in full by September 10 (cancellations made prior to September 1 will receive a full refund). To register, visit the Kokomo or Greentown library.

For more information, contact Tammy Keith--phone (765) 454-4710.