Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Query: Clark/Barton of Grant County

I am trying to find more information about George Leroy Clark (1902-1968). He was born, lived and died in Marion, Grant County, Indiana. He was married to Lucille Barton (Burton?) and had seven children, one of whom was my grandmother, Barbara Jean Clark. I'd also like to get a copy of his obituary, which appeared in the August 8, 1968 issue of the Marion Chronicle Tribune.

Lacey Boldyrev

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Query: Kugler of Steuben County

I have received information that my great-grandmother, Edna Kugler, is buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Steuben County, Indiana. This information was found in the book, "Cemeteries of Steuben County, Indiana 1990." However, there was no additional information in the book, such as year of death. Can someone please advise me as to how I can find the year of death? I think that she died between 1910 and 1920. If I can obtain the year, I can then order the death certificate. Additionally, I would like to contact the cemetery regarding her burial plot, but have not been able to find their contact information.

Sondra Rothe
3102 Riverlawn Dr.
Kingwood, TX 77339

Query: Denend/Pfautz of Huntington County

I am looking for information on Jerusha Denend (also may be spelled as Denand/Dinand/Denning/Demming) who was born about 1820 in Indiana. She married Peter Pfautz (also may be spelled as Foutz/Fouts) on 13 March 1839. Family lore says that the daughters of Peter and Jerusha were of Cherokee blood. Peter's family was from the area of Bavaria, Germany and settled in Pennsylvania so I am now wondering about Jerusha's side of the family. Can anyone tell me what Cherokee tribes were in Indiana circa 1830, especially in the Huntington County area? And how would I go about finding her original tribal name? One of Jerusha's daughters was my mom's great-grandmother. Thanks so much for your help with this puzzle.

Coleen Coleman
550 Jefferson St.
Lander, WY 82520

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Allen County Library Hosts Lecture

The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne will host a WinterTech Family History Lecture by Melissa Shimkus on "Searching" on Wednesdsay, December 10, 2008 at 2:30 pm. The lecture is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

La Porte County To Host Veterans Day Program

The La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society will meet Tuesday, November 11 at 7 pm at the Swanson Activity Center for Older Adults (910 State St., La Porte IN). In honor of Veterans Day, society members will speak about their ancestors who participated in past wars. The public is welcome to attend.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Ancestry Library Edition Workshop at Noblesville Library

The Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville will hold a free workshop on Wednesday, November 19 from 9:30 am to noon on how to use the Ancestry Library Edition databases. The class will be hands-on and there will be time at the end of the workshop to research your own ancestors. To register, visit the library's website, or call their Outreach Department--phone (317) 776-6939.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Allen County Society To Discuss Genealogy Publishing Software

The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana will meet on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 7 pm in Meeting Room C of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. "Publishing A Book From Your Genealogical Research" will be the featured topic. Users of various kinds of publishing software will explain the pros and cons of those products. The meeting is open to the public and gathering time begins at 6:30 pm.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Allen County Library Hosts Newspaper Research Lecture

The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne will host a WinterTech Family History Lecture by Delia Bourne on "Newspaper Searching with Ancestry's Historical Newspapers and Newspaper Archive," on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm. The lecture is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Society in Hamilton County Changes Hours

The Carmel Clay Historical Society in Carmel, Indiana has changed the hours of their Genealogy Lab (which is located at the Monon Center East). Effective until the end of December, they are open to the public on Tuesdays from 10 am to 1 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm. The lab offers Hamilton County resources as well as access to several genealogy databases such as HeritageQuest Online,'s Library Edition and For more information, please contact them--phone (317) 846-7117.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Noblesville Library Offers Internet Searching Class

The Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville will hold a free class on Saturday, November 1 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm entitled "Researching Geneaogy Online" on how to use various free and subscription websites to get the best results out of your genealogy searches. To register, visit the library's website, or call their Outreach Department--phone (317) 776-6939.

Marriage Indexing: Bride and Groom's Columns

Some current records do not have a line or a groom's name. They start out with one of the other columns and nothing is there to indicate whether this information is for the bride or the groom. By looking at the column numbers, you can determine which columns on the grid to use.

Columns 2 through 9 are for the groom even if you do not have his name.

Columns 10 through 17 are for the bride even if you do not have her name.

If no line number is given, start numbering each line in the grid sequentially even if the line on the image is blank.


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Update to Civil War Article in IGS Quarterly

The September 2008 issue of Indiana Genealogist features an article by Society of Civil War Families of Indiana member Keith Rott entitled "Indiana Civil War Soldiers John Lafayette White and William M. White." The article is about Rott's ancestors, whose family helped found the town of Lawrence in Marion County, Indiana.

After the issue was published, another contact person for this family was added:

Mrs. Michael (Cathy) Nuzum
5420 Longvue Dr.
Frisco, TX 75034
Phone (972) 668-3900

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Query: Foust/Stout of Wabash County

I would like to verify the kinship of Julia Foust Stout and Henry Foust who were in Waltz Township, Wabash County, Indiana from 1850-1910. Please contact me if you have any information on the Foust and Stout families.

Penny Reed
8047 Julie Cv.
Millington, TN 38053

Query: Oblenis/Chosen of Huntington County

I am looking for information on Russell Oblenis who was born between 1915-1919 in Huntington Ward 1, Huntington County, Indiana. His father was Foster C. Oblenis and his mother was Mary Chosen. Russell had a brother named Edward Oblenis and an uncle by the name of Nathan Oblenis who was married to Erdine? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me if you are a living relative of this family or know what happened to Russell Oblenis.

D. Sofi
20475 S. Jasan Dr.
Oregon City, OR 97045

Query: Baysinger/Harbaville of Perry County

I'm looking for information on Elizabeth Baysinger who married married Jules Joseph Harbaville. She was a midwife by trade and they were probably married at what was St. Johns Catholic Church (now St. Isadores). They are buried in the Harbaville Cemetery near Apalona in Perry County, Indiana. They had children: George, John, Sarah, Margaret and Mary Harbaville.

Agnes Lewis
1705 Holeman Hill Rd.
Princeton, KY 42445

Query: Daugherty/Reynolds of Montgomery County

I am looking for the marriage record and information on the ancestors of Michael Daugherty (also spelled Dougherty) and Lucinda Reynolds. They were married 21 December 1824 in Montgomery County, Indiana.

Pat Daugherty
404 Barbersville Rd.
Laurel, MD 20724

Query: Jones/Loftin of Vermillion County

I am researching the Jones family of Rileysburg, Vermillion County, Indiana. Their farm was originally purchased by a Dr. Loftin. He was a physician whose farm specialized in animal raising. His daughter was Ada Loftin who married a William Jones. I'm not sure of the first name of Ada's husband--it could have been James. There were 13 children of David Jones in Ohio. Emily and Oliver Jones lived on the farm in Rileysburg. I would like to know how a Loftin bought land in Vermillion County, Indiana and why. Oliver Jones inherited the property from his mother (Ada) in the 1930's. His brother, Raymond, also got land there.

Helen M. Jones
1284 Thurston Dr.
Columbus, OH 43227

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

IGS Adds More Databases for Members

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added more databases to the Members-Only section of its website:

--Enumeration of Veterans in Huntington County, Indiana (1886)
--Rotster of 33rd Indiana Infantry in the Civil War (1861-1865)
--Students of South Bend High School, South Bend (1912-1914)
--Members of Indiana's General Assembly (1921)

NOTE: IGS memberships that are purchased on October 1st or later are automatically deferred to the beginning of 2009, but you will receive access to the Members-Only section for the remainder of 2008.