Wednesday, December 31, 2008

White County Society Adds Website

The White County Historical Society in Monticello, Indiana (101 South Bluff St., Monticello IN 47960) now has a The society can also be reached by phone--(574) 583-3998.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Changes to Civil War Society for 2009

The Society of Civil War Families of Indiana has announced a couple changes to their application process:

1) Applications prepared by word processing software will be accepted in lieu of the standard application, with the following restrictions:
--The word processing application must contain all of the contents of the standard application, and in the exact order that they are listed in the standard application.
--The word processing application must contain Page 1 from the standard application as its cover page, and this cover page must be completed, signed and dated by the applicant.

2) If you are accepted as a member of the SCWFI and you then want to submit additional ancestors for consideration, you will only have to pay $10 for the application fee, not the usual $20 for initial applications.

These changes are effective January 1, 2009.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Allen County Library Hosts Lecture on

The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne will offer a free lecture on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 2:30 pm in Meeting Room A by Cynthia Theusch. The lecture will be an overview of the website. The lecture is part of the WinterTech Family History lecture series and is open to the public.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cemetery Restoration Subject of Fort Wayne Meeting

The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana will meet on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 7 pm in the theater of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne (gathering time begins at 6:30 pm). Mark Davis will present a program, "Hallowed Stones: Cemetery Restoration." Davis is a resident of Blackford County and owner of Stone Saver Cemetery Restoration Company, which has restored over 11,000 stones in five states. A question and answer period will follow the program. The meeting is open to the public.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Survey on Reasons for Genealogy Research

Bonnie Lloyd is working on her dissertation in clinical psychology at Argosy University in Minnesota. As part of her dissertation, she has compiled a survey about why people do genealogy research, and the reactions of family members to the information that genealogists may uncover. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and your responses will remain anonymous. To take the survey, please visit

Friday, December 19, 2008

Query: PEARSON/LEMON of Miami and Blackford counties

I am trying to locate information on Oliver Pearson who was born about 1834 in Miami County, Indiana. His first wife, Elizabeth Ann Lemon, died on 9 January 9 1873 and is buried in the Deer Creek Baptist Cemetery in Miami County. He married second wife Sarah and they, along with their children, show up in the 1880 census in Harrison Township, Blackford County, Indiana. I lose track of them after that and have not been able to find out where he or Sarah died or are buried. If anybody has any information that can help me trace this family, I would be so appreciative. I have searched the counties surrounding Blackford County with no luck.

Submitted by:
Diane Ely
14741 Airelle Ct.
Florissant, MO 63034

Query: HENDERSON/MOORE of Hendricks County

I am looking for the marriage license or application of John Hutchinson Henderson and Sarah Bailey Moore who were married 5 January 1858 in Plainfield, Hendricks County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Debbie Brown
10301 N. 142 E. Ct.
Owasso, OK 74055

Query: WEILER/SHOOR/SHOAL/SCHOLL of Franklin County

I am seeking information about the wife of Conrad WEILER who was born in 1806, immigrated to the United States in 1830, and was married about 1831 in, at, or around Philadelphia. Her name was Elisabeth SHOOR/SHOAL/SCHOLL and she was of the Catholic faith. I am looking for the marriage record and information on where Conrad and Elisabeth's children were born (other than son Michael who I know was born at St. Peters, Franklin County, Indiana). I am already aware of the info in 1915 Reifel for Franklin County. Any other information would also be appreciated.

Submitted by:
Marjorie Powell
277 Northside Dr.
Batesville, IN 47006

Query: THOMPSON of Vigo County

I am looking for information on the missing generations between Clinton Martz Thompson and Nellie (Brown) Thompson of the mid to late 19th century. These would have been the parents (or possibly grandparents) of my grandmother-in-law "Toddie," Audrey Elyea Allen who was born in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana at the end of the 19th century. She had at least one brother, Emmett, and possibly some half-siblings. Clinton Martz Thompson was a descendant of Lawrence Thompson (born 1755 in Virginia; died 1863) who was a Revolutionary War veteran. Over the years, I have lost a great deal of the information due to various moves. I am trying to piece this line together for my grandchildren.

Submitted by:
Inez Hoffman
2690 Townline Rd.
Stevensville, ON L0S 1S0

Query: Town of Averton, Dearborn County

At Thanksgiving this year my uncle who lives in West Harrison, Dearborn County, Indiana was asking about an old town called Averton that used to be on his land. The town had a post office, which of course is now gone. I was wondering if anyone could provide any information on this old town? I'm not sure of a time range, but I was under the impression that this was after Ohio County's county line was changed, so that is why I'm assuming it was in Dearborn County. I appreciate the help, even if it just points me in the right direction of where to look more.

Submitted by:
Jacqi Hornbach
144 E. County Rd. 1400N
Batesville, IN 47006

Query: PETIT/WARREN/TIMMONS of Montgomery County

William Dale Petit was married to Viola Warren on 9 November 1892 in Montgomery County, Indiana. Their son, Charles Edward Petit, was born on 3 December 1893, and Viola died on 12 December 1893. William's second marriage was to Mary Timmons on 27 September 1894 in Montgomery County. I am looking for any information on William and Mary (Timmons) Petit after their 1894 marriage--William's son from his first marriage grew up with relatives and had no knowledge of what became of his father and stepmother.

Submitted by:
Connie Price
10965 Beechwood Dr. E
Indianapolis, IN 46280

Query: RYAN/MAHER of Daviess County

I am looking for information on Stephen Leo Ryan who was born circa 1848 and came to the United States circa 1864. I know he ended up in Washington, Daviess County, Indiana and married Catherine Maher (born 18 August 1887), the daughter of John Maher and Mary Lance.
Stephen and Catherine (Maher) Ryan later moved to Craighead County, Arkansas, along with 5-7 children. Both Stephen and Catherine died and are buried in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
I was told that Stephen Ryan and his 2 brothers came from Tipperary, Ireland. I do not know the brothers' names, or if they all came to the United States at the same time or even settled in the same area of Indiana as Stephen. I am not 100% sure Stephen's middle name was Leo, but both his son and grandson were named Stephen Leo Ryan.
Submitted by:
Carol Ryan Cannon
616 Sheridan Dr.
Chaffee, MO 63740

Query: RAWSON of Clinton County

David and Margaret Rawson owned land in Clinton County, Indiana between 1829 and 1850-1853. David died in 1850 and Margaret died in 1853. They had several minor children at the time of their deaths. I'm interested in the location of their home to find where they were buried. I believe they acquired some of the land as late as 1844 and 1846. Their young daughter Anna Mariah Rawson was my husband's great-great-grandmother.

Submitted by:
Lorelei Scarlett
2985 Starview Dr.
Boise, ID 83712

Query: BOWMAN/PHIPPS of Martin County

I am looking for a photo of the 1903 reunion of the Howard Bowman family--I saw it a few years ago in a library. The photo includes my ancestor Mary Ann (Bowman) Phipps, who was descended from Septima Bowman who died 1841 in Martin County, Indiana. Septima was one of 4 sons--his brothers were named Pleasant, Michael and William Bowman--who were all born in Tennessee in 1809, 1810 and 1820. I have been unable to find the names of their parents.

Submitted by:
Mildred J. Rebennack
8208 Bentley Farms Pl.
Indianapolis, IN 46259

Query: COOPER/SANTACROCE of Porter County

I am trying to find the marriage date for Peggy Joyce Cooper and Robert Santacroce. They may have married in Portage, Porter County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Phyllis Hester
1500 Carlisle Ct.
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Query: Demberger Drug Company of Warrick County

I am trying to find out if there was a Demberger Drug Company located in Boonville,Warrick County, Indiana (or the surrounding area) around 1900 to 1916. Thank you for any help!

Submitted by:
Michael Zitowsky
130 Bunker Hill Rd.
Princeton, NJ 08540-8512
E-mail: Workshop Offered in Noblesville

The Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville, Indiana will offer a free workshop on how to use the databases on Ancestry Library Edition. The workshop will be held in the library's computer training room on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 from 9:30 am to noon and will be hands-on--each participant will have access to a computer and should bring information about their ancestors, so they can do some of their own research. Registration is required--please contact the library's Outreach Department at (317) 776-6939, or register online at the library's website.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

IGS Adds Options for Holiday Shopping

Gift memberships in the Indiana Genealogical Society can now be purchased on the IGS website ( IGS has also added the option to buy a gift certificate (available in various amounts) that can then be used to purchase products from the IGS Shop. And as always, you can make a donation through IGS to help make records at the National Archives more accessible.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Class Offered On Using Google for Genealogy

The Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville, Indiana will hold a free class, "Using Google for Genealogy Research," on Saturday, January 24, 2009 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The class will be held in the library's north meeting room and will focus on the various ways to use the search engine to further your genealogical research--everything from finding books to translating documents. To register for the class, please contact the library's Outreach Department at (317) 776-6939, or register online at the library's website.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Basic Genealogy Course Offered in Hamilton County

The Carmel Clay Historical Society in Carmel, Indiana is offering a basic genealogy course beginning Wednesday, January 7, 2009 from 9:30 to 11:30 am. This 5-week course, entitled "Finding Family," will be taught by Sue Dillon and will meet weekly through February 4, 2009. Classes will be held in the meeting room of Monon East at Central Park. Participants will learn about various genealogical sources as well as how to search websites, including subscription sites such as The cost is $20 for CCHS members, $25 for non-members. To register, please contact the Carmel Clay Parks Department--phone (317) 848-7275.

Carmel Society's Genealogy Lab Changes Hours

The Carmel Clay Historical Society's Genealogy Lab (located at Central Park East) is changing its hours beginning in January 2009. The lab will be open: Tuesdays from 10 am to 1 pm; Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 pm, and Fridays from 10 am to 1 pm. Genealogy reference librarian Laura Rippe will be available on Fridays for genealogy assistance--to contact her, phone (317) 846-7117 or e-mail

Monday, December 8, 2008

IGS Updates Every-Name Index to "Once A Hoosier..." Project

The Indiana Genealogical Society has updated the every-name index to its "Once A Hoosier..." project. The index (which is still in progress) now has over 10,000 names and is a searchable database on the Members-Only section of its website.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Kokomo Library to Host Internet Genealogy Workshop

The Genealogy & Local History Department of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library (220 N. Union St., Kokomo IN 46901-4614) will hold a genealogy workshop on Thursday, January 22, 2009 from 7 to 9 pm in their computer lab. To register for the workshop, contact the Computer Lab--phone (765) 457-3242.

Genealogy Roundtable at Noblesville Library

The Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville will hold an informal discussion on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 2:15 pm to share frustrations as well as research tips. The roundtable meets on the second Tuesday of each month and this month they will focus on "brick wall" ancestors, but other topics are welcome. For more information, contact the library's Indiana Room--phone (317) 770-3206.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Cemetery Restoration Project in Boone County

The Boone County Genealogical Society has begun a project to restore the Old Cemetery in Thorntown, Indiana. The cemetery dates back to 1830 and was used for burials until 1972. Volunteers are sought to help with the restoration project--volunteers will be trained in the proper ways to clean the headstones and reset fallen markers. For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Larry Truitt--e-mail or phone (765) 436-7151.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Beginning Genealogy Workshop in Indianapolis

The Indiana Historical Society will hold a Beginning Genealogy Research Workshop on Friday, January 23, 2009 from 9 am to 4 pm at their Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis. This workshop will be repeated on Saturday, January 24, 2009 from 9 am to 4 pm. Betty L. Warren, immediate past president of the Indiana Genealogical Society and current staff member of the Indiana State Library, will give you an overview of what you'll need to know to begin researching your family, as well as how to organize your information. Tours of the Indiana State Library's genealogy collection, as well as the Indiana Historical Society's William Henry Smith Memorial Library, will be given.

Registration is $25 for IHS members, $35 for non-members ($15 for students) and there is a box lunch available for an additional $10. Registration must be made by January 9, 2009--to register, phone (317) 234-1830.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Index to IGS Quarterly To Go Online

Due to rising printing and postage costs, the index issue of Indiana Genealogist, the Indiana Genealogical Society's quarterly publication, will no longer be mailed. Instead, it will be made available online as both a searchable database and a downloadable PDF on the Members-Only section of the IGS website. Members should look online for the 2008 index issue beginning in the new year.

Monday, December 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 Males in Lawrence Township, Marion County, Indiana (1913)

--Selected Lists of Jurors in Marion County, Indiana (1800's)

--Deceased Ministers of Northern Indiana Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church (1844-1916)

--Indiana Delegates to Church of Christ Convention, Danville (1916)

--Graduates of Indiana University, Bloomington (1888-1890)

--Roster of 57th Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War (1861-1865)