Sunday, June 30, 2013

FOUND: SIGLER Autograph Album of Madison County, Indiana

Shelley Cardiel ( has found an old autograph album belonging to Mary SIGLER of Frankton, Madison County, Indiana. The album includes entries from her sister Ella Sigler and her brother Francis M. Sigler, along with a number of her friends. Based on limited research, Shelley has been able to gather the following information regarding Mary Sigler and her family:

Mary SIGLER was born about 1863 in Madison County, Indiana to parents Richard Marcus SIGLER (1824-1910) and Vandelia or Vandalia GOODING (1834-1916). Mary married Andrew J. SCOTT on 31 December 1882 in Madison County.

Mary Sigler had the following siblings:
  • John C. Sigler - born about 1860
  • George Washington Sigler - born about 1862
  • Francis M. Sigler - born 27 July 1862 in Madison County, Indiana; died 22 July 1905 in Madison County; buried in the Sigler Cemetery in Frankton, Madison County.
  • Ella or Ellen Sigler - born about 1868

Census records provide the following details on this family:

1870 census - Lafayette Township, Madison County, Indiana:
R. M. SIGLER, Farmer, born IN
Vandilla SIGLER, Keeping House, born KY
John SIGLER, age 10, born IN
George SIGLER, age 8, born IN
Mary SIGLER, age 6, born IN
Francis SIGLER, age 4, born IN
Ellen SIGLER, age 2, born IN

1880 census - Lafayette, Madison County, Indiana:
Richard M. SIGLER, age 56, a Farmer, born IN, parents born VA
Vandala SIGLER, wife, age 46, Keeping House, born KY, parents born KY
John C. SIGLER, son, age 19, Works on Farm, born IN
George W. SIGLER, son, age 17, Works on Farm, born IN
Mary SIGLER, dau, age 16, at Home, born IN
Francis M. SIGLER, son, age 14, born IN
Ellen SIGLER, dau, age 12, at Home, born IN

1900 census - Lafayette, Madison County, Indiana:
R. M. SIGLER, age 76, born Feb 1824, married 42 years, born IN, parents born VA, Feeble
Vandalia SIGLER, wife, age 65, born Aug 1834, married 42 years, 8 children/5 living, born KY, parents born VA/PA, Feeble
John SIGLER, son, age 39, born Aug 1860, born IN, a Music Teacher
Francis SIGLER, son, age 35, born Jul 1864, born IN, Feeble
Ella SIGLER, dau, age 31, born Jun 1868, born IN, a Farmer

1910 census - Lafayette, Madison County, Indiana:
Vandiala SIGLER, age 75, a widow, 8 children/4 living, born KY, parents born VA/PA, Own Income
John C. SIGLER, son, age 49, born IN, parents born IN/KY
Ella SIGLER, dau, age 41, born IN, parents born IN/KY, a Housekeeper

1920 census - Frankton, Madison County, Indiana:
Ella C. SIGLER, age 51, born IN, parents born VA/KY
John C. SIGLER, brother, age 59, born OH, parents born PA/OH

Shelley is hoping to locate someone from this Sigler family so that the autograph album can be returned to the care of family. If you are a descendant of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact her directly.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

IGS Adds June 2013 Issue of Indiana Genealogist To Members-Only

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added the June 2013 issue of Indiana Genealogist, the quarterly publication for our members, to the Members Only area. IGS members can login to the IGS Records section to download their copy.

This issue includes:
  • Meredith Thompson's explanation of Indiana's old-age pension law in the 1930's and the records it generated
  • David C. Bailey, Sr.'s compilation of Oregon's Grand Army of the Republic members who served in Indiana units during the Civil War
  • Ron Darrah's wrap-up of the various Civil War and Indiana Territory ancestors who were inducted into our lineage societies at our April conference
  • Prisoners pardoned by the Governor of Indiana from 1900 to 1902
  • Miami County adoptions in the 1880's, and other brief items from across the state
The issue is available for download in its regular size, as well as in a compressed version which downloads faster on slower Internet connections.

The quarterly is a premium database, accessible only to IGS members.

Friday, June 28, 2013

FOUND: 1910 Postcard of McCULLOUGH Family of Clay & Vigo Counties

Lewis Lamson (3020 Cypress Dr., Newark, OH 43055; e-mail has found a postcard with an October 1910 postmark written by a Mrs. Eland Thomas to a Mrs. Ed McCollough in Knightsville, Indiana. He seeks to give this postcard to descendants of this family. Research has found who Mrs. Ed McCollough/McCullough is:

William Ed McCullough (born October 1863; died June 1915) married 29 August 1886 in Clay County, Indiana to Samantha E. DeCamp (born October 1866; died December 1951). Ed McCullough was a school teacher.

Children of Ed & Samantha McCullough:
  • Rachel Esther McCullough (born 27 January 1888 in Asherville, Clay County, Indiana; died July 1958) - married 9 June 1907 in Clay County to David Wilson Stein (born 11 October 1886 in Scotland; died May 1959).
  • Charles Grandison McCullough (born 19 October 1893; died 1949; buried in Poland Chapel Cemetery, Poland, Clay County, Indiana) - married 5 October 1918 in Vigo County, Indiana to Anna May Keiser (born 17 June 1898; died 1989; buried in Poland Chapel Cemetery).
  • Lela/Leona McCullough (born April 1900; died after 1940) - Lela was a teacher in Terre Haute. She is listed as divorced in the 1940 census.
  • Ruth A. McCullough (born 15 August 1906 in Knightsville, Clay County; died January 1995) - married 14 June 1931 in Parke County, Indiana to Culver W. Krantz (born 4 March 1906 in Highland, Illinois; died June 2000). Ruth was a teacher in Terre Haute.
If you recognize these names, or are a descendant of this family, please contact Lewis Lamson directly.

Query: Isaac Watson, Sullivan/Greene Counties

             Trying to find out if my great-great grandfather Isaac Watson, who was born in North Carolina in 1791, died in Sullivan or Greene County, and if so what year.

          He was married to a Sophia Walker. Any assistance would be appreciated.


Daryl Watson

P.O. Box 571

Krebs, OK 74554


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

FOUND: Photo of KEARNS Family of Remington, Jasper County (1880's)

Shelley Cardiel ( has found this old photo identified only as "with compliments of Mr. & Mrs. E. H. KEARNS" which was taken at the Beasley Studio in Remington, Jasper County, Indiana. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1880’s, with the couple likely in their 30’s at the time.

There is no other identification on the photo. If you recognize anyone in this photo, or are a descendant of this family, please contact her.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Query: Soudriette, Bonneau, Pacanne, Knox County

            Do you have any information on Chief Pacanne of the Miami Indians? He was my 6th great grandfather, and I'm trying to put together a family tree.
            My great grandmother Adelia Soudriette married John H. Clark in Vincennes on April 1, 1877, and her mother Suzanne Bonneau is the lineage connecting me to him. Can you point me in the right direction? I'm a little new at this.
            I also see that Adelia Soudriette was christened Nov. 24, 1849, also in Vincennes. Is there a way to get these documents? I wish I had something on Chief Pacanne and the others!

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C53798-3
System Origin: Indiana-ODM
GS Film number: 1433363
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M53798-3
System Origin: Indiana-EASy
GS Film number: 1433363
[IGS Note 1: These are FamilySearch references. The images are not included.]

Please let me know if it's possible to obtain and how much it would be. Can you help me with anyone else?
[IGS Note 2: These documents should be available from the Knox County Clerk in Vincennes.
Also, there is an extensive article on Chief Pacanne on Wikipedia with numerous references.]


Kathleen Fradella
630 Huntlee Drive
New Orleans, La. 70131

LaPorte County Genealogical Society To Discuss Civil War Graves

The LaPorte County, Indiana Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday, July 9 at 7 pm. Mark Chase will present a program on the graves of Civil War veterans in northwest Indiana. He is the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project, which has worked to replace some 80 deteriorated headstones of Civil War veterans' graves in the Calumet Region. His research on these veterans is part of the new historical tourism trail, the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail.

NOTE: The society has a new meeting place - the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department building at 250 Pine Lake Avenue.

  • From downtown La Porte: follow US 35 (Pine Lake Avenue) north past second traffic signal at Weller Avenue. Just past monument area, make a left turn to the parking area.
  • From north (Michigan City way): follow US 35 (Pine Lake Avenue) south past the Best Western and Red Carpet Liquors. Make a right turn in the drive by the flag pole in the monument area.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Johnson County Museum To Host Genealogy Late Night Event

The Johnson County Museum of History in Franklin, Indiana will hold a "Late Night in Genealogy" event on Friday, June 28 from 4 to 10 pm. The genealogy library will be open extended hours and researchers will be on hand to help. Late night snacks will be served. At 7 pm, there will be a special presentation about Kentucky land records given by Kandie Adkinson from Kentucky’s Land Office Division. She will discuss how inspecting official land documents may reveal valuable information about how your Kentucky-area ancestors lived and worked.

This is a free event - to reserve a spot, please contact the museum at (317) 346-4500.

Query: John B. Smith, Fountain County

            Hello, I'm searching for any information on John B Smith that gives his parents names.
John B Smith born 8 August 1808 NJ; Died 23 September 1901 Middle Fork, Vermilion County, IL; Married 26 October 1836, Fountain County, IN, to Susannah (Liggett) Parker.
            Before this date I have nothing on his whereabouts. In the 1850 and 1860 Census it shows him in Cain Township, Fountain County, IN, along with his wife Susannah and their seven children:
Elizabeth J. Smith Born about 1839 IN.
Abner E. Smith Born 22 April 1841 Cain Township, Fountain County, IN. (Married Nancy Jane Rutledge)
Rachel Haney Smith Born 23 April 1842, Vedersburg, IN. Died 17 October 1928 Potomac Vermilion County, Illinois. (Married Thomas Smith)
Phillip Smith, Born about 1844 Indiana. Died 23 August 1929 Middle Fork Township, Vermilion County, IL. (Unmarried)
Mahala Smith Born 10 March 1847 Cain Township, Fountain County, IN. Died 2 July, 1874 Vermilion County, IL. (Unmarried)
Sarah A Smith Born 10 March 1847,  Fountain County, IN. Died 15 May 1911,
Vermilion County, IL. (Married Alfred H Watts)
Nancy C Smith, Born about 1850 Fountain County, IN. Died 4, May 1921 Vermilion County, IL. (Married Henry H Searl)
            John B. Smith was in Cain Township in the 1850 Census: then in the 1860 Census he is in Cain Township, Fountain County, IN, at age 52. In 1870 he was still in Middlefork age 62. In 1880 no census located, but in 1900 he is in the census living in Middlefork, Vermilion County, IL, as a widower, age 92. He then died at age 93.
            In all the census records it shows him being born in New Jersey and both his parents born New Jersey. I have his will, but it does not give his parents' names. I can't find John from his birth in 1808 until the 1850 Census, the first 42 years of his life. His wife Susan was born 31 December 1811, in Brown County, OH. Her father was William Liggett and Esther (Hays) Liggett. She died 2 August 1892, Potomac, Vermilion County, IL.

P.O. Box 3761
Helendale, CA 92342

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Southern Indiana Genealogical Society To Host Abolitionist Program

The Rivers Institute Traveling Show of Hanover College will present a short play, "Nothing Stops This Train," at the Thursday, July 18 meeting of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society. The play is a story of abolitionists John and Sarah Tibbets and a slave named Georgina who helped other slaves escape via the Underground Railroad. The play is set in Jefferson County, Indiana, home of Eleutherian College, the first college in Indiana to admit students regardless of race or gender. Meeting time is 7 pm in the Strassweg Auditorium of the New Albany-Floyd County Library, 180 W. Spring St., New Albany, Indiana. For more information about the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society, please visit

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

LaPorte County Society Adds Profiles of Low Cemetery Burials

The LaPorte County, Indiana Genealogical Society has added profiles to their blog of some of the people buried at Low Cemetery on Johnson Road:

  • Ebenezer Palmer
  • Frances Crozier Palmer
  • Israel Shreve
  • Simeon Wheeler
  • Jane Wheeler Bentley
  • Charles Otis Low
  • Ernestine Pauline Wopshal Kienitz
  • Mary E. Low Mudge
  • Fred Gaw
  • Charles Griffin
  • Jacob R. Fogle
  • Samuel and Anna Christine Fritz

These profiles were compiled by Gloria Arndt and Dorothy Palmer.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

FOUND: Photo of BAKER Family of Fort Wayne (1880's)

Shelley Cardiel ( has found this old photo identified only as “BAKER Family” which was taken at the Star Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The photo appears to have been taken in the 1880’s, with the couple likely in their 20’s or 30’s and three children ranging from age 4 to 8 years old. The oldest is a girl, the middle a boy, and the youngest is a girl as well. There is no other identification on the photo. If you recognize anyone in this photo, or are a descendant of this family, please contact her.

Monday, June 17, 2013

LaPorte County Genealogical Society Moves To New Meeting Place

The LaPorte County, Indiana Genealogical Society has a new meeting place as of their next meeting (Tuesday, July 9 at 7 pm). They will meet at the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department building at 250 Pine Lake Avenue.

  • From downtown La Porte: follow US 35 (Pine Lake Avenue) north past second traffic signal at Weller Avenue. Just past monument area, make a left turn to the parking area.
  • From north (Michigan City way): follow US 35 (Pine Lake Avenue) south past the Best Western and Red Carpet Liquors. Make a right turn in the drive by the flag pole in the monument area.

Query: John Klen, Lake County, Indiana

            I am looking for information on John Klen Sr. He was born in 1869 in Czechoslovakia and died July 27, 1939, Whiting, Lake County, Indiana. The information that I need is the names of his parents.     
            According to my uncle, we have Klen relatives in Indiana, but he does not remember any names, just that he was a politician. I searched many places including history and genealogy books and found nothing on him, his parents or siblings.
            I saw the requirements for ordering death certificates in Indiana, and I don't think I will be able to get a death certificate. Any help would be great.


Frankie Klen
7855 Foxboro Drive
Coal City, IL 60416

Thursday, June 13, 2013

IGS Adds 2 Indiana Fraternal Records Databases to Members-Only

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added 2 databases about Indiana fraternal records to the Miscellaneous Records section of our Members Only area:

--Grand Masters of Indiana Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons (1817-1845)
--Officers of Grand Chapter of Indiana Order of the Eastern Star (1874-1898)

These are premium databases, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,080 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 4 databases.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Reasons To Attend Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Fort Wayne

The Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2013 Conference is August 21-24 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, which is just a block away from the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. On top of the great lectures, workshops and luncheons, this year’s conference will also feature extended research hours at The Genealogy Center.

The Indiana Genealogical Society will have a strong presence at the conference. Conference speakers include IGS Vice President Tina Lyons, Past President Curt Witcher, Quarterly Editor Rachel Popma and LaPorte County Genealogist, Harold Henderson. Curt Witcher will give a talk, "The Indiana Genealogical Society: A Case Study in Thriving" at the IGS Luncheon on Friday, August 23 at 12:15 pm. IGS will also have a Society Showcase table in the Exhibit Hall. And there are several IGS people working behind the scenes planning the conference, including IGS Recording Secretary Dawne Slater-Putt, who is one of the Conference Co-Chairs.

Conference details and registration are available online at The deadline for the Early Bird Discount is July 1st, 2013. Make sure to purchase your tickets early to the luncheons (especially the IGS luncheon), workshops and special events in order to guarantee your spot.

If you would like a print brochure or need some for your local society or library, fill out the form at

Society Showcase - This is a great, affordable way for societies to highlight what they offer. FGS Member Societies can reserve a table in the Exhibit Hall for only $25. These tables are for promotional purposes and selling memberships and may not be used for other sales. To learn more about the Society Showcase, visit If your society would like to sell other items, there is still a booth available in the Exhibit Hall (

Society Publicity Contest – FGS Member Societies are also eligible to win a free conference registration to the FGS 2014 conference in San Antonio, Texas if they help publicize FGS 2013 in print and online publications. You can find graphics and articles to use in society publications at In order to be entered to win, make sure you fill out the contest form and let FGS know each time your society publicizes the conference.

Indiana Librarians - All of the conference sessions qualify for LEUs. Librarians’ Day is Tuesday, August 20, with sessions focused on librarians who serve genealogists. For more information, visit

August will be a great time to show off what Indiana has to offer to genealogists - we hope to see you there!