Monday, August 21, 2017

Query: William J. Davis, Hancock County


            I am looking for my great-great grandfather William J. Davis family.  I have William J being born in 1820 in Hancock County.  But Hancock was formed from Madison in 1828, and Madison was formed in 1823.  My question to you is-what county should I be looking at in 1820 for census records for the Davis family?  I really need a history lesson!  Thank you for any nudge you can give me.  Susan Larsen



Susan Larsen

1110 Belgrade Court

Plattsmouth, NE  68048



Query: Frederick Kysar/Kizer, Jennings-Bartholomew Counties


            Searching for records to prove "family connection" (parent/child relationship) between Frederick Keiser/Kiser/Kizer/Kyser/Kysar (b. 1761, Berks, PA; d. aft. Jan. 20, 1841, Jennings, IN; bur. - Kysar Family Cem.) & wife, Meriba/Mariba (Cornwall/Cornell; b. abt. 1766, KY?; d. May, 1841, Jennings, IN) and their 10 children: Solomon, William, John, Thomas Russell, Elizabeth, Phoebe, Samuel (my line), Jacob, Frederick Jr., & Sarah. (family lived in Nelson, Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Fayette - KY; & Jennings, Bartholomew - IN)

            Contact - khvc.genealogy@hotmail.com 

- probate/will/intestate records for Frederick Kysar?

- church records - membership, births, deaths?

- death date for Frederick Kysar; & coroner's records, doctor's records, death notice/funeral             notice/obituary- newspaper clippings?

- old family bible records?

- last known records: 1840 US Census (Frederick Kyser, Jennings Co, IN); land deed- dated Jan. 20, 1841; NOT listed in 1850 census, so assume he died between Jan. 20, 1841 & before 1850 census.         

--------------------------------------------

Kysar, Kyser, Keiser, Kizer, Kiser, Keyser, Kayser, etc.

Solomon (wife- Sarah/Sally Stucker)

William (wife - Sarah/Sally/Polly Hopkins)

John (unknown if marr.; may have died as young adult)

Thomas Russell (2 wives: Rebecca Hopkins & Hannah Hall)

Elizabeth (was kidnapped abt. age of 3 by Indians, maybe in/near Henry Co, KY; marr. a Native Amer. Indian)

Phoebe/Phebe (husb.- William H. Hopkins)

Samuel (wife- Rebecca Arbuckle)

Jacob (wife- Mary/Polly Hendrix)

Frederick Jr. (wife - Jane Cobb; her 2nd husb. - Stephen Patch)

Sarah (never married)



Eileen Cox

3212 SW Atwood Ave.

Topeka, KS  66614

Query: Peter Blackford Lennen, Hamilton County


            I have been attempting to trace my Lennen Family lineage. I have managed to trace the following Lennen Family Line to Peter Blackford Lennen and his wife Mary Ann (Ford) Lennen.

            Peter was born around 1821. Some indications are that he was born in Maryland, USA. Other sources indicate Indiana as his birthplace. Mary was also born around 1821. Some sources indicate her birthplace as Maryland as well. They were married in Hamilton County, IN, around 29 March 1842.

            Peter died in service (Union Army) during the Civil War, on 10 February 1863, in Grand Junction, Tennessee. Mary died in March 1897, in Hamilton County, IN. Peter was buried in Corinth National Cemetery, Alcorn, MS. Mary was buried in the Woodward-Gwynn Cemetery, Hamilton County, IN. They had seven children: Benjamin (1843), Sarah (1844), Ann (1848), Martha (1851), Mary (1852), Peter B. (1855), James Madison (1859).

            Any information welcome. I look forward to hearing from you soon.



Troy Lennen

6590 Dublin Circle

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Query: Mary Eugenia Graves, Indiana (Modern)


             Mary Eugenia Graves was born 1951/1952, daughter of James Graves. She married ? and had a daughter Joann Tara ? b. Dec 2 1971. Who was Mary Eugenia Graves husband? Indiana county unknown. Thanks.



Jerry Frazier

1161 Debbie Hill Rd

Cotati, CA 94931



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Focus On: Owen County

If you are in the Owen County area this month, this looks like an interesting session.
[Thanks to Randi Richardson for this item.]

Saturday, August 5, 2017

New Databases: 11 Counties, Indiana University, Revolutionary War Vets and More

The latest set of databases on the IGS website includes materials for 11 counties across the states, four colleges, Revolutionary War veterans, and the Rebekah Assembly. Let's take a look:

Free Databases

Union County
- Students of Short High School, Liberty, Union County, Indiana (1938)
- Teachers of Short High School, Liberty, Union County, Indiana (1938)

Members-Only Databases

(IGS members can use these databases after they log in. If you're not a member yet, join today and have access to these and more than 2,000 other databases!)

College Records
- Evansville College, Evansville - Graduates (1939)
- Indiana University, Bloomington - Graduates (1881-1884)
- Valparaiso University, Valparaiso - Graduates (1953)
- Wabash College, Crawfordsville - Directories of Students and Faculty (1948)

County Records
- Allen County - Huntertown High School Teachers (1941)
- Benton County - Marriage Book Index (1841-1858)
- Clinton County - Kirklin Schools Students (1928) and Teachers (1928)
- Decatur County - Phone Directories for Clarksburg and New Point (1945)
- Johnson County - Union township High School Graduates (1888-1940)
- Marshall County - Liggett School Students (1904) (Note: this was in Center Township)
- Montgomery County - Crawfordsville High School Students (1943)
- Porter County - Valparaiso High School Students (1907)
- Switzerland County - Phone Directories for Vevay and Patriot (1955)
- Washington County - Salem High School Students and Teachers  (1932)

Military Records
- Revolutionary War - Indiana Veterans Denied Pensions (1840)

Statewide Records
- Fraternal Organizations - Rebekah Assembly Members in Indiana (1945)


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New Free Databases: Jasper, Lawrence, Morgan, and Washington Counties

Thanks to the partners in the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project, there are six new free databases on the Indiana Genealogical Society website. Here they are:

Jasper County

The following were contributed by the General Van Rensselaer Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution:

Lawrence County

The following was contributed by the Genealogical Society of Marion County:

Morgan County

The following were contributed by the Ten O'Clock Line Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution:

Washington County

The following was contributed by the Genealogical Society of Marion County:
The Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project is sponsored by IGS and awards a digitization kit for $500 to qualified Indiana non-profit groups. If your organization has genealogical materials that need to be digitized, please visit the IGS website for more details.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Query: Benjamin Franklin Timmons, Clinton County


            Hi, I am trying to track down a reference on FindAGrave to "Brinkhoff Funeral Home records". I'm helping a DAR applicant find the records to verify her information.

            Specially looking for Benjamin Franklin Timmons 1817-1895 and his wife Sarah. Findagrave has them buried at the Manson Cemetery in Clinton County but no gravestone picture. I assume the stones have been lost to time but somehow these records exist somewhere.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.



Mary Pat Berry

PO Box 227

Port Tobacco, MD 20677



Query: William Linden Wilson, Howard County


             Can you find any record of Dr. William Linden Wilson (1860-1945) ever having lived in Kokomo or Howard County?  He and his entire family were born and raised and some died and were buried in Hamilton County.  However, my grandmother, Louva Otilla Wilson Baker (1888-1976), clearly remembered watching Elwood Haynes driving his 'horseless carriage' around Kokomo and how her teacher would let them go to the classroom window and watch.

            I only know that he went from Bakers Corner to Clarksville (Hamilton Co.) to Adams (Decatur Co.) and on to Scipio (Jennings Co.).  Nothing to substantiate if and when they lived in Kokomo.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.



Max Benson

603 Arbor Trail

Euless, TX 76039



Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hendricks County Probate Project Update

The Indiana Genealogical Society, in partnership with the Hendricks County Clerk, the Town of Danville Clerk-Treasurer, and the Allen County Public Library, is working to digitize the Hendricks County probate records from 1824-1900.


There are now more than 1,000 probate files that have been digitized and made available for free on the IGS website.

Probate is more than just wills. It includes settlement of estates without a will, guardianships, adoptions, partition of land, etc.  The images below is part of a guardianship record for Alice, Louisa, Samuel, and Harriet Adams, minor heirs of David B. Adams, deceased.

Keep checking the database, as more files are continually being added.

Hendricks County, Indiana Probate - Guardianship

You should also see the other Hendricks County materials available on the IGS website.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Focus On: Ohio County

When you are doing family history research in Ohio County, Indiana, be sure to stop in at the Museum shown below. They have lots of local history materials plus a good county genealogy collection. (Of course, a couple of casinos in driving distance doesn't hurt either!)



Friday, July 14, 2017

IGS Website Now Has More Than 2000 Databases

The Indiana Genealogical Society recently hit a milestone. There are more than 2,000 databases on the IGS website! Each county has at least 8 database (most with many more), plus databases in the Military Records, Statewide Records, College Records, and IGS Records portions of the website.

Here are the newest databases on the IGS website:

Free Databases

Clay County
- Graduates of Bowling Green High School (1924-1965). Contributed by Randi Richardson.

Elkhart County
- Abstracts of Naturalization Records (1907-1918)

Greene County
The following were all contributed by the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library.

- Bloomfield City Directory (1939).
- Bloomfield City Directory (1960)
- Graduates of Common Schools in Smith Township (1906)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1870)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1880)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1900)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1910)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1920)

Henry County
- New Castle City Directory (1894). Contributed by East Central Indiana Genealogy Alliance.

Monroe County
- Index to Photographs in Yearbooks of Stinesville School (1929-1939). Contributed by Randi Richardson.

Scott County
- Index to Plat Book for Johnson Township (1915). Contributed by Randi Richardson.

Sullivan County
- Merom Phone Directory (1918). Contributed by Sullivan County Public Library.

Members-Only Databases

The following databases are available to IGS members. Not a member? Join today for access to these and more than 2000 other databases!
 
Monroe County
- Veterans of Spanish-American War. Contributed by Randi Richardson.

Putnam County
- History of the Cataract/Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal Church (1927)

Washington County
- Marriage Records of Quakers in Washington County (1816-1920). Contributed by Randi Richardson.

You can find a list of all of the databases on the IGS website by clicking here. Be sure to explore!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Research Tip: Federal Tax Assessment Lists

By July 1862 the federal government already faced mounting debts from fighting the Civil War. As a result, Congress passed the Internal Revenue Act, which imposed federal taxes on an individual's income, as well as on the purchase of many products and service.

Indiana tax lists from the 1800s were based on how much property someone owned, usually real estate, but sometimes also personal property (such as livestock) if it reached a certain minimum value.

However, the federal taxes that were assessed during the Civil War focused on those who owned personal property such as a horse and wagon, or professionals such as doctors and lawyers who received a license from the state. As such, these federal assessment lists from the 1860s can give you insight into a different group of ancestors than those that were included on Indiana's property tax lists from the same period.

An 1862 federal tax assessment list for Johnson County, Indiana:
Johnson County, Indiana federal tax assessment, 1862. Image courtesy Ancestry.com. Click here for full-size PDF (will open in new tab.)

The National Archives has microfilmed these federal tax assessment lists. Indiana's portion covers 1862 through 1866. Digital images are available at both Ancestry.com (subscription required) and FamilySearch (free): 

For the FamilySearch database, you must browse the digital images; they are not yet indexed there. The records are arranged by state and then by county. Ancestry.com's database does have a searchable index, but if you also want to browse the digital images, be aware that they are arranged by state and then Congressional District, not by county. We have a table (PDF format) of Indiana's 92 counties and what Congressional District they were in from 1821 through 1911.

You might want to compare the quality/legibility of the digital images on the two sites. Here is the same Johnson County 1862 list, as viewed on FamilySearch:

Johnson County, Indiana federal tax assessmet, 1862. Image courtesy FamilySearch. Click here for full-size PDF (will open in new tab).
This article originally appeared in the Indiana Genealogical Society's free monthly email newsletter, Indiana News, which features news and information about Indiana genealogy. Click here to subscribe for free, so you can stay up-to-date and learn about Hoosier family history resources.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Digitization Kit #6: Bloomfield Sends Additional Files

What is really gratifying to us is all of the groups who send in data files above and beyond the minimums required. The Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Library just sent in this file plus another and the Paoli Library also sent in an extra file the other day. Thanks much to both and to others from IGS. We're sure many researchers join us in saying, "Keep 'em coming, guys!"


Friday, June 30, 2017

New Free Databases for Howard and Morgan Counties

IGS is happy to announce several new free databases on the website. All of these were produced as part of the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project.

Howard County:

Both of these were contributed by the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library.
- Graduates of District Schools in Howard Township, Howard County, Indiana (1908)
- Graduates of District Schools in Liberty Township, Howard County, Indiana (1911)

Morgan County:

Each of these were contributed by the Ten O'Clock Line Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Martinsville.
- Graduates of Martinsville High School, Morgan County, Indiana (1901)
- Graduates of Martinsville High School, Morgan County, Indiana (1905)
- Graduates of Martinsville High School, Morgan County, Indiana (1906)
- Graduates of Martinsville High School, Morgan County, Indiana (1908)
- Graduates of Martinsville High School, Morgan County, Indiana (1909)
- Graduates of Martinsville High School, Morgan County, Indiana (1913)
- Graduates of Martinsville High School, Morgan County, Indiana (1914)

IGS' Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project provides digitization equipment to organizations with Indiana genealogy materials. In exchange for the equipment, the organizations agree to allow the images to be provided for free on the IGS website. We are grateful for the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, the Ten O'Clock Line Chapter, DAR, and all of the partners in this project for helping make more records available.

If your organization has Indiana genealogy materials that need digitizing, please consider applying for a digitization kit.






Monday, June 26, 2017

Query: George James Shaw, Wabash County


             My grandpa was born Sept. 9, 1885; his name was George James Shaw, which may have been given to him at the orphanage in Wabash County. He was left at orphanage a few days old; had a sister too-he was told. My mother is still alive, and I would like to find out as much as I could about my grandpa, but not sure where to look.

            He said his father was born in Scotland and his mother in Ireland. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thank you



Mert Richardson

706 - 6th Street

Hoquiam, WA 98550

Query: Smith Turnpaugh, Jackson County


            Searching for info on Smith Turnpaugh (Turnpaw) (Turnpau). He married Mariah Naylor 7 Apr 1840, Jackson County, IN. Looking for info on his death around 1846--obit, cemetery, death cert. His son James N Turnpaugh born 6 March 1844, Jackson County, IN. birth cert, any info of his years there.

            We believe Smith Turnpaugh was the son of Mathias Turnpaugh (Turnpaw)(Dornbach) and Mary Smith from OH. Smith shows as Smith Turnpear on 1840 US census. Mathias shows as Turnpson on the 1840 US census. He showed up as Mathias Turnpau in Nettle Creek, Randolph Co., IN on the 1850 census. Help is much appreciated!



Margaret Turnpaugh Hochwalt

2315 NE 149th Street

Vancouver, WA 98686

Friday, June 23, 2017

Digitization Kit #26: Tippecanoe County Area Genealogical Society

The Indiana Genealogical Society just delivered our latest scanning kit to the Tippecanoe County Area Genealogical Society (TIPCOA). We expect great things from this active group. If you are anywhere close to Lafayette, you really need to check out the McCullough Research Library.

Does your society, library, or archive have Indiana-related genealogical materials that need digitizing? Consider applying to the IGS Genealogy Digitization Project, which awards a scanner, laptop computer, and other equipment. Details are on the IGS website.  



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Query: Martin Cochell, White County


            I will be traveling from CO to Monticello, White County, IN, next week. My 2x great grandfather Martin Cochell enlisted shortly after Ft. Sumter in White County. Appears he was a three month recruit. His older brother Stephen Cochell enlisted later and was wounded.

            Would like to find as much as I can about their service while I am there. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. They lived on a farm in Monticello. Their father was John Cochell. Thanks for your help.


Walt Czapran. 720-938-6146

paleopete53@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Focus On: Lawrence County

The next time you are in the vicinity of Bedford, Indiana, you should drop on at the Lawrence County Museum of History. You'll be glad you did. Tell 'em IGS sent ya!



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Query: Cornelius W. Doremus, 87th Infantry, Civil War

I'm researching my 2nd great-grandfather who was in the 87th Indiana Infantry Regiment in Co B. His name was Cornelius W. Doremus. Both he and his brother Christopher J. Doremus enlisted the same day -- August 2, 1862. Unfortunately Cornelius got sick and passed not quite four months later, November 23, 1862 in Louisville, Kentucky.

What I'm trying to find is any photo of this regiment. I have 3 photos of Christopher but none of Cornelius and I wonder if any exist. I have Cornelius's pension record but I'm going to order his compiled service record and any medical records. Though they fought at Perryville Oct 8th, I'm not so certain Cornelius was with them or fought any battles.

What I'm trying to find is any information on this regiment from time he enlisted to time he died and especially if a photo exists of the 87th, let alone Co B. I really want to find out what life was like for him and anything I can about him. I do know of the monument that sits on the courthouse lawn in Winamac. It has all the men listed by name who died from Pulaski County.

Thank you for your time and any suggestions you may have.


Dawn Colbert
cherokeerose12002@yahoo.com

Query: John Harmon Wilkinson, Howard & Tippecanoe Counties


            I am looking for any info on John Harmon Wilkinson or pictures of my grandfather. Birth 07/21/1884, Howard County, IN; died 05/04/1961, Lafayette, IN. Looking for birth certificate, things like that.



Tina Knight

8696 N. 1050 W

Colfax, IN 46035



Friday, May 26, 2017

Digitization Kit #25: Clay County Genealogical Society

The Indiana Genealogical Society recently delivered Digitization Kit #25 to the Clay County Genealogical Society in the historic coal town of Center Point, Indiana.

The CCGS is housed in this former store building at 309 Main Street. The Society has a great genealogy and history collection maintained by a strong volunteer contingent. 

If you have Clay County ancestors, you need to contact or, even better, visit Center Point. The library is open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 10 to 4. Meanwhile, take a look at their website at www.ccgsilib.org, as shown below. 

Does your organization have Indiana genealogy materials that need digitizing, but you're short on equipment? Consider applying for a digitization kit as part of IGS's Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Research Tip: Don't Forget Indiana Ghost Towns

Wikipedia can be a good source for finding ghost towns.

Go to the Wikipedia page for the county you're interested in and scroll to the list of communities. The page for Warren County, Indiana, for example, lists the following "extinct places:"

  • Chatterton (in Adams Township)
  • Baltimore (in Mounds Township)
  • Brisco and Point Pleasant (in Pine Township)
  • Locust Grove and Walnut Grove (in Prairie Township)
  • Chesapeake, Dresser, and Sloan (in Steuben Township)
  • Warrenton and Kickapoo (in Warren Township)
Being able to locate these places will help you better understand the documents where you find them mentioned. 



Sunday, May 21, 2017

New FREE Databases for Howard, Owen and Vigo Counties and More!

The following new FREE databases on the Indiana Genealogical Society website were made possible through the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project. Check them out:

Howard County:

Contributed by Kokomo-Howard County Public Library
- Alumni of New London High School, Howard County, Indiana (1884-1930)
From a 1930 alumni souvenir.
- Alumni of New London High School, Howard County, Indiana (1931-1948)
A handwritten list in the back of a 1930 alumni souvenir.
- History of Young Men Christian's Association, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana (1937) []
Miscellaneous materials about the Kokomo YMCA, including a 1930s basketball team roster and photo and a 1937 newspaper article.

Owen County:

Contributed by Ten O'Clock Line Treaty Museum (Gosport, Indiana)
- Burials at Gosport Cemetery, Owen County, Indiana (1901-1928)
A typewritten list of burials that was found in an old notebook.
- Owners of Lots at Lake Hollybrook, Owen County, Indiana (1930) 
A typewritten list of lots in Lake Hollybrook that had been sold as of July 14, 1930.

Vigo County:

Contributed by Wabash Valley Genealogy Society (Terre Haute, Indiana)
- Benefit for West Terre Haute Police Department, Vigo County, Indiana (1941)
A program for a July 18, 1941 show to benefit the West Terre Haute Police Department. It includes the names of performers and ads for local businesses.
- Confederate Soldiers Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana
Information about 11 Confederate prisoners of war who died in a local prison and were buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

College, Military, or Statewide:

Contributed by the Genealogical Society of Marion County (Indianapolis):
- Graduates of Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis (1914-1945)
A 1956 history of the Indiana University Training School for Nurses.
- Selected Employees of Indiana Bell Telephone Co. (1965)
A booklet containing news of various employees and the company's 1964 annual report.
- History of Allison Engine Division, Indianapolis in World War II 
 A booklet published by the Allison Engine Division of General Motors Corporation, Indianapolis.

Does your organization have Indiana genealogy materials that need digitized? Consider applying for equipment through the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project


Query: Merrimon Straughn, Henry County


            Merrimon Straughn was my 4th-great grandfather.  He was married to Hannah Vickery, daughter of Jehu Vickery and Lydia Levenwood Leonard, who I believe were Quakers. Our family records indicate the station in Dudley Township, Henry County, was named after Merrimon, now known as Straughn, IN.  Supposedly, they were inn keepers of Straughn's Station. 

            For more info on this family, where would you suggest I look?  I have located digital images of both of their gravestones.  


Virginia Bright Brooks



Query: John Myers, Marion County


            I'm trying to find out how John Myers, living in Perry Township, Marion County, Indiana died in July of 1860.  I've found his burial and he is listed on that census, but two days later is dead.  Also his youngest two sons don't show up on records after that census - William and Peter, both under the age of 10. 

            If anyone can help me answer the questions about what happened to these family members, I'd be very thankful.



Billie Dearborn

PO Box 246

Packwood, WA 98361

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Research Tip: Other Records for Indiana's Colleges and Universities

Yearbooks and catalogs are probably the first two things that come to mind when thinking about resources for ancestors who went to college or who were faculty. However, there are several other types of records that you should consider.

Student Directories

Student directories, sometimes known as handbooks or manuals, contained information on the students as well as the faculty and various campus organizations, including fraternities and sororities.

This example from Indiana University's student directory, which they called "the red book," for the 1929-1930 school year, included the student's name, year, hometown, and the name of their residence hall or fraternity/sorority, as well as a phone number.
Indiana University Student Directory, 1929-1930

Student Newspapers

Student-produced newspapers can offer a glimpse into the daily life on campus. They contain information not just on the school's sports teams, but various clubs and associations, sprinkled in with news from alumni.

This example from Indiana Central College (now University of Indianapolis)'s student newspaper for January 1941 includes news of several alumni who have gotten married, as well as a trip to an indoor pool — a treat during an Indiana winter.
(Indiana Central College) Reflector, January 1941.

Commencement Programs

Commencement programs can contain detailed information about those who are graduating, as well as the schedule of events and commencement speakers.

Ball State University's June 1969 commencement program contains a list of the graduates for the Master of Science degree, including their name, hometown, where they earned their undergraduate degree, and the subject of their degree. We can also see that they're not actually graduating until August.
Ball State University commencement program, June 1969.

Alumni Directories

Alumni directories are valuable because students were likely to keep in touch long after their graduation. The directories of alumni that the schools would periodically publish are valuable not just for finding out a woman's married name, but for the level of detail they could include.

Earlham College's 1957 alumni directory, for example, show the alumnus's name, degree they earned, year of graduation, spouse's name, children's name, children's years of birth, occupation, and current residence.
Earlham College Alumni Directory, 1957.

Finding These Records

Many of these resources can only be found at the college or university, or at public libraries in the areas surrounding these institutions. However, be sure and check Google Books and Internet Archive to see what they have for these institutions. Some institutions are beginning to digitize their own resources, including:
You can also find Indiana college and university records in the "College Records" section of the IGS website.

If you want to find out more about using college catalogs, be sure to check out this blog post.

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[This article originally appeared in Indiana News, IGS's FREE monthly email newsletter. Click here to subscribe and have articles like this delivered straight to your inbox!]
 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Digitization Kit #24: Martin County Historical Society

Yesterday IGS delivered Kit 24 to the Martin County Historical Society, which is located in this great Museum in Shoals, Indiana. A former courthouse, the building is crammed with great artifacts and exhibits and especially with tons of documents waiting digitization. Get ready for some great resources coming out of Martin County. This Museum is well worth a visit to see some early Americana, Indiana-style.


Does your organization have Indiana genealogy materials that need digitizing? Consider applying for a portable scanning kit from IGS. You can find details and the application form on the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project page.

Monday, May 8, 2017

New Databases From Around Indiana

Take a look at these new databases from around the great state of Indiana.

Free Database - Union County:

- Alumni of Short High School, Liberty, Union County, Indiana (1876-1937)
A list of alumni, as published in the school's 1938 yearbook, The Libertonian. This database was contributed by Wayne Klusman.

Members-Only Databases: 

These databases are available to IGS members. Not a member yet? Join today and get access to these and more than 1,900 other databases on the IGS website!
 
County Records: 
Blackford County
- Graduates of Hartford City High School, Blackford County, Indiana (1913)
A list from the June 6, 1913 commencement program.

Floyd County
- Students of New Albany High School, Floyd County, Indiana (1896) 
A list of students (grade 12 only) from the school's 1896 yearbook, Souvenir.

Hancock County
- Graduates of Brandywine Common School, Hancock County, Indiana (1924)
A list from the May 10, 1924 commencement program. NOTE: A common school went up to 8th grade.

Jay County
- Students of Portland High School, Jay County, Indiana (1933) 
Browsable digital images of students in grades 9 through 12, as published in the school's 1933 yearbook, The Tifoon 1933
- Teachers of Portland High School, Jay County, Indiana (1933)
Browsable digital images of teachers in grades 9 through 12, as published in the school's 1933 yearbook, The Tifoon 1933.

Morgan County
- Students of Martinsville High School, Morgan County, Indiana (1914) 
A list of students (grade 12 only), as published in the school's 1914 yearbook, The Squealer.
- Teachers of Martinsville High School, Morgan County, Indiana (1914) 
A list of teachers, as published in the school's 1914 yearbook, The Squealer.

Porter County
- Students of Valparaiso High School, Porter County, Indiana (1919) 
A list of students in grades 9-12, as published in the school's 1919 yearbook, The Valenian.

Randolph County
- Graduates of Union City East Side High School, Randolph County, Indiana (1927) 
A list from the May 6, 1927 commencement program.

Rush County
- Graduates of Rushville High School, Rush County, Indiana (1936) 
A list from the May 27, 1936 commencement program.

Wayne County
- Alumni of Hagerstown High School, Wayne County, Indiana (1881-1932) 
A list of alumni, as published in the school's 1933 yearbook, 1933 Epitome.

College Records: 
- Graduates of Indiana University, Bloomington (1920) 
A list from the June 4, 1920 commencement program. This database includes the graduate's name and the degree they received.
- Students of Indiana Central University, Indianapolis (1906-1908)
A list compiled from the school's annual catalogs for the 1905-1906 school year through the 1907-1908 school year. This database includes the student's name, hometown and subject, as well as the catalog year. NOTE: Indiana Central University later changed its name to the University of Indianapolis.
- Graduates of University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame (1928)
A list from the June 3, 1928 commencement program. This database includes the graduate's name, residence and the degree they received.

Statewide Records:
- Students At Indiana School for the Deaf, Indianapolis (1848-1917) 
A list compiled from the school's annual reports for the years 1848 through 1917 (some annual reports are missing - 1854, 1890, 1910, 1912 and 1916). This database includes the student's name, hometown, county and year of the annual report.
Indiana School for the Deaf

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Query: Richard George Paris, Indiana


Query: Thomas Johnson, Morgan County


            I am trying to trace the parents of my GGGrandfather Thomas Johnson b8 May 1849 in Morgan County Indiana (according to his death certificate.)  His parents are listed as George E Johnson (listed on various census as being born in Indiana, Virginia and Kentucky) and his mother is listed as Amanda, born in Indiana.  He possibly had a brother Charles (I have a picture of the two of them.)

            I can't find them on census, marriage licenses, and just don't know where else to look.  Amanda supposedly lived 102 years, so I even tried to guestimate dates and look for graves.  Any suggestions would be much appreciated!



Shelly Slade

304-5776 200 Street

Langley, BC Canada V3A 1M8



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Query: Gold Rush from Jay, Blackford, Delaware, Madison Counties


            I am researching people from the Pennville area who went to California during the Gold Rush, their families, and other people associated with their story.  Family names include: Ransom, Jenkins, Anderson, Gibson, Hunt, Liestenfeltz, Lowry, Teach, Jones, and many others. 

             I am seeking out people whose ancestors lived in western Jay County and eastern Blackford County in 1850, even if the name is not listed here.  From Delaware County: Swaar, Buckles, Anthony, Sample, Kilgore, March.  From Madison County: Makepeace.



Eilene Lyon

730 N Rainbow Rd

Durango, CO  81303

970-385-4414

Monday, April 3, 2017

Query: Arnold Wyss, Huntington County


            Searching for any information about Arnold Wyss, married to Anna Upheil.  Worked at/owned a Saloon at 97 N Jefferson, Huntington, Ind.  Born in Switzerland (Bern Canton) died Dec 1954, buried in Mt Calvary Cemetery.  Lived above the saloon with his large family



Debra Wyss Flounders

480 Johnson Point Road

Hallieford, VA 23068

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Query: Pamela Jean Jones, Elkhart County


            Looking for Pamela Jean Jones, born February 7, 1950.  She was adopted in the 1950s-early 60’s Her father's name was Preston Jones.  I'm not sure, but Elkhart maybe for the county/city.

All I know is she also had a brother Preston and a sister Patricia, who were adopted by a different family. Pamela might have had a disability with her legs.     Thanks.





Cherry D. Laing

Phone: 409-999-0045

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Query: Jesse/William Benjamin Jackson, Indiana


            Need some advice on where to look for one document I need. Am currently trying to enter the Belvidere DAR with a patriot through the Indiana Jackson line. My line goes: Kim Bednar b. 1960 > father, John William Stewart b. 1940 - d. 1990 > Vergil Vern Stewart b. 1910 - d. 1978 > Maggie May Jackson Stewart b. 1881 - d. 1963 > Josephus Jackson b. 1847 - 1918 > William Benjamin Jackson b. 1816 - d. 1872 > Jesse Jackson b. 1782 - d. 1848 & Mary "Polly" Williams Jackson b. 1788 - 1840 > Thomas Swearingen Williams b. 1764 - 1814 > ELISHA WILLIAMS b. 1735 - 1812.

            The document I need to find is one to prove the father/son connection between Jesse Jackson (1782 - 1848) and his son, William Benjamin Jackson (1816 - 1872). Have looked for a will by Jesse Jackson and have not found it yet.

            Do you know of any Jackson family specialists in genealogy I could consult? Or do you have any advice on how to find a connection? The Jackson family may have been Quakers at one point, but my line does not appear to be in the records as of that point in time. William B. was born in Miami County, Ohio before they kept records. So I was hoping for any document that would link father and son.

            Thank you for your taking time to look at my request.



 Kim Stewart Bednar 

567 Highfield Road

Belvidere, IL 61008-8117

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New FREE Databases for Howard, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, Owen, and Parke Counties and More

If you have ancestors in Howard, Monroe, Owen, Morgan, Orange, or Parke counties, you should take a look at these new FREE databases on the IGS website.

Each of these were made possible through the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project. IGS provides a digitization kit containing a laptop, flatbed scanner, and a storage device to Indiana non-profits, who use the kit to digitize genealogical materials in their area. Once the organization submits 5 databases to the IGS website, the digitization kit is theirs to keep. You can find all of the details on the IGS website. We look forward to hearing from you!

Civil War Records:

Contributed by the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society
- Muster Roll of 71st Indiana Infantry in the Civil War (1862) - Handwritten muster rolls for Companies C, D, F and H of the 71st Indiana Infantry.
- Muster Roll of 97th Indiana Infantry in the Civil War (1862) - Handwritten muster rolls for Axtele's, Dean's and Holston's Companies of the 97th Indiana Infantry.

Howard County:

Contributed by the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library
- Graduates of Kokomo High School, Howard County, Indiana (1908) - May 29, 1908 commencement program for Kokomo High School.
- Graduates of Kokomo High School, Howard County, Indiana (1910) - June 2, 1910 commencement program for Kokomo High School.
- Graduates of Kokomo High School, Howard County, Indiana (1917) - June 1, 1917 commencement program for Kokomo High School.
- Graduates of Kokomo High School, Howard County, Indiana (1920) - June 1,1920 commencement program for Kokomo High School.
- Graduates of Kokomo High School, Howard County, Indiana (1923) - May 27, 1923 commencement program for Kokomo High School.
- Graduates of Kokomo High School, Howard County, Indiana (1925) - May 29, 1925 commencement program for Kokomo High School.

Monroe County:

Contributed by the Ten O'Clock Line Treaty Museum, Gosport, Indiana
- Phone Directory of Clear Creek, Monroe County, Indiana (1941)
- Phone Directory of Ellettsville, Monroe County, Indiana (1941) 
- Phone Directory of Smithville, Monroe County, Indiana (1941)

Morgan County:

Contributed by the Ten O'Clock Line Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Martinsville, Indiana
- History of Miscellaneous Baptist Churches in Morgan County, Indiana - A typewritten manuscript.
- History of Mt. Olive Paragon Christian Church, Morgan County, Indiana - A typewritten manuscript.
- Students of Martinsville High School, Morgan County, Indiana (1934) - The 1934 yearbook for Martinsville High School, Artesian 1934. It contains information on students in grades 7 through 12.
- Students of Martinsville High School, Morgan County, Indiana (1940) - The 1940 yearbook for Martinsville High School, Artesian 1940. It contains information on students in grades 7 through 12.
- Teachers of Martinsville High School, Morgan County, Indiana (1934) - The 1934 yearbook for Martinsville High School, Artesian 1934. It contains information on teachers in grades 7 through 12.
- Teachers of Martinsville High School, Morgan County, Indiana (1940) - The 1940 yearbook for Martinsville High School, Artesian 1940. It contains information on teachers in grades 7 through 12.

Orange County:

Contributed by the Paoli Public Library
- Dedication of Quaker Meetinghouse, Paoli, Orange County, Indiana (1954) - A program from the June 6, 1954 dedication of a new Society of Friends meetinghouse in Paoli.

Owen County:

Contributed by the Ten O'Clock Line Treaty Museum, Gosport, Indiana
- Burial Permits for Gosport Cemetery, Owen County, Indiana (1920-1928) - Original burial permit forms issued by various county health departments in Indiana for burials at Gosport Cemetery.
- Phone Directory of Gosport, Owen County, Indiana (1941)

Parke County:

Contributed by the Parke County Historical Society
- Graduates of Mecca High School, Parke County, Indiana (1912-1963) - Information compiled and published by the Mecca ARABS and Mecca School Alumni Association in 2011.