Friday, December 1, 2017

New Databases, Including Bartholomew, Jasper, Marion and Putnam Counties and More!

Check out the latest databases available on the Indiana Genealogical Society website!

Free Databases

Bartholomew County
- Directory of Hope and St. Louis Methodist Churches, Bartholomew County (1906). Contributed by the Yellow Trail Research Center, Hope, Indiana.

Jasper County
Both of these databases were contributed by the Jasper County Historical Society.
- History of the State Bank of Rensselear, Indiana (1904-1954).
- Membership Directory of First Christian Church, Rensselaer (1958).

Lake County
- Enumeration of North Township Schools (1920). Contributed by Hammond Public Library.

Marion County
Each of these databases was contributed by the Genealogical Society of Marion County.
- Veterans Buried in Franklin Township
- Veterans Buried in Perry Township
- Veterans Buried in Pike Township

Wayne County
Both of these databases were contributed by Wayne Klusman.
- Graduates of Dublin High School (1875-1912).
- Graduates of Economy High School (1889-1962).

Military
- Grand Army of the Republic's Annual Encampment in Indiana (1906). Contributed by the General Van Rensselaer Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
- Honor Roll of Indiana Veterans (1900-1999) -- in progress. Updated in November.
- Members of American Legion Attending State Convention in Indiana (1945). Contributed by Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society.

Members-Only Databases

These databases are available to IGS members. If you're not a member yet, sign up and get access to these and more than 2,000 other Indiana genealogy databases!

Jackson County
- Index to Mortality Schedule for Jackson County (1860). Contributed by Meredith Thompson.

Jay County
- Graduates of Portland High School, Portland (1936).

Lawrence County
- Index to Mortality Schedule for Lawrence County (1860). Contributed by Meredith Thompson.

Morgan County
- Alumni of Martinsville High School, Morgan County (1900-1913). Contributed by Meredith Thompson.

Putnam County
- Graduates of Belle Union High School (1958). Contributed by Meredith Thompson.

Shelby County
- Index to Mortality Schedule for Shelby County (1860). Contributed by Meredith Thompson.

Sullivan County
- Index to Mortality Schedule for Sullivan County (1860). Contributed by Meredith Thompson.

Colleges and Universities:
Each of these was contributed by Sandy Thompson.
- Students of DePauw University (1931)
- Students of Franklin College (1942)
- Graduates of Valparaiso University (1907) 



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Query: Rose Hill Cemetery, Noble County


      My name is Sue. I live in the N. E. part of Illinois.  I am inquiring, if by chance, you might know who I can contact for Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion, Noble County, Indiana.

       Any help you may have is greatly appreciated. Thank You



Sue J           

addaccord@yahoo.com                 

Query: Milton Reynolds, Henry County


            I am researching my Reynolds line in Indiana. While researching my gggrandmother, Anna Reynolds Thomas, I came across a 2012 edition of The Indiana Genealogist which featured an article on The Mysterious Milton Reynolds.

            In the article, it mentions that he was living in Jefferson Co, Indiana, and married to Nancy. Are you aware of the Milton Reynolds (married to Nancy) in Henry County? He is listed in the Quaker Hopewell Meeting Minutes. He is a son of Daniel Reynolds and Margaret Morris. (I am trying to ascertain whether Daniel and Margaret are my Anna's parents. So far, no luck.)

            I thought I would pass this along in case you had not found this Milton. Henry and Jefferson Counties are not very far from one another.



Dottie Reynolds

4724 Coker Street

Columbia, SC  29206



Query: William Osborn, Boonville, Indiana


            I have a copy of the U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 showing William Osborn who served in the Revolutionary War, died 5 Apr 1835, and was buried on a farm in Boonville, Indiana. A Mrs. Forsythe of Newburgh, Indiana applied for a military marker on 30 July 1935.

            Would you have any records on where William Osborn was buried in the area.

BIRTH 10 JAN 1764 • North Carolina, USA DEATH 5 APR 1835 • Troy, Fountain, Indiana, United States (my 5th great-grandfather.)

            I would like to see his grave when I am back in the area, I grew up in Hoopeston, Illinois and have been researching my father's side - Etherton.  Thank you for any information you may have.  I did check the list of Revolutionary War Veterans who are buried in the state of Indiana compiled by the Inidana Society NSDAR and did not find him there. 



Christine Etherton Ruth

4704 W. 11th Street

Greeley, CO 80634



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Announcing New County Genealogists for Jay and Monroe Counties

The Indiana Genealogical Society is pleased to announce two new Indiana County Genealogists: Megan MacDonald for Monroe County and Janice Stucky for Jay County.

Megan MacDonald is the research Librarian at the Monroe County History Center's Genealogy Library and has lived in Monroe County for 12 years. She has worked for the Indiana University Archives and Libraries where she became well-versed with the families associated with Indiana University and Bloomington. Megan is also a part of the African American Committee, and works with the county for the Bicentennial, researching the early African American families and their contribution to Monroe County.

Contact information for Megan MacDonald is 922 W. Howe, Bloomington, IN 47403; e-mail memeacdon@gmail.com.

Janice Stucky has lived in Jay county all her life and has been the librarian at the Jay County Historical Society since 2003. She helped to write the textbook that third-graders use to do their history projects. Janice has also compiled two books of materials from information found in the Dunkirk and Pennville libraries. Janice can be contacted through the Jay County Historical Society, 903 E. Main Street, Portland, IN 47371; phone (260) 726-7168 or by e-mail at research@jaycountyhistory.org.

About Indiana County Genealogists

Indiana County Genealogists (ICGs) coordinate Indiana Genealogical Society’s genealogical information and activities in their county, working with the local genealogical and historical societies, as well as other genealogical organizations, individuals, and repositories. They serve as the contact person for in- and out-of-state  researcher members as well as non-members, to help them accomplish their research goals in their county.

You can find a list of all Indiana County Genealogists and their contact information on the IGS website.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Research Tip: How to Find More Indiana Marriages on FamilySearch

There are more than 3 million records in FamilySearch's collection "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007" (and IGS is proud to be involved with indexing that collection!) But did you know that not every county is included in that collection yet? What's more, that collection doesn't even have all of the marriage records that FamilySearch has digitized! Here's how to find more.

The "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007" collection is available through the Historical Records section on FamilySearch. (Hover over the Search tab, then click on Records. You'll find a link to "Browse all published collections.") When you get into the collection, you can click "Browse through images," which will give you a list of the counties that are included. As of October 2017, it includes 70 of Indiana's 92 counties.

But there are other digitized records available on FamilySearch. To find them, go through the Catalog. (Click on Search, then click on Catalog.)


For best results, type the name of the county, pause, and then select the place from the list of choices that will appear. (If that doesn't work, type in United States, Indiana, <name of county>.)

Grant County isn't included in the "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007" collection, but when you go into the FamilySearch Catalog and search for Grant County, you'll see several listings under the subject heading "Vital Records." Two of them are from the Grant County Circuit Court:
  • Marriage licenses, Grant County, Indiana, 1840-1919 and Returns of marriages, 1882-1946
  • Marriage records, Circuit Court, Grant County, Indiana, 1831-1955. 
When you click on a title, you'll see its availability. 

  
The camera icon with the key over it means that these records have been digitized, but can only be viewed from a Family History Center or from a FamilySearch affiliate library. Family History Centers are free to use, but sometimes have limited hours. If your local Center isn't open when you're available to do research, check to see if your local public library is an affiliate. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

New Databases on the IGS Site: Madison, Marshall, Monroe, Newton counties and more

Family History Month is drawing to a close, but we're not slowing down adding new databases to the IGS website! Here are the latest additions.

Free Databases

Madison County
- Directory of Businesses in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana (1930) (Contributed by Wayne Klusman)

Monroe County
- Index to Tax Duplicates for Monroe County, Indiana (1865)
This index was created from the original bound volume at the Monroe County History Center in Bloomington. It is one of only three bound volumes of tax duplicates in existence and the only volume prior to 1900. Contributed by Randi Richardson.

Orange County
- Index to Will Records for Orange County, Indiana (1892-1917)
An index of Orange County Will Book 3. Submitted by Randi Richardson.

Members-Only Databases

These databases are available to IGS members. If you're not a member yet, sign up and get access to these and more than 2,000 other Indiana genealogy databases!

Marshall County
- Students of Brick School, Marshall County, Indiana (1908).
This school was in West Township. Submitted by Meredith Thompson.

Monroe County
- African-Americans in Censuses of Monroe County, Indiana (1850-1870)
An index of all of the people listed as either black or mulatto in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 census for Monroe County. Submitted by Randi Richardson.

Newton County
- History of Brook, Newton County, Indiana (1916)
- History of Morocco, Newton County, Indiana (1916)
- History of Newton County, Indiana (1933) 

Steuben County
- Roster of Steuben Rangers, Indiana Legion, Angola, Steuben County, Indiana (1863)
- Roster of Turkey Creek Rangers, Indiana Legion, Salem Center, Steuben County, Indiana (1863)

Switzerland County
- Phone Directory of Patriot, Switzerland County, Indiana (1956) (Contributed by Meredith Thompson)





Saturday, October 28, 2017

IGS At ISL Saturday

Directors Lou Ann Clugh and Donna Adams joined Corresponding Secretary Ron Darrah in staffing the IGS table on Saturday for the State Library Genealogy Fair. A good time was had by all. IGS encourages all of the state's genealogy groups to reserve a free publicity table at the annual event.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

CCC Newsletters Online At State Library

The Civilian Conservation Corps employed thousands of Hoosiers during the 1930s. Nearly all the CCC camps in Indiana had newspapers/newsletters, and many of these are newly digitized at the Indiana State Library. 

ISL notes that they will be adding to the collection, so check back regularly! You can use the collection on the ISL website.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Query: Jesse and Elizabeth Preble, Orlean, IN


            I am interested in locating decedents of Jesse and Elizabeth Preble. Jesse was the son of Bernard and Elizabeth (Maddox) Preble (Pribble). They were living in Olean, IN, in 1833. Jesse was a child at the time.

            I have a book, The Memories of the Jesse and Elizabeth Preble Family, by Salvation Army Brigadier Harry Ulyat, born 1908. I would like to pass this book on to a descendant who is involved with the family genealogy. Thank you,



James Bouchard

Jamesbouchard8310@gmail.com


Query: Adoption, 1926, Forrest Bales and Jeanette Pein


               How do I find a name of a child adopted in 1926. It is very important that we find the name of the child prior to his adoption This is in regards to my father. His mother/father that adopted him were Forrest Orval Bales and Jeanette Pein. 

               This is all the information I have on my father, but his mother, who I believe lost custody, was Viola Willoughby or Wade; she had many last names. She was not one who could truly be followed because of the names and so many changes in her birth year, but a census taken in the 30's shows that she was born in 1908.

               I pray you can help. She may have used a false name for the birth father.



Dr. Joan Lademan


248-697-1503

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Focus On: Pike County

Congratulations to the Pike County Historical Society! They just received Digitization Kit #28 from IGS. We understand that several groups in that area now operate out of the Museum building, and that equals many volunteers to scan local documents. We look forward to seeing lots of excellent Pike County resources on our website--and all FREE to researchers!


Does your organization have Indiana genealogy materials that need digitized? Consider applying for a grant through IGS' Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project.  Your organization could receive a scanner, laptop computer, and related accessories to help you digitize those documents. Details are on the IGS website.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Query: Veternarians, Dearborn County


            I am doing genealogy research, and going back several generations, we had family in the Dearborn County area - Guilford to be specific. 

            Some information indicates that a great grand uncle was a Veterinary surgeon.  I have not been able to turn up much on him.  Is there a Indiana Veterinary Association with records going back to the early 1900's? Thanks.



Deana Ponso

1008 W. Bellamy Drive

Quincy, FL.  32351

Query: Caroline Ross, Greene County


            I am searching for the parents of my gr-gr grandmother, Caroline Ross, who was born in Jackson, Greene County, IN, on March 3, 1852 (according to her obituary).  I have a lead/theory based on census records but need some type of record to prove it.  I believe her mother was Martha E Ross, daughter of James P Ross and Rebecca (Miller) Ross. 

            I believe Caroline's father was Aquilla Edington (Eddington).  Caroline was born before Martha and Aquilla were married.  I do have a DNA match with an Edington descendant which possibly proves my theory.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your help.



Debbie Vandenbroek

8103 Cardiff Dr 

Dublin CA  94568



Monday, October 9, 2017

Focus On: Jasper County

IGS just delivered Digitization Kit #27 to the Jasper County Historical Society. Be on the lookout for lots more great resources out of that area--and be sure to visit their Museum in Rensselaer.


Does your organization have genealogical materials that need digitizing? IGS would love to help! Apply today for an Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project grant. Your group could receive a new laptop computer, flatbed scanner, and storage device. Details and application are on the IGS website.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ISL Genealogy Fair Returns on October 28

[Visit the IGS table at GenFair and let's chat. Member volunteers are requested to help spread the word. Email rdarrah@att.net to reserve a time. Thanks.]



The Indiana State Library will host the annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair in downtown Indianapolis. Admission is free and open to the general public. This year’s theme is “Sacrificing and Shaping the Future,” commemorating the Centennial of the Great War and examining military resources and history. 



Over 30 organizations and exhibitors will be in attendance.  Visit the tables in the exhibition hall to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations, and shop the commercial vendors.

Highly acclaimed, internationally known speakers and genealogy consultants, Kathleen Brandt and Katherine R. Willson, will present.



The following fabulous door prizes will be given away:



1 annual World Explorer individual membership to Ancestry

1 annual Fold3.com subscription

1 annual Newspapers.com Basic subscription

1 AncestryDNA kit



Visit the Events page for more information.  http://in.gov/library/events.htm

Friday, September 29, 2017

Query: Jeremiah Horan, White County


            Looking for info on Jeremiah Horan. Died, remarried? Born around 1828 in Ireland; Was in the 1870 census in Monticello, White County, married to Ellen; Not in the 1880 census; she remarried a Michael McDonald. Would your databases have any more info than Ancestry.com ?



Michael G Horan

687 Summer Top Cir.

Fenton, MO 63026



Query: Nancy Wyett/Alvah Wheeler, Owen County


            Searching for Wyett Family. Only info I have is Nancy Wyett married Alvah Wheeler 17 Nov 1871 in Spencer, Owen County, Indiana. He was on 1870 census Washington Township,  Owen County, as railroad laborer. They moved to Maine between 1871 and 1880 where they appear on the Maine census with children. Where did she come from?         



Nancy Pike

287 Beach Rd.

Lincolnville, Maine 04849



Query: David McDaniel/Hester Johnson, Blackford County


             My second great grandparents David McDaniel and Hester Johnson were married in Blackford County on 21 Apr 1861.  My source info is from Ancestry.com "Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941".  The citation source is Blackford County IN Marriage Records Book A 1839-1857, Use Corrected Book A, page 88". 

            I need a complete marriage record.  I am hoping that the record lists parents of the bride and groom.  I am willing to pay a reasonable amount for this record.  Please advise.  Thank you. 



Ed Jennings

248 Huber Village Blvd

Westerville OH 43081



Query: Burr Adrian Welker, Vigo County


            I am looking for my great-grandfather Burr Adrian Welker’s birth certificate. He was born on Sept 13, 1884, in Indiana. It stated on his Certificate of Death Registration that he was born in Indiana; other than that detail, I do not know any other facts about his birth.

            I have contacted the State of Indiana but was told that since he was born before 1907, I should contact you. He died in Terre Haute, Indiana, on April 5, 1945. Burr Welker is my paternal grandfather's father. Please let me know the status if you can/cannot help me, so I can move on. Thank you kindly for an email or phone reply.



Rebecca Welker Ivatury

210.685.5222 ( cell)

rebecca.ivatury@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

State Archives Debuts First Online Catalog

State Archivist Jim Corridon announced on Tuesday that the first ever online Catalog for the Indiana State Archives is now live and ready for use.

Go to ResearchIndiana.IARA.IN.gov and take a look. There is also a short video on how to use the new catalog.

Genealogists should find the new tool of great use in their work. Congrats to Mr. Corridon and IARA!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Research Tip: Indiana's Courts of Conciliation

If you've done research in Indiana's Court of Common Pleas records, you may have come across a reference to another court in the county: the Court of Conciliation.

The Indiana legislature passed "An act to establish Courts of Conciliation" on June 11, 1852, to go into effect on January 1, 1853. It called for the judge of each county's Court of Common Pleas to preside over a Court of Conciliation, to be held concurrently with the Court of Common Pleas. These courts of conciliation could hear cases about libel, slander, malicious persecution, assault & battery, or false imprisonment.

Unlike the Circuit Court and the Court of Common Pleas, the two parties who came before the Court of Conciliation could not be represented by an attorney. Parties were to appear on their own behalf. The only exceptions to this rule were if a party was under the age of 21 (in which case they had to be represented by their guardian) or was a woman (in which case she had to be represented by her husband or male friend). And in contrast to the other county courts, the decision of the Court of Conciliation could not be appealed – it was final.

The focus of the Court of Conciliation was also different from the Circuit Court and Court of Common Pleas. Rather than determining fault, the purpose was to get the two parties to reconcile their differences or effect a compromise. If the judge was successful in this, he would receive a $5 fee, which was to be paid equally by the two parties.

One example of a Court of Conciliation case occurred in Dearborn County in 1854, when Nancy Woolford sued Milton Beach for slander for words said by his wife. The compromise was that the wife denied saying the words, but her husband agreed to pay Woolford $75.80 in damages and court costs. Beach later unsuccessfully appealed to the state Supreme Court to void this agreement.

Courts of Conciliation existed in Indiana counties from January 1, 1853 until November 30, 1865, when the law was repealed.

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of "Indiana News," IGS' free monthly email newsletter. Click here to subscribe and stay up-to-date with Indiana genealogy research tips and news.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Archivist of the United States to Lecture At Purdue

David S. Ferriero,
Archivist of the United States
On Thursday, September 28, 2017, David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, will present "Preserving the Past to Inform the Future: The View From the National Archives." 

This program is presented by the Purdue University Libraries. It is free and open to the public.

Details:
Thursday, September 28, 2017
6:30pm
Hiler Theater, Wilmeth Active Learning Center
Purdue University Campus, West Lafayette

Questions: ahutchcr@purdue.edu or (765) 494-2849 

About David S. Ferriero
David S. Ferriero was confirmed as the 10th Archivist of the United States on November 6, 2009. Created in 1934, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is responsible for preserving and providing access to the records of the U.S. Government. NARA has 43 facilities across the country, including 14 Presidential Libraries, containing approximately 13 billion pages of textual records; 42 million photographs; miles and miles of film and video; and an ever increasing number of electronic records.

Previously Mr. Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries and held top library positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University. 

Mr. Perriero earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature from Northeastern University and a master's degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science. Mr. Ferriero served as a Navy hospital corpsman in Vietnam.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

New on the IGS Website: 31 Free Databases from Across the State

The Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project continues to generate more materials for Indiana genealogy research! Check out the latest databases, all available for FREE on the Indiana Genealogical Society website.

Bartholomew County:

Contributed by the Yellow Trail Research Center, Hope, Indiana:
See all Bartholomew County databases here.

Greene County:

Contributed by the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library:
See all Greene County databases here.

Henry County:

Contributed by the East Central Indiana Genealogy Alliance:
See all Henry County databases here.

Marion County:

Contributed by the Samuel Bryan Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Beech Grove, Indiana:
See all Marion County databases here.

Parke County:

Contributed by the Parke County Historical Society:
See all Parke County databases here.

Sullivan County:

Contributed by the Sullivan County Public Library:
See all Sullivan County databases here.

College Records:

See all college databases here.

Does your organization have Indiana genealogy materials that need digitized? Apply for an IGS Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project grant, for a new scanner, computer, and related materials.

Photo of men from History of Farmersburg, Sullivan County, Indiana.

Friday, August 25, 2017

New Databases: Delaware, LaGrange, and LaPorte Counties - and More!

The newest set of databases on the IGS website includes college graduates, common school students, and Civil War soldiers. Check out these new additions to the IGS website.

Note: All of these are members-only databases. IGS members can log in to use them. Not a member? Join today and get access to these and more than 2,000 other databases, plus other member benefits.

College Records:

- Graduates of Franklin College, Franklin (1942)
A list of graduates, as published in the school's August 1943 bulletin. This database includes the student's name, hometown, and the degree they received.
- Graduates of University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame (1939)
A list of graduates, as published in the school's June 4, 1939 commencement program. This database includes the student's name, hometown, and the degree they received.
- Graduates of Tri-State College, Angola (1939)
A list of graduates, as published in a June 1939 newspaper article. This database contains the student's name, hometown, and the degree they received. NOTE: Tri-State College later changed its name to Trine University.

Delaware County:

- Students of Beech Grove School, Delaware County, Indiana (1899)
A list of students in grades 1 through 8, as published in a school souvenir for the 1898-1899 school year. NOTE: Beech Grove School was District No. 4 in Harrison Township.

LaGrange County:

The following are handwritten lists of men who joined various Indiana Legion companies in LaGrange County. The Indiana Legion was the state militia that was created during the Civil War to protect Indiana's borders. Membership was open to every able-bodied male in the state who was not already serving in the military.
- Roster of LaGrange County Sharpshooters, Indiana Legion, LaGrange County, Indiana (1861)
- Roster of Volunteers, Indiana Legion, LaGrange County, Indiana (1861-1863)
- Roster of Wolcottville Guards, Indiana Legion, LaGrange County, Indiana (1863)

LaPorte County:

The following are handwritten lists of men who joined various Indiana Legion companies in LaPorte County. The Indiana Legion was the state militia that was created during the Civil War to protect Indiana's borders. Membership was open to every able-bodied male in the state who was not already serving in the military.
- Roster of LaPorte Cavalry Company, Indiana Legion, LaPorte County, Indiana (1861-1863)
- Roster of Union Guards, Indiana Legion, LaPorte County, Indiana (1863)
- Roster of Westville Volunteers, Indiana Legion, LaPorte County, Indiana (1861-1863) 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

IGS Names 3 New County Genealogists and Legislative Chair

The Indiana Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Indiana County Genealogists and a new chair for the Legislative Committee. Indiana County Genealogists (ICGs) act as a liaison between the IGS District Director representing that area and the local societies and individuals in that county. The Legislative Chair works to monitor legislation in Indiana that can impact the genealogical community.

Steve Smith, Hendricks County ICG
Steve Smith is currently working at the Danville Public Library in the Genealogy Department helping patrons with their family history in Hendricks County. He has worked with the Hendricks County Heritage Project contained on the Indiana Memory website. Steve is not only a member of several genealogical and historical societies, he also belongs to the  Association of Professional Genealogists.

Margaret "Peggy" Biltz, Kosciusko County ICG
Peggy Biltz is a volunteer with the Kosciusko Historical Society. She has been doing research for over 30 years, and helping others for more than four years.

Teresa K. Price, Boone County ICG
Tersea  is currently the President of the  Boone County Genealogical Society, she has a enormous amount of knowledge of the records in the Boone County recorder's office. Teresa has been doing research for over 40 years. 

Michael Maben, Legislative Chair
Michael Maben is Immediate Past President of the Indiana Genealogical Society. He is an Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Law at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University.

Contact information for all of the current ICGs and information about the ICG program can be found on the IGS website.


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.