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.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Query: Batesville Audio Files


            I am working on digitizing some old audio tapes and I was wondering if anyone there has any experience with it. I am using Audacity to cut the files down and to clean some of them up. Does anyone have any experience with this?

            I currently have one tape where the audio is good for the interviewer but the person being interviewed can just barely be heard. I've tried to amplify just this speaker's parts, but there is too much background noise and a phone ringing.

            Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Thank you for your time!





Denean Williams, Genealogy Department

Batesville Memorial Public Library
www.ebatesville.com/library
812-934-4706

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Librarians Can Earn LEUs at IGS Events

Attention Indiana librarians! You can earn LEUs at both the IGS Annual Conference on April 8 and the Society Management Seminar on April 7.

The IGS Annual Conference will be held Saturday, April 8 at the Indianapolis Public Library, 40 E. St. Clair St. Featured speaker Tony Burroughs will discuss:
  • Digital Research of African-Americans
  • Off the Beaten Path: Unusual Sources for Research
  • Freedmen's Bureau Research
  • Creating Order Out of Chaos
In addition, Tina Lyons, Ron Darrah, and Mauri Stotts Pratt will present on using County Commissioner records, Indianapolis Public School records, and hidden treasures in Midwestern archives.

The IGS Society Management Seminar will be held Friday, April 7 at the Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis. Topics include:
  • Planning Your Digitization Project: Things to Know Before You Scan, with Connie Redfield, Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Indiana State Library
  • Panel Discussion: Local Digitization Projects
  • Preservation of Archival Records and Special Collections, with Ramona Duncan-Huse of the Indiana Historial Society
  • What Goes Up? Choosing What to Put Online, with Susan Sutton of the Indiana Historical Society
  • Tour of the IHS Conservation Lab and the William H. Smith Memorial Library. 

You can register online on the IGS website. (That page also has an option to print out and mail in a registration form.)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Query: Lawrence County School Buildings

The Genealogical Society of Marion County would like to identify these two Lawrence County schools. We suspect they are in Guthrie Township. Anyone know?



Ron Darrah, GSMC
rdarrah@att.net

Query: Aaron Claypool, Indiana


            My 3rd great grandfather was born in Ohio and ended up in IA via MO. I'm trying to find information that would show his transit through Indiana and Illinois, and Missouri to Iowa. There aren't any records in census for Indiana that shows him in Indiana.

            Is there a group I can contact that may have a dialog about the exodus of Ohioans at the start of the civil war moving away from Ohio?

            Aaron Claypool; Born 26 Feb 1837 • Eden, Licking, OH; Died 20 May 1882 • Hopeville, Doyle Twp., Clarke Co., IA. His wife was Mary E. Morehouse (b1838–d1908)

            Aaron enlisted in the "Nodaway Home Guard Volunteers" in Nodaway, MO, in 5 July 1861, and was relieved on 2 October 1861. My assumption is they had a daughter in the gap, and he went home to run the farm since the war wasn’t so hot at that time in those parts of the country.

            I’m thinking the Homestead Act of 1861 may have been a reason they left Ohio and headed west plus his brother had slaves in Ohio and that split the family. SLave holders went to KY. Records show Birth of Son James Steven (Stephen) Claypool(1863–1950)10 OCT 1863 • Morrisville, Polk, Missouri, USA. SO he was still in MO until then. 

            Then Aaron had a son William Frances Claypool (1869–1929) 29 Nov 1869 • Clarke Co., IA. SO they were in IA by 1869. I assume they stayed in MO until then, as the Homestead Act called for 5 years in one location. I haven’t found any Homestead land documents as yet. Thanks.



 William Claypool

1088 S Manzanita Ave

Palm Springs, CA

Query: Frederick Kysar, Jennings County


            Looking for Proofs - Frederick KYSAR (b. 1761, Berks Co, PA; d. aft. Jan. 20, 1841, Jennings Co, IN) & Descendants    (Kysar, Kyser, Keiser, Kizer, Kiser, Keyser, Kayser, etc.)

            I am researching my 4th great-grandfather, Frederick Kysar (many spelling variations of his last name; b. 1761, Berks Co, PA; d. aft. Jan. 20, 1841, Jennings Co, IN) & his descendants. My mother, Kathy (KYSAR) Howard wrote the "Kysar Kin" book. I am in the process of applying to the DAR, & the only evidence I am needing is to prove the "family connection"; needing documents to prove the father/child relationship between Frederick & his son, Samuel (my direct line); but I would also like to prove father/child relationship with all of the other children as well.

            He & his wife Mary Ann/Meriba (Cornwall/Cornell) had 10 children: Solomon, William, John, Thomas Russell, Elizabeth, Phoebe, Samuel, Jacob, Frederick Jr., & Sarah. Frederick was born/lived in Berks Co PA; moved to MD; married in Jefferson Co KY, lived in Henry Co & Fayette Co, KY; & lived/died in Jennings Co, IN.

            If you have or know anyone that has any info or documents/records, old family bible records, old family letters, birth/marr/death records, obituaries, old family photos, newspaper articles, church records, cemetery/burial records - please contact me at KysarResearch@hotmail.com.

 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
ehvc.pc@hotmail.com

Query: Vera May Hoffman, Allen County


            How do I find the genealogy of my Grandmother's family? Her married name was Vera May Hoffman. They lived at 15404 Hoffman Rd. Monroeville, Allen County, IN. I believe her foster name was Hockemeyer, but I am not positive. I know she was a nurse before she got sick and maybe went to Lutheran Hospital for school. I have her nursing coat.

             From what I know, she was born in 1916 and died in 1972. She had schizophrenia, but I don't think she was ever instatutionalized. I just remember my mother showing me a little wooden shack she lived in with her foster family, and that she thought she might have been Jewish.

            Any direction you can give would be appreciated. Thank you,



Kendra Sprague

4224 N Fillmore St

Beverly Hills FL 34465

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Databases: 7 Counties, State Masonic Home, and More

Spring has sprung! To celebrate, we have several new databases on the site. Check these out:

FREE Databases:

- Directory of Businesses in Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana (1930)
Browseable listing of businesses, from a 1930 business directory for Indianapolis and the surrounding area. This database was contributed by Wayne Klusman.
- Children Born at Indiana Women's Prison, Indianapolis (1886-1888)
A list of children born to prisoners at the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis, as published in the prison's annual reports for the years ending October 31, 1886, 1887 and 1888. This list includes the child's name, date of birth, and the date their mother was received at the prison.

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:

Delaware County:
- Students of Hickory Grove School, Delaware County, Indiana (1897)
A list of students attending Hickory Grove School, from a souvenir for the November 14, 1896 through March 2, 1897 school year. NOTE: Hickory Grove School was also known as District No. 7 in Salem Township.

Pike County:
- Graduates of Lockhart Township Common School, Pike County, Indiana (1913)
A list of graduates of the common school, from a Lockhart Township district schools program for May 1, 1913. NOTE: A common school went up to the 8th grade.

Putnam County:
- Graduates of Fillmore High School, Putnam County, Indiana (1945-1961)
A list of graduates as published each spring in the Coatesville Herald newspaper. NOTE: This list does not include any graduates for 1947 or 1950.

Randolph County:
- Alumni of Monroe Township Schools, Parker City, Randolph County, Indiana (1900-1910)
Browsable list of alumni, as published in the Monroe Township High School's 1911 yearbook, The Oculus 1911.

Vanderburgh County:
- Students of Benjamin Bosse High School, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana (1947)
Browsable digital images of students in grade 12 only, as published in "1947 School Spirit, Vol. XLVII, Number 15" (a school newspaper/yearbook).
- Teachers of Benjamin Bosse High School, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana (1947)
Browsable digital images of teachers in grades 9 through 12, as published in "1947 School Spirit, Vol. XLVII, Number 15" (a school newspaper/yearbook).

Washington County:
- Selected Alumni of Salem High School, Washington County, Indiana (1930) 
Browsable list of some of the school's alumni, as published in the school's 1930 yearbook, The 1930 Lyon.
- Students of Salem High School, Washington County, Indiana (1930)
Browsable digital images of students in grades 9 through 12, as published in the school's 1930 yearbook, The 1930 Lyon.
- Teachers of Salem High School, Washington County, Indiana (1930)
Browsable digital images of teachers in grades 9 through 12, as published in the school's 1930 yearbook, The 1930 Lyon.

College Records:

Butler University:
- Graduates of Butler University, Indianapolis (1938)
A list of from the June 13, 1938 commencement program. This list includes the graduate's name, their hometown, the degree they received and their subject.

Indiana State Teachers College (Indiana State):
- Graduates of Indiana State Teachers College, Terre Haute (1931)
A list from the June 12, 1931 commencement program. This list includes the graduate's name, the degree they received and their subject. NOTE: Indiana State Teachers College later changed its name to Indiana State University.

Moores Hill College (Univ. of Evansville):
- Graduates of Moores Hill College, Dearborn County, Indiana (1896-1897)
A list from the college's annual catalogs for the 1896-1897 school year through the 1897-1898 school year. This list includes the graduate's name, their year of graduation, and the degree they received. NOTE: Moores Hill College later became part of the University of Evansville.

Muncie Normal Institute (Ball State):
- Graduates of Muncie Normal Institute, Muncie (1913)
A list from the institute's annual catalog for the 1912-1913 school year. This list includes the student's name, their home county and home state, and their department. NOTE: Muncie Normal Institute later changed its name to Ball State University.

Purdue University:
- Graduates of Purdue University, West Lafayette (1930)
A list from the June 10, 1930 commencement program. This list includes the graduate's name, their hometown, and the degree they received.

Valparaiso University:
- Graduates of Valparaiso University, Valparaiso (1952)
A list from the June 1, 1952 commencement program. This list includes the graduate's name and the degree they received.


Statewide Records:

- Students at Indiana Masonic Home High School, Franklin, Indiana (1937)
Browsable digital images of students in grades 9-12 from the school's 1937 yearbook, Ma-Ho-Hi 1937. From 1916 until 1944, the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin had its own high school, which was attended by children from all over the state.
- Teachers at Indiana Masonic Home High School, Franklin, Indiana (1937)
Browsable digital images of teachers in grades 9-12 from the school's 1937 yearbook, Ma-Ho-Hi 1937. From 1916 until 1944, the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin had its own high school, which was attended by children from all over the state.

From Benjamin Bosse High School 1947 School Spirit, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Research Tip: Indiana Marriage Resources for "Missing Counties"

By Meredith Thompson

Recently, Ancestry.com added another database for its subscribers - Indiana Marriages, 1810-2001. However, when you look at the explanation/source for their database, you'll see that it is actually the same data that's in FamilySearch's Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007.

The FamilySearch data was compiled from the records in county courthouses and it covers 70 of Indiana's 92 counties. (The years it covers also varies by county.) There are 22 counties that are not covered at all:

Cass, Clinton, Crawford, Grant, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Johnson, Knox, LaPorte, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Newton, Posey, Ripley, Tippecanoe, Union, Vanderburgh, Warren, and White.

Among the 22 missing counties are two of Indiana's largest population centers - Indianapolis (Marion County) and Evansville (Vanderburgh County).

Here are some marriage resources for these 22 missing counties, including a separate FamilySearch database that is being periodically updated:
 
CASS COUNTY:
CLINTON COUNTY:
CRAWFORD COUNTY:
GRANT COUNTY:
GREENE COUNTY:
HANCOCK COUNTY:
JASPER COUNTY:
JOHNSON COUNTY:
KNOX COUNTY:
LAPORTE COUNTY:
MADISON COUNTY:
MARION COUNTY:
MONROE COUNTY:
MONTGOMERY COUNTY:
NEWTON COUNTY:
POSEY COUNTY:
RIPLEY COUNTY:
TIPPECANOE COUNTY:
UNION COUNTY:
VANDERBURGH COUNTY:
WARREN COUNTY:
WHITE COUNTY:
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Query: Charles Carlin/Sadie Malone, Lake County

                Would appreciate any information you may have on Charles Carlin and Sadie Malone, married May 29th 1901, Clerk’s office of State of Indiana, Lake County, ss   by a  ? ? Beck  J. P. Thank You

Nancy Kohls
9890 Brandi Lane
Fowlerville MI 48836
nanko90@zoomon.net

Query: Jeremiah Verdeman/Varden Harper, Harrison or Daviess Cos., IN


                Seeking information on Jeremiah Verdeman or Varden Harper, born in Harrison County, IN, October 10, 1811. He died on April 15, 1890, and is buried in Plainville, Daviess County, IN.

Sue Knepp
886 County Road 1500 North
Metamora, IL 61548
glknepp@mtco.com

Query: George Lloyd Andrews, Muncie/Salamonia, Indiana

                Do you have a record for a George Lloyd Andrews teaching in Indiana after 1840? Believe he taught in a public school in Muncie and elsewhere. He died in Salamonia in the late 1850s.                 Any background information would be appreciated. Thanks.



Kathy Andrews Wright
715 W Canedy, Springfield, IL 62705
Divewright@sbcglobal.net

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Action Needed to Support State Archives Funding

Earlier this month, we told you that the funding for building a new Indiana State Archives was in jeopardy and that conditions at the current warehouse site were rapidly deteriorating, with several leaks just in the last month.

UPDATE:
Representative Matt Pierce of Bloomington has introduced an amendment  (Amendment 16) to this year's state budget proposal (House Bill 1001) which would include $27.5 million for building a new Indiana State Archives. The money would come from the state's general fund.

We urge everyone to contact Indiana legislators about supporting this amendment (Amendment #16 to HB 1001), which would finally give the state that touts itself as the "Crossroads of America" its first true State Archives.

If you live in Indiana, you can find contact information for your specific representatives at: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

If you live outside of Indiana, you can contact the Speaker of the House: Rep. Brian Bosma, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204; phone: (800) 382-9841; e-mail: contact form

If you need some talking points about the importance of a state archives, the Council of State Archivists has an informative pamphlet, "The Importance of State Archives."

Making your voice heard is the most important thing you can do for Indiana's history.
 
The Indiana State Archives "temporary" building that it's been in for years. It's literally a warehouse.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Query: Joshua and Samantha Blackwell, Monroe/Lawrence Counties


       Seeking information on Joshua Dunkin Blackwell and wife Samantha Jane Helton Blackwell. He was born in 1822 Dec. 10; Died 14 Dec.1893 in Polk Twp., Monroe Co., Indiana.   
      Samantha Jane Helton Blackwell, born on 29 July 1829, in Pleasant Run Twp. Lawrence Co.; Died on 31 May 1915 in Heltonville, Lawrence Co.
            Thank you.


John Wayne Blackwell
932 North Pike Rd.
Springville, Indiana 47462
jblacky@hpcisp.com

Query: Thomas and Lydia Bates, Posey County


            Thomas Bates and Lydia his wife are listed in the 1860 Posey County, IN census in Black Township. I cannot find them or any the people living with them or around them after 1860. I wondered if Thomas owned any land or left any records that would tell me where they might have migrated to?

            I have looked nationwide from 1870 to 1900 included. In the 1860 online from Ancestry the family is misidentified as Rates. There is one son in the home with an unusual name Grissem Lee Bates named for Thomas’ brother here in Cabell County, WV/VA. The English family next door I cannot tell what their name is for sure? I can be reached at kyowvagen@yahoo.com Thank you



Debbie Campbell

Debra3@suddenlink.net

Query: Theodore Reidenbach, Allen County

            Hello! I am wondering if you can assist me or point me in the right direction. My great grandfather was adopted. The story is his parents were college students and dropped him off at an orphanage in Fort Wayne the day he was born. The orphanage was Catholic and had nuns. He was also there long enough to have been baptized.

            His adoptive parents were Brady and Marie Reidenbach. He was named Theodore Jerome Reidenbach with a date of birth of June 4, 1916. I have no idea how to search for his information. If You can guide me or point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it Thank you!


Melissa Guzman
amjguzman@gmail.com 


Friday, February 17, 2017

Seminar in Indianapolis on digitizing records



Does your genealogy or history organization want to learn more about digitizing records?

The Indiana Genealogical Society is holding a Society Management Seminar on Friday, April 7, 2017 in Indianapolis that will focus on aspects of digitizing records. The seminar will be held at the Indiana Historical Society and will feature these sessions:


  • Connie Rendfeld, Digital Initiatives Librarian for the Indiana State Library, will talk about how to plan your digitization project before you start scanning.
  • Ramona Duncan-Huse and Susan Sutton from the Indiana Historical Society will talk about how to preserve records and how to choose what you should put online.
  • Ron Darrah from the Genealogical Society of Marion County will lead a panel discussion on local digitization projects.
  • Tours will be given of the Indiana Historical Society's Conservation Lab and their William H. Smith Memorial Library.

Registration for the seminar is just $5 per person, and there is free parking available in the Indiana Historical Society's parking lot. The Society's Stardust Café (on the canal-level) will be open for lunch.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Funding for new Indiana State Archives in jeopardy

Storage pallets in the Indiana State Archives in 2015 (photo courtesy Indianapolis Star)
Planning for the new Indiana State Archives building in Indianapolis (which the Indiana General Assembly approved $25 million for in spring 2015) has been at a standstill for the last few months. Recently a deal fell through to pay for it by selling the state's cell-phone towers. Your help is now needed to ensure that it gets fully funded.

More delays could be catastrophic to what is housed in the current building on East 30th Street. According to the Friends of the Indiana State Archives (FISA), since January 1st there have been 5 leaks in the building - including one in the vault that holds the state's most important treasures (such as the 1816 constitution). Another of the recent leaks was caused by a bullet hole.

The environmental conditions in the building continue to deteriorate - a new building is not simply a way to help celebrate the state's bicentennial, it is a vital piece of infrastructure that will have long-term benefits.

The Indiana General Assembly is currently drafting the state's budget, and they need to hear from those who are impacted by the Indiana State Archives.

Representative Tim Brown of Tippecanoe County is chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which is in charge of drafting the budget. You can contact him:

Rep. Timothy Brown
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone (800) 382-9841
E-mail: contact form

Senator Luke Kenley of Hamilton County is chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which will help draft the budget. You can contact him:

Sen. Luke Kenley
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone (800) 382-9467
E-mail: s20@iga.in.gov

If you live in Indiana, you can also contact your specific legislators. You can find contact information for your specific legislators here: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/.

FOR FURTHER READING:

Monday, February 13, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Hendricks County: Underground Railroad Program


If you are in the Plainfield area on Monday, you might want to join this session at the Library there.

[Does your Indiana County Society have upcoming programs we can feature? Send the notice to queries@indgensoc.org.]

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Query: Indiana Irish Civil War Soldiers


Hello,

                I’m writing from Mind the Gap Films, an independent production company based in Ireland. I’m doing research for a documentary series about the experiences of Irish servicemen and women (either those born in Ireland or those who identified as Irish-American) in the American Civil War and I’m trying to find descendants who have a personal connection to the story of their ancestors – maybe they have photographs/letters/personal articles, or strong stories that have been passed down through the family.   We’re hoping to film part of the series in the States and if there are people with personal stories who could help to illustrate Irish experiences I’d love to get in touch with them. I was wondering if you might be willing to pass my details on to your members?

                I would be very grateful for any assistance. Best wishes





Fran McNulty, Producer

Mind the Gap Films

6 Wilton Place

Dublin 2

 Tel: +353 (0)1 662 4742

fran@mindthegapfilms.com

Query: Elkhart County Oldest Society?


Good afternoon,

            The Elkhart County Genealogical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It was formed in 1967 and believes that it was the first genealogical society in the state.  

            Can you confirm that for me?  Is there a list of all the societies in the state and when they were formed? Thanks much,





Mona Gehring

Elkhart County Genealogist

574-606-7354
elkhartcountygenealogist@gmail.com

Query: Judith Hauser et al, Perry County


Hello,
            I am helping to update a book that was done 26 years ago with the history of some of my family who started in Belgium
, settled in Leopold, and has decendents scattered all over the USA now. I need a birth date or a date of death if you have it for a few relatives.

            Judith Carolyn Hauser was born in Tell City, Perry County, in March, but I don't have the exact date or year. Her father was Robert William Hauser. Mother was Anna Cecelia (Lasher)Hauser. Siblings were Roberta Ann, Dorothy Louise, Mary Earletta, Regina Agnes, and Rebecca Sue. I also need death dates for Roberta who was married to Marvin Andrew Powell, and Mary who was married to John Paul Voges.
            I could also use some information on the marriages and divorces of Kevin Ray Dutschke. His parents are Kenneth Martin Dutschke and Dorothy Louise (Hauser) Dutschke Miller Sanders. (Kevin was born in Coquille Oregon June 27, 1964. He married Sandra (?) and later Terri (?). I do not have the women's maiden names or their birth or Sandra's death information, but would like to add it also. (I know Terri's birth date is March 17, but don't know the year, or place where her parents lived at the time, or her proper name or anything).
            Thank you for any help you can give me.

Rita J Mosby
8833 E CR 1000 N
Lamar, IN 47550
bbmosby@psci.net


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Query: Jeff Carmack/Mary Jane Arnett, Scott County


            I am looking for any info on Jeff Carmack/Carmichael. He was married to Mary Jane Arnett. Their children were Frances Arnett, Oma, and Willie. Frances Arnett is buried in the Scottsburg Cemetery, Scott County, and she was married to Floyd Finley.

Tanya Sebastian
345 Marrell St
Gallatin. T
N 37066
tnkeifer@hotmail.com


Query: Henry Pearson/Abigail Bradway, Union County


             I see on your website that you don't do research. But maybe you can tell me where to turn. I am looking for some information for a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) application for ancestors in Indiana, but their dates are before vital records were collected.

            My great great grandparents were Henry Steddom Pearson (or Pierson) and Abigail Bradway Pearson. They were married before they came to Indiana, but both died there - he in Union county and I assume she died there also. He died March 6, 1881 and she died July 7, 1872. I believe they were Quakers. I was looking for a death record, obituary, wills.

            Also, my great grandmother was born there to these parents. Her name was Frances Rosella Pearson, and she was born in Liberty, Union, Indiana, December 5, 1871.

            Thanks for any help you can give me.



Joyce Major

joyceamajor@gmail.com