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

IGS just delivered our latest scanning kit to 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.



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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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.


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:
[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, 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