Saturday, July 22, 2017
There are now more than 1,000 probate files that have been digitized and made available for free on the IGS website.
Probate is more than just wills. It includes settlement of estates without a will, guardianships, adoptions, partition of land, etc. The images below is part of a guardianship record for Alice, Louisa, Samuel, and Harriet Adams, minor heirs of David B. Adams, deceased.
Keep checking the database, as more files are continually being added.
You should also see the other Hendricks County materials available on the IGS website.
Friday, July 21, 2017
When you are doing family history research in Ohio County, Indiana, be sure to stop in at the Museum shown below. They have lots of local history materials plus a good county genealogy collection. (Of course, a couple of casinos in driving distance doesn't hurt either!)
Friday, July 14, 2017
Here are the newest databases on the IGS website:
Free DatabasesClay County
- Graduates of Bowling Green High School (1924-1965). Contributed by Randi Richardson.
- Abstracts of Naturalization Records (1907-1918)
The following were all contributed by the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library.
- Bloomfield City Directory (1939).
- Bloomfield City Directory (1960)
- Graduates of Common Schools in Smith Township (1906)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1870)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1880)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1900)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1910)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1920)
- New Castle City Directory (1894). Contributed by East Central Indiana Genealogy Alliance.
- Index to Photographs in Yearbooks of Stinesville School (1929-1939). Contributed by Randi Richardson.
- Index to Plat Book for Johnson Township (1915). Contributed by Randi Richardson.
- Merom Phone Directory (1918). Contributed by Sullivan County Public Library.
Members-Only DatabasesThe following databases are available to IGS members. Not a member? Join today for access to these and more than 2000 other databases!
- Veterans of Spanish-American War. Contributed by Randi Richardson.
- History of the Cataract/Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal Church (1927)
- Marriage Records of Quakers in Washington County (1816-1920). Contributed by Randi Richardson.
You can find a list of all of the databases on the IGS website by clicking here. Be sure to explore!
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Indiana tax lists from the 1800s were based on how much property someone owned, usually real estate, but sometimes also personal property (such as livestock) if it reached a certain minimum value.
However, the federal taxes that were assessed during the Civil War focused on those who owned personal property such as a horse and wagon, or professionals such as doctors and lawyers who received a license from the state. As such, these federal assessment lists from the 1860s can give you insight into a different group of ancestors than those that were included on Indiana's property tax lists from the same period.
An 1862 federal tax assessment list for Johnson County, Indiana:
|Johnson County, Indiana federal tax assessment, 1862. Image courtesy Ancestry.com. Click here for full-size PDF (will open in new tab.)|
The National Archives has microfilmed these federal tax assessment lists. Indiana's portion covers 1862 through 1866. Digital images are available at both Ancestry.com (subscription required) and FamilySearch (free):
- Ancestry.com: U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918
- FamilySearch: United States Internal Assessment Lists, 1862-1874
For the FamilySearch database, you must browse the digital images; they are not yet indexed there. The records are arranged by state and then by county. Ancestry.com's database does have a searchable index, but if you also want to browse the digital images, be aware that they are arranged by state and then Congressional District, not by county. We have a table (PDF format) of Indiana's 92 counties and what Congressional District they were in from 1821 through 1911.
You might want to compare the quality/legibility of the digital images on the two sites. Here is the same Johnson County 1862 list, as viewed on FamilySearch:
|Johnson County, Indiana federal tax assessmet, 1862. Image courtesy FamilySearch. Click here for full-size PDF (will open in new tab).|
Monday, July 3, 2017
What is really gratifying to us is all of the groups who send in data files above and beyond the minimums required. The Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Library just sent in this file plus another and the Paoli Library also sent in an extra file the other day. Thanks much to both and to others from IGS. We're sure many researchers join us in saying, "Keep 'em coming, guys!"