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

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