Saturday, April 14, 2018

Query: Ralph Chapman Kneisley, LaPorte County

            I read an article from the La Porte County Genealogy Society subject being Indentures of Apprenticeship. There is no way to contact this society and they may not exist anymore for me to research. The subject in the article was written by Harold Henderson.

            The segment of the article of interest to me is locating MR Book 5/207. I called St Joseph Archives and they were of no help. Can you be of assistance? The segment is:

(1) Indenture of Apprenticeship, (2) Ralph Chapman KNEISLEY, (3) 02 September 1899, (4) Between Melissa KNEISLEY of Walkerton, St. Joseph Co. (mother of child) and Jacob KNEISLEY, La Porte County, (5) Child was born 21 November 1885. In effect until child is 21 years of

age and said child is to be given one hundred dollars in cash, (6) Before Mortimer NYE, Notary Public.

            Can someone contact me about this Indenture? Thanks.

Ralph Kneisley

736 Holston Creek Church Road

Inman SC  29349

Query: Wesley Henderson Swift, Delaware/Madison County

            I have run into a little mystery in regards to my family tree and I was wondering if you could help me shed some light on it.

            Matthew Swift married Hannah Secrist Jones on 2/14/1873.  From what I have gathered in my research, they got a divorce sometime between 1873 and 1880. Hannah remarried on 9/27/1880 to a Theophilis Neely in Michigan.  In the 1880 census it shows Matthew Swift and his father Malachi Swift boarding with a family named the Tuttles in Yorktown, Indiana, and they were both listed as widowed and Matthew was listed as having no children.

            The mystery begins here:  On 3/7/1883, Wesley Henderson Swift was born (cannot find an official birth certificate).  On 11/27/1886 Matthew Swift married Mary Elizabeth Blevins/Blevans/Blevens (not sure on official name spelling).  This marriage took place 3 years after Wesley was born.  

            All documents that I find show Mary as Wesley's mother.  So, did Matthew and Mary have Wesley out of wedlock and were living together for 3 years prior to their marriage?   Or did Matthew have Wesley with another woman that I cannot find?  Or did Mary have Wesley with another man and Matthew adopted Wesley and give him the last name of Swift?  

            All of the events listed above occurred in Delaware County and/or Madison County.  An official birth certificate or christening for Wesley Henderson Swift listing the parents name would help out tremendously.  Also, if you could help me find out how Mary Elizabeth Blevins/Blevans/Blevens last name is spelled would be a help as well.  If Matthew was married to another woman between his marriages to Hannah Secrist Jones and Mary Elizabeth Blevins/Blevans/Blevens, who was she and how did she die?

            Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Christopher Swift

IGS Member since 2018

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Query: Ray Stucker and Anna Young, Jefferson County

            Seeking marriage and divorce records for Ray Stucker and Anna Young in Jefferson County, Indiana. I know that they were married more than once. I am their son and didn't grow up with them.

Calvin Stucker

750 E Ohio St., Apt 10

Jasonville, Indiana 47438

Saturday, March 31, 2018

IGS Elects New Directors

The Indiana Genealogical Society recently held elections for the directors of the Central districts. The results are:

East Central District (representing Delaware, Hancock, Henry, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, and Wayne counties): Corasue Hatton

Central District (representing Boone, Clinton, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Tipton counties): Darlene Anderson

West Central District (representing Clay, Fountain, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Vermillion, and Vigo counties): Maggie Champion

The directors will be inducted at the IGS Annual Conference in New Albany on April 28. They will serve 3-year terms.

IGS would like to thank Nichelle Hayes for her service as Central District Director.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Query: Artemisia Richards, Fayette County, IN

            I am searching for the parents of Artemisia/Artemacy Richards, born Aug. 25, 1801 VA; married Isaac Miller Oct. 24, 1822, Connersville, Fayette, IN.

            She died Oct 17, 1869, in New London, Henry County, IA.; Burge Cemetery, FAG #6465575.

Karen Peery

3705 Cory Ave.

Kiron, IA. 51448

Query: Noah Dewey, Elkhart County, IN

            Seeking parents for Noah DEWEY b-1 Feb 1793 in Vermont, USA; d-1 Oct 1854 in Benton, Elkhart, Indiana. Married 5 Feb 1816 in Oneida, NY to Hannah WIGGINS b- 1792 in New York and died 6 Feb 1872 in Benton, Elkhart, Indiana, USA.

            The “Life of Rear Admiral George DEWEY,” suggests he may be the son of Noah 2nd DEWEY born 8 July 1734 in Lebanon, Conn.

Linda L. Allgood

6490 Cedar Creek Way

Farmington, NY 14425

Query: Spencer Eytcheson, New Harmony, IN

             Spencer Turpin Eytcheson, born 1852 in New Harmony, Indiana; Married Minnie Anderson from Indiana. At some point they moved to Wisconsin and eventually to Saskatchewan, Canada.         Who were their parents and where did they come from? Did they own property in Indiana?

Deryl Henderson

3035 Seton Cres

Prince George B.C. Canada V2K 4T7

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Indiana Librarians Can Earn LEUs at IGS Annual Conference

The Indiana State Library has approved Library Education Units (LEU) and Technology Library Education Units (TLEU) for Indiana library professionals at the Indiana Genealogical Society’s 2018 conference on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Indiana University Southeast campus in New Albany, Indiana.

The sessions approved for Library Education Units are:
  • The New York Gateway: Immigration, Emigration and Migration, presented by Jane Wilcox (1 LEU)
  • A Tale of Woe: An Eighteenth Century Woman’s Story Using Original and Authored Sources, presented by Jane Wilcox (1 LEU) 
  • The Kentucky Vital Records Law, presented by Joe Hardesty (1 LEU) 
  • New York City and State Government Vital Records and Alternatives, presented by Jane Wilcox (1 LEU) 
  • Finding American Women’s Voices through the Centuries: Letters, Journals, Newspapers, and Court Records, presented by Jane Wilcox (1 LEU) 

The sessions approved for Technology Library Education Units are:
  • Researching Your Kentucky Civil War Ancestors, presented by Joe Hardesty (1 TLEU) 
  • The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center: Update on Collections and Access, presented by Curt Witcher (1 TLEU) 
  • Researching in the Sons of the American Revolution Library, presented by Joe Hardesty (1 TLEU) 

Registration for the conference can be made on the Indiana Genealogical Society’s website at

Saturday, March 10, 2018

New Databases on the IGS Website: 6 Counties and 4 Universities

The number of databases on the Indiana Genealogical Society's website continues to grow — which means more opportunities to find your ancestors! Check out the latest additions.

Note: All of these are members-only databases. If you're not yet an IGS member, join today! You'll get access to more than 2100 databases, plus IGS publications including Indiana Genealogist, and discounts on IGS events including the annual conference.

County Records:

Boone County:
- Township schools graduates (1913)

Elkhart County:
- Elkhart High School students & teachers (1923); alumni (1922)

Fountain County:
- Veedersburg High School students & teachers (1928)

Jefferson County:
- Madison High School students & teachers (1950)

Tipton County:
- Windfall High School students & teachers (1923)

Wayne County:
- Hagerstown High School students & teachers (1944)

College Records:

Franklin College, Franklin
- Students (1943)

Indiana University, Bloomington
- Graduates (1910)

Purdue University, West Lafayette
- Graduates (1912)

Tri-State College, Angola
- Graduates (1917). NOTE: Tri-State College later changed its name to Trine University.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Can Your Society Use A Free Mobile Scanning Kit?

Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project

       The Indiana Genealogical Society announces the continuation of the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project, which consists of the following--

                Part One: IGS will present to Indiana non-profit organizations desiring to  engage in the digitization of local records, a portable scanning kit, consisting of a PC laptop computer, a flatbed scanner, a suitable carrying case, and necessary cables, software, and digital storage devices.

                Part Two: IGS will present, at the option of the receiving group, a workshop in the use of and the procedures for the project.

                Part Three: The local non-profit group selected for the Project will, within six months of receiving the scanning kit, deliver to IGS five digital databases for IGS to install in the free area of the IGS website. These databases shall meet the following specifications—

                a. Submitted databases shall be in TIF/PDF files of a minimum 300 dpi. Alternate formats shall be arranged before submission to IGS.

                b. Submitted databases shall be records that are in the public domain, or that shall have the copy holder’s signed permission for IGS to post online. Preferred submissions shall be records from 1945 and older and preferably records that have not been previously digitized. The local non-profit group shall assume responsibility for meeting this stipulation.

                c. The local non-profit group shall agree that IGS can post the databases in the FREE area of the IGS website. The local groups can use the same databases at their option. All submitted databases shall include a brief introductory section explaining the origin/source of the information.

                d. Databases shall be submitted to IGS via email attachments (if size permits), mailed CD or flash drives. These last will be returned, if desired.

                Part Four: After the local non-profit group furnishes IGS with the five required databases, the scanning kit becomes the property of the local nonprofit group. IGS hopes that the local groups will continue to digitize additional local genealogy records, but this is not a formal condition of award.

Go to the IGS website at,

select the Projects tab and then Digitizations.

Apply now! You'll be glad you did!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Query: Stefan Arch, Austria & Indiana

            My great grant uncle Stefan Arch was born 9 June 1881 in Ploesch, Gottschee, Austria.

He was naturalized on 9 May 1916, in Indiana, USA.

            I would like to find out more about him and his descendants. Could you help me please. Thank you. Kind regards

Mrs. Brunhilde Dorbecker (nee Arch)

803 Summervilles Rd

Thora via Bellingen, 2454 NSW, Australia

Query: Rulo & Edna Conrad, Kokomo, Indiana

            Looking for information on Rulo Conrad and his wife Edna,  whom I believe was the founder of Kokomo Bale Ties.  Any info appreciated.  Thank you.

Betty Schanne

34 Maidstone Place

Southampton, NJ 08088

Query: James Fields & Mary King, Gibson County

            I am looking for information on 2nd g-grandparents James Fields (b: Indiana 25 Mar 1831, d: Illinois 21 Feb 1868) and Mary King (b: abt 1834 Indiana, d: bef 1888 Illinois) 

            They were married in Gibson County, IN, on 29 Aug 1852, and moved to Wayne County, Illinois soon after. 

             I am looking for the names of their parents or other family members.  I believe their first daughter Sarah was born in Indiana in 1854. Thanks

Ken Fields

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New Databases: 11 Indiana Counties

The Indiana Genealogical Society website now has 2,101 databases, including at least 9 databases for each of Indiana's 92 counties. Here are latest the premium databases (accessible only to IGS members) that we've added.

County Records: 

Cass County 
- Logansport High School students & teachers (1925)

Grant County 
- Rigdon Methodist Church history (1857-1957)

Jefferson County 
 - Hanover phone directory (1951)

Kosciusko County
- Clay Township District School 6 students (1901)

Lawrence County 
- Students and teachers grades 1-12 in Oolitic schools (1950)

Madison County 
- Anderson High School graduates (1955)

Porter County
- Valparaiso High School students (1910)

Putnam County 
- Cloverdale High School graduates (1959)

Rush County 
- Rushville High School seniors (1933)

Switzerland County 
- Vevay phone directory (1956)

Tippecanoe County 
- Battle Ground High School students & teachers (1924); alumni (1896-1923)

IGS members can access these and all of the other databases by logging in. Not a member? Join today! You'll enjoy access to more than 2,100 databases, discounts on IGS conference registration, and more!

11th grade, Logansport High School, 1925.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Query: Queen Family, Daviess County

            My name is Melissa Queen and I am a History Graduate student (and full time high school history teacher) at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. As I approached the end of my graduate courses, I decided to take a genealogy course titled “The Story of My Family” with Dr. Sarah Fanning.

            I have utilized a wide variety of sources to trace my family history all the way back to the Revolutionary era, but the story that caught my attention begins in  Indiana. The story of my disowned great aunt Elva Elizabeth Queen. 

            That being said I was wondering if your society could point me in the right direction of gaining the birth, marriage, or death records of my relatives. Since my location is in Texas, a physical visit in to the archives or records isn’t possible at the moment, any assistance you could provide would be much obliged. Thank you so much for your time and efforts!

            Below is a list of the family members I am seeking records for further assistance: (** most vital)

Sarah Jane Andis (Sarah Jane Queen/Sarah Jane Shrout/Sarah Jane Holt) - March 9, 1858 (died in Oklahoma)

**Melvin Jacob Queen - November 19, 1887 - Odon, Daviess County, Indiana (died Ft.Worth, Texas)

**Elva Elizabeth Queen - September 15, 1884 - Epsom, Daviess County, Indiana (died in Ada, Idaho)

James C. Queen - March 27, 1860 (born in Martin Indiana) - Died Daviess County, April 8, 1931

Query: Reuben and Pricilla Ventes, Orange County

            I need the Marriage Record for:

Reuben Ventes and Pricilla (in 1830 Orange County, Indiana Census with 4 persons under 20.)

Reuben Ventis (Ventes), born 1800 Virginia

Pricilla Ventis, born 1820 (maiden name unknown)

Doris R. Martinson

Knox County Archives, Manager & Archivist

500 West Church Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37902

Query: Judkins James, Koscuisko County

            I'm searching for Judkins JAMES. I'm trying to find out when he was born, died & where buried & any other info on him. I hope you can help me with my brick wall.

    Here's what I have:

    Judkins JAMES b: abt 1830, OH - Civil War 74th Indiana Regiment Company K, Enrolled at Warsaw, IN 18 Aug 1862, Discharged at Indianapolis, IN 21 Jun 1863, Disability - Married: Mary BASS (my 3rd Great G-ma), she married a 2nd time to Theodore Louis CUMMINGS 22 May 1869, Kosciusko Co., IN,(known) Children of Judkins & Mary are Martha J. & Angeline JAMES. 

            I have searched all records here in Kosciusko Co, IN & haven't found much on Judkins JAMES. What I have found is on my public tree on Ancestry: Tristen A Barr Family Tree. I'll be glad to send a check to help cover expenses & your time. Thank you so much & have a great day.

              I’m a  volunteer at Kosciusko County Indiana Historical Society, so if you need any help researching here in Kosciusko Co., IN I can help.

Mary Kester

Thursday, February 8, 2018

New Free Databases: Civil War, plus 8 Counties

Through the Indiana Genealogical Society's Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project, organizations from around the state have digitized materials and made them available for free on the IGS website. Here are the latest additions.

Civil War

All of these were contributed by the General Van Rensselaer Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
- Grand Army of the Republic Annual Encampment (1917)
- Grand Army of the Republic Members Who Died in Indiana (1916)
- Grand Army of the Republic Officers in Indiana (1923)
- Grand Army of the Republic Officers in Indiana (1925)
NOTE: The GAR was an organization of honorably discharged Union veterans.

Clay County

Both of these were contributed by the Clay County Genealogical Society.
- City Directory of Brazil, Clay County, Indiana (1904)
- Directory of Landowners in Clay County, Indiana (1904)

Fountain County

This yearbook was contributed by the Covington-Veedersburg Public Library.
- Yearbook of Covington High School, Fountain County (1939) 

Hancock County

This yearbook was contributed by the East Central Indiana Genealogy Alliance.
- Yearbook of Charlottesville Schools, Hancock County (1950)

Henry County

This yearbook was contributed by the East Central Indiana Genealogy Alliance.
- Yearbook of New Castle High School, Henry County, Indiana (1933)

Lake County

This book was contributed by the Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society.
- Members of American Legion Auxillary, Whiting, Lake County, Indiana (1938)

Morgan County

This yearbook was contributed by Ten O'Clock Treaty Line Museum.
- Yearbook of Martinsville High School, Morgan County (1909)

Orange County

These listings were contributed by the Paoli Public Library.
- Members of Newton Stewart Homecoming Association (1943)
- Members of Newton Stewart Homecoming Association (1945)

Parke County

These yearbooks were contributed by the Parke County Historical Society.
- Yearbook of Montezuma High School, Parke County (1929)
- Yearbook of Montezuma High School, Parke County (1930)
- Yearbook of Montezuma High School, Parke County (1939)

Does your library, archive, museum, or society have genealogical materials like these that need digitized? Consider applying for an Indiana Genealogy Digitization grant, which includes a laptop computer, scanner, and related accessories. Details and application form can be found on the IGS website.

New databases, including these football players from New Castle High School in Henry County, 1933.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Seeking Nominations for IGS Central Districts

Are you a member of the Indiana Genealogical Society? Do you want to help IGS achieve its goals of helping people discover their Hoosier roots and helping preserve Indiana genealogy? If so, consider running for the IGS Board of Directors.

In 2018, IGS will elect the directors for the central districts:
  • West Central (Clay, Fountain, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Vermillion, and Vigo counties)
  • Central (Boone, Clinton, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Tipton counties)
  • East Central (Delaware, Hancock, Henry, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, and Wayne counties)
The District Directors are elected for a 3 year term and represent the counties in their district. They attend the quarterly board meetings. They prepare a report for the board and coordinate with the county genealogists in their district to report on the activities in their district and act as a liaison between the board and the counties.

If you are interested in serving on the IGS board, please contact IGS President Rhonda Stoffer at

Query: Death Certificates, Wabash County

            Where do I write to acquire a 1877 death certificate. The person died in Wabash, Wabash County. Thank you

K. Joan Benoit

58 Belmont Avenue

Pointe Claire, Quebec H9R 2N3


Query: Julia A. Orchard, Boone/Clinton Counties

            I am looking to find information on Julia A. Orchard. Born abt 1834 in Indiana.  She died 24 Nov 1873- I believe but could be wrong.  As of the 1870 Federal census, she, her husband William F. Cooley, and children James M., Eliza "Lydia", William D., Thomas A., John Henry, Oliver P., Frank E. and Story Wilbur were living in Sugar Creek, Boone County, Indiana.

            By 1880 census her husband and most of their children are in Perry, Clinton, Indiana, but, her husband is marked as divorced. I am trying to locate any information on her.  She is my "brick wall".  Thank you for any assistance or advice you can provide.

Erin Muscarella

8416 Woodward Street

Savage, MD 20768

Thursday, January 25, 2018

New Databases: Resources for 11 Different Counties

Have you seen the latest databases added to the Indiana Genealogical Society's website? There are now 2,085 databases, with at least 9 for each county. Here are the latest.

Note: All of the databases listed below are available to IGS members. Not a member? Join today!

County Records

Click here to log in and access all of the County Records databases on the IGS website.
Decatur County - Westport phone directory (1945)

Delaware County - Harrison Township common schools graduates (1912) and teachers (1912) (NOTE: A common school went up to 8th grade.)

Jefferson County - index to 1860 mortality schedule

Johnson County - index to 1860 mortality schedule

Lake County - index to 1860 mortality schedule

Marion County - divorce cases filed (1927-1928). NOTE: The database now covers 1927-1932

Miami County - index to 1860 mortality schedule

Montgomery County - Crawfordsville High School graduates (1930)

Perry County - index to 1860 mortality schedule

Vermillion County - Clinton High School graduates (1940) and teachers (1940)

Vigo County - West Terre Haute High School graduates (1935)

College Records

Click here to log in and access all of the College Records available on the IGS website.

Earlham College, Richmond - graduates (1949)