Thursday, October 11, 2018

IGS Scanners Needed--Indianapolis Area, Oct. 18

IGS Scanning Volunteers Needed

For Hendricks County Probate Project

Thursday, October 18, 2018  10am to 4pm

GSMC Library, 9370 E. Washington St, Indianapolis
Some PC experience required; we will teach probate scanning details. Two to four-hour shifts.

Contact Project Co-Chair Ron Darrah;, 317-594-9786

Sunday, September 30, 2018

New Resource For Northern Indiana

 [The following news item came through the Society of Indiana Archivists Listserv.]

Colleagues: A great new resource available!

 George M. Pullman’s contribution to the annals of transportation in the United States is great. According to the Michigan City Indiana Public Library, Michigan City’s beginnings trace to Pullman-Standard, originally the Haskell & Barker Car Company founded in 1852.

 The Indiana University Northwest Calumet Regional Archives in Gary, IN holds a portion of Pullman-Standard records where volunteers have transcribed content from thousands of personnel records into spreadsheets

 Now, a project to digitize a portion of the Pullman-Standard Railroad Car Manufacturing Company Employee Personnel Records, Michigan City, IN Plant is underway. Although the records are not complete for the period 1912 - 1970, those digitized will benefit genealogists, historians, and scholars.

 This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library. The project also acknowledges the support of Indiana Memory where the digitized images will be available.



Alison Stankrauff

University Archivist

Wayne State University

Walter Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
5401 Cass Avenue

Detroit, Michigan 48202



Sunday, September 23, 2018

Hoosier Heritage Event, Floyd County, October 4

Hoosier History and Heritage Celebration

The public is invited to attend the annual “Hoosier History and Heritage Celebration” and meet the newest members of the “First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties Legacy Project” on October 4 at the Floyd County 4-H Fairgrounds Newlin Hall. A drop-in pioneer social will begin at 6 PM with local history and First Families displays and music by Indian Creek Bluegrass Band. The Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society will exhibit regional artifacts. Surveyor David Ruckman will show equipment used in retracing the Indiana Wilderness Road, a route used by early travelers of the territory. Attendees are welcome to dress as pioneers. Light refreshments will be served. 

At 7 PM, the Louisville Sons of the American Revolution Memorial Color Guard will open the formal program. New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan will officially proclaim “First Families of Floyd, Clark, and Harrison Counties in Indiana Day” and “Family History Month” in the city. Certificates will be awarded to the year’s honorees who have verified direct ancestors in the tri-county area before 1841. Presenters will be Daniel Bays, Harrison County historian; Jeanne Burke, Clark County historian, and Melissa Wiseheart, Floyd County genealogist.  

The First Families Legacy Project is cosponsored by the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society and the Floyd County Public Library Indiana Room. For more information about the Celebration or First Families, please visit or call Donna Kepley Foster at 812-923-3492.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Query: Lura May/John Lauby, Elkhart County

            I’m looking for information on and/or advice on how to go about researching my ancestry. My maternal great grandmother Lura May married John Lauby, and my grandmother Mary Lauby graduated from Washington Township School, Elkhart County, in 1917.

            This I know as fact, but I would like to know more and look further back if I can. Any assistance is appreciated.

Holly Mcelhiney

3205 Leslie Ct

Portsmouth VA 23703

Query: Minnie Florence Dixon, Posey County

Another "Historical-Genealogical" confusion; she sent it to the right place, though.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Query: Berenice Irene Martin, Parke County

            Berenice Irene Martin, born June 17, 1896 to John David Martin and Rose Ellen Roop Martin, was my maternal grandmother. Her mother died Sept.14, 1901, reportedly in an auto accident. Her father lived to 1910.

            Via, I find her with parents, sister Olus, grandmother and aunt living together in 1900 in Union township, Parke County. Next record of her is marriage in 1926, Detroit, Michigan. Her sister Olus born 8/22/93, worked as a house servant in 1910, married in 1914, all in Indiana.

            There were varied family stories from my mom, Berenice's daughter, as to her childhood. There was talk of an orphanage, so if you have any information you could share I hope to hear back from you.

 Trina Delany

Query: Mason Vermillion/Polly Cannon, Vigo County

             Many of my relatives come from the Vigo County towns of Terre Haute and a place called New Goshen.  The surname of these relatives are the Vermillion family.  My great-great- great-grandfather was Mason Vermillion and one of his wives was Polly Cannon.  Some of his brothers that were supposed to have been in that area were Reason, Cornelius, and William.  There may have been more. 

            I just want you to see in your records if the Vermillions in the 1800s lived there.  I realize that this request in the future may not be given to me without some fee that I may have to pay; but at least let me know if this family was in fact in that area in the 1800s around 1828 or so.

Robert Maxwell

263 South 2875 West

Cedar City, Utah 84720

Query: Samuel Briggs, Porter County

            I am researching an ancestor, Samuel Briggs, who died at the Porter County Poor Farm on 6/12/1895 and am looking for records of the residents from the facility. 

            I found a newspaper article that announced the death in the Indianapolis News on the 13th of June 1895 and the Indiana Archives gave me a patient log that listed Samuel Briggs and the date of his death.  I was hoping to find more detail about his admission and mention of next of kin. 

            Do you know if those records exist and if so where they would be kept? Thank you for your assistance.

Nancy Briggs Zehler

Saturday, September 1, 2018

New Free Databases for Jasper and Lake County

The Indiana Genealogical Society recently added 30 free databases that were contributed by recipients of our Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project, a project to give portable scanning kits worth $500 to qualified non-profit groups in Indiana.

Here are the recent additions:

Jasper County:

(Click here to use the Jasper County databases.)
Contributed by General Van Rensselaer Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution:
- Directory of students in Rensselaer schools (1878)
- Directory of teachers in Rensselaer Central schools (1969)
- Graduates of Fair Oaks High School, Union Township (1921)
- Graduates of Fair Oaks High School, Union Township (1929)
- Graduates of Fair Oaks High School, Union Township (1938)
- Graduates of Fair Oaks High School, Union Township (1941)
- Graduates of Fair Oaks High School, Union Township (1962)
- Graduates of Fair Oaks High School, Union Township (1965)
- Graduates of Rensselaer Central High School (1990)
- History of Brusnahan family (1935)
- History of First Presbyterian Church, Rensselaer (1847-1937)
- History of First Presbyterian Church, Rensselaer (1847-1947)
-  Students at Fair Oaks Public School, Union Township (1914)

Contributed by Jasper County Historical Society:
- Charter members of Jasper County Historical Society (1966)
- Graduates of Rose Bud School, Union Township (1911)
- Graduates of Rose Bud School, Union Township (1915)
- Graduates of Rose Bud School, Union Township (1916)
- Graduates of Rose Bud School, Union Township (1917)
- Graduates of Rose Bud School, Union Township (1920)
- History of Jasper, Benton and Newton counties (1929)
- History of Methodist churches
- History of Welsh Cemetery
- Members of Grand Army of the Republic in Rensselaer (1904)
- Selected members of St. Augustine's Church, Rensselaer (1897)
- Students & teachers of Rensselaer Graded School (1888)
- Students & teachers of Rensselaer Graded School (1890)

Lake County:

(Click here to use the Lake County databases.)
Contributed by Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society:
- Standard Oil Company Hospital, Whiting - register of patients admitted (1935-1945)
- Standard Oil Company Refinery, Whiting - selected employees (1931)
- Voters of Whiting (1946)
- Weddings mentioned in Whiting newspapers (1894-1946)

NOTE: The Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project is ongoing. Applications for the scanning kits are still being accepted. Click here for details.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Query: James Brooks, Posey County

            I’m looking for any information regarding the death of my 2nd Great Grandfather James Brooks, who was born 1827 in Posey County.  I believe his death was around 1870 or so. His wife was Sarah Guthrie, 1833-1870. 

            James’ father was John L. Brooks, 1806-1880, and his wife was Elizabeth Reeder, 1809-1846. Any information about James’ death would be very helpful. Thank you.

Tim Brooks

7034 El Malabar Dr

Ventura, Ca. 93003

Query: Frank/Franz Rink, Aurora or Indianapolis, IN

             Hello. I am looking for information regarding my late grandfather's life at an orphanage in Indianapolis.  He and his two sisters I believe were orphaned by their father, Franz, Senior from Aurora, Indiana.

            If you have any archives regarding my Grandpa Frank (Franz) Rink's life, and whether or not his sisters were ever adopted, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Laura Rink 


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

IGS Wins Technology Award

The Indiana Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that it was awarded the Outstanding Society Technology Award from the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

The award recognizes "a tech-savvy FGS member society for its website, online presence, social networking, blog, or specific technology related project that provides examples and ideas from which other societies can benefit."

IGS received this award for its Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project, which helps Indiana non-profits digitize local records. In turn, these records are also made available for free on the IGS website.

You can find the free databases provided through this project on the IGS website. (Most are in the "County Records" section.)

If your organization has records that would be of benefit to Indiana genealogists, please review the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project page to see how you can apply for a laptop, scanner, and other equipment.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

New Indiana Veterans Hall of Fame

You can honor your family's Indiana veterans by adding their information to the new Indiana Hall of Fame. There is a new building at 5360 Herbert Lord Road within Fort Harrison in Indianapolis. They also have memorial bricks available. Check it out!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Query: Ina Aurora/Amanda Dyer, Owen County

            I have been trying for some time to find the birth certificate for my grandmother, Ina Aurora/Amanda Dyer. According to my information, she was born in Vilas, Indiana which is in Owen County. Her date of birth was April 5, 1886. When she and my grandfather married in Athol, Idaho, on June 28, 1905, her name on the marriage application and the marriage certificate was Ina Aurora, not Ina Amanda as she was called most of her life.

            Her mother was Sarah Elizabeth (Sally) Neill/O’Neill (born 1854 in Indiana). Sally's family had deep ties to Indiana for many generations. Her father's name was Henry Edward Dyer (born 1849 in Virginia). Sally and Henry Edward had several children born in Vilas, Owen County, but I can't find any birth certificate information about any of them.

            I would appreciate any help you can give.

Trudy Handel

23395 0 Avenue

Langley, BC V2Z2X3 Canada

Query: Jesse Matthews/Alice Weddle, Jackson County

            I am looking for any and all information on Jesse Mathews (Matthews) and Alice Weddle. They were married in Jackson County, Indiana, on the 18th of November 1840.

Alicia Beauchamp

507 N Broadway St., Apt 4

New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Query: Mary Jane Branson Kiger, Delaware County

            I am trying to locate ANY certificates or validation about my 2 X great-grandparents.  I am particularly interested in finding documentation on Mary Jane Branson Kiger.  She is my path to proving that I am descended from Richard Warren of Mayflower fame.

            Names:  John Kiger b. approx. 1818 in Indiana d. 1882; married 19 Mar 1843 in Delaware Co., Indiana, to Mary Jane Branson b. approx. 1826 in Highland Co., Ohio d. between the 1870 and 1880 US Censuses. Family also in Grant, Randolph, Fountain Counties, Indiana

            Children: Rachel 1843-1900 (Friar); Mary 1845-1894 (Day); David 1850-; Nathan-1850-; Mathew 1854-1924; Charles 1860-1882; Samantha 1856-1887 (Mitchell). Thank you!

Vickie Toalson

7273 S Hidden Pond Lane

Columbia, MO 65203

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Query: Jeremiah Horan/Jerry Horn, White County

 Just getting back from Ireland. Couldn't find any more info, but I had found a death notice in Sept 1872 in the Monticello paper for a Jerry Horn.  Any chance there would be cemetery records there, possibly helping narrow down a birth date? Not sure what parish might have any records also


[Follow up for this September 2017 Query]

Looking for info on Jeremiah Horan. Died, remarried? Born around 1828 in Ireland; Was in the 1870 census in Monticello, White County, married to Ellen; Not in the 1880 census; she remarried a Michael McDonald. Would your databases have any more info than ?

Michael G Horan

687 Summer Top Cir.

Fenton, MO 63026

Query: Nancy Boyd Hern Kern, Lawrence County

I am having much difficulty finding proof for my 94-year-old mother's DAR application. She is Claribel Kern, born 1924 in Lawrence Co., IN. -DAR does not accept family history books or census records. I need to document that that Nancy Boyd Hurd Kern born 1801 in KY, wife of Alexander Kern, was the daughter of Revolutionary War patriot, John Boyd, born 1760 and/or his wife Ann Nancy Martin.

John Boyd and Nancy Boyd Kern are both buried in Lawrence County, but not in the same cemetery. - DAR says there were many John Boyds during those years and we must connect to this specific John Boyd. - There is a Boyd family Bible mentioned online, but I can't find it. Can you help?

Peggy Armstrong  Britton

3769 Lakeway Court

Addison, TX 75001

Query: Raymond Stump, St. Joseph County

I am looking for information on Raymond Stump, born 2 Jan 1894 and his son Grant Elmo Stump, born 24 April 1920.  They lived in St. Joseph County.

I am trying to get Grant's grandson documented to join the Sons of American Revolution.  I need the birth certificate of Grant and his marriage license.  Also any information you might have on the Stump family. Thank you for any help you are able to give to me.

Charlotte Chase

4230 5th Ave. SW

Naples, FL 3419

Query: Albert Bruner, Monroe County

Albert Ellsworth Bruner had children in Indiana, but I can’t seem to find them. Hester Bruner, Bloomington, Monroe Co; Frank, 1876

Shirley Brewer

Saturday, July 7, 2018

New Databases on the IGS Website

The Indiana Genealogical Society recently added 9 more databases to its website! (That brings the total to 2,167!) Here are the latest additions:

County Records:

  • Clark County - Henryville Phone Directory, 1952
  • Dearborn County - Tax List, 1842
  • Greene County - Tax List, 1843
  • Marshall County - Tax List, 1843
  • Noble County - Tax List, 1847
  • Starke County - Tax List, 1843

College Records:

  • Butler University - Graduates, 1934
  • Indiana University - Graduates, 1915
  • University of Notre Dame - Graduates, 1927 
These records are for IGS members. Not a member yet? Join today! You'll get access to all of IGS' databases, the IGS periodicals, and discounts on IGS events and products!)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Learn About the Midwest (and More!) at FGS Conference in Fort Wayne

IGS Proudly Sponsors Midwest Track at FGS 2018 Conference

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is having its annual conference in Fort Wayne, 22-25 August 2018. The Indiana Genealogical Society is proud to be the sponsor of the Midwest Research track on Thursday. Those sessions include:
  • "Indiana Genealogy: The Crossroads to America" by Melissa Tennant 
  • "Illinois Digital Resources" by Tina Beaird
  • "Mitten Roots: Family History Research in Michigan" by Kris Rzepczynski
  • "Midwestern Treasures on Ancestry" by Juliana Szucs. (This session is sponsored by Ancestry.)
Need more Midwest sessions? Here are the Midwest Research sessions on Friday and Saturday:
  • "Bibles, Beds and Bobbins: Early Indiana Laws" by Judy Russell
  • "Finding Treasures in the Hoosier Courthouse" by Michael Lacopo
  • "Buckeye Beginnings: An Introduction to Ohio Research" by Amy Johnson Crow
  • "Michigan Online: Tools for Genealogists" by Kris Rzepczynski
  • "Using Midwest Adjutant General Records in Your Military Research" by Tina Beaird
  • "'Hoosier Daddy?': Tales of a Reluctant Blogger and How Blogs Can Enhance Your Genealogical Research" by Michael Lacopo
  • "Using Indirect Evidence to Identify the Father of a Great Great Grandmother" by Jan Alpert 
  • "Clues in Missouri Migration" by Pamela Boyer Sayre
The Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference is open to anyone who is interested in improving their genealogy research. You do not need to be a member of any genealogy society to attend.

FGS 2018 has more than 100 sessions and workshops to choose from, for researchers of all skill and experience levels.

This year's conference will be at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, directly across the street from the Allen County Public Library. (The Genealogy Center in the library will have extended hours for conference attendees.)

Click here for more information about the FGS conference and to register. We'll see you in Fort Wayne!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

IGS Appoints New Benton County Genealogist

The Indiana Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that Latisha Provo has been appointed Benton County Genealogist. A former Deputy Clerk for Benton County, she is currently the Director at the Otterbein Public Library and is active in the Indiana Genealogical Society and the Benton County Historical Society. Her years of research and knowledge of public, courthouse, and library records have helped many in their quests to find the missing pieces in their family history. IGS welcomes Latisha to her new role as Benton County Genealogist.

She may be reached at 765-532-0445 or at email address

The Indiana Genealogical Society appoints qualified individuals to be an Indiana County Genealogist (ICG) for each of the 92 counties in Indiana. Indiana County Genealogists act as a liaison between the IGS District Director representing that area and the local societies and individuals in that county. You can find a full list of Indiana County Genealogists on the IGS website.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Query: Wilbur Ellis Jones, North Manchester

Trying to find my Great-Grandfather's data. His name was Wilbur Ellis Jones. He went to his grave and never told anyone in our family about his background.

We know he was born either 8/12/1891 or 1892. On the 1930 census he claims 1892 (possibly trying to cover up a pregnancy out of wedlock). A military record says he was born in N. Manchester, IN in 1891. Registered in Cassia County, ID.

He married Emma (Sater?); Children were Darrell, Muriel and Robert. 

Shelsea Weems


Query: Sarah Shively, Orange County

I'm looking for Shively Family Files, specifically a will linking Sarah "Sally" Shively to her father Henry "John Heinrich" Shively, who died 14 Jun 1842 and is buried on a farm outside Paoli, Orange County.  Sarah "Sally" was married to Michael Mavity, who died in Orange County in 1855. She died in Orange County in 1877.

These Family Files were used by a Colonial Dames XVIIC genealogist, who cited them on an approval of an application.

Carol Wiltbank

16555 NW 206th Drive

High Springs, FL

Query: Martha Susan Park Mann, Native American?

My paternal grandmother was Martha Susan Park Mann, DOB: June 1881, DOD: Dec 4 1916; Parents: John T. Park 1836-1010, Elizabeth Maria Baxter 1840-1921

All the information I have gleaned through shows she and her parents as being "white." I had always been told that she was 1/2 Native American. No tribe mentioned as this was not a good thing to confess. Do I just need to take a DNA test to verify information? I don't see that anyone on the census reports is listed as anything but "white"

Martha Mann Smith

2501 Horse Trail Road

Edmond, OK 73012

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wanted: WW1 Women's Defense Cards

     In 1917 the Woman's Section of the National Council of Defense ordered a survey of all women in the country.  Each state scheduled their own time for their survey.  Surveys are called by a variety of names such as census of women, volunteer cards, or registration of women.  Indiana has two counties which completed their surveys in April, 1918, using a card supplied by the Indiana State Council of Defense for the National Council of Defense.         The cards contain information about the woman's work skills, education, work outside the home, ability to read or speak a foreign language and a wide variety of additional information.  Two Indiana counties are currently known to have the registration cards:  Jasper County and Miami County.  The cards are in their county museums.

     Less than 50,000 of the cards are known to exist and an attempt is being made to identify more that are surely buried in courthouses, libraries, or museums.  We are also looking for information about local Council of Defense activities.  If you find cards in your area please contact Sue Caldwell, IGS Jasper County Genealogist, at

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Focus On: Michigan City, LaPorte County

If your family were mariners around Lake Michigan, you really need to visit this facility on the shore at Michigan City. In addition to lots of artifacts, they have a great collection of materials about the former residents of the lake area. It's a great place to take the family to look for the family!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Query: Susannah Emerson Anderson, Warren County

            Searching for "Normal School" records in about the 1890s for a student named Susannah Emerson Anderson, born in 1874, from Liberty, Warren County, Indiana.  The source for thinking she may have attended a normal school is in the 1900 Fed Census, where her occupation was "teacher'.

            Can you recommend place(s) where I can research student records, or normal school (in teaching) near Warren County, Indiana?  I'm finding a lot of historical writings about the normal schools, but no hint(s) of who the students were, or graduates.

Linda Duffield

PO Box 444

Orcas, WA 98280

Query: Samuel Williams, Franklin County

            Samuel Williams - Born in Tennessee - DOB - ?  DOD - ? Married - ?    I know of one son - George W. Williams, DOB - 2-14-1820  DOD - 6-9-1900 Born in Kentucky; Lived in Laurel, Franklin Co., IN, Married - Sarah Russell - 12-22-1842

            I am trying to locate information on Samuel Williams. Thank you for your help

Don Heeter

484 Timothy Drive

Richmond, IN 47374-1009