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

Query: Isaac Hardin, Perry County

            Seeking help from Perry & Dubois County, Indiana with the brick wall I have. I am attempting to join Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) with the patriot of Joshua Logan Younger, buried in Lawrence County, IN (Find-A-Grave 8850114). My connection is Isaac Hardin (Find-A-Grave 119974757), my 4th gg through his wife, Amelia Ann Younger (Find-A-Grave 119974782).

            They lived in Perry County, IN and died there just a couple of weeks apart in October 1839. I visited their graves several years ago and have also obtained a copy of Isaac’s will. Folklore has it that Amelia is the daughter of Joshua Logan Younger, however, I have been unable to find any proof. The DAR has no evidence of her being a child of his and there is no record of the marriage of Isaac and Amelia (although folklore has it in different counties in Kentucky). In working with a librarian, I find that there was not a newspaper in Perry County until around 1852.

            I was able to obtain a book that is held at the Tell City Library that indicates the above connection, however, there are no sources associated with the book, and therefore, it too is folklore. The book did indicate that Isaac and Amelia were Baptist. Although I am relatively sure that her last name was Younger, that too is up for discussion.

            Any assistance would be most appreciated!

 Lainie Franklin

719 NE Tudor Road, Apt 2

Lee's Summit, MO 64086

Query: Andrew P. Lee, Montgomery County

            Andrew P Lee, b. c 1804-1809 in Virginia, died 2 Aug 1865 in Willoughby, Butler, Iowa.

I'm looking for any Indiana biography or other information to help me locate his parents.

Indiana residencies per first marriage to Anna L (Reeves) Tracy 16 Oct 1841. Note: I already have their marriage record from Indiana Marriage Index 1800-1941.

            I'm looking for the spouse name of Andrew's possible 2nd marriage which supposedly ended in divorce. Montgomery County, IN per a tabled petition on Jan 19, 1848 for a divorce possibly from a Prudence (Moudy) Guinnup. Indiana State Archives (Keenan) states that tabled petitions are not maintained in the records and "There does not appear to be any other petition for divorce submitted to the General Assembly from Andrew P Lee."

            Also I was told in 1843 Indiana changed divorce laws to allow courts to grant. As suggested I checked with Montgomery Co Clerk's Office (Leah Denbo) and was told divorce for him was not found between Jan 19, 1848-October 23, 1848. He married another wife Melvina Hawk on 23 Oct 1848 in Vermillion County, Illinois. 1850 census finds him and this (2nd or 3rd) family in Delaware, Delaware County,IN. His occupation was a tailor.

            Children from 2 marriages were born in Montgomery County, IN Albert Lee (1842-d.1848), Asa Reeves Lee (1843-1875), Levonia Rebecca Lee (1846-1924) Waynetown, Montgomery, IN per her Civil War widow's pension. Wife Melvina (Hawk) Lee's 1st child was b. in IN. William P Lee (1849-), 6 more children were b. in Butler Co., Iowa.

            His 1st wife Anna L (Reeves) Tracy Lee d 29 Sep 29 1846. I'm looking for her death record and burial, possibly both in IN. She was widowed twice (Elisha Grenard; and John Tracy) before marrying Andrew P Lee. She is found in 1840 as the head of the house in Coal Creek, Montgomery, Indiana a year before her marriage to Andrew P Lee.

            I'd appreciate any help in finding Andrew's parents and Anna's death location and burial information. Thank you.

Rose Klix

2101 Cherokee Road, Unit 3

Johnson City, TN 37604

Query: Johanna/Jane C. Brandt, Marion County

            I am looking for more information about my 2xGrandmother and Lodge 236 Knights and Ladies of Honor during the period of 1879-1881--probably and more than likely 1880.  My 2xGrandmother was a member of that Lodge while she, Johanna (Jane) C. Brandt, her husband Frederick Ludwig Wilheim Brandt (Louis/Lewis Brandt-his occupation musician) and their family lived in Indianapolis during that time period, before moving back to Washington, DC., where my 2xGrandmother passed away in 1884. 

            It was mentioned in her obituary that she was a member of that lodge, which I believe she was a very proud member.  We have no information why they were in Indianapolis during that time and no pictures of her or her husband.  If, by chance there is more information of why they were living in Indianapolis or if there are pictures of the members of the lodge during that time and she/he are in in them, I would love to have one or find out how I can obtain one. 

             I would be appreciative of any information you could pass on to me. Thanking you in advance for your information and guidance,  that will answer my questions,

I remain gratefully yours,

Judy Schied

Sunday, May 13, 2018

IGS Conference Had Three Great Sessions By Joe Hardesty

As long as we are tossing compliments, we would be remiss if we did not mention our sessions by Joe Hardesty, Librarian at the SAR Library in Louisville. Joe's presentations on  Kentucky research were especially well received. Gentlemen (or those close to it!) might be interested in this event next month. You can thank Joe in person.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Kudos To The Clark County Museum Staff

We would like to toss a bouquet or two to the staff of the Clark County Museum in Jeffersonville. They hosted the IGS Seminar on Friday and really made us feel welcome. The Museum has an outstanding collection of Clark County materials and should be on your "Must-Visit" list when you are in the area. They also went the extra mile and arranged a great dinner for us at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The pastor of St. Paul's showed us the only church record book that survived the 1937 flood, and that really had Curt Witcher's eyes and ears perking up. So IGS wishes to express our appreciation for all the Clark County folks' hospitality. We were glad we came down to the river!

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)