Showing posts with label military records. Show all posts
Showing posts with label military records. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Databases: Soldiers Home, CCC, Colleges, and More

The latest additions to the Indiana Genealogical Society's online databases have a little bit of everything -- veterans, Civilian Conservation Corps, colleges, and even some school employees. Let's take a look:

Free Databases:

Roster and Photos of Civilian Conservation Corps, Jasonville, Greene County, Indiana (1933)
Searchable digital images of the members of Company 522, Camp SP-3, from a booklet shared by Deborah Loveless. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a New Deal employment program that operated from 1933 to 1942. The aim, besides work relief, was to promote tree planting, park construction, flood control, forest fire prevention, and similar environmental tasks.

Employees of Indianapolis Public Schools, Marion County, Indiana (1889)
Searchable digital images of the names, positions and home addresses of all school employees, including janitors and employees of the Indianapolis Public Library. This database was contributed by Ron Darrah.

School Boundaries of Indianapolis Public Schools, Marion County, Indiana (1889)
Geographical descriptions of what school district each household in Indianapolis would have belonged to. This database was contributed by Ron Darrah.

Members Only Databases:

The following are in the Members-Only section of the Indiana Genealogical Society website. Not a member? Join now!

Cass County:
- Students of Logansport High School, Cass County, Indiana (1946)
775 students in grades 9-12, as listed in the school’s 1946 yearbook, “The Tattler.” This database also includes digital images.

Scott County:
- Students of Scottsburg High School, Scott County, Indiana (1964)
500 students in grades 9-12, as listed in the school's 1964 yearbook. This databases also includes digital images.

Vanderburgh County:
- Vanderburgh County Veterans at Indiana State Soldiers' Home, Lafayette, Indiana (1907-1908)
20 veterans and their wives/widows, as listed in annual reports of the Indiana State Soldiers’ Home. This database includes age, birthplace, details of the veteran’s military service and their disabilities.

Hanover College:
- Students of Hanover College, Hanover (1850-1866)
2,200 students, their hometowns and their subject of study, as compiled from the college’s annual catalogs.

Taylor University:
- Graduates of Taylor University, Upland (1942-1970)
3,300 students, their year of graduation and the degree they received, as compiled from the university’s annual catalogs.

Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 522, Jasonville, Indiana, 1933.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

IGS Now Has More Than 1,500 Databases!

The Indiana Genealogical Society is proud to announce that it now has more than 1,500 databases on its website at www.IndGenSoc.org! These databases are from all 92 counties, plus numerous statewide collections. Some are available to the public and others are accessible to IGS members only.

The newest databases are:

Free Database:

Adults Who Received Services from Indiana Board of Industrial Aid for the Blind (1915)
This databases includes 61 blind adults who received employment training, as listed in the board’s annual report for 1915. This database includes the adult’s county of residence and post office address.

Members-Only Databases:

Military Records:
- Veterans Who Died At Indiana State Soldiers Home, Lafayette, Indiana (1911-1912)
107 veterans and their wives who were residents at the state’s soldiers home, as listed in the home’s annual report for 1912. This database includes their date of death and details of the resident’s military service, plus whether they were away from the home at the time of their death.

Statewide Records:
- Students at Indiana School for the Blind, Indianapolis (1910-1911)
157 students at the state’s school for the blind, as listed in the school’s annual report for 1911. This database includes what grade the student was in, as well as their county, post office address, and the name of their parent or guardian.

Finding and Using the IGS Databases

Some of the IGS databases are available to the public for free. Others are available only to IGS members. (Not a member? Join today!)

There are different sections on the IGS website:

College Records: Records and yearbooks from various colleges and universities across Indiana, including Ball State, Butler, Indiana, Indiana State, Notre Dame, and Purdue (and many more).

County Records: Records that are specific to a county. There are databases for each of Indiana's 92 counties. They range from cemetery records, church records, mortality schedules, and high school yearbooks (and a lot more!)

IGS Records: Here's where you'll find the IGS Newsletter, the Indiana Genealogist quarterly, as well as research guides.

Military Records: Military records from across the state, including rosters from various wars and information about soldiers at the Indiana State Soldiers Home.

Statewide Records: These include items such as fraternal organizations, occupational records, records of the deaf and blind, orphans, and prisoners.


You can access these categories either by hovering on Members-Only Databases at the near the top of each page:




Or when you're on a section page, there is a list near the top of the page:

We encourage you to explore all of the resources on the IGS website!



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Indiana Veteran Enrollments, 1913-1922: A Hidden Gem

By Ron Darrah

The Indiana State Legislature passed law S. 113 on February 28, 1913 that required every township school trustee in the state to enumerate annually all veterans living in their district. The law was classified as an emergency measure for some unknown reason. This was a year before World War One started and four years before the U. S. entered. What emergency?

For the early years this meant veterans of the Mexican, Civil, and Spanish-American wars, plus anyone who served a term in the Army, Navy, or the Indiana National Guard. The later lists added World War I. The law was canceled in 1922.

The Indiana State Archives has seven 16mm rolls of microfilm containing filmed record cards that the trustees completed and turned in to the state. The cards, arranged alphabetically by county then by township and by year, contain some great information.

Some years are missing for various townships, so perhaps some trustees did not uniformly follow state law. Does that sound familiar?

The cards additionally list the veteran’s age, state from which served, the company, regiment, and battery, and a remarks column with varying notes. All of this information was as of May 1st of each year. The Indiana State Library does not have the film and the State Archives states that the Family History Library does not either.
Sample of a Veterans Enrollment record

(This article by Ron Darrah originally appeared in the IGS June 2010 Newsletter. It has been updated. If you'd like access to more articles like this, join the Indiana Genealogical Society. The newsletter is just one of the many member benefits!)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LaPorte County Genealogical Society To Discuss Military Symbols on Tombstones

The LaPorte County, Indiana Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday, November 11 at 7 pm at the LaPorte Parks Department Headquarters (250 Pine Lake Ave., LaPorte IN). In honor of Veterans Day, genealogist and author Patricia Gruse Harris will present a program on the various military symbols found in cemeteries and how to obtain information on an ancestor's military service.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Allen County Public Library To Discuss Fold3 Databases

The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne will hold a free class about the Fold3 site on Wednesday, May 14 from 3 to 4 pm in the library's Meeting Room A. Delia Bourne will show how to browse and search records in this premier collection of military records, newspapers, and city directories.

This class is free - please register by e-mailing Genealogy@ACPL.Info or calling (260) 421-1225. The class is part of a summer series, "Digital Discoveries" (download the brochure at www.genealogycenter.org/docs/digital2014). Upcoming classes will focus on Ancestry.com (June 11), FamilySearch (July 9) and NewspaperArchives (September 10).

Friday, May 2, 2014

South Bend Group To Discuss Fold3 Military Records Databases

Twigs from the Tree of Life, a genealogy group in South Bend, will discuss the Fold3 subscription site on Tuesday, May 25 at 7 pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church in South Bend (17195 Cleveland Rd., South Bend IN). Instructor Lisa Ellam (ellam.lisa@gmail.com) will discuss Fold3, which has the premier online collection of military records. The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag-folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans.

This meeting is free and the public is welcome.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

IGS Adds Database of 1922 Civilian Training Camp To Members-Only

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a database about Indiana residents who attended a civilian training camp in 1922 to the Military Records section of our Members Only area:

--Civilians in Training Course at Camp Knox, Kentucky (1922)

This is a premium database, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,270 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

IGS Adds 2 World War I Databases To Members-Only

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added 2 databases about Indiana soldiers in World War I to the Military Records section of our Members Only area:

--Personnel of Army Base Hospital 32 in World War I (1917-1918)
[Army Base Hospital 32 was formed in Indianapolis]

--Roster of 62nd Engineers in World War I (1918-1919)

These are premium databases, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,268 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Plainfield Library in Hendricks County Adds Access to Fold3

The Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library in Hendricks County now has a subscription to Fold3, one of the premier sites for military records. Researchers who visit the library's Indiana Room can access the site's collection of 429 million military records. NOTE: This subscription can also be accessed at home by those who have a Plainfield library card.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

IGS Adds Harrison County Early Veterans Burials Database To Members-Only

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a database of veterans of early wars buried in Harrison County to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Veterans of Early Wars Buried in Harrison County, Indiana

This is a premium database, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,189 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 4 databases.

Friday, October 11, 2013

IGS Adds 6 Databases for Southern Indiana To Members-Only

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added 6 databases about southern Indiana to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Early Teachers and School Officials of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana
--Early Settlers of Daviess County, Indiana
--Early Settlers and County Officials of Orange County, Indiana
--Early Teachers and School Officials of Spencer County, Indiana
--County Officials of Warrick County, Indiana (1813-1884)
--Early Military Service of Residents of Dubois County, Indiana

These are premium databases, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,152 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 4 databases.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

IGS Adds Free Database of Monroe County World War II Service Records

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a free database of some Monroe County World War II service records to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Index to Selected World War II Service Records for Monroe County, Indiana

This is a free database - no membership is required. It was contributed by Randi Richardson.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,136 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 4 databases.

Monday, September 9, 2013

IGS Adds Database of Monroe County Veterans' Graves To Members-Only

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added an index of the graves of Monroe County veterans to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Registration of Veterans' Graves in Monroe County, Indiana (1939)

ABOUT THIS DATABASE: In 1939, in an effort to aid people in the years following the Great Depression, the state government paid workers to identify and record information about veterans from various wars that were buried within the state. By the time the project was concluded several years later, information on the veterans' graves for 51 of Indiana’s 92 counties had been recorded on typed 3x5 cards, filed in alphabetical order by surname and separated by county. Those records, which total thousands of cards, are available at the Indiana State Archives.

This is a premium database, accessible only to IGS members. It was contributed by Randi Richardson.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,133 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 4 databases.

Monday, August 26, 2013

IGS Adds Free Databases of Monroe County Civil War & WWI Soldiers' Discharge Papers

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added 2 free databases about Monroe County soldiers' discharge papers to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Index to Civil War Soldiers' Discharge Papers for Monroe County, Indiana
--Index to World War I Soldiers' Discharge Papers for Monroe County, Indiana

These are free databases - no membership is necessary to view them. They are indexes of soldiers' discharge papers that are on microfilm at the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington. These databases are courtesy of Randi Richardson.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,116 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 4 databases.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Louisville To Host Veterans Oral History Workshop

The Sons of the American Revolution Genealogical Research Library in Louisville, Kentucky will hold a Veterans Oral History Workshop on Saturday, August 17 from 10 to 11 am. Ron Burkhart (Sgt. Maj. USMC Ret.) will show the procedures to conduct an oral history of veterans, with special emphasis on the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. This workshop is geared toward veterans, families of veterans, history teachers, students, and all those interested in oral histories.

Workshop registration is $5 (admission is free for SAR and DAR members, as well as for Friends of the SAR Library). For additional information, please contact Rae Ann Sauer - phone (502) 588-6130; e-mail rsauer@sar.org.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

FGS To Hold Free Webinars on Military Records

The Federation of Genealogical Societies will be holding 2 free webinars about military records:

  • Discovering Local & State Militia Records - Tuesday, July 16 at 8 pm Eastern. This webinar will be presented by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA and will discuss how to find records relating to local militia, which later became the National Guard.
  • Researching in the Post War Records of 1812 - Wednesday, August 7 at 8 pm Eastern. This webinar will be presented by Craig Scott, MA, CG and will discuss compiled military service records, pensions and other War of 1812 records created by the War Department.

These webinars are free to the public - for more information, including how to register, please see their blog post.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

IGS Adds Indiana Veterans in Nebraska Database To Members-Only

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a database about Indiana veterans who were living in Nebraska in 1887 to the Military Records section of our Members Only area:

--Indiana Veterans Living in Nebraska (1887)

This database includes over 1,500 Indiana veterans who served in the War of 1812, the Mexican War or the Civil War.

This is a premium database, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 983 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 4 databases.

Monday, February 4, 2013

IGS Adds 6 Premium Databases; Each County Now Has 4 Databases

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added 6 databases to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Directory of Teachers for Floyd County, Indiana (1936)
--Directory of Teachers for Martin County, Indiana (1936)
--Military Service of Residents of Owen County, Indiana (1775-1848)
--Early Settlers of Jay County and Randolph County, Indiana
--Early Settlers of Spencer County, Indiana
--Selected Residents of Warrick County, Indiana (1881)

These are all premium databases, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 970 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties now has at least 4 databases.

Friday, July 20, 2012

IGS Adds Free Porter County WWII Databases

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added free databases about the World War II service of Porter County residents to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Residents of Porter County, Indiana On World War II Honor Roll
--Residents of Porter County, Indiana Who Served In World War II

These databases are courtesy of the Porter County Public Library. They are free to the public - no membership is needed in order to view them.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 846 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 3 databases.

Friday, July 6, 2012

IGS Adds Soldiers Home Database To Members-Only

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a database about the Indiana State Soldiers Home to the Military Records section of our Members Only area:

--Veterans Who Died At Indiana State Soldiers Home, Lafayette, Indiana (1916-1917)

This is a premium database, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 830 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 3 databases.