Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Query: Benjamin Franklin Timmons, Clinton County

            Hi, I am trying to track down a reference on FindAGrave to "Brinkhoff Funeral Home records". I'm helping a DAR applicant find the records to verify her information.

            Specially looking for Benjamin Franklin Timmons 1817-1895 and his wife Sarah. Findagrave has them buried at the Manson Cemetery in Clinton County but no gravestone picture. I assume the stones have been lost to time but somehow these records exist somewhere.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Mary Pat Berry

PO Box 227

Port Tobacco, MD 20677

Query: William Linden Wilson, Howard County

             Can you find any record of Dr. William Linden Wilson (1860-1945) ever having lived in Kokomo or Howard County?  He and his entire family were born and raised and some died and were buried in Hamilton County.  However, my grandmother, Louva Otilla Wilson Baker (1888-1976), clearly remembered watching Elwood Haynes driving his 'horseless carriage' around Kokomo and how her teacher would let them go to the classroom window and watch.

            I only know that he went from Bakers Corner to Clarksville (Hamilton Co.) to Adams (Decatur Co.) and on to Scipio (Jennings Co.).  Nothing to substantiate if and when they lived in Kokomo.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Max Benson

603 Arbor Trail

Euless, TX 76039

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hendricks County Probate Project Update

The Indiana Genealogical Society, in partnership with the Hendricks County Clerk, the Town of Danville Clerk-Treasurer, and the Allen County Public Library, is working to digitize the Hendricks County probate records from 1824-1900.

There are now more than 1,000 probate files that have been digitized and made available for free on the IGS website.

Probate is more than just wills. It includes settlement of estates without a will, guardianships, adoptions, partition of land, etc.  The images below is part of a guardianship record for Alice, Louisa, Samuel, and Harriet Adams, minor heirs of David B. Adams, deceased.

Keep checking the database, as more files are continually being added.

Hendricks County, Indiana Probate - Guardianship

You should also see the other Hendricks County materials available on the IGS website.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Focus On: Ohio County

When you are doing family history research in Ohio County, Indiana, be sure to stop in at the Museum shown below. They have lots of local history materials plus a good county genealogy collection. (Of course, a couple of casinos in driving distance doesn't hurt either!)

Friday, July 14, 2017

IGS Website Now Has More Than 2000 Databases

The Indiana Genealogical Society recently hit a milestone. There are more than 2,000 databases on the IGS website! Each county has at least 8 database (most with many more), plus databases in the Military Records, Statewide Records, College Records, and IGS Records portions of the website.

Here are the newest databases on the IGS website:

Free Databases

Clay County
- Graduates of Bowling Green High School (1924-1965). Contributed by Randi Richardson.

Elkhart County
- Abstracts of Naturalization Records (1907-1918)

Greene County
The following were all contributed by the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library.

- Bloomfield City Directory (1939).
- Bloomfield City Directory (1960)
- Graduates of Common Schools in Smith Township (1906)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1870)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1880)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1900)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1910)
- Index to Census of Greene County Poor House (1920)

Henry County
- New Castle City Directory (1894). Contributed by East Central Indiana Genealogy Alliance.

Monroe County
- Index to Photographs in Yearbooks of Stinesville School (1929-1939). Contributed by Randi Richardson.

Scott County
- Index to Plat Book for Johnson Township (1915). Contributed by Randi Richardson.

Sullivan County
- Merom Phone Directory (1918). Contributed by Sullivan County Public Library.

Members-Only Databases

The following databases are available to IGS members. Not a member? Join today for access to these and more than 2000 other databases!
Monroe County
- Veterans of Spanish-American War. Contributed by Randi Richardson.

Putnam County
- History of the Cataract/Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal Church (1927)

Washington County
- Marriage Records of Quakers in Washington County (1816-1920). Contributed by Randi Richardson.

You can find a list of all of the databases on the IGS website by clicking here. Be sure to explore!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Research Tip: Federal Tax Assessment Lists

By July 1862 the federal government already faced mounting debts from fighting the Civil War. As a result, Congress passed the Internal Revenue Act, which imposed federal taxes on an individual's income, as well as on the purchase of many products and service.

Indiana tax lists from the 1800s were based on how much property someone owned, usually real estate, but sometimes also personal property (such as livestock) if it reached a certain minimum value.

However, the federal taxes that were assessed during the Civil War focused on those who owned personal property such as a horse and wagon, or professionals such as doctors and lawyers who received a license from the state. As such, these federal assessment lists from the 1860s can give you insight into a different group of ancestors than those that were included on Indiana's property tax lists from the same period.

An 1862 federal tax assessment list for Johnson County, Indiana:
Johnson County, Indiana federal tax assessment, 1862. Image courtesy Click here for full-size PDF (will open in new tab.)

The National Archives has microfilmed these federal tax assessment lists. Indiana's portion covers 1862 through 1866. Digital images are available at both (subscription required) and FamilySearch (free): 

For the FamilySearch database, you must browse the digital images; they are not yet indexed there. The records are arranged by state and then by county.'s database does have a searchable index, but if you also want to browse the digital images, be aware that they are arranged by state and then Congressional District, not by county. We have a table (PDF format) of Indiana's 92 counties and what Congressional District they were in from 1821 through 1911.

You might want to compare the quality/legibility of the digital images on the two sites. Here is the same Johnson County 1862 list, as viewed on FamilySearch:

Johnson County, Indiana federal tax assessmet, 1862. Image courtesy FamilySearch. Click here for full-size PDF (will open in new tab).
This article originally appeared in the Indiana Genealogical Society's free monthly email newsletter, Indiana News, which features news and information about Indiana genealogy. Click here to subscribe for free, so you can stay up-to-date and learn about Hoosier family history resources.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Digitization Kit #6: Bloomfield Sends Additional Files

What is really gratifying to us is all of the groups who send in data files above and beyond the minimums required. The Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Library just sent in this file plus another and the Paoli Library also sent in an extra file the other day. Thanks much to both and to others from IGS. We're sure many researchers join us in saying, "Keep 'em coming, guys!"