Tuesday, October 31, 2017

New Databases on the IGS Site: Madison, Marshall, Monroe, Newton counties and more

Family History Month is drawing to a close, but we're not slowing down adding new databases to the IGS website! Here are the latest additions.

Free Databases

Madison County
- Directory of Businesses in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana (1930) (Contributed by Wayne Klusman)

Monroe County
- Index to Tax Duplicates for Monroe County, Indiana (1865)
This index was created from the original bound volume at the Monroe County History Center in Bloomington. It is one of only three bound volumes of tax duplicates in existence and the only volume prior to 1900. Contributed by Randi Richardson.

Orange County
- Index to Will Records for Orange County, Indiana (1892-1917)
An index of Orange County Will Book 3. Submitted by Randi Richardson.

Members-Only Databases

These databases are available to IGS members. If you're not a member yet, sign up and get access to these and more than 2,000 other Indiana genealogy databases!

Marshall County
- Students of Brick School, Marshall County, Indiana (1908).
This school was in West Township. Submitted by Meredith Thompson.

Monroe County
- African-Americans in Censuses of Monroe County, Indiana (1850-1870)
An index of all of the people listed as either black or mulatto in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 census for Monroe County. Submitted by Randi Richardson.

Newton County
- History of Brook, Newton County, Indiana (1916)
- History of Morocco, Newton County, Indiana (1916)
- History of Newton County, Indiana (1933) 

Steuben County
- Roster of Steuben Rangers, Indiana Legion, Angola, Steuben County, Indiana (1863)
- Roster of Turkey Creek Rangers, Indiana Legion, Salem Center, Steuben County, Indiana (1863)

Switzerland County
- Phone Directory of Patriot, Switzerland County, Indiana (1956) (Contributed by Meredith Thompson)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

IGS At ISL Saturday

Directors Lou Ann Clugh and Donna Adams joined Corresponding Secretary Ron Darrah in staffing the IGS table on Saturday for the State Library Genealogy Fair. A good time was had by all. IGS encourages all of the state's genealogy groups to reserve a free publicity table at the annual event.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

CCC Newsletters Online At State Library

The Civilian Conservation Corps employed thousands of Hoosiers during the 1930s. Nearly all the CCC camps in Indiana had newspapers/newsletters, and many of these are newly digitized at the Indiana State Library. 

ISL notes that they will be adding to the collection, so check back regularly! You can use the collection on the ISL website.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Query: Jesse and Elizabeth Preble, Orlean, IN

            I am interested in locating decedents of Jesse and Elizabeth Preble. Jesse was the son of Bernard and Elizabeth (Maddox) Preble (Pribble). They were living in Olean, IN, in 1833. Jesse was a child at the time.

            I have a book, The Memories of the Jesse and Elizabeth Preble Family, by Salvation Army Brigadier Harry Ulyat, born 1908. I would like to pass this book on to a descendant who is involved with the family genealogy. Thank you,

James Bouchard


Query: Adoption, 1926, Forrest Bales and Jeanette Pein

               How do I find a name of a child adopted in 1926. It is very important that we find the name of the child prior to his adoption This is in regards to my father. His mother/father that adopted him were Forrest Orval Bales and Jeanette Pein. 

               This is all the information I have on my father, but his mother, who I believe lost custody, was Viola Willoughby or Wade; she had many last names. She was not one who could truly be followed because of the names and so many changes in her birth year, but a census taken in the 30's shows that she was born in 1908.

               I pray you can help. She may have used a false name for the birth father.

Dr. Joan Lademan


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Focus On: Pike County

Congratulations to the Pike County Historical Society! They just received Digitization Kit #28 from IGS. We understand that several groups in that area now operate out of the Museum building, and that equals many volunteers to scan local documents. We look forward to seeing lots of excellent Pike County resources on our website--and all FREE to researchers!

Does your organization have Indiana genealogy materials that need digitized? Consider applying for a grant through IGS' Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project.  Your organization could receive a scanner, laptop computer, and related accessories to help you digitize those documents. Details are on the IGS website.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Query: Veternarians, Dearborn County

            I am doing genealogy research, and going back several generations, we had family in the Dearborn County area - Guilford to be specific. 

            Some information indicates that a great grand uncle was a Veterinary surgeon.  I have not been able to turn up much on him.  Is there a Indiana Veterinary Association with records going back to the early 1900's? Thanks.

Deana Ponso

1008 W. Bellamy Drive

Quincy, FL.  32351

Query: Caroline Ross, Greene County

            I am searching for the parents of my gr-gr grandmother, Caroline Ross, who was born in Jackson, Greene County, IN, on March 3, 1852 (according to her obituary).  I have a lead/theory based on census records but need some type of record to prove it.  I believe her mother was Martha E Ross, daughter of James P Ross and Rebecca (Miller) Ross. 

            I believe Caroline's father was Aquilla Edington (Eddington).  Caroline was born before Martha and Aquilla were married.  I do have a DNA match with an Edington descendant which possibly proves my theory.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your help.

Debbie Vandenbroek

8103 Cardiff Dr 

Dublin CA  94568

Monday, October 9, 2017

Focus On: Jasper County

IGS just delivered Digitization Kit #27 to the Jasper County Historical Society. Be on the lookout for lots more great resources out of that area--and be sure to visit their Museum in Rensselaer.

Does your organization have genealogical materials that need digitizing? IGS would love to help! Apply today for an Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project grant. Your group could receive a new laptop computer, flatbed scanner, and storage device. Details and application are on the IGS website.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ISL Genealogy Fair Returns on October 28

[Visit the IGS table at GenFair and let's chat. Member volunteers are requested to help spread the word. Email rdarrah@att.net to reserve a time. Thanks.]

The Indiana State Library will host the annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair in downtown Indianapolis. Admission is free and open to the general public. This year’s theme is “Sacrificing and Shaping the Future,” commemorating the Centennial of the Great War and examining military resources and history. 

Over 30 organizations and exhibitors will be in attendance.  Visit the tables in the exhibition hall to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations, and shop the commercial vendors.

Highly acclaimed, internationally known speakers and genealogy consultants, Kathleen Brandt and Katherine R. Willson, will present.

The following fabulous door prizes will be given away:

1 annual World Explorer individual membership to Ancestry

1 annual Fold3.com subscription

1 annual Newspapers.com Basic subscription

1 AncestryDNA kit

Visit the Events page for more information.  http://in.gov/library/events.htm