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.