Thursday, August 30, 2018

Query: James Brooks, Posey County

            I’m looking for any information regarding the death of my 2nd Great Grandfather James Brooks, who was born 1827 in Posey County.  I believe his death was around 1870 or so. His wife was Sarah Guthrie, 1833-1870. 

            James’ father was John L. Brooks, 1806-1880, and his wife was Elizabeth Reeder, 1809-1846. Any information about James’ death would be very helpful. Thank you.

Tim Brooks

7034 El Malabar Dr

Ventura, Ca. 93003

Query: Frank/Franz Rink, Aurora or Indianapolis, IN

             Hello. I am looking for information regarding my late grandfather's life at an orphanage in Indianapolis.  He and his two sisters I believe were orphaned by their father, Franz, Senior from Aurora, Indiana.

            If you have any archives regarding my Grandpa Frank (Franz) Rink's life, and whether or not his sisters were ever adopted, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Laura Rink 


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

IGS Wins Technology Award

The Indiana Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that it was awarded the Outstanding Society Technology Award from the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

The award recognizes "a tech-savvy FGS member society for its website, online presence, social networking, blog, or specific technology related project that provides examples and ideas from which other societies can benefit."

IGS received this award for its Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project, which helps Indiana non-profits digitize local records. In turn, these records are also made available for free on the IGS website.

You can find the free databases provided through this project on the IGS website. (Most are in the "County Records" section.)

If your organization has records that would be of benefit to Indiana genealogists, please review the Indiana Genealogy Digitization Project page to see how you can apply for a laptop, scanner, and other equipment.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

New Indiana Veterans Hall of Fame

You can honor your family's Indiana veterans by adding their information to the new Indiana Hall of Fame. There is a new building at 5360 Herbert Lord Road within Fort Harrison in Indianapolis. They also have memorial bricks available. Check it out!

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