Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Have A Civil War Pension File Stashed Away?

If you are like hundreds of Indiana genealogists, sometime in the past you have ordered a Civil War Pension file from the National Archives for an ancestor of yours. After you squeezed all your family info out of it, did you put it away in an envelope or folder and never looked at it again? Yeah, me, too.
How would you like to share that file (that probably cost you a mint!) and help other researchers working on their relatives? You might even discover a relative yourself.
IGS recommends that you dig out that dusty file and send it--original, printed copy, or digital file--to the Allen County Public Library, so they can put it on the below page of their website.
Go to, then tab Databases, tab Free Databases, tab Our Military Heritage. See "Share Materials" at the bottom right? Select that link and follow the directions. Easy as pie and thankyouverymuch!
                               [ACPL says 300 dpi TIFF images work the best.]

[Actually, you can share all kinds of military records here; spend a little time looking around and see what you might have that someone else could use. Maybe there's even something that you can use!!]

Sunday, January 27, 2019

State Archives WW1 Project: Work From Home!

If you have a few spare hours and want to increase Indiana's World War One online resources, go to and sign up to work from home at your own pace. Did your ancestor march and sing "It's A Long Way To Tipperary?"

Monday, January 21, 2019

Query: Harold Boak, 37th Infantry, WW1 (Indianapolis)


            I met a veteran and his wife in 1979 and 1984 in my hometown Tielt, Belgium. Four years occupied by the German HQ 4OAK Oct 1914-Oct 1918.The 37th Division entered Tielt in Oct 28 1918. Harold Boak was here at 11 Nov 1918. The first gas attacks were ordered from Tielt in 1915.

            I adopted a grave of Capt.  Erb in 2014. Mr. Timman, genealogist from Newark, helped me; also Donna Work from Norwalk. Corey Stewart from the National Archives helped me too. I met her in Waregem near Flanders Field US WWI in 2016. I met also Jody Champagne in 2016.

            Harold Boak is on the left corner with a painting of the castle of Olsene he brought back in 1979. Fifteen American soldiers were buried in Tielt until June 6, 1919. Five among them lies at Flanders Field. Also E Bozenhart. I met regularly Jeff Cameron. His great uncle Ernest Bozenhart died in Tiet;  112th Sanitary Train.

            In 1979 I was just married and at that time I was not especially interested in WWI. In the last 5 years I met journalists to bring the activities of the 37th Div into their attention. They passed by Tielt and his region for the End Offensive from Oct 31, 1918.

            Now I  search for a picture of Harold Boak as a soldier. His files at the National Archives are damaged by water by a fire.

            Can you find the grandson of Harold? His son Jack died probably in 1990. His second wife Lora stayed sometimes by her family in Indianapolis. I have their letters from 1978 until 1990. Thank you very much. (at FB  0496965636walk. Donna?)

Godfried Claerhout

(retired postmaster)

Steenovenstraat 69

B8700 Tielt, Belgium

Query: Michael & Rebecca Healy, Clinton County

             Searching for death and burial record (of any kind) for Michael & Rebecca (Price) Healy @ 1866-1868 in Clinton County, Indiana, possibly Sugarcreek Township. Surviving minor son, Spencer, raised by guardian (Rebecca’s brother - William Price). Surviving minor daughter (Nora Christina) raised by another family, as recorded in 1870 census.

            Guardianship, marriage and land purchase documents found in Clinton County courthouse records.

Jack Healey

217 Meadow Run Loop

Foley, AL 36535

Thursday, January 10, 2019

IGS Scanner Training, Monday, Jan 14

Indiana Genealogical Society 

Scanner Training Session

Monday, January 14  10am to 2pm

Genealogical Society of Marion County Library

9370 E. Washington St, Indianapolis

Learn Archival-Quality Scanning Using Original Probate Records

RSVP By Sunday Evening to

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Query: Charles Murtain Babcock, Noble County

            I am trying to track down the parents of my great-grandfather, Charles Murtain Babcock. He was born in July 1852 in Noble County but, apparently, both of his parents died shortly thereafter.  

            According to “Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan, 1893:  "Charles M. Babcock was born July 17, 1852, in Noble County, Indiana, but . . .  The parents of Mr. Babcock died when he was a few weeks old, and then the helpless little one was given into the tender care of Mr. and Mrs. Erastus Harlow, who were to him as parents."

            According to “Counties of Whitley and Noble, Indiana: Historical and Biographical,” a Mr. Babcock was one of the first teachers at the school in Northport.  I'm wondering if he was Charles Murtain Babcock's father. I have no idea if he was married, however.

            Any assistance you can offer would be deeply appreciated.

Jim Martin-Schramm

Professor of Religion

Luther College

Decorah, IA  52101

(563) 387-1251 

Query: James/John Arbuckle, Rush/Bartholomew Counties

            Looking for records/documents proving "family connection" between father-JAMES ARBUCKLE (wife-Susannah Bland) & son-JOHN ARBUCKLE (wife- Margaret Mary Stucker). Any help in obtaining records stating father/son relationship would be greatly appreciated: church records, James's probate/will intestate & probate packet, land deeds, newspaper, etc.

            JAMES Arbuckle - b. abt. 1766 Augusta Co, VA; d. Jan. 1, 1845 Rush Co, IN; bur. Homer, Rush Co., IN- Hurst Cemetery.; (wife- Susannah Bland)

            JOHN Arbuckle- b. abt. 1791, Franklin Co, KY; d.  Nov. 26, 1853 Haw Creek, Bartholomew Co, IN; bur. Hartsville Bapt. Cemetery. (wife-Margaret Mary Stucker)

Eileen Cox

3212 SW Atwood Ave.

Topeka, KS  66614