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Climbing Your Hoosier Family Tree
Volume #1, Issue #2 Feb. 2000

Sites Worth Visiting!
Have you been to the online Indiana marriage database? If not, get your shopping list of ancestors ready, this site has tons of info on marriages pre-1850. Check it out at: Just a reminder...keep an open mind on spelling, a name that's spelled one way today might have started out with a different spelling.

The Bureau of Land Management has a site at On this site you can see the actual original deeds from the U.S. Government to original purchasers!

Notable Hoosiers
Are you familiar with Madame C.J. Walker? She was an African-American businesswoman and 1910 she built a factory in Indianapolis for cosmetics that was so successful that when she died in 1919 she was a millionaire! If you'd like to read more about Madame Walker, please see "Madame C.J. Walker (Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Walker): Inventor, Businesswoman" Mitchell C. Brown, LSU Libraries, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (February 17, 2000)at


1.I have Starke Co. Census Records close at hand from 1850-1920. Also have the Marriage records for Starke Co. which have indexes on the films. Also my own copy of the History of Starke Co. Indiana by McCormick. Please write Marilyn Simpson.

2.I have two big "mugbooks" from Indiana counties. These often have good leads for further research, but can't be taken as "gospel". Famlies paid to get into these books, and they are not representative of a total population. But sometimes they hve pictures of families and houses that are valuable, and I am happy to look up and share what I have: Carroll County Indiana History pub 1916, and History of Cass, Miami, Howard and Tipton Counties, 1896 (volume two only). Please contact Jan Hall.

3. I have Putnam Co. Early Marriage Records, 1822-1837. I'll do lookups. Please write Krys Douglas .

4. I have a cd-rom of the 1860 Indiana Federal Census, and have been doing limited lookup tasks for those researching Indiana ancestors. I travel extensively in the spring and summer, but am willing to do some research gratis. Contact Jim for a little assistance.

5.Have Census records in book form for 1850 through 1880 for Sullivan County, Indiana. Happy to do lookups. Please write Judy .

6. I do volunteer work at the National Archives. I can do a limited amount of look ups in-between helping of patrons. Please limit request to one or two names. Contact Vern.

7. I can do lookups for 1850 Indiana census. Please write June.

8. I live in Boston Mass and go to the Regional Branch of the National Archives about twice a month,will be glad to do lookup of census records. ALSO, I have access to most New England Vital records from the beginning of time to 1900 or so [some New England States to a later date] as well as census records more frequently. Please contact Dusti for look-up assistance.

8. I volunteer as a librarian in our local Family History Center. We have the complete 1850 and 1880 census for Indiana plus most of 1900, 1910 and 1920. Would be glad to do some lookups for fellow researchers. My email is Karen.

Hoosier Family Trees
If you have a family tree posted online, and would like a mention here, please click on the e-mail icon and tell me about it. Please visit these family trees...maybe they have a branch that connects with yours!

Davis-Marshall family

Byers Family Origins

Hemelgarn/Huff/Van Curen/Schumacker/Borne/Easterday/Tutwiler/Smith

Hawkins Folks

Was one of your relatives a physician? A veterinarian? Here are some addresses to pursue...

Indiana University School of Medicine, 1120 South Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46202 Attention: Alumni Office

Purdue University School of Veterinary Science, 1030 Houde Hall, West Lafayette, IN 47907 Attention: Alumni Office

Library of the Month
Are you researching family who came from the extreme southern part of the state? If so, please check out the Madison Public Library...the first public library in the Old Northwest Territory, established in 1818! Their website is and their snail address is 420 W. Main Street, Madison, IN 47250. Phone number (812)265-2744 You can expect to find the old city directories, old pictures, and much more...if you're going to southern Indiana on a research trip, this is worth stopping by to see if you had folks come thru this area from Kentucky, or worked on the Ohio River, or German settlers to name a few.

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