Climbing Your Hoosier Family Tree
Issue #5, June 2000
This edition is going to focus on various resources you might not be familiar with that involve NOT using your computer, yes, I mean using snail mail! Stock up on your postage stamps and make friends with your mail delivery person. :-)
Library of the Month
A library that will be a help to your research,
whether in person or by mail, is the Allen
County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, IN.
The mailing address is: Reynolds Historical Genealogy Dept., 900 Webster Ave., PO Box 2270, Ft. Wayne, IN 46802. Phone (219)424-7241x3315
Going to Indiana for Research?
Then you need to plan some R&R after poring thru courthouse records, right? South of Indianapolis, not far from Indiana University in Bloomington, is Nashville,IN. If you're fortunate enough to go in the autumn, you'll be treated to some of the most beautiful fall foliage! Nashville is the home of the poet T.C. Steele, artists and craftsmen sell their unique wares, galleries galore to stroll thru, downhill skiing nearby in the winter, and camping and hiking in the State Park. For more info, visit Nashville's site at http://www.nashvilleindiana.com. Don't miss this trip, be sure to get some of the local specialties...
makes me homesick just to think about it!
Check out the online
Census Records available at Ancestry.com.
The Indiana State Historical Society can be of help in your research, as can their publication, The Hoosier Genealogist. They are located in the Indiana State Library and Historical Building at 315 West Ohio St., PO Box 88255, Indianapolis, IN 46202; phone (317)233-3157
The Elkhart Public Library has a collection that focuses on Elkhart and surrounding counties. They can be reached at 300 S. Second St., Elkhart, IN, 46516.
This library has been a big help to my in working on my Hoosier lines...the Tipton County Public Library and its Genealogy/Local History specialist, Ms. Ekstrom. The library is located at 127 E. Madison St., Tipton, IN 46072. I can't say enough nice things about how helpful and prompt they are!
Are you interested in family from the Evansville area? Then it's in your best interests to check out the Willard Library and its Regional and Family History Center. It's located at 21 First Avenue, Evansville, IN 47710. Phone (812) 425-4309, fax (812)425-4303. Extensive holdings covering the southwest area of Indiana are here.
Have you tried writing any of the county historians for assistance? My experiences with them have been postitive-the historians frequently recognize a surname in a query and will put you in touch with other researchers working on the same line, or can tell you of local descendants. Another source these folks often have is access to the old county history books...talk about a wealth of info! Here are a few well worth the postage:
Benton County Historian 711 E. 3rd St., Fowler, IN 47944
Clay County Historian 130 N. Washington St., Brazil, IN, 47834
Fountain County Historian Rt.1, Box 132, Wingate, IN 47994
Noble County Historian PO Box 11, Albion, IN, 46701
Sullivan County Historian 1 Valhalla Lane, Sullivan, IN, 47882
Warren County Historian Rt.1, Box 105, West Lebanon, IN, 47991
Check out the
Slave Narratives available online at Ancestry.com.
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