Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Marion County Marriages Skip Race Data Field

 African American Marriages In Marion County WPA Book, 1881-1885

                In this index, created by the Works Progress Administration in 1939, the column 4 heading is “Color.” This column is primarily left blank, except for these 21 marriages, when a “C” is added.

                We noticed this rare addition not long ago among thousands of marriages. Just out of curiosity, we checked several of these couples in the Ancestry.com Indiana Marriages Database. In no case did Ancestry identify these marriages as African American.

                In light of the time frame, we thought someone might appreciate this mention. Also, the Volume is listed as “1881-1885,” but all of the marriages are from 1885.


        Names                                                  Marr. Date                                          Vol.        Page

Ballard, Mary F. & Hargrave, William        Nov. 5, 1885                                        19           491

Barbour, Toney & Miller, Amanda*          Nov. 7, 1885                                        19           492

Bowles, Burt & Fite, Mary*                          Oct. 15, 1885                                      19           462

Butler, Harry & Collins, Mary*                    Oct. 7, 1885                                         19           444

Bynum, Polly & Williams, Albert                 Oct. 10, 1885                                      19           451

Chatham, Mary & Triplet, James *             May 25, 1885                                      19           305

Clark, Frank & Pope, Alice R.*                     Sep. 8, 1885                                        19           402

Coleman, A. Alice & Hugley, Charles         Nov. 11, 1885                                     19           499

Courtney, Jennie & Gowl, Daniel                Oct. 9, 1885                                         19           450

Courtney, Julia A. & Tilford, William*       Oct. 19, 1885                                      19           468

Curry, Hubbard & Simmons, Rosa*           May 26, 1885                                      19           306

Davis, Annie & Smith, Noah D.*                 Oct. 7, 1885                                         19           447

Fry, Birdie & Horn, Edwin F.*                      Nov. 12, 1885                                     19           502

Gray, Calvin & Williams, Laura                    Oct. 22, 1885                                      19           472

Green, Needham & Marsh, Celia*             Nov. 10, 1885                                     19           498

Hart, Jane & Smith, Henry H.*                     Oct. 29 1885                                       19           482

Hart, Mary Bell & Williams, Jerry               Nov. 5, 1885                                        19           491

Johnson, Hattie & Tilford, William*           Sep. 17, 1885                                      19           417

Lane, George L. & Payne, Leanna*            Oct. 22, 1885                                      19           471

Price, William & Rounds, Nancy H.            Oct. 24, 1885                                      19           475

Smith, Florence & Van’Buren, Martin L.*June 8, 1885                                       19           320

Names marked with an * are also listed by the other spouse.

Friday, May 21, 2021

GSMC Online Resources Continue To Grow

We would just like to announce that we have added 
50 Marion County Specific 
databases to our online collection 
since January 1st.

[If you have some local material 
that should be digitized and posted online, 
please contact us 
and we will see what we can do.]

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Library of Congress Military Files

In this month of Memorial Day and of remembering all our family veterans, we suggest you visit the Library of Congress website (loc.gov) and go into History Hub. Ask your family questions and have all kinds of folks reply with suggestions. Try it--you'll like it. 


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Scottish Prisoners To U. S. Indentured Servants, May 15

 This upcoming Saturday, we're having a free, live event at the

Los Angeles Public Library Genealogy Garage:

“Scottish Prisoners of War


            In the early 1650s, England defeated Scotland in the Battles of Dunbar and Worcester. Almost 500 Scottish prisoners were transported to America to become indentured servants—which is why some of you might find Scottish surnames in colonial New England genealogical records.

             In 2013, an archaeological discovery in Durham led to the piecing together of their story: how they came to be prisoners and how they fared in the New World. Join us as colonial historian Erica Hahn weaves the story of this fascinating and little-known chapter of history.


            If you are interested in attending, please go to the link below the day of the event and click the Facebook or YouTube links (no RSVP required):  




This program will take place on May 15 at 11:00 am PST,

which should be 2:00 pm here in Indiana.


Julie Huffman, Genealogy Librarian
Los Angeles Public Library 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071
213-228-7413 jhuffman@lapl.org www.lapl.org

[Thanks to Reann Poray of the Plainfield Library for this notice.]

Monday, May 10, 2021

FamilySearch Indiana Marriages Skimpy On Indy

 FamilySearch and IGS just posted an update of several thousand more marriage records in an on-going indexing project. Just for fun we looked at how many records were in so far for each Indiana county. Number of marriages for Marion County? Seven, 7, yes, that seven. Maybe we need some more volunteers with Indy roots.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Joan Hostetler Showcases Cottage Home May 13

 To Register for Zoom Program:

Please contact heritagephotoservices@gmail.com 

or CALL   (317) 771-4129 

[Thanks to Barbara Hutchinson for this news item.]

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

USCIS Has Some Interesting Genealogy Stuff


URL:   https://www.uscis.gov/records/genealogy

[Thanks to Barry Levitt for this heads-up.]

Monday, May 3, 2021

State Archives Building In Approved Budget

 The following paragraph or a similar one has been appearing in a number of Indiana media outlets. Should the genealogy community be optimistic or not? Stay tuned for further details,


Federal funding is creating a $550 million fund for possible state construction projects, including a new state archives building, a new campus for the state’s blind and deaf schools, new inns at the Potato Creek and Prophetstown state parks and a new state police post and laboratory in Evansville.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Take Advantage Of "Genealogy Technology"

 May Programs

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

Technology allows us to participate in these engaging virtual presentations!

May 4, 2021, 2:30 p.m.: “Meet the Genealogy Center Online Portal Version 2” with Melissa Tennant - 
May 6, 2021, 6:30 p.m.: “Using Wanda’s DNA Matches to Uncover Her Immigrant Roots, Part 2” with Sara Allen - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/5087332
May 11, 2021, 2:30 p.m.: “Find Your American Ancestor Using Canadian Records” with Kathryn Lake Hogan - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/5087318
May 13, 2021, 6:30 p.m.: “Reverse Genealogy: Finding Cousins and Chasing the Living” with Nicka Smith - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/5087326
 May 18, 2021, 2:30 p.m.: “Are There ‘Black Sheep’ in Your Family?” with Cynthia Theusch - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/5086521
May 20, 2021, 6:30 p.m.: “Researching Your Civil War Ancestors” with Amy Johnson Crow - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/5097842
May 25, 2021, 2:30 p.m.: “Researching Your Quaker Roots in Ireland” with Elizabeth Hodges - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/5086479
May 27, 2021, 6:30 p.m.: “Michigan Digital Collections at the Archives of Michigan” with Kris Rzepczynski - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/5087329

Please register in advance for each program.