Tuesday, May 25, 2021
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
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
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.
[Thanks to Reann Poray of the Plainfield Library for this notice.]
Monday, May 10, 2021
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
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Monday, May 3, 2021
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
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 - https://acpl.libnet.info/event/5086531
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.