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Thursday, May 28, 2009

COUNTIES of Indiana

County
FIPS Code[2]
County seat[3][4]
Established[3][4]
Origin
Etymology[4]
Population[5][3]
Area[3]
Map

Adams County
001
Decatur
1836
Adams New Purchase
U.S. President John Quincy Adams


Allen County
003
Fort Wayne
1824
Delaware New Purchase
Col. John Allen, Kentucky state senator


Bartholomew County
005
Columbus
1821
Jackson County and Delaware New Purchases
Lt. Col. Joseph Bartholomew

Benton County
007
Fowler
1840
Jasper County
Thomas H. Benton, U.S. Senator from Missouri

Blackford County
009
Hartford City
1838
Jay County
Judge Isaac Blackford, Speaker of the Indiana General Assembly and Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court

Boone County
011
Lebanon
1830
Adams and Wabash New Purchases
Frontiersman Daniel Boone

Brown County
013
Nashville
1836
Bartholomew CountyJackson CountyMonroe County
General Jacob Brown


Carroll County
015
Delphi
1828
Adams and Wabash New Purchases
Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence


Cass County
017
Logansport
1829
Non-County Area
Gen. Lewis Cass, Governor of Michigan Territory and U.S. Secretary of State

Clark County
019
Jeffersonville
1801
Knox County
General George Rogers Clark

Clay County
021
Brazil
1825
Owen CountyPutnam CountySullivan CountyVigo County
U.S. Speaker of the House Henry Clay

Clinton County
023
Frankfort
1830
Adams and Wabash New Purchases
DeWitt Clinton, Governor of New York


Crawford County
025
English
1818
Orange CountyHarrison CountyPerry County
Col. William Crawford

Daviess County
027
Washington
1817
Knox County
Col. Joseph H. Daviess


Dearborn County
029
Lawrenceburg
1803
Clark County Hamilton County, OH
U.S. Secretary of War Henry Dearborn


Decatur County
031
Greensburg
1822
Delaware New Purchase
Commodore Stephen Decatur

DeKalb County
033
Auburn
1835
Non-County Area
Johann de Kalb


Delaware County
035
Muncie
1827
Delaware New Purchase
Delaware Native American people


Dubois County
037
Jasper
1818
Perry CountyPike County
Toussaint Dubois

Elkhart County
039
Goshen
1830
Non-County Area
Elkhart Native American people

Fayette County
041
Connersville
1819
Franklin Wayne County and Non-County Area
Marquis de la Fayette


Floyd County
043
New Albany
1819
Clark and Harrison Counties
Col. John Floyd, early settler Davis Floyd or early settler John Floyd

Fountain County
045
Covington
1826
Montgomery County and Wabash New Purchase
Maj. James Fontaine

Franklin County
047
Brookville
1811
Clark CountyDearborn CountyKnox County
Founding father Benjamin Franklin
Fulton County
049
Rochester
1836
Non-County Area
Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat

Gibson County
051
Princeton
1813
Knox County
John Gibson, secretary of the Indiana Territory


Grant County
053
Marion
1831
Formed from Madison County, Adams New Purchase and Un-Organized
Captains Samuel and Moses Grant


Greene County
055
Bloomfield
1821
Sullivan CountyNon-County Area
Gen. Nathanael Greene

Hamilton County
057
Noblesville
1823
Formed from Delaware New Purchase
Alexander Hamilton

Hancock County
059
Greenfield
1828
Formed from Madison County
John Hancock

Harrison County
061
Corydon
1808
Formed from Clark and Knox County
William Henry Harrison, governor of Indiana Territory and U.S. President


Hendricks County
063
Danville
1824
Formed from Delaware and Wabash New Purchase
Governor of Indiana William Hendricks

Henry County
065
New Castle
1822
Formed from Delaware New Purchase
Patrick Henry

Howard County
067
Kokomo
1844
Formed from Un-Organized (Formally Richardville)
Gen. Tilghman Howard, a U.S. Representative from Indiana


Huntington County
069
Huntington
1832
Formed from Adams New Purchase and Un-Organized
Samuel Huntington, signer the Declaration of Independence

Jackson County
071
Brownstown
1816
Formed from Clark, Jefferson and Washington
U.S. President Andrew Jackson

Jasper County
073
Rensselaer
1838
Formed from Wabash New Purchase
Sgt. William Jasper

Jay County
075
Portland
1836
Formed from Adams New Purchase
John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court

Jefferson County
077
Madison
1811
Formed from Clark, Dearborn and Knox County
U.S. President Thomas Jefferson

Jennings County
079
Vernon
1817
Formed from Jackson and Jefferson Counties
Jonathan Jennings, the first Governor of Indiana


Johnson County
081
Franklin
1823
Formed from Delaware New Purchase
John Johnson, a judge of the Indiana Supreme Court

Knox County
083
Vincennes
1790
Original County
U.S. Secretary of War Henry Knox

Kosciusko County
085
Warsaw
1836
Formed from Un-Organized
Tadeusz Kościuszko

LaGrange County
087
LaGrange
1832
Formed from Un-Organized
The Marquis de la Fayette's home outside of Paris, France

Lake County
089
Crown Point
1837
Formed from Newton and Porter Counties
Its location on Lake Michigan


LaPorte County
091
LaPorte
1832
Formed from St. Joseph and Un-Organized
LaPorte means the door or the port in French


Lawrence County
093
Bedford
1818
Formed from Orange
Capt. James Lawrence

Madison County
095
Anderson
1823
Formed from Delaware New Purchase
U.S. President James Madison

Marion County
097
Indianapolis
1822
Formed from Delaware New Purchase
Gen. Francis Marion


Marshall County
099
Plymouth
1836
Formed from St. Joseph County
U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall


Martin County
101
Shoals
1820
Formed from Daviess and Dubois Counties
Maj. John T. Martin

Miami County
103
Peru
1834
Formed from Cass County and Un-Organized
Miami Native American people

Monroe County
105
Bloomington
1818
Formed from Orange County
U.S. President James Monroe


Montgomery County
107
Crawfordsville
1823
Formed from Wabash New Purchase
Gen. Richard Montgomery

Morgan County
109
Martinsville
1822
Formed from Delaware and Wabash New Purchase
Gen. Daniel Morgan

Newton County
111
Kentland
1859
Formed from Jasper County
Sgt. John Newton

Noble County
113
Albion
1836
Formed from Un-Organized
James Noble, the first U.S. Senator from Indiana

Ohio County
115
Rising Sun
1844
Formed from Dearborn County
The Ohio River

Orange County
117
Paoli
1816
Formed from Gibson, Knox and Washington
Orange County, North Carolina, in turn named for the Dutch Protestant House of Orange

Owen County
119
Spencer
1819
Formed from Daviess and Sullivan County
Abraham Owen

Parke County
121
Rockville
1821
Formed from Vigo County
Benjamin Parke, a delegate of Indiana Territory to the U.S. Congress

Perry County
123
Tell City
1814
Formed from Gibson and Warrick Counties
Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry

Pike County
125
Petersburg
1817
Formed from Gibson and Perry County
Zebulon M. Pike


Porter County
127
Valparaiso
1836
Formed from Un-Organized
Capt. David Porter

Posey County
129
Mount Vernon
1814
Formed from Warrick County
Thomas Posey, governor of Indiana Territory

Pulaski County
131
Winamac
1839
Formed from Un-Organized
Kazimierz Pułaski

Putnam County
133
Greencastle
1822
Formed from Owen County and Wabash New Purchase
Gen. Israel Putnam

Randolph County
135
Winchester
1818
Formed from Wayne County
Either Thomas Randolph, soldier killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe, or for Randolph County, North Carolina


Ripley County
137
Versailles
1818
Formed from Dearborn and Jefferson County
Gen. Eleazer Wheelock Ripley


Rush County
139
Rushville
1822
Formed from Delaware New Purchase
Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer the Declaration of Independence

St. Joseph County
141
South Bend
1830
Formed from Un-Organized
St. Joseph River, which flows through it toward Lake Michigan

Scott County
143
Scottsburg
1820
Formed from Clark, Jefferson, Jennings and Washington Counties
Charles Scott, Governor of Kentucky


Shelby County
145
Shelbyville
1822
Formed from Delaware New Purchase
Gen. Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky


Spencer County
147
Rockport
1818
Formed from Perry and Warrick Counties
Capt. Spier Spencer

Starke County
149
Knox
1850
Formed from St. Joseph County and Un-Organized
Gen. John Stark

Steuben County
151
Angola
1837
Formed from Un-Organized
Baron Frederick von Steuben

Sullivan County
153
Sullivan
1817
Formed from Knox
Daniel Sullivan, soldier

Switzerland County
155
Vevay
1814
Formed from Dearborn and Jefferson County
The home country of many of the early settlers, Switzerland

Tippecanoe County
157
Lafayette
1826
Formed from Wabash New Purchase and Un-Organized
The Tippecanoe River and the Battle of Tippecanoe

Tipton County
159
Tipton
1844
Formed from Adams New Purchase and Un-Organized
John Tipton

Union County
161
Liberty
1821
Parts of Fayette, Franklin and Wayne counties
Union of parts of other counties

Vanderburgh County
163
Evansville
1818
Gibson CountyPosey CountyWarrick County
Henry Vanderburgh, a judge for Indiana Territory

Vermillion County
165
Newport
1824
Formed from Parke County and Wasbash New Purchase
The Vermillion River

Vigo County
167
Terre Haute
1818
Formed from Sullivan County
Francis Vigo

Wabash County
169
Wabash
1835
Formed from Adams New Purchase and Un-Organized
The Wabash River


Warren County
171
Williamsport
1827
Formed from Wabash New Purchase and Un-Organized
Dr. Joseph Warren


Warrick County
173
Boonville
1813
Knox County
Capt. Jacob Warrick

Washington County
175
Salem
1814
Clark, Harrison and Knox Counties
U.S. President George Washington


Wayne County
177
Richmond
1811
Formed from Clark, Dearborn and Knox
Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne

Wells County
179
Bluffton
1837
Formed from Adams New Purchase
Capt. William A. Wells

White County
181
Monticello
1834
Formed from Wabash New Purchase and Un-Organized
Capt. Isaac White

Whitley County
183
Columbia City
1838
Formed from Un-Organized
Col. William Whitley

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Indiana County Birth Records at Health Departments

Beginning to get copies of birth records on my ancestries and came across this good link, with only over 30 counties that have websites.

The Print Out is about 8 pages.

I will be working on getting birth certificates from GREENE COUNTY, to get those of my grandfather, and great grandfather.

Will update once I get them.

about BIRTH CERTIFICATES

who-what-when-where-why and how BIRTH CERTIFIICATE

WHO gets a birth certificate? Any child who is born alive.

WHAT is a birth certicate? A birth certificate will tell you the date and place of birth of a named child. It will also give you the names of the parents and the parental residence, possibly. And the father's occupation. So the birth certificate will give you two generations for the price of one. And it will give you the mother's maiden name, or her former name, so that you can then look for their marriage certificate. And a sequence of these birth, marriage, birth, marriage certificates will take the family tree back in time and will provide proof of relationship.

WHEN do you get a birth certificate? At time of birth

WHERE do you get a birth certificate.

WHY do you need a birth certicate? The birth certificate can be used to authenticate one's identity and nationality, and assist swith obtaining government-issued identity documents such as a passport or driver's license

How to get a birth certificate .

Step 1
Get birth certificate copies from the United States government's Vital Records Offices. Vital Records Offices handle all certificates of birth, death and marriage. To obtain a certificate you must contact the Vital Records Offices in the state where you were born.

Step 2
Find a directory of Vital Records Offices on the National Center for Health Statistics, Center for Disease Control website. This can assist you in locating the agency in each state.

Step 3
Access to birth records is limited. To request a birth certificate you must be the person whose name is listed on the birth certificate, the parent or legal guardian, grandparent, an adult child or sibling, or the spouse of the person named on the birth certificate. If you are not on this list, don't bother applying.

Step 4
Provide the following information to conduct a search: the full name of the person on the birth certificate, the date and place of their birth, their current age, sex and race, their mother's and father's full name, your relationship to the person, and the number of certificates requested.

Step 5
Decide which way to apply for the birth certificate copy. Each state has slightly different application procedures but most allow you to apply in person, by mail or by fax. A few states do allow you to pre-order by phone, but you must pick up the birth certificate in person. The requester must provide a signed request form and valid photo identification . Valid identification can be a state-issued identification card, employer-issued photo identification or a driver's license

NOTE: since 9/11 more restrictions have been placed on getting documents , so just be patient and try to work with the agencies the best you can.

2010 CENSUS

Well it is that time again....and the Census are a big part of doing your genealogy. Most of the census have been publish only up to 1930 and none are connected to my parents themselves. Both were born after 1930.

Here is something of interest on when the next census for 1940 will be published and why it takes so long because of the 72-year privacy law or what is Title 44 of the United States Code

So in a nutshell the 1940 will be available in 2012, the 1950 will be in 2022, the 1960 (*AND THIS WILL SHOW ME ON IT -being of about 6yrs old), in 2032, the 1970 in 2042, 1980 in 2052, 1990 in 2062, the 2000 in 2072 and the one we do this year on APRIL 1rst won't be available till 2082.

This census will be the 23rd census and depending on when you were born, this is my 6th one!
Now if you care to make a little money on APRIL FOOLS day-yep that is the day of the census, go to the census main page and check it out.

Now just how old will you be when you show up on a census?

BIRTH CERTIFICATES

Here is a link listing by state where you can write for birth certificates. I have found that some states are stricter then others and you might run into a problem , but just keep digging.
To save on money and give you more of a sense of pride do the search, writing, emails, even the phone calls yourself. For example, my birth was in Calif. and the price for a copy is NOW only $14.00 (which I am glad to say I still have the original copy from 54yrs ago) compared to the "will search" site wants $53plus $74plus

There are other ways to locate a birth certificate, by going to your local library. Take afew hours or even the whole day and just walk the isles of book in the "GENEALOGY" section. You will be amazed at what you find. Talk with the clerk and pick up the free literature they have out on the counters. This is where you can use a computer which is set up just for the genealogy research, try it out!

Check out this link for state resourse

Birth of a Tree

To begin a family tree you start with yourself, or a parent or grandparent. I have two sites which have the SARGENT family tree. ANCESTRY and TRIBAL PAGES .

To start a tree you need to start at the beginning with one person, yourself , a parent, or grandparent. For down loadable charts start with the Ancestral Chart, remember to place all women with maiden names, such as mothers, grandmothers, so on. As you get further back in the family line you can use other charts to keep track of each line.
The ancestral chart is also know as the PEDIGREE CHART
*NOTE -this chart is one your can fill out and then print out!

Here is a link for some helpful hints to get started. Enjoy and happy digging!

Oct 23rd 2009 *update
just discovered a new twist on my tree, a tree with in the tree so to speak. Seems my gr gr grandparents had siblings who married each other. Jasper's sister Jane married his wife Mary Elizabeth's brother Abner Adkins. Now I know I have another twist with in my tree with the Waggoners, but this is the first I could confirm.

Ever find something just not seeming to workout right within your tree and then to discover it is actually sibling of family's marring with in family. This could be a reason for the complications of finding the right records and so many similar names

JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER once you have gotten in deep within the tree you really need to pay close attention to the names, dates and locations. Doing Genealogy is dealing with lots of details and facts....

Do share with me any twist / turns you may have come across in the journey of doing genealogy!

And remember , the buttons for twitter and Facebook are in the upper left! Thanks!



A Place In History

My biggest passion for the past 3 years has been researching my family tree. Doing so I have found that I have connections with people and places in history. My family tree is public on www.ancestry.com Check my tree at http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/pedigree.aspx?tid=4438220 .*note you need to have an ancestry account, which can really be one of the best and funnest thing to do!

Now that my tree has grown, and of course I am paying monthy to have it up online (which I find is very useful and orderly). There is a link which will show the famous people you are related to and in what way. For example, I have the likes of Samuel Adams Massachusetts Representative Samuel Adams helped to organize the Boston Tea Party. From the beginning he was a loud voice for independence. Samuel is shown as 4th Cousin 5 times removed - my 8th generation Great Grandfather is Samuel's 3rd generation Great Grandfather John Perkins (1583-1654)

Laura Ingalls Wilder One of my childhood favorite authors is shown as my 8th Cousin (my dad's side and her mother's side) with the same 7th Great Grandfather William Sargent. http://trees.ancestry.com/owt/person.aspx?pid=36759597

I have connections to past Presidents, Actresses, Authors, and many others

I never really cared for history in school, but now seeing it through the family tree and many of my members of my tree were there during the battles, wars, conflicts, and such....my great grandfather James H Sargent has his registration cards online for both WW1and WW2 . There is another relative who fought in the Civil War with the 91rst Infantry of Indiana . More on the civil war just check here http://www.civilwararchive.com/files.htm

Getting Back 2 the Roots

UPDATE 12/12/08 added to bottom of this post

Well, I have FINALLY found the marriage record of my dad's parents. All this time I was looking under the wrong rock....turns out the marriage took place in Illinois, not Indiana.
How did this actually come to my attention-I got an email from a second cousin in Michigan (dad's cousin) and she remembered me, along with my sister and afew of the relatives are still have sweet thoughts of mom.

Kara, my 2nd counsin, didn't know mom had been dead and gone over 30 yrs, was able to clear up the detail of why Gr Grandma Vercie was heading West to our house during the last few winters of her life when she had a son in Ariz. And Mom and Dad were no longer married.
Seems mom and Vercie were closer than I could have thought...but then again I was a pre teen at the time. I remember something about mom sending $money or tickets for airfare from Indiana to Calif, Kara was able to clarify this for me that it was possible and most likely to have happen that way.

Thanks to Kara I now know there is a stronger possiblity of the story behind Dad's going into the Navy and the pregnacy scam back then. It is still a mystery to how it was done....
Kara is still looking into the missing photo/diaries of Vercie's visits to Calif. And I do hope and wish her luck with this one.

Now as for genealogy....it is more than a hobbie, or past time. There are stories , history and connections , but the fact finding can't even compare to having a connection with someone from your past who actually rmembers you back then..THANK YOU KARA!

UPDATE
12/12/08- received some photos from Kara (my 2nd cousin) Along with a newsclipping about Vercie and James GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY and i do believe I am mentioned in the piece as the (nameless) great grandchild...the artical is dated may 1955 and I was born 1954.
I hope to have this and the other pictures up on my family sites soon. And again I want to thank Kara for these.

UPDATE (once again)
05/13/10- working on weeding out some of the many labels I really don't use or need anymore. How often do you go through your blogs and repost or change/add to them?

Some Reasons To Why I do GENEALOGY

these ideas actually were found HERE and I agree with them 100%

Renew interest in history,You see different perspectives such as the two World Wars and other military battles that were fought. I now know my family served on both the NORTH and the SOUTH. I am also now finding out why I am not finding some male relatives on several census, due to military deaths.

See the “fads” in the different generations. It can be surprising what comes back in fashion today.

Medical history is somewhat of importance to all of us. You can learn more about this once you start going after the death certificates and see what was written for reason of death.

You meet interesting living people! to name a few....or come across some relative who actually grew up with your parents or grandparents and can share photos , stories among other things.

You meet the interesting dead . Those in your tree, you learn about ways of life , popular names of the times.

Personal papers are documents of history, your history. Any relative who had a Social Security # will be found in the Social Security Death list , where you can find the SS# and send away fora copy of the actual Social Security Application. There is also the marriage applications which will give info on each bride and groom and their parents, where living, where born, and what their occupation was at time of marriage. These too can be purchased from the county or state the marriage took place.

There are the different Occupations. Most of the women were housekeepers, or may have done seamstress type work. Unmarried were often school teachers. Men were into farming mostly, may find to have a banker, lawyer in your tree.

Reconnecting with family you lost , forgot or just didn't know were there. I recently got back in touch with a cousin I haven't seen or heard from in several years. I have also had a 2nd cousin contact me who was able to give me more info or a thumbs up on info I had . Sharing of photos and other documations is always good.

Mode of transportation wasn't always cars,buses and trains. Sometimes it is hard to fantom the fact that my great grandparents, even my grandfather at a young age were getting around in covered wagons. Look back at the changes of the last several decades and your family was part of the history making process.

BUT the biggest reason is to have this for my children and theirs to pass on .

Monday, May 11, 2009

Learning how to Educate yourself to do Genealogy

Thoughts on Self-Directed Learning comes from Ken in British Columbia, Canada covering topics about GENEALOGY EDUCATION. Here is the multi sections for Self-Directed Learning part 1 part 2 part 3 Found these interesting post by way of the STUMBLE. From the tool bar you can "stumble on to "another like site you are on now".

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