The LaGrange County Indiana Genealogical Society is now an established official society, the first ever in LaGrange County. Following the approval of the Bylaws, the membership elected board members: President, Dalonda Young, Vice-President Miriam Carnahan, Secretary Tess Miller, Treasurer Marge Fetters, and Directors Sharon Strayer, and Cheryl Parsons.
Barb Mulholland is the LaGrange County Genealogist who was appointed by the Indiana Genealogical Society. “We have a lot of interest in genealogy in our county. We have a new library and a beautiful Genealogy Room. We have two new microfilm machines and new copier with lots of space to do research. We have much work ahead of us but we have numerous interested people willing to share the load. It is exciting to work with enthusiastic members”.
Two programs were offered in January. During the January meeting, Miriam Carnahan discussed the benefits of using the census for research. Saturday, January 28, a mini workshop was offered at the LaGrange County Public Library. The LaGrange County Historical Society and the Genealogical Society collaborated to introduce resources available at the library and the Historical Society.
Volunteers have been busy duplicating several of the library’s unique collection. One project is the transcribing of the Clay Township 1890 Census. “We are extremely fortunate to have the LaGrange County 1890 Census since the Federal census was destroyed. However, Clay Township was missing. With the help of several county officials I was able to locate the original books and photograph these fragile pages” said Dalonda Young.
Another project is the indexing the WW II newspaper scrapbook. “To expand on this exceptional scrapbook, we have begun to collect photos and military records of LaGrange County WW II veterans. If you wish to share some photos and documents of a WW II Vet, please bring a copy to the library” states Dalonda. The library genealogy room is interested in starting archival military record portfolios for all eras.
The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Department is excited that we will be sharing these items with them.
The LaGrange County Indiana Genealogical Society will meet on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the LaGrange County Annex Building in the Commissioners’ Room.
Following a short business meeting there will be a presentation by the LaGrange County Recorder Sharon Shiltz and Deputy Recorder Jennifer McBride.
They will discuss the duties of the Recorder and what it offers to genealogist. A sample of available records include land grants (grantors & grantees indexed), plat records, and a civil war burial record.
After the presentation, those attending are allowed to visit the Recorder’s office to research.
Everyone is encouraged to attend. An interest in genealogy is all that is required.