Our family history files consist of hundreds of file folders with information about individual families. The folders contain items such as obituaries, newspaper articles, letters, pictures and documents. These are not static files; they are updated periodically with information being added to existing family folders and new files being created.
Fauna Mihalko was a genealogist at the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library for many years. While at the library she put together a major collection of family history information focused on Jefferson County. Similar to our Family History Files, the Fauna Mihalko collection contains obituaries, letters, newspaper clippings, letters and correspondence Ms. Mihlako amassed while doing her research.
Jae Breitweiser and Dotty Reindollar purchased Eleutherian College in Lancaster, IN to save it from destruction. In 1997 it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The college played an important role in the underground railroad, which prompted Ms. Breitweiser to do extensive research on the topic. The result of that research is a very large collection of materials covering the following subjects: black genealogy, white genealogy, underground railroad, anti-slavery, black history, Eleutherian College, Jefferson County, IN history, Indiana history, United States history, Thomas Jefferson descendants, record (census, registration, slave holdings, etc.) and other research/contacts.
We have original marriage documents from the 1803 through 1926 time period, the majority of which are concentrated in the years 1820 – 1859. The information on the index is: groom’s name, bride’s name, date and year of the document, and the type of document – affidavit, application, license and/or return. We have other more complete lists of marriage information, but this index is of those for which we have original documents.
This record consists of 16 large, hardbound ledgers containing detailed listings of estate inventories taken as part of the probate process. Listings include the contents of dwellings (furniture, clothing, pots, jewelry, etc.) as well as real estate and financial holdings. Also included are some business inventories for companies that became insolvent.