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Family History Files

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 Collection

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 Collection

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.

Marriage Documents

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.

Jefferson Proving Ground (JPG) Family File Index

Our large collection of materials from the Jefferson Proving Ground (J.P.G.) was curated by Mike Moore, a mathematician who worked at J.P.G. for many years. This index is of the family files and pioneer interviews.

Jefferson Proving Ground (JPG) Photo Index

This index is of the many photos from JPG that we have on file. Mike Moore, who curated this collection has managed to identify virtually all the people who are in the photos. A real treasure trove of material.

Property Deeds, Mortgages, Indentures, Etc.

We have a number of original deeds, mortgages and indentures for the 1817 – 1936 period. It is arranged by the last name of the seller, but as an excel file it is easily searchable by either the buyer’s or the seller’s name.


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.

Death Records

This is an index of death records from 1879 through 1905. It is in order of last name of deceased.

Apprenticeship Records

These apprenticeship records were originally compiled by Mary Hill, probably from court records. The Ms. Hill’s records were transcribed by Robert Scott in 2000.

Jefferson County Historical Society
615 West First Street               Madison, IN 47250

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