Dekalb County Indiana Genealogy Society

Auburn -- 1907 Waterloo students -- Butler: Photos provided by Roselyn Wells

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Projects of the Dekalb County Indiana Genealogy Society:

Online Obituaries Dekalb County Will Index
Dekalb County Church Project DCIGS Newsletter Book (1995 - 2000 index)
Dekalb County Cemeteries Information (in progess) Union Township Militia Enrollment 1862



2015 Dekalb County DCIGS Fair Booth

Margaret Hobson's "44th Indiana Civil War Regiment" reference books




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David Leas david at davidleas.com
Amanda Blackman amandalucillewells at sbcglobal.net
DCIGS dekalbgensociety at hotmail.com

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DeKalb County Genealogy Society Information

PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization shall be to promote genealogy and educational work of a professional nature, to locate, preserve and index public and private genealogical records, and to make such records available to members and the general public. To encourage and instruct members in genealogical research through careful documentation, and to maintain quality genealogical standards. 

 

2019 Officers

  • President - Roselyn Wells
  • Vice President - Deb Iddings
  • Treasurer - Susanna Johnson
  • Recording Secretary - Amanda Wells Blackman
  • Corresponding Secretary - Sue Kratzman

Committee Chairs and Appointed Officers

  • Publicity Chairperson - Roselyn Wells
  • Historian - Susanna Johnson
  • Newsletter Editor - Roselyn Wells
  • Website Editor - David Leas
  • Web Page Asst. Editor - Amanda Wells Blackman
  • Pioneer Settlers and Homesteaders - Judy Richter
  • Membership - Roselyn Wells
  • Cemetery Posse - Contact Roselyn Wells
  • Banquet Chair - Deb Iddings


DCIGS MEETINGS

The DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society meetings are usually held the second Monday of each month. An informal refreshment and sharing time begins at 6:00 p.m. with the regular meeting starting at 6:15 p.m.

DCIGS meetings are usually held at the Eckhart Public Library, 603 S. Jackson Street, Auburn, IN. Other times, locations, and meetings that vary from this will be announced.





2019 ANNUAL BANQUET

“Mary Shelley”

By Lou Ann Homan

August 17 Saturday @ 5:45 Dinner at 6:00 (Program after dinner)

At the Masonic Lodge
223 W. Hobart St. Ashley, IN

(Across from the smiley face water tower)


Members, guests and the public are welcome.

For more information: DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society,
PO Box 6085, Auburn, IN 46706

or Roselyn Wells, 925-0384 & rozwells@mediacombb.net


MENU:

Baked steak, pecan chicken, salad, almond green beans, roll, cheesy potatoes, homemade pie.


Meal reservations are $12.00 per person and are due on or before August 10

Mail your check (and who will be attending) to: DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society (D.C.I.G.S.)
P.O. Box 6085, Auburn, IN 46706


Storyteller Lou Ann Homan with her mesmerizing voice and commanding stage presence, her stories capture your imagination. The body of work that she shares comes from years of teaching, storytelling, writing, and, of course, dreaming.

Lou Ann was twice awarded the prestigious Lilly Teacher Creativity Grant. She also was twice awarded the Frank Basile Emerging Stories Fellowship. She has received two commissions from Indiana Landmarks and Storytelling Arts of Indiana for the “If These Walls Could Tell” series.

Lou Ann’s enthusiasm for teaching graced Indiana classrooms for thirty years and she is now teaching at Trine University. She is an award winning Saturday morning columnist for the KPC Media Group. Lou Ann is no stranger to the IndyFringe Festival either as she has performed four one-woman original shows.

This year Lou Ann is specializing in a 55 minute, one-woman show of Mary Shelley. Mary was the author of “Frankenstein” but who was she? In this original piece Lou Ann brings Mary to life! It is a chilling piece of history!

It really doesn’t matter what kind of stories you are looking for; she will be able to pull it out of her repertoire. “Storytelling,” says Lou Ann, “is like breathing…natural and rhythmic. Stories are all that really matters.”





Lady Bluebeard of Indiana


Presented by Amanda Blackman

Monday, July 8, 2019

Social Time 6:00 p.m., Meeting time 6:15 p.m.

At the Waterloo-Grant Township Library

Belle Gunness with her children

Belle Gunness with her children. Picture from Wikipedia

Belle Gunness is a notorious figure in Indiana history. Learn why she continues to fascinate 111 years after her scandalous tale. She lived in LaPorte, Indiana and has her own section in the local History Museum. Please use your own judgment about bringing your children as the story gets quite graphic sometimes. You do not have to be a member to attend.

Amanda is an Art teacher and says, “She has an endless fascination with history and true crime.”





Cemetery Symbols


By Jeannie Regan-Dinius

Jeannie Regan-Dinius


May 13, 2019, Monday

Social Time 6:00 p.m.

Meeting Time 6:15 p.m.

The Waterloo-Grant Township Library


Cemeteries tell us much about who came before us. The size, shape and documentation vary from religious groups, time period, and location. But, all are important outdoor museums. The symbols on the tombstones tell us much about religion, culture, and pop culture. Jeannie R. Regan-Dinius, will talk about cemetery symbolism in American cemeteries.

Jeannie R. Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives, has a life-long interest in history, family history, and research. She earned her Bachelors in Public History from Ball State University, where she studied also anthropology and American Studies. She has her Masters in Urban Planning and Information Management/Library Science from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis with additional graduate course work in public history.

Before coming to the State, she was the Executive Director of a 96-acre historic park in Huntington, IN. She came to the state in 2000 to help work on the Underground Railroad research initiative. She was given the additional responsibility of the Cemetery Registry, the Historic Theater Initiative, and public outreach.

Jeannie has served on the board of directors for the Indiana Women’s History Association for over 6 years, having served as secretary, president, and currently as treasurer.




Cedar Creek Anthology

By some members of the DeKalb New Tech 2018 Media Lit Class

April 8, 2019, Monday

6:00 p.m. social time 6:15 meeting time

At the NATMUS museum (located by the ACD museum in Auburn)

(meeting room toward the back)


Mary Winterbottom Mott
Picture of Mary Winterbottom Mott

(from the History of DeKalb County, Indiana 1885)


We will have a few members of the DeKalb New Tech 2018 Media Lit Class present a program for us. This is similar to our cemetery talks we have done. The class have memorized their parts. It is a fantastic project that the teachers at Dekalb, Cindy Boyd and Briana Schrock have implemented.

The high school students researched the people of DeKalb County that they chose to portray along with period clothing, shoes and accessories they might have worn. If we have time, we will also read a few of the cemetery parts that were our favorites.

Come, sit back and travel back in time. You do not have to be a member to attend and relatives and friends of the students are welcome. Our future DeKalb County History and genealogy is in the hands of our young people and we are so happy to see this.

This meeting was originally cancelled in February because of icy roads.





“SCHOOL DAYS, SCHOOL DAYS. GOOD OLD GOLDEN RULE DAYS!”


March 11, 2019, Monday

6:00 p.m. social time 6:15 meeting time

At the NATMUS Museum (meeting room toward the back)

DCIGS_03-11-2019_meeting

Please join us to talk about school memories. Bring pictures, items from school, yearbooks and/ or graduation diplomas, either your own or your parents, relatives, etc. We will enjoy reliving some of our or others school experiences on this night. You do not have to be a member to come to our meetings.

The above picture is of West Richland School, grades 5,6,7 and 8. Estel Shippy was the teacher and the picture was taken April 9, 1927.





“Cedar Creek Anthology”

By some members of the DeKalb New Tech 2018 Media Lit Class

February 11, 2019, Monday

6:00 p.m. social time 6:15 meeting time

At the NATMUS Museum (meeting room toward the back)

We will have a few members of the DeKalb New Tech 2018 Media Lit Class present a program for us. This is similar to our cemetery talks we have done but they have memorized their parts. It is a fantastic project that the teachers at Dekalb, Cindy Boyd and Briana Schrock, have implemented. The high school students researched the people of DeKalb County that they chose to portray along with period clothing, shoes and accessories they might have worn. If we have time, we will also read a few of the cemetery parts that were our favorites.

Come, sit back and travel back in time. You do not have to be a member to attend and relatives and friends of the students are welcome. Our future DeKalb County History and genealogy is in the hands of our young people and we are so happy to see this.





“Vintage Clothing”

January 14, 2019, Monday

6:00 p.m. Social Time 6:15 p.m. Meeting Time

At the NATMUS Museum (meeting room)

George William Hanes


Bring clothing to show, that is vintage. It can be a hundred years old , something you bought or even something you used to wear as a child. You can tell us something about the history if you have it. If your clothing is really fragile or older, you can just hold it up.

The picture is the wedding vest that belonged to George William Hanes that he wore to his marriage to Harriet Altenburg Hanes. The vest was worn at their wedding in 1866. They were early settlers to DeKalb County. George William’s family came to DeKalb in 1837 and Harriet’s family came in 1838. They lived close to Butler on U.S. 6. You do not have to be a member to come to the meetings.

George William Hanes' wedding vest







Prior 2018 DCIGS Meetings

Prior 2017 DCIGS Meetings


Prior 2016 DCIGS Meetings


Prior 2015 DCIGS Meetings


Prior 2014 DCIGS Meetings

Prior 2013 DCIGS Meetings

Prior 2012 DCIGS Meetings

   




MEMBERSHIPS

Membership in the Society is open to anyone who is interested in genealogy.
The cost of membership is $10.00 for an individual and $15.00 for a family membership (January to December).  A quarterly newsletter, DeKalb Diggings, which you will receive, is sent by April 15, July 15 and October 15 and January 15.

Click Here for a, Membership Form







RESEARCH

PLEASE NOTEDue to a large number of query requests, we have temporarily suspended the acceptance of new queries.  This service will start again in the near future.

Only brief queries will be researched. Cost will be for copies. As a member you may place a free query in our newsletter.
Send queries to: DeKalb County Genealogy Society, c/o Query Editor, P.O. Box 6085, Auburn, Indiana 46706

Queries may also be sent to the following email:

Roselyn Wells rozwells at mediacombb.net  (please note that this is a new e-mail address.  If you sent a query to the old e-mail address of rozwells at sbcglobal.net, please resubmit your request, after April 15, 2012.  Thank you!


 


CURRENT PROJECTS

DeKalb County Church Records Project

Past and present churches in the county. A history and records of the churches before 1930. If you know of old DeKalb County church records that are not located at a church please let us know.

Pioneer Settlers

This ongoing project is chaired by Patricia Dyson.
More Information below.

Will Index

This project is done and is published in book form.  Possibly an update will be published later when more probate records are gone through and the wills that are newly filed can be kept up to date.  Thank you to our former committee of Roselyn Wells and Carol Pettit and also to past members that have worked on this project.

Will Index Information (Books 1-6)   Will Index (Books 1-6)





PIONEER CERTIFICATE

Our DeKalb County ancestors made it happen.

Some traveled many rough miles to get here while others were born in DeKalb County. They cleared the land, built roads and houses, planted and harvested the first crops.

If your direct descendant lived in DeKalb County prior to December 31, 1850, you may apply for a Pioneer Certificate.

Pioneer Settlers Application





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