Family collections consist of information compiled by family historians or by genealogists and turned over to historical and/or genealogical societies for safe-keeping and for the use of other researchers. Primarily in manuscript form, they are sometimes well organized, but more often they are in need of some sorting and general organizing.
Collections may include church records, tombstone inscriptions, abstracts of land records, and other items of importance. These collections can be a boon or bust to researchers. Beware of the undocumented information, and check to ascertain the accuracy and importance of records used. If a source given is a secondary source and not the original record, make an effort to find the original record, be it a death or birth certificate, will or estate record, land or tax record. Abstracts are a wonderful source of helping us find the original record, but the original record should always be studied.
Since its inception the Indiana County Historical and Genealogical Society has been collecting family histories. As computer use and genealogical software programs become even more popular, more family histories are finding their way into societies.
Our current holdings are listed below. There may be one or several family
histories represented by a surname and any single family record may be very
large and inclusive while others may contain just a small amount of information
on only one page. To send for information concerning these histories see
Research by Mail
or stop in to research personally!