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Genealogy Resources

Genealogy Materials
@ The Library

Local County Histories & Cemetery Listings

Fortville Tribune = 1918-1925, 1940-1946, 1948, 1949-1977, 1983, 1984
Community Shopper = 1984-2004
Fortville-McCordsville Reporter = 2005-current

Fortville High School &
Mt. Vernon High School
Silhouette = 1917-1921, 1923, 1925, 1934-1937, 1949, 1951-1959, 1960, 1962-1968
Mt. Vernon = 1970, 1972-1978, 1980-2007

Thank You! Minimize

The Fortville Library
Would Like to Thank:
Francis B. Hart, Jr.
for donating his great-grandfather’s,
H. Edward Hart’s (1872-1929),
top hat to the Fortville Library
which is now on display.
Susan (Graham) Lucas
for volunteering her time to
create a directory of births, marriages,
anniversaries, and deaths for the
book-bound Fortville Tribune newspapers.
She also created a list of the
various businesses on
Main Street in Fortville from 1950-1984.

Rebecca Niquette
for donating the picture of
Mr. and Mrs. Price (circa. 1880s)
from the Cozart Building on Main Street.
Gary Sharrett
for donating several items to the library:
Report Card from 1885
Fortville High School Commencement Program from 1897
Tax Receipts from:
William Brown - 1890, 1891, 1892, 1894, 1907
Washington Fort - 1850, 1854, 1857,1859, 1867, 1869, 1875, 1882
Micajah Shull - 1849
Loans paid by Washington Fort for David Gardner - 1866, 1867
Promissory Notes (loans) to Cephas Fort from:
Parkis Fort 1865
William Fort 1867
Henry Fort 1867, 1869
Warranty Deeds
John T. Pridgeon "Pridgen" 1873, 1882
William Brown from Mary Green - 1898
Dale "Dick" Collins
For donating his and his parents'
WWII Ration Books
Eugene Dove
for donating 16 genealogical books:
*Will Books & Intestate Records, Lancaster Co., PA 1729-1850
*Quaker Arrivals at Philadelphia 1682-1750
*St. Paul's Parish Register 1715-1798
*Original Lists of Persons of Quality 1600-1700
*Marriages of Loudoun County, Virginia 1757-1853
*Virginia Court Records in Southwestern Pennsylvania 1775-1780
*Cabell County Annals and Families
*Early Kentucky Tax Records
*To Maryland from Overseas
*Official Guide to the Civil War Discovery Trail
*Immigrant Ancestors: A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750
*Marriages of Lunenburg, Virginia 1746-1853
*Northumberland County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds 1783-1850
*More English Adventurers and Emigrants 1625-1777
*Parish Register: St. Peter's, New Kent County, Virginia
*North Carolina Taxpayers 1679-1790

*If anyone has further information on the Price Family, please contact Rebecca at the Fortville Library.

Genealogy Tips & Tricks

Genealogy Tips & Tricks

~Whether you've been bitten by the genealogy bug
or you are researching for a 4-H project,
here are a few hints, tips, and tricks
to find those elusive ancestors!

1) Try to always work from the Present to the Past.  Don't skip generations!

2) Talk with family and friends.  They can provide clues and fill in gaps of your research.  Also hunt through the attic for old boxes of photos, clippings, diaries, letters, or family bibles.

3) Fill out a Pedigree, or Ancestor, chart!  When you visit Indiana or Genealogy Rooms at libraries, they will always ask if you have filled out a Pedigree chart.
*Note: When writing dates, put the date first and the month second to avoid confusion.
Ex: 3 July, 1890

You can download a chart for free from the Indiana State Library.

4) Fill out a Family Group Sheet.  The group sheet lists the children of those in the Pedigree Chart.
This sheet and other forms are available at Rootsweb.

5) Keep a Log.  Always write down where you find information.  This will save time, energy, and headaches later on when you want to find that little tidbit from an old newspaper you wrote down about Great Aunt Essie.

~Okay, you are ready to log on to the Internet.
Remember, the Internet is a great tool, but it is not a magical box of information just waiting to spit out every answer that you need.

*A great starting point is with the Federal Census Records.
The census started in 1790.  It was taken every ten years after that with more detailed information recorded than the last.  (Unfortunately, a fire at the Commerce Department in 1921 destroyed almost all the 1890 records.)  The records are open to the public after a 72 year waiting period.  So the 1930 Census is available, and the 1940 will be unveiled in 2010.

Through the census, you can trace your relations' addresses and neighbors.  Beware!  The census holds many pitfalls.  If people were not home, a neighbor might give the census taker information of the family to the best of their knowledge.  If a parent was out, the children might have given information.  The census taker could have even misheard what was said.  So, be flexible with names and dates!

The Federal Census Records can be found on HeritageQuest or  These are databases that one must buy, or you may go to a local library to view the databases in-house for free.

* Cemetery Records
Cemetery listings are available at most libraries.  Our local cemetery lists are available on the left-hand side of this page.

*Birth, Marriage, Death Records
These records are a gold mine of information.  Most require a fee and none exist before 1882 (at least in Indiana).

War of 1812

Preserve the Pensions
War of 1812

The Federation of Genealogical Societies
(FGS) is working to preserve the
War of 1812 pension records that
are held at the National Archives. 
7.2 million pages have been processd and await digitization.

To find out how you can help:

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