Genealogy, Local History, Online Resources

Local History

Starke County Genealogical Society - The objectives of the Starke County Genealogical Society of Indiana are to educate and to collect, preserve and disseminate knowledge and information about genealogy, history, biography and heraldry, especially with reference to Starke County, Indiana.  They meet on the third Friday of each month at the Henry F. Schricker Library in Knox starting at 1 p.m.

Starke County Historical Society
 Starke County Historical Society was founded June 27, 1974 by a local group of citizens concerned about preserving our county’s rich heritage for future generations.  The Society has been quartered in the home of banker, publisher, and businessman, twice-elected Governor of Indiana, Henry F. Schricker since 1977.  Our Purpose is the Fostering of Interest in Local History and the Preservation of Items of Historical Interest.

10/27/2018 Genealogy & Local History Fair @ the Indiana State Library

posted May 4, 2018, 1:41 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 4, 2018, 1:44 PM ]

This year’s Genealogy and Local History Fair's theme is “Digging Up the Dead.” Attendees will learn to how to examine, decipher and interpret death records and death research. They’ll also discover other interesting facets of mortality in history. Admission is free and the event is open to the general public. 

Over 30 organizations and exhibitors will be in attendance. Participants are encouraged to visit the tables in the exhibition hall to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations. Commercial vendors will also be available for shopping. 

Highly-acclaimed, internationally-known speakers and genealogy consultants, Lisa Alzo and Amie Bowser Tennant, will present. Alzo, a freelance writer, instructor and internationally-recognized lecturer specializing in Eastern European research, will present “Murder, Mayhem and Town Tragedy” and “Cause of Death: Using Coroner's Records for Genealogy.” The former demonstrates how to use census records, funeral records, obituaries, cemetery inscriptions, historical newspapers, town histories, court and jail records and many other underused records and sources to find the heroes and villains in family trees. The latter will demonstrate where to find coroners records and how to mine them for genealogy research clues. Tennant, a professional genealogist, nationally-known speaker and internationally-known blogger, will present “Trolling Virtual Cemeteries and Using Cemetery Records” in which she will talk about the pros and cons of FindAGrave, BillionGraves and DeceasedOnline. Tennant will also be available for a 30-minute question and answer session. 

Additionally, Sarah Halter, executive director of the Indiana Medical History Museum, will give a brown bag lunch lecture titled “What Killed Your Ancestors?,” examining 19th century medicine, the accuracy of information and names of certain diseases and what they mean. 

Library education units (LEUs) are available. Registration is required for LEUs. Register via email:

Indiana Legacy Databases Aid in Genealogical Research

posted Oct 11, 2017, 11:28 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

The Indiana State Library recently launched Indiana Legacy, which combines many of the library's most popular online indexes into a database containing over four million entries covering vital records, newspapers, marriage indexes and more. This database is free to use and may be accessed from any computer.

The database incorporates existing Indiana State Library databases with the Vital INformation Exchange (VINE), a collaborative statewide database composed of Indiana local history and vital records from Indiana libraries, historical societies, genealogy societies and related organizations.

Where'd The Obituary Listings Go?

posted Mar 30, 2015, 4:52 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Oct 31, 2015, 9:06 AM ]

You've probably been wondering what happened to the obituary listings that used to be in this section.  

Well, for some unknown reason this website keeps rejecting the PDF format that they were in, it just won't show the work.  So for the last several months I've been working, when time permits, on converting 20,104 names (from the first obituary list covering 1897 to 2006) into an Excel worksheet that we hope will be accepted by the website.  

As of the beginning of October I've finished the conversion from PDF to Excel and started working on 19 pages of names that need to be checked against microfilm of the papers.  So far 3 pages, or 123 names, have been verified or corrected.  Just 16 more pages, 513 names, that need to be found and checked.  Hopefully before the end of the year the obituaries from 1897 to 2006 will once again appear on our website.  

When I finish with those I'll start on the names from 2007 to the present. 

If you need to have some research done, just download the Genealogy Request Forms, fill in as much information as you know, and mail them to the address on the form.  Our Friends of the Library volunteer will work on finding the information you request as her time permits. 

So don't forget to check back here periodically, you never know when those lists will resurface. 

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