Here are indexes of some of the materials available in the research library.
Family Files PDF Family Files Word
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 PDF Fauna Mihalko Collection Word
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.
Breitweiser Underground RR Collection PDF Breitweiser Underground RR Collection Word
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.
Jefferson Proving Ground Family File PDF Jefferson Proving Ground Family File Word
Our large collection of materials from the Jefferson Proving Ground 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.
Estate Inventory Records PDF Estate Inventory Records Word
The RECORD OF JEFFERSON COUNTY ESTATE INVENTORIES 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.
Marriage Documents PDF Marriage Documents Excel
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.
Property Deeds, Mortgages, Indentures PDF Property Deeds, Mortgages, Indentures Excel
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.
Jefferson County Apprenticeship Records PDF Jefferson County Apprenticeship Records Word
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.