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Genealogical Society

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Wise Words

  • In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.
    Alex Haley, Roots

  • We've uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business.
    Jimmy Carter
    Former U.S. President

  • Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
    Mark Twain

  • There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children - one is roots, and the other, wings.
    Hodding S. Carter

  • Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.
    Unknown

  • He who has no fools, knaves, or beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning.
    English Proverb

  • We are the children of many sires, and every drop of blood in us in its turn ... betrays its ancestor.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Index of Library Resources

THIS IS ONLY A PARTIAL LIST - it represents only one wall of our library at this time. The list will continue to grow every couple of weeks, as we work our way through the library. This is a time consuming process, so please bear with us.

In addition, we are entering every name from every book into the database. Again, this is a lot of work, so please bear with us as this will grow slowly and steadily. (And if you're really impatient, volunteer to come help speed things along!) You can browse these surname indexes, or use the Google Search box in the navigation section on the left to find the surnames you're looking for.

Every effort has been made to make these entries as correct as possible, however, if you should spot a typo or what you believe to be an error, please let us know and we will correct it as soon as possible.

Library Resources Index

HOW TO USE this index: The listing is alphabetical. They are entered by the name which appears on the cover of the book. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult to find exactly what you are looking for. EXAMPLE: Births and Deaths from Buchanan County would be found alphabetically under the B's, but since it also contains death information, if you only look at the D's you will not see this resource as being available. EXAMPLE: Index to Deaths in St. Joseph is found under the I's, but logically you would look under the D's or even S for St. Joseph. So PLEASE be sure to look through all of the items!

Once you have found a book which might be of interest, look to see if it is underlined and in blue. If it is, then click on that title to see a list of surnames that can be found within that book. PLEASE NOTE: these books are not indexed all at once - our at-home volunteers do a little bit at a time, so if there appears to be only a few names, it is probably being worked on. It can be difficult to know if the names are all entered or not. EXAMPLE: Deaths from the Catholic Tribune is alphabetized by the name of the deceased, however, we index every name in the obit, so you will see names from A to Z, even though the person entering the book has only done 1/2 of it.

If you find a name in the index that is of interest, write down the book number and record number. With this information our librarian can quickly find the record you need. Contact our librarian for a copy of the record of interest.

Further questions about the database and how it works? Let us know!