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Newsletter Subtitle:  Dearborn County, IN and a phonics lesson! 

Month Day Year: March 1, 2011


YOGS 87:  MARCH 1, 2011.  A sad note to start this newsletter.


The field of genealogy has lost a wonderful, capable, enthusiastic woman who has helped thousands of people to make progress easier and faster than they ever thought possible. 


Here is a memorial to her.  Sandra Luebking was a friend to all she  

met and loved sharing her hobby with all others who love it, too.  She spoke at a seminar we held here in Indianapolis just a few years ago.  She will be greatly missed by all that knew her.


in memoriam: sandra hargreaves luebking

Noted Genealogist and Former FGS FORUM Editor Passes

Beginning in 1979, Sandra taught annually at Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and twice accompanied their British Research tour. From 1990 to 2007 she was Course I Coordinator for IGHR. From 1994 until its close in 2005, Sandra was Intermediate Studies Coordinator for the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (at the University of Illinois, sponsored by the Illinois State Genealogical Society). With Loretto Dennis Szucs, Sandra co-edited three award-winning books, including two editions of The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy; and The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches. Sandra also wrote two chapters for Professional Genealogy (Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor) titled "Genealogical Education" and "Fee Setting."

Helping thousands of people to find their Chicago/Cook County roots, Sandra conducted research projects for the Smithsonian Institute, numerous publishers and attorneys, and an international clientele from Australia, England, Finland, Germany and Sweden. She was a past trustee for the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and a volunteer research assistant at the National Archives-Great Lakes Region.

Sandra's honors included the Professional Achievement Award from the APG (2008); the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award from FGS (2008); lecturer for the Richard Slatten Lecture Series by the Friends of the Virginia State Archives (2003) and, lecturer for the Willard Heiss Memorial Lecture at the 79th Annual Indiana History Conference (Indiana Historical Society) (1999). She was a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association (1996) and was named Outstanding IGHR Alumni by Samford University in 1995.  We are all saddened by the loss of a good friend and an exemplary genealogist.

Now to today's books: 

CRAZY CRATE YOGS 87  BOOK 1:  DEARBORN COUNTY, INDIANA PROBATE COMPLETE RECORD BOOKS A, B AND C.  (1826-1844).  By Chris McHenry.  ©1986.  Self-published.  Reprinted by YOGS. 59 pages, cardstock covers, stapled, taped spine. The abstractions end at page 45 and the index covers 12 pages of double column type.  The records contained in this volume are taken from the Complete Record Books  

of the Dearborn County, Indiana Probate Courts.  This book is being reprinted now, so delivery may take a week or so.  My printer took a weekend vacation in the hospital without checking in with me, so he

is running a little behind on my order.  I told him you would understand.


Prior to 1803, this DearbornCounty land had been a part of Knox County, Indiana, then Hamilton County, Ohio, and after that, Clark County, Indiana!


Dearborn County, Indiana, was formed March 8, 1803, and included,  

at that time, all of what is now Ohio County, Indiana, and parts of Switzerland, Franklin and Wayne Counties, all now also Indiana counties.Ohio County remained a part of Dearborn until 1845 and the records of early residents of Ohio County will be found in Dearborn County records.  


Dearborn County suffered a terrible fire the night of March 5 and 6, in 1826.  The fire totally destroyed the court house and all records.  It was thought to have been deliberately set.   


Some records were re-recorded by a special commission set up for that purpose, and these include, especially, deeds, along with a few wills, marriages, and miscellaneous papers.  These are found mainly in the first few books of the Deed Record in the Recorder's Office. 


You can easily see, by this timeline, why these records begin in 1826, after the courthouse fire.  You will also notice that since Ohio County was created in 1845, the early Ohio County residents records up to 1845 will be found in this book.  PRICE: $16 new reprinting.


Theoretically, the books should contain all pertinent information filed with these courts concerning estates, mainly intestate estates, which are estates of those people who died, but did not have a will already written.  There are also some cases where a will had been written, for which some notations were kept.  Therefore, some information may be recorded in the actual papers of the estate which do not appear in these records.  Since all of the names are faithfully transcribed as written in the books, there is a greater chance than usual that various spellings of those names will be numerous.


Pat's Notes:  Again, a word to anyone who wishes to be a successful genealogist.  When you find a will, you have only begun your task.  Yes, of course, you will write for a copy of the will as copied in the  

will book, as well as, asking for a copy of the original will, but this is still just the beginning of your search. 


From the time the will was first presented and filed at court, you need to follow it in every single probate book until you find the Final Settlement of that will, which can be a very long time, particularly if there are very young children and a guardian/s involved.  In doing a research paper for a client, I once followed the will from the filing almost to the final settlement through papers covering the changing  

of the guardians for each of the three children several times until they each reached the age of 21, amassing over 100 different pages, as the guardians were to make yearly detailed financial reports.  Some of the children were "farmed out" to various families.  The widow married again within three years and moved to Illinois, and renounced her share in favor of a settlement of cash to take with her and she left the rest to be divided among the three children of her first husband.

One child grew up, joined the Army and was killed in battle, leaving  

no heirs of his own, so a review of the case was to be scheduled and the judge filed several papers over that decision.  One daughter grew up, married at a very young age to a son of the guardian with whom she had lived five years and then moved away from Indiana.  I never did find a final settlement of that will, but I could tell by the yearly financial paperwork that, probably, the estate which had been liquidated twenty years before the baby grew up, had probably simply run out of money.  The last paperwork I found was over twenty years older than the first one! 


A successful genealogist will follow the trail left in the Probate Court from the presentation of the paperwork the first time [the date of admission to probate] to the final settlement [heirs sign for their share and final documentation is presented to the judge, as well as every step in between.]  You will find a lot in the original will packet that never made it into the books!


Back to the book!  The index will list the numbers of people listed for each surname.  However, surnames with only a single first name have not been listed:  Abbott 2, Abd(e/o)n 7, Adams 4, Alloway 2, Anderson 2, Arnold 5, Ashby 5, Askew 6, Bailey 4, Bainbridge 2, Baker 2, Barker 3, Barrcklo(o/w) 5, Bartholomew 3, Beasley 2, Beat(t)(y/ie) 5, Bennett 13, Blasdel/l 9, Blodgett 2, Blouvett 2, Bolsel/l 3, Bolsley 2, Bond 2, Boyl 8, Brace 5, Brashear 3, Brewington 3, Brown 3, Bruce 7, Buchanan 13, Bucknear 2, Buell 2, Bullock 2, Cairn(e)s 2, Callahan 2, Carpenter 3, Carrick 5, Case 7, Cater 2, Cha(i)se 8, Cheek 3, Chilson 9, Christoph 7, Clark 2, Clemens 2, Clevenger 2, Close 6, Cochran 3, Coen 2, Cole 5, Collins 3, Colvin 2, Colwell 2, Conaway 6, Conn 2, Cook 4, Cooper 2, Cornforth 7, Cotton 2, Cox 5, Cozine 5, Curtis 2, Dale 2,  

Davis 8, Dawson 2, Dayton 2, Dean 2, Devar 2, Dickerson 2, Dill 3,  

Dils 14, Douglas 2, Dowden 2, Downey 5, Drake 2, Dunn 5, Elder 11, Elliott 5, Ewar(d/t) 2, Ferris 6, Field/s 13, Finley 2, Fitch 3, Flake 4, Fleming 4, Fulk/e 2, Frazier 6, Freliger 2, Funkhouser 4, Gage 4,  

Gaines 2, Garner 9, Garret/t 2, Gary 2, Gibbons 3, Gibson 4, Godley 3, Graham 2, Green 6, Gullet/t 5, Hagerman 4, Haines 2, Hall 7, Hamilton 3, Hancock 2, Hanna/h 4, Harbart 2, Harris 2, Harrison 8, Hartpence 6, Harwood 4, Hayes 4, Haynes 8, Hazen 4, Helms 2, Henshaw 3, Heustis 4, Hobson 2, Hodgson 2, Holman 2, Holmes 3, Hopkins 2, Howard 2, Hubbard 5, Huddleston 6, Hudson 11, Huffman 2, Hunter 2, Huston 6, Ince 5, Jackson 22, Jamieson 3, Jenkins 4, Jessup 3, Johnson 4, Jolley 2, Jones 5, Keen 2, Kemp 2, Kerr 3, Kilgo(re/ur) 3, King 3, Kitchel 2, Knapp 2, Lake 2, Lane 4, Larkin 3, Larrison 2, Lawrence 17, Lemmel 2, Lemon 4, Lewis 4, Loder 7, Lord 3, Lunback 2, Major/s 2, Manwaring 7, Marble 2, Marsh 9, Marshall 2, Martin 3, Mayall 6, McAbee 3, McCabe 2, McCance 2, McClure 2, McGuire 3, McIntyre 2, McKeague 6, McKee 3, McKinney 2, McMullen 2, McWethy 2, Medd 4, Milburn 6, Miller 19, Mills 3, Min(c)kler 11, Monroe 2, Moore 9, Morgan 6, Morss 3, Murr(a)y 2, Musgrove 4, Myers 3, Naileigh 2, Newcomer 3, Noyes 13, O'Neal 2, Owens 5, Oxley 3, Ozier 2, Parker 4, Parris 2, Pate 5, Patrick 2, Payne 10, Percival 3, Pettigrew 3, Phelps 4, Piatt 4, Pike 3, Plummer 4, Powell 6, Priest 10, Purcell 2, Pursel/l 2, Rabb 4, Radley 4, Rammer 3, Rawling 3, Ray 4, Reeder 2, Rees 8, Renno 6, Rich 2, Richardson 2, Riddling 2, Riley 2, Roberts 3, Robinson 3, Rogers 6, Rowe 2, Rucker 2, Runion 2, Runyan 2, Saltmarsh 11, Sanks 2, Saunders 7, Sayne 2, Schwartzfager 3, Scog(g)in 5, Scott 5, Scranton 3, Shaw 5, Showalter 2, Shroyer 2, Skyles 2, Smith 27, Snell 4, Snowden 2, Soter 4, Spangler 2, Spencer 5, Stagner 3, Stateler 2, Statler 5, Stewart 2, Straun 7, Streigle 3, Sturdyvant 2, Swailes 3, Swales 2, Swango 2, Swing 2, Taylor 3, Teaney 5, Tebbs 2, Torn 2, Torrence 3, Tucker 7, Utz 2, Van Horn 4, Van Middlesworth 4, Vandusen 6, Vanhouten 2, Vaughn 8, Walker 5, Walliser 2, Walton 2, Watts 3, Weaver 3, Wheeler 2, Whipple 3, White 12, Whitston 3, Wicks 4, Wight 2, Wiley 2, Williams 2, Williamson 3, Wilson 4, Winkley 2, Wood 3, Woods 12, Worley 3, Wright 11, Yerkes 2.   Price: $15



Includes wills from the area later becoming Ohio County, Indiana, after 1845, and Perpetuated Testimony Books "CC".  By Chris McHenry, Published by Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe. 1976.  51 pages, cardstock cover, stapled.  Prior to 1803, this Dearborn County land had been a part of Knox County, Indiana, Hamilton County, Ohio,  and Clark County, Indiana!

Dearborn County, Indiana, was formed March 8, 1803, and included,

at that time, all of what is now Ohio County, Indiana, and parts of Switzerland, Franklin and Wayne Counties, all now also Indiana counties.  Ohio County remained a part of Dearborn until 1845 and the records of early residents of Ohio County will be found in Dearborn County records.

Dearborn County suffered a terrible fire the night of March 5 and 6, 1826.  The fire totally destroyed the court house and all records.  It was thought to have been deliberately set.     


Some records were re-recorded by a special commission set up for that purpose, and these include, especially, deeds, along with a few wills, marriages, and miscellaneous papers.  These are found mainly in the first few books of the Deed Record in the Recorder's Office.  Wills re-recorded in this manner, twenty-three of them, some dating back  

to 1817, are included in Part II of this book.


Wills have been abstracted, with all names and all property descriptions included in the will are found in this book, also.

The abstracts take the first 30 pages of the book, the remaining pages are filled with the index.  All names appearing in the will abstract are listed here in this very comprehensive index.


This every-name index count includes all surnames appearing in two or more entries and all first names which are included in the book.  The surname is counted only once per entry and the index just states on what page of this book the entry appears.  However the surname may appear two or many more times in that one will or on that one page. That is why the entry count in this book is smaller.  INDEX:   Abraham 2, Akins 7, Allen 5, Anderson 6, Andrew 2, Antrim 8, Arnold  

2, Austin 4, Babcock 2, Bail(e)y 2, Bainbridge 2, Baker 5, Baldwin 2, Ball 3, Ballweber 2, Barber 2, Bargain 2, Barkdoll 2, Barker 2, Barricklow 3, Barton 8, Beach 2, Bennett 6, Bevan 3, Bigney 5, Binnegar 2, Blackledge 2, Blasdel 27, Boardman 2, Bolser 2,

Bond 2, Bonham 2, Bostick 6, Bowen 4, Boyle/s 10, Bramble 2, Brasher 2, Brewington 14, Briggs 2, Brinkman 4, Brogan 5, Brower 4, Brown 3, Buck 3, Buell 4, Bullock 6, Burk 2, Burnett 4, Burroughs 9, Busald 2, Carbaugh 5, Carlton 6, Carman 5, Cairns 3, Case 2, Chamberlain 5, Chapman 2, Chisman 10, Christoph 2, Clark 5,  

Clements 8, Close 10, Cloud 4, Colwell 14, Cole 17, Collier 7, Collins 6, Conaway 4, Connelly 3, Cook 9, Cottingham 4, Coughlin 4, Cox 6,  

Craft 2, Crandon 2, Curtis 4, Darragh 3, Dashiell 3, Davis 12, Dawson 4, Dean 9, Dennis 9, Dickinson 6, Dill/s 3, Dorman 3, Duck 3, Dunkin 11, Dunn 10, Dunning 3, Durham 2, Eaden 5, Early 4, Eastman 2, Elder 5, Elliott 3, Ellis 3, Ellison 2, Emerson 2, English 4, Ewan 5, Ewart 3, Ewbank 19, Farran 3, Faulkner, Ferris 2, Fitch 2, Fogle 3, Fox 10, Frazier 8, Freland 14, Froman 5, Fuller 7, Fulton 4, Gage 3, Garrison  

10, Gasten 3, Gibson 16, Givan 2, Godley 2, Gould 2, Goulding 2, Graff 6, Gray 3, Griffith 4, Gutaple 6, Haddock 2, Hall 9, Hamilton 8, Hammerly 2, Hammond 2, Hancock 8, Hansell 9, Hargitt 7, Harris 7, Harrison 3, Hartpence 2, Havrin 10, Hayes 8, Hayman 4, Haynes 2, Headley 7, Henrick 2, Herren 2, Higbee 8, Hinds 8, Hines 5, Holman 11, Hopping 9, Horsley 7, Horton 3, Huber 2, Hudson 6, Huffman 9, Hunt 2, Hunter 4, Huston 6, Jackson 4, James 6, Johnson 11, Jones 6, Judd 5, Kelso 8, Ketcham 9, King 8, Kuntz 3, Kyle 3, Lambert 5, Lambertson 5, Lamkin 2, Lane 8, Larrison 2, Lawrence 16, Leonard 2, Levitt 8, Lewis 16, Liddle 2, Little 4, Loder 6, Longworth 3, Low 2, Ludlow 2, Lundbeck 8, Lyons 10, McClary 2, McClure 8, M'Comes McCormick 3, McCullough 2, McCune 4, McGuire 3, McIntyre 11, McKenzie 9, McKittrick 8, McKnight 6, McLaughlin 2, McMullen 3, Mahan 2,  

Mahoney 2, Manlief 3, Mann 2, Manwaring 9, Marble 4, Marsh 7, Marshall 2, Martin 11, Mason 16, Mathews 2, Mattocks 4, Mericle 2, Milburn 8, Miller 8, Milliken 2, Moore 31, Morford 2, Morford 2, Morgan 9, Morrison 2, Murphy 2, Murr(a)y 2, Musgrove 3, Myers 2, North 11, Nowlin 2, O'Connor 11, Olmstead 2, Palmer 3, Pardun 3, Pate 17, Patton 2, Pettigrew 4, Pewet 2, Phelps 5, Phillips 2, Pike 6, Plummer

5, Pollock 4, Porter 6, Powell 19, Pratt 4, Pruden 2, Pugh 3, Purcel 9, Rabb 4, Raasmer 2, Randall 9, Rawling 3, Record 3, Reed 4, Reeder 2, Rees 5, Re(a/e)ves 2, Rice 9, Richmond 11, Ricketts 7, Roberts 8, Robinson 8, Rogers 7, Rollins 3, Ross 2, Row 10, Rusche 2,Rush 2, Ryker 2, Saltmarsh 2, Saw 2, Sawdon 3, Schacherer 2, Schmid 3, Schnetzer 2, Schue 2, Scoggin 2, Scranton 11, Scroggin 4, Shires 2, Siedz 2, Smith 16, Songer 2, Southard 3, Sparks 3, Spicknall 16, Sponsel 2, Stark 2, St. Clair 3, Stead 2, Stevens 2, Stewart 9, Stone  

11, Storms 3, Stragle 6, Swa(i)les 14, Swartzfeiter 4, Tapley 2, Taylor 13, Terrill 2, Thompson 6, Tibbetts 4, Todd 8, Torbet 2, Tousey 2, Travers 2, True 5, Turner 3, Vail 8, Vandoren 5, Van Horn 2, Van Wedding 2, Vanzile 9, Vayhinger 2, Vetter 4, Vinson 2, Vogel 9, Walker 6, Walking 6,  Waltz 2, Wardell 3, Watson 4, Watts 5 Weaver 2, Weller  2, West 4, Wheeler 4, White 4, Whitman 2, Wicks 4, Wilkinson 2, Will 2, Williams 2, Williamson 2, Wilson 8, Wood 10, Wright 8, Wymond 2, Yeager 12, York 6, and Zimmerman.  PRICE:  $14  This new reprnt is ready to be sent. 


Thanks for reading this newsletter.  I hope you found some surnames of interest in these books.  Pat from YOGS                    


[Pat's Notes]  This explanation is primarily for four books that will appear, "The Lost Soldiers" one at a time, later in March, but they

also apply to this index, so I have included it here.   


This Volume I is a 59-page book which has many different surnames

in it.  The spellings, as would be expected from documents of this period, 1784-1811, are many and various, sometimes differing by  

only one letter.  Many of the variations are so similar that they could actually just be the same name, but the person who pronounces them with an accent would make the writer/recorder pause in the spelling to think, "Now how on earth am I supposed to spell that?" 


That leaves me with the question, "Now what on earth is that set of letters supposed to spell?


I can tell you one thing from having to work with what are literally thousands of spellings in each of these books I have done.  I sure am thankful the soldiers in the books I am working on now fought better than they spelled, or we wouldn't have won all those skirmishes and battles! 


Since many of these indexes were done before computers, the  

spelling in the index abstract is also flawed.  My thoughts are that they tried to keep the questioned spellings close to what the indexers thought the "correct" spelling should have been, putting them out of a the strict alphabetical sequence. 


It is easy to see that although Cain and Kane sound alike, in a large index they could be hundreds of pages away from each other!


From this experience in abstracting big time indexing projects I have firmed up what I have always practiced.  In Early America there was very little difference in the pronunciation of a short "e" and a short "i" sound in a word.


Even today, it is difficult to train a second-grader in the difference between the short e in "Eddie Elephant" [made in the back of the upper mouth] and the short i [made between the upper mouth

against the teeth] as in "Indy Indian". 


However the difference between the short a, as in "Andy Apple" and the short o in "Oscar Ostrich" and the short u in "Uncle's Umbrella" seems today to be, perhaps, better done than it was in the past.  Our ancestors felt more free to mix the vowel sounds, especially the short vowel sounds, in their speech and in their writing, than we do today. This creates words such as Landon, Lenden, Linden, London and Lundon.  You will notice the last two sound much alike.  Farres, Pharres and Farris sound much alike.  So do Harden and Hardin.   

So do Harmar and Harmer.  So do Bird and Byrd.  So do Loffkin and Loughken.  So do Carr and Karr. So do Jordan and Jourdon.  Heard, Herd, Hird and Hurd seem to readily intermix in spellings.  Some  

words ending in d or t can be easily confused, also.


In the abstracting of these indexes I have used two means of explaining to you when there is a slight variation in the spelling or sounds of the surname.  The parentheses ( ), are used to show some letters or letter combinations that may or may not be in all of the spellings of that word on the originals.  Sometimes the letter or

letters may not appear in the word at all in some of the spellings.  I use it to show that certain letters possibly appear in at least one spelling of this surname counted in this abstract.]  Example: Lyt(t)le meaning - one or more spellings were  combined with the other included in this count would be Lytle and Lyttle surnames.  


It can also mean one OR the other as in Heasl(e/o)tt, indicating that the names counted in this example are Heaslett and Heaslott. Fauqu(ier/ire) would indicate that the names counted would be Fauquier and Fauquire. 


Sometimes these marks show that a letter may appear once or twice in various originals, because it was doubled in the original spelling  

on some of the paperwork, for one or more of the count, but not in every one such as Flem(m)ing which would mean that some are spelled Fleming and others are spelled Flemming. The total will include both spellings.


I also use a / at the end of the word to indicate this word could appear with or without that letter in the word.  Doak/s would indicate that surnames counted for this surname would include both Doak and Doaks.


Harrel/l means both spellings, Harrel and Harrell, were counted together in this abstract.  How/e would indicate both How and Howe were counted in this abstract for the one entry.  In general both the parentheses and the slash generally meaning  "with or without" and are counted in the one count for that surname.  When there is a number two following the surname Lockh(e)art, means both Lockhart and Lockheart - one of each - because though they are spelled differently, but they sound exactly the same, so were counted  

together in one total.


I hope this helps explain the way I get the count for these indexes.  

In the four books coming up, there are literally thousands of  

surnames and it has stretched into a huge project for me to abstract the 310 pages of index, so these short cuts will help.  Keep tuned for some really exciting work with so many ,my mind reels with trying to keep them all safe and get the most information to you I can. 


Remember, helping genealogists is what we do here, every day, all day.  If you need help, give us a try!  Pat from YOGS.    


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