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Newsletter Subtitle JP59:  Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky Census
Month Day Year:  October 1, 2010


John Palmer's Crazy Crate JP 59
October 1, 2010
Census indexes and Transcriptions
 
Hello Everyone,
 
Our previous Crazy Crate covered Illinois Census Indexes and Transcriptions.  More on these will follow in another crate later.
 
This Crazy Crate continues our inventory of Census Indexes and Census Transcriptions with the states of Indiana, Kansas, and Kentucky.
 
Our next Crazy Crate will feature Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee Census Indexes and Census Transcriptions.
 
We hope you find something useful in these books that can be used over and over without a computer.  Having a book in your hands makes looking for the descendants of a couple much easier.  Matching the names of the children of that couple, particularly in the census reports done in 1850 and those done after 1850 when all of the names of all of the children are listed right on the census, is much easier, as all the boys will be found in the same alphabetical list by that surname of their father.  A quick check of the marriages of all the girls will enable you to check and see if, after their marriage, they are still living in the same county or state.

 INDIANA
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK 1:  Census of Indiana Territory for 1807.  Edited by Rehab M. Fraustein.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society.  1980.  57 pages.  Hardcover.  The Indiana Territory was established in 1800 and only three counties were formed before 1808:  Dearborn, Knox, and Randolph.  This book is a facsimile reprint of the original census pages for those counties.  Each county is listed separately.  An 11-page index provides access to the correct page in this book.   Price:  $20.00
 
CRAZY CRATE JP59  BOOK 2: 1820 Federal Census for Indiana.  Compiled by Willard Heiss.  Indianapolis: IN: Genealogy Section of the Indiana Historical Society.  1966.  Reprinted 1975.  321 pages.  Hardcover.  This compilation was made from a microfilm copy of the original census.  Unfortunately, no copy of the Census for Daviess County is known to exist, so it is not on the film or in this book.   As Mr. Heiss pointed out,  "the whole concept of pagination on the original census suggests that it may have been done by a character from Alice in Wonderland.  The confusion is compounded by the fact that I found the sheets for Jennings County had at one time been in two pieces.  When they had been assembled not a single left hand side matched a right hand side.  I had these pages photographically reproduced, cut them apart and put them together properly.  The information herein for Jennings County is correct."   To make matters worse, the census taker for Posey County could barely write English, and many of the people in his jurisdiction were German, so mistakes were made in writing the names. This book is one alphabetical listing for all 34 counties, with the county and page numbers mentioned in separate columns.  Each listing also contains the numbers shown for the various census categories:  white males, white females, ages. Etc.  It would be interesting to see how the digitized copies for Jennings County compare to the book.  Price:  $20.00
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK 3:  The Indiana 1820 Enumeration of Males.  Compiled by Mary M. Morgan.  Indianapolis:  Family History Section,  Indiana Historical Society.  1988.  173 pages.  Hardcover.  The 1816 Indiana Constitution required that an enumeration of "all of the white male inhabitants above the age of twenty-one" be taken every five years, beginning with 1820.  This book is a listing of the enumeration records for 14 counties.  It is arranged alphabetically by county.  Within the county information, the entries only show the name of the male.  The entries were taken line by line, page by page for each county, so the names are not in alphabetical order.  No page numbers are listed and no other information is listed for any entry.  A 100-page index indicates the page number of this book where the male's name appears.  Not all counties were available.  This is helpful as a companion volume to the 1820 census information because it provides the names of males who might only be listed in the "age" categories of the actual census.  The original enumeration schedules are in the Indiana State Archives.   Price:  $12.00
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK 4:  Index, 1840 Federal Population Census, Indiana.  Compiled by the Genealogy Division, Indiana State Library.  Indianapolis:  Indiana Historical Society.  1991 reprint of the 1975 edition.  374 pages.  Softcover.  The 1840 census only listed the name of the head of the household.  This book is arranged alphabetically by the surname, then the first name.  Each listing provides the county and page number where the complete information can be found.   Price:  $30.00
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK 5:  1850 Federal Census Porter County, Indiana.  Compiled by Mrs. Nellie Hiday.   Danville, IL:  Heritage House.  [YOGS] 1970.  107 pages.  Softcover.  Porter County was formed in 1835.  The boundaries were changed in 1836, 1859, and 1923.  This book is arranged alphabetically by surname.  Within each surname, the individual families are listed separately by the name of the head of the household, name of the wife (if listed), and the names of the children.  The township and household numbers are given, along with the ages and sex of each individual and their place of  birth.  Occupations are also listed.  This book lists 814 individual households.  Price:  $22.00
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK 6:  Index to the 1870 Census, La Porte County, Indiana.  Compiled by Betty Newland Werner.  La Porte: IN, La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society. 1987.  83 pages.  Plastic comb binding.  Over 8,000  entries in this index include the heads of households and those persons in the household with a surname different from the head of household.  This index was compiled from microfilm, not the original census pages.  The information includes the township and the page number.  Price:  $8.00
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK 7:  Index to the 1880 Census La Porte, County. Indiana.  Compiled by Betty Newland Werner. La Porte.  Self Published.  1988.  98 pages.  Plastic comb binding.  Over 9,800 entries in this index include the heads of households and those persons in the household with a surname different from the head of household.  This index was compiled from microfilm, not the original census pages.  The information includes the township and the page number.  Price:  $9.00
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK 8:  Vanderburgh County, Indiana 1870 Census.  Volume 1:  Armstrong, Center, German, Knight, Pigeon, Perry, Scott and Union Townships; Wards 1 and 2.  Edited by Karin Marie Kirsch.  Transcribed by Barbara Smith Thompson Veazey.  Typed by Pamela R. Gries. Evansville, IN:  Tri-State Genealogical Society.  2000. 398 pages.  Hardcover.  The microfilm roll for the 1870 census was often hard to read because of the poor quality of the film.  The Fifth Ward was particularly troublesome.  The filming of a number of the townships had been done in a haphazard order, which meant that the pages on the microfilm are often not in the proper numerical order.  Often one has to keep searching to the reel to find the second part of a family.  The original text was "corrected" and marked over before the microfilming was done.  Sometimes the location of countries of origin was made clearer when a country was written in next to a local name.  On occasion even the sex was changed.  Numerous slashes and lines through the text make it hard to recognize the actual age listed, or the actual letters written.   The spelling of names and countries of origin seems to be wonderfully creative.  The individual census takers were not necessarily consistent in their spelling of names, even when the name appears to be the names of the same immediate family.   There is also the challenging inconsistency in the formation of the written letters.  One census taker uses the same written symbol to indicate the letters F, L, S, and T - but only sometimes.  This book contains the name of the husband, wife and children, age, sex, race, occupation and place of birth.  The 91-page index contains over 13,000 names.  Price:  $30.00

KANSAS
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK 9:  Index to 1880 Mortality Schedule of Kansas.  Compiled by Thelma Carpenter and Helen Franklin.  Topeka:  Topeka Genealogical Society.  1973.  143 pages.  Soft cover.  Plastic comb binding.  This index was created to aid in the search for people and families in Kansas in 1880.  It contains the names of over 14,000 persons who died in Kansas between June 1, 1879 and May 31, 1880 and who were listed in the special Mortality Schedule.  It lists the person's name and refers to the county in which he or she died.  A few counties did not have death enumerations, so the names of the deceased are not in this index.  The individual county schedules give the following information: name of the deceased, census family number, age, sex, race, marital status, birthplace, father's birthplace, mother's birthplace, occupation, month of death, length of residence in county, and cause of death.    This index provides only the name of the deceased and the county where they died.  You will need to check the individual county mortality schedules for the entire information.  Price:  $15.00
 
KENTUCKY
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK 10:  An Index to the 1810 Federal Census of Kentucky.  Volume 1:  Adair - Cumberland.   Compiled by Lowell M. Volkel.  Indianapolis, IN, Heritage House/YOGS.  1971.  77 pages.  Softcover.  Note:  the binding is tight and the pages are clean but the staples are rusting.  This index was compiled from Microcopy 252 Rolls 5 and 9, of the Population Schedule of the Third Census of the United States.  Some of the early census records are very difficult to read: sometimes because the writing is dim and sometimes because the writing is illegible.  For example "ee" could be the misinterpretation of "u" or "er".  Undotted "i's" and uncrossed "t's" complicated even careful transcription.  The names were recorded in this index as they appeared to be written in the census.  This may vary a great deal from the way the names are spelled today.  Therefore, when using this index one should check every possible spelling of the names for which he/she is searching.   Each name is followed by three groups of numbers and letters.  The first indicates the county, the second is the page number of the original census, and the third is the specific line on which that name is found.  The printed numbers in the lower left-hand corner of Roll 5 and the printed numbers in the lower right-hand corner of Roll 9 were used in compiling his index.   Price:  $12

NOTE:  Volumes 2, 3, and 4 of the Kentucky  1810 will be available on a future crate.

NOTE FROM PAT:  Dora Wilson Smith was the mother of the owner of Heritage House, Majorie Smith.  With surnames like Wilson and Smith, her interest in genealogy started early in life and the name of Heritage House as a trusted publisher of genealogy materials was a legend in the early 1970s when Ray and I first became interested in genealogy.  Every seminar we attended, there they were, Mother and Daughter, sharing a nearly life-long interest for both of them in making genealogy materials available to those of us who shared that interest. 
Well-researched materials, done mostly by genealogists living in the county being researched, typed on MIMEOGRAPH MASTERS [if you have ever done that you know what a headache it can be!], neatly typed on a manual typewriter-all that was available to people at that time- printed on a mimeograph machine, hand collated and stapled around a dining-room table or up and down the stairway.  These books were their stock in trade.  By the time we had become interested, that firm was already very  well-known in Illinois.  They encouraged each society to choose a subject - marriage, birth, death, cemetery, history books and index them, so many more people could find out by looking at an index, without having to have access to the actual book, as to whether their surname was mentioned in that book or not.  Marjorie and her mother had done over a hundred books. 
The census books, first done by Maryan Gill and her husband, James V. Gill who were working on indexing the 1800 New Hampshire Census, Lowell Volkell, Assistant State Archivist of Illinois, was working on the 1800 Connecticut and eventually did index most of the early Illinois Censuses, 1820 and others up to 1870, aided by pioneers in the field, such as Maxine Womer, who was working on transcripts of the Illinois 1850 Census.
The Illinois Genealogical Society, with a county society in nearly every county, was instrumental in creating the seminars which encouraged others to join in the "Hobby/Obsession" which is genealogy.  The more Ray and I spoke at county seminars all over Illinois, giving speeches and entire seminars, the more we saw Marjorie and her mother and the more we came to really appreciate all their hard work.  Shortly after Mrs. Smith had finished her work on the 1830 Kentucky Censuses below, she became ill and after a lengthy illness passed away.  Marjorie found her job and the farm on which they lived plus the by-now very time consuming publishing business and the seminar advertising and retail trips were overwhelming her.  We had, independently of that knowledge, decided to approach her about selling Heritage House to us as we thought the merging of her New England, Kentucky, and Illinois materials would meld well with our Indiana and Kentucky materials.  We talked to her about this at a seminar, and she indicated she might accept a reasonable offer.  We came home, had extensive discussions with our employees and family members, then called her later that week with an offer.  She accepted our offer and told us we could come get the books that next week.  Ray rented a large truck, drove to their home, found the stock of the business was kept in a huge barn, [thus the slight rusting of the staples.]   He spent that day and the next loading the boxes of books onto the truck and arrived back home that night.  One more weekend trip in our big van and all of it was at our house.  She had included everything she had in print which was literally thousands of books in varying numbers of hundred of titles.  That was when we realized we did NOT have a barn. Extra storage became our first priority, and then unloading the truck loomed large and returning the truck slipped quietly into third place.  We have never regretted buying Heritage House and simply turned it into the Printing Arm of Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe.  Then we started working with Charles M. Franklin, Colleen Alice Ridlen and later Jana Broglin.  We keep the Heritage House books in our current catalog which is online at our website.  The books we printed later are also listed there.  When a title's supply is exhausted, we reprint, but in lesser numbers than she printed because of the lack of storage space.  All books beginning with HH in the catalog are eit, should we run out we can print more.]

CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK 11:  An Index to the 1820 Federal Census of Kentucky.  Volume II:  Counties Daviess - Hopkins.  Compiled by Lowell M. Volkel.  No publisher listed [now YOGS].  1974.  114 pages.  Softcover.  Note.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean but the staples are beginning to rust.  This is the second in a four volume index series for the 1820 Federal Census of Kentucky.  The index was compiled from Microcopy 33 Rolls, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24.    The usual caution of using any published transcription of a manuscript source should be observed.  The writing was frequently dim, penmanship was often poor, and the names may be spelled phonetically.  The left hand side of most of the pages for Daviess County was very badly torn.  Consequently, many first names or parts of names are missing for Daviess County.  Each name was followed by a county designation, the page number, and then the line number on that page.    Price:  $15
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK  12:  An Index to the 1820 Federal Census of Kentucky.  Volume III:  Counties Jefferson - Nicholas.  Compiled by Lowell M. Volkel.  No publisher listed [now YOGS].  1975.  112 pages.  Softcover.  Note.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean but the staples are beginning to rust.  This is the third in a four volume index series for the 1820 Federal Census of Kentucky.  The index was compiled from Microcopy 33 Rolls, 19, 20, 23, 23,  24, 25 and 26.    The usual caution of using any published transcription of a manuscript source should be observed.  The writing was frequently dim, penmanship was often poor, and the names may be spelled phonetically.   Page 94 of Mercer County and pages 190, 202, 203, and 215 of Nelson County were inadvertently omitted when the schedules were originally filmed.  Names for these pages are included in the index.  Each name was followed by a county designation, the page number, and then the line number on that page.    Price: $15
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK 13.  An Index to the 1820 Federal Census of Kentucky.  Volume IV:  Counties Ohio - Woodford.    Compiled by Lowell M. Volkel.  Indianapolis:  Heritage House/Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe.    1975.  91 pages.  Softcover.  Note.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean but the staples are beginning to rust.  This is the third in a four volume index series for the 1820 Federal Census of Kentucky. This volume completes the entire state.   The index was compiled from Microcopy 33 Rolls,20, 24, 26, 27, 28 and 29.  The usual caution of using any published transcription of a manuscript source should be observed.  The writing was frequently dim, penmanship was often poor, and the names may be spelled phonetically. Each name was followed by a county designation, the page number, and then the line number on that page.    Price:  $13
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59:  SPECIAL OFFER;  All four of the above 1820 Census Index books available for purchase as a set.  Volume 1 $12, Volume 2 $15, Volume 3 $15 plus Volume 4 $13, which cover the entire state of Kentucky in 1820, now not $55, purchased separately, but all for $40.
  
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK  14:  Kentucky 1830 Census Index.  Volume I:  Counties Adair - Campbell.  Compiled by Dora Wilson Smith.  Thompson. IL:  Heritage House.  1973.  88 pages.  Softcover.   Note: the binding is tight and the pages are clean.   This first volume of the 1830 Kentucky Census Index was copied from the National Archives Microfilm Rolls M19-33 and part of M 19-34.    Readers should be cautious when using any index.  The old faded handwriting was diminished even more on microfilm.  The interpretation of the original handwriting at times caused the author some agonizing decisions.  The qualifications of a census taker did not include good penmanship or the ability to spell names.  The format of the index includes the name of the head of the household in the first column, followed by the county of residence and the census page number where the name was found.   Price: $13
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK  15:  Kentucky 1830 Census Index.  Volume II:  Counties Casey - Gallatin.  Compiled by Dora Wilson Smith.  Thompson. IL:  Heritage House.  1973.  82 pages.  Softcover.   Note: the binding is tight and the pages are clean.  This second volume of the 1830 Kentucky Census Index was copied from the National Archives Microfilm Rolls M19-34 through M 19-36.  Readers should be cautious when using any index.  The old faded handwriting was diminished even more on microfilm.  The interpretation of the handwriting at times caused agonizing decisions.  The qualifications of a census taker did not include good penmanship or the ability to spell names.  The format of the index includes the name of the head of the household in the first column, followed by the county of residence and the census page number where the name was found.    Price: $12 
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK  16:  Kentucky 1830 Census Index.  Volume III:  Counties Garrard - Hopkins.  Compiled by Dora Wilson Smith.  Indianapolis:  Heritage House/Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe.  1973.  89 pages.  Softcover.  Note: the binding is tight and the pages are clean, but the staples are getting rusty.   This third volume of the 1830 Kentucky Census Index was copied from the National Archives Microfilm Rolls M19-36 through M 19-38.  Readers should be cautious when using any index.  The old faded handwriting was diminished even more on microfilm.  The interpretation on the handwriting at times caused some agonizing decisions.  The qualifications of a census taker did not include good penmanship or the ability to spell names.  The format of the index includes the name of the head of the household in the first column, followed by the county of residence and the census page number where the name was found.   Price: $13
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK  17:  Kentucky 1830 Census Index.  Volume IV:  Counties  Jefferson - Meade.  Compiled by Dora Wilson Smith.  Indianapolis:  Heritage House/Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe.  1974.  84 pages.  Softcover.   Note: the binding is tight and the pages are clean, but the staples are getting rusty. This fourth volume of the 1830 Kentucky Census Index was copied from the National Archives Microfilm Rolls M19-38 and M 19-39.    Readers should be cautious when using any index.  The old faded handwriting was diminished even more on microfilm. The interpretation on the handwriting at times caused agonizing decisions. The qualifications of a census taker did not include good penmanship or the ability to spell names. The format of the index includes the name of the head of the household in the first column, followed by the county of residence and the census page number where the name was found.   Price:  $12
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK  18:  Kentucky 1830 Census Index.  Volume V:  Counties Mercer - Russell.  Compiled by Dora Wilson Smith.  Indianapolis:  Heritage House/Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe.  1974.  87 pages.  Softcover.   Note: the binding is tight and the pages are clean,   This fifth volume of the 1830 Kentucky Census Index was copied from the National Archives Microfilm Rolls M19-39 through M 19-41.  Readers should be cautious when using any index.  The old faded handwriting was diminished even more on microfilm.  The interpretation on the handwriting at times caused some agonizing decisions.  The qualifications of a census taker did not include good penmanship or the ability to spell names.  The format of the index includes the name of the head of the household in the first column, followed by the county of residence and the census page number where the name was found.    Price: $13
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59  BOOK  19:  Kentucky 1830 Census Index.  Volume VI:  Counties Scott - Woodford.  Compiled by Dora Wilson Smith.  Thompson, IL:  Heritage House.  1974.  89 pages.  Softcover.   Note: the binding is tight and the pages are clean,  This sixth and final volume of the 1830 Kentucky Census Index was copied from the National Archives Microfilm Rolls M19-41 and M 19-42.  Readers should be cautious when using any index.  The old faded handwriting was diminished even more on microfilm.  The interpretation on the original handwriting at times caused some agonizing decisions.  The qualifications of a census taker did not include good penmanship or the ability to spell names.   The format of the index includes the name of the head of the household in the first column, followed by the county of residence and the census page number where the name was found.   Price: $13
 
CRAZY CRATE JP 59:  SPECIAL OFFER #2;  All six of the above 1830 Census Index books are available for purchase as a set.  Volume 1 $13, Volume 2 $12, Volume 3 $13, Volume 4, $12, Volume 5 $13 and Volume 6 $13, which cover the entire state of Kentucky in 1830, now not $76, purchased separately, but all six for $50.

NOTICE:  The famous Accelerated Indexing Systems books, are, to my knowledge, no longer available except on the Used Books Shelves.  Yet these Heritage House Editions are still going strong and are still in print.  Nothing beats the convenience of a book!

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