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The Jennings County Public Library remodel was completed and the Grand re-opening was November 19, 2011. We are an affiliate of, and have their microfilm of Jennings County early Catholic Church Records. If you are in the area please come by and use our resources.   Sheila

This page is to help with finding and using the resources available at the Jennings County Public Library.

Additions to Research Materials Since 2013
   Additions to the Local History and Genealogy Room, include Franklin County Cemetery records,June 2013 Records of the North Vernon 2nd M.E. Church (African American) compiled into two binders and added to our local church records collection. July 2013 The estate of Lilian Carmer had donated her genealogy collection to the library and it has now been added to our files on local families. November 2013 copies of Commissioners Court Records from the 1850's Donated by C. Byron & Georgia Buckley. December 2013 Old painting of a Jennnigs County Farm once owned by Elmer Talkington. January 2014 two very old photo Albums with many identified pictures, donated by an anonymous donor (family names Hull, Overturf, French & relatives). March 2014 North Vernon Elementary School Scrapbooks 1971-1974. Train Way Bills from 1909 donated by Lester Tracy. Train Way Bills from 1901 donated by Steve Malone. June 2014 On the Banks of the Whyloosing book and Binder with research notes donated by Loralyn Reynolds. July 2014 Vernon High School Class of 1964 Reunion, binder and CD with details donated by William Robertson. Bolden Family records donated by James Hall. Pictures of Werner Family donated by Charlotte Naffin. August 2014Picture of Lovett High School class of 1937 donated by Sheila Kell. Newspaper article on Jessamyn West and book by Sarah Cooper donated by Susan Heitzman. Books, The Big Sandy Valley, Tracing your Civil War Ancestors & Ohio Marriages donated by Wayne & Diana Mahan. October 2014 Book Indiana a Guide to the Hoosier State donated by Jeannett Schiefinger. November 2014 Central States Archaeological Journal - 2014 donated by Franklin Everman. December 2014 The World Book of Mickels donated by Ernest Holt. February 2015 Document display case donated by Gene & Sharon Brewer. March 2015 Research club booklets donated by Alice Rohrer. April 2015 Research of William & Catherine Coons donated by Janet & Tim Payne. Also the research of Phyllis Hurley. July 2015 Three scrap books on the history of Campbell Township compiled by Janetta Bush. Five Genealogy Binders on the Meek Family by Gladys LaVon Treadway of Iowa. Research on Elizabeth McQuaid done by Lois Bertram.August 2015 Plat maps of Muscatatuck State Hospital land prior to building of the Hospital and listing of the State School Cemetery from MSG Brad Staggs of Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. October 2015 Research on the family of Frederick Kysar donated by R. Eileen Cox and her mother Kathy Kysar Howard (author of "Kysar Kin", includes CD, also pictures & audio interview with Marie Bridges). 2016 Scrapbook on Jennings County Business & Professional Woman's Club donated by Byron Smith. Pictures of Civilian Conservation Corps Camps in North Vernon & Brookville, donated by Kathy Whitehead. Johnson Family Pictures - over 100 old picturs of people connected to the family of Meredith Johnson a Jennings County Pioneer, donated by Barbara Cummings-album owned by Edith Johnson & Abraham Lincoln, pictures originally scanned by Matt Hutchins. A group of pictures from the 1950's showing original Dairy Queen and the area around it, donated by Charles Heilers. 2017 Various School Yearbooks completing our collection for North Vernon,from various donors. File on the Viley & Heney families also pictures of Helts Mill, donated by Alma Wiley. Pictures & memorabilia of Hale & Oursler Families - donated by Charlotte Oursler Naffin. Anabelle (Hull) Pickett Collection of Scrapbooks, pictures & memorabilia, donated by the Pickett Family. 2018 Framed arial photos of the area around Regal Rugs location in North Vernon, donated by Ralph Thompson who was employed there for over 30 years.

Presently my hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 to 2:00 and Wednesday 1:00 to 5:00, also 9:00 to 4:00 the first Saturday of each month.

   There are over 5,000 items in the Local History & Genealogy section of the Jennings County Public Library. Copies are permitted and the cost is 10 cents each, payable at the main desk.
   This list is a work in progress and I will add more items as I find them. There will also be some things from the library records. These will show up for you to click on toward the bottom of this page.  


Vernon Presbyterian Church Records, Minutes, 1825-1893  Roll of Members January 1, 1893

Fletcher Dowd Funeral Home Records 1901-1958, History of Coffee Creek School (Soldiers from Paris in the Civil War), Brief Early History of North Vernon, Brief History of Paris, Brief history of Bear Creek Baptist Church, History of the Henry Deputy family, Rabbit Plains School Reunion minutes, 1945, Wednesday Research Club Minutes.

Jennings County Death Records 1882-1910 

Wednesday Research Club, Hayden Baptist Church Records, Mrs. Wohrer's Scrapbook History of Spencer Township, Hayden Baptist, Vernon Baptist Church, 1839-1877, 1877-1915

Vernon Cemetery, Vernon, IN., index-Robbins Family, Spencer, Tate, & McCammon-Bland Families, Ritz Family, Harrell Legacy, Also contains Hillcrest Cemetery, North Vernon & St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, North Vernon.

Graham Baptist Church Records from 1828-1888

Graham Presbyterian Minutes from 1817 to 1947

Sand Creek Baptist association Minute Book  1845-1907

Scrapbooks of R. W. Norris, Lockwood, - miscellaneous records including Maples, Lewis , Genealogy and much more.

Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes 1898-1914: Index to the Final Rolls, and Final Rolls.

9th Indiana Legion - over 800 documents, including muster rolls.

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM (partially indexed)

Beginning with the Vernon Banner 1859 some difficult to read - not all early issues are on microfilm, ending with Dec. 2014.

OBITUARY CARD FILE - Alphabetical Order - various obituaries & dates-UPDATE! Still adding obituaries to our card file. (Thank you Bonita Welch for all your help)

GRAY BOXES - just what the name says, these are gray colored file boxes filled with records, there is an index searchable by surname in spreadsheet form on the Genealogy Room computer. Files contain contributed family files, research done by previous Librarians, newspaper clippings, local & church histories, copies of actual court documents, (wills, probate & civil court cases). Also in Gray Boxes are copies of original court files in a separate database called Court documents copied & filed, also searchable by surname, with what type of record is involved and in some cases the date of the document.  These boxes are numbered and in each box are many folders that are numbered. To find what you want you search by surname then get the box number then the file number that is within the box. Please put the files back in the boxes in numerical order so the next person can find them. I am finding some of these with papers missing, please make copies and leave the originals in the boxes for others to use.

MONTGOMERY TOWNSIP TRUSTEE'S JOURNALS   1859-1884  Montgomery Township includes the towns of Paris, Paris Crossing and Comiskey - photo copies of actual journals,  lists of heads of households with how many school age children were in the home, payments for work in the Township including building schools, and roads.

Daughters of the American Revolution Scrapbooks from Muscatatuck Chapter which is no longer in existance - 6 books.

Local Histories - Including the entire county, townships and towns, many first person accounts of who lived in the various areas, what they did. Some of these are bound books others are binders. If you find your ancestors in a certain township in census records be sure to check any township histories for them also.

Family Histories - Books & Binders on various families who lived in Jennings County, most were contributed by researchers and are in Genealogy format.

Maps including recent plat maps.

Genealogy records in binders complied by previous librarians and volunteers.

Marriage Indexes giving what book and page the records may be found in at the Courthouse. Caution here, the books at the Courthouse have changed from a letter to a number system. Go by the date range you want then the page numbers in the Index will be correct. Also do not just use the Index's in the books at the Courthouse, there are some not in the book index but they are in the books.

Cemetery Indexes and transcriptions done by volunteers, some more detailed than others.

Dodd Funeral Home Records, Jordon Funeral Home Records, Census Mortality Schedules, Photocopies of some records of the Paris Curcuit of the Methodist Church, these include Dupont and Lancaster (Jefferson County) late 1800's early 1900's.

Marion Township School records early 1900's, students & teachers listed by school.

Tobacco & Alcohol Tax Stamps 1876

Births and Deaths    For 1919 listed in the January 1920 North Vernon Sun Newspaper      

Tripton Band      Names of members of the Tripton Band 1898 - 1911

List of delinquent taxpayers      For the year 1865

James Hill vs Benjamin R. Sutton Lawsuit   1871 - lists heirs of Benjamin R. Sutton - picture of actual document

Probate Book 2  Index to Complete Probate Book 2   

Family Histories  Family Books and Binders donated to the Library by researchers.

Court of the Justice of the Peace, Montgomery Township 1877 - 1906

Picture of a Receipt to T.J. Burtch   1899

Deed from Ezra Paybody to Joseph B. Smith   1856

Tobacco Coupon   Unkown Date
Jennings County Poor Farm   1850-1940
J.B. Swincher Bible   1803-1879

Jennings County Business Directory   1876
Coryell Newsletter Excerpt   1877
Commissioners Soldier Relief List   1865
Vernon High School - The Early Years   1880 - 1940
Picture - Lovett High School   1937
Jennings County Pensioners   1883

Pictures - Bill & Catherine Coons Collection   Various Dates

Dedication of Revolutionary Soldier Robert Watson's Headstone 1994

Parker Home on Pleasant Run

Thanksgiving 1889

Memorial Day   1930

Adam Brower

Rev. Chesley Holmes

Lovett School 1926 & 1929

Quaker Research

Freshman Class Picture North Vernon 1915

Belsora Knox Sampson1833-1919

Hicks & Related Families

The Civil War Letters of James H. Goodnow

Andrews Family Notes & Pictures

Martha Nauer Family Album

Zenas Pictures

Letter from D. L. Glenn

Pickett Collection (Hull Family)

Haggerman Tripp by E. P. Hicks

Two Sandcreek Women

Henry Deputy Family

Interview with Thelma Agnes Colbert Goode/Walker

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