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Welcome, to the newly revised
Montgomery County, Indiana Genweb Site

~A Work in Progress~
Because of a computer crash, Karen and I have pushed ahead our schedule on moving Montgomery County GenWeb Site into a new site building program.  This requires us to have a series of projects or mini-sites which promotes faster access.  It will require some time to input all data into the new format, so please bear with us.  All the old pages will still be available from links and will eventually be updated.
!!! Something New!!! To help facilitate moving between projects, I have added what I call the "Get Around Links"  You will find their menu tab, just below the "Home Page ~ Tab", in the pull down menu by clicking the three bars in the left column.  There is also a link to them at the top of each sections main page.  I suggest that you open them in their own browser tab for easier access.   These links will make it easier to move more directly between the sub-sites.  I hope you enjoy them and have FUN, Happy Genealogy Days!!!   Have Fun, Jim

I have tried hard to give the Genealogists of Montgomery County something to be proud of.  If you discover a problem, let Karen know. Everyday I am learning something new about this procedure. Please be patient, Thanks, Jim!

NOTE: I and many others have spent 20 plus years (from its inception) on this project -- PLEASE GIVE CREDIT if you use our work! I've found hundreds of obituaries FROM THIS SITE on findagrave and many personal genealogy sites - I know the obituaries etc. came from here but I don't see any credit. PLEASE GIVE CREDIT!!!! Here is the citation you should use & thanks so much in advance :)

Citation: The Indiana (INGenWeb Project), Copyright ©1996-2019 (and beyond), Montgomery County GenWeb site - thanks soooo much - Karen Bazzani Zach

My name is Karen Bazzani Zach and I am your Coordinator for Montgomery County.    My hubby is constantly helping me as well - thanks, Jim Z :) . Your Indiana State Coordinator is Lena Harper .  Her assistant state coordinators are : Jim Cox and Karen Bazzani Zach

Below we have a self playing slide show.  By placing the cursor below the "Control Bar" you will see a discription of the photo.  There is an icon "[ ]" on the right side of the "Control Bar" that by clicking on it the slide show will enlarge to "Full Screen".  You can then move forward or backward, at your own pace, by clicking on the right or left arrows.  Then there are full screen controls in the upper right hand corner.  Please enjoy!


This site indexed by Free Find NOTE: Thanks so much to this great site for the indexing job -- this is a HUGE site and without FreeFind it would be literally "hard to find" things :) Thanks, Guys & thanks to my GenWeb partner, Jeff S for helping me get this straightened out! kbz

Montgomery County, Indiana is rich with history and owns many interesting sites, including the Old Jail Museum (with one of the only workable rotating cells); the Lane Place (home of Henry S. Lane, Senator and personal friend to President Lincoln); Lew Wallace Study (author of the book, Ben Hur); DAR house (owned by the Elston family until the Dorothy Q Chapter, DAR purchased it); and Wabash College (an all-male Liberal Arts School with less than 1,000 students dating back to 1832). Townships include Brown (with towns of Browns Valley and Waveland); Clark (Ladoga); Coal Creek (New Richmond, Wingate and Elmdale); Franklin (Darlington, Shannondale); Madison (Linden and Kirkpatrick); Ripley (Alamo, Yountsville); Scott (Parkersburg, New Market); Sugar Creek (Bowers); Union (Crawfordsville; Whitesville); Walnut (New Ross, Mace); Wayne (Waynetown). Crawfordsville, the County seat, is a third-class city with a full time mayor, a seven-member council and a clerk-treasurer. The city is located just off Interstate 74, about 45 miles West of Indianapolis.

Note: There has been a group of folks who have found (can you believe this?) 500 towns to date (5-1-2018 ) - click on towns on the left column to read about not only those above but many, many more.Thanks so much to Suzie & Jerry for the majority of them -- It's truly amazing!

In Honor and Memory of our past State Coordinators : Thanks for your dedication - here are Betty's remembrances of how Indiana began :) Loved that lady!

1996 - 1998 - Betty Sellers

1998 - 2000 - Fred Finkbiner

2000 - 2002 - Patrick Hays

2003 - 2004 - Gene Andert

2004 - 2011 - Debra Behler

2011 - 2012 - Katy Hestand

2012 - 2016 - Denise Wells

2016 - 2017 - John Peck

2017- -------- Lena Carlson Harper

(and thanks to Judi Burns (Greene Co Coordinator) for the INGenWeb history lesson :) I've seen 'em all come/go. Some were great (like Betty & Fred), others good, a couple not so much :) Overall, though, they tried and kept us going as one of the ONLY FREE genealogy sites. ENJOY


.... DIGGING UP BONES MYSTERIES (a new page began by Kim Hancock and myself to try to get others involved helping to find tombstones of people buried in our county, or specific places of burial or dates or who they are (say, from footstones with only initials) - that type of thing) - ENJOY

Destination Indiana (Montgomery County link)

***Submission notification*** -
effective November 21, 2012 -- Anyone submitting an obituary, picture, letter, biography ... for this site SHOULD note that the person being submitted (the obituary is about that person, in other words) SHOULD have been born, lived, or died in Montgomery County (sorry, but the site is getting sooo huge, I think this is necessary - THANKS MUCHES)- kbz

I want to take this space to THANK MY WONDERFUL TYPISTS


Chris -
Debby M.
Jack * Current typist (Jack has been absolutely amazing)
John - John has done much work recently on the WWI Vets
Kim H. - Current typist
Sara Mc (our newest :)
Tom H.
Walt * (Walt typed a humongous bunch - think Jack may have just surpassed him - thanks guys)


** PLEASE let me know if I left anyone out because these guys & gals are
SUPER and I want to make sure they get a BIG THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!! ***

T H I S - W E E K' S - F E A T U R E D - P H O T O -

George and Betty (Keys) Keedy circa 1945-1946
They are standing next to the first tent rink built in C'ville
Thanks Ron Keedy
See this one  "People Photos"

(thanks to for the cute gif)
IF YOU HAVE ANY PICS OF ANY OF THE TOWNS / BUILDINGS / AREAS / CHURCHES/ BUSINESSES/PEOPLE, please send them my way :) for this page and to archive in the photos section !! Love to share our history! kbz


CHECK -2020 additions to date. Current month below

2020 Goals --  wish us luck :)
1- 1500 obits -- DONE
2- 100 photos (again, much easier - have 'em here)  DONE
3 - Write a Waveland history with the thought of doing that for each of the towns (have a small one but would like a deep, detailed one - have a friend who offered to help) -
4- More work on the top two corners of the county (have little in Wingate, Darlington areas) DONE (but always more to do - lol)
5- Work on Businesses, Schools & Churches DONE (but working more)

AUGUST 2020 --Additions on Montgomery County INGenWeb

OBITUARIES: __180__ Added - [ytd= 3,157; Total 22,065 ] =  Agee; Allen; Adair; Anderson; Albright; Ballard, Bailey, Baker, Barr; Britton; Bible; Binford; Bowerman; Booher; Bodine; Boaz; Boyd; Boyland; Bowen; Bowman; Bratton; Brown; Bryant; Brooks; Butcher; Burroughs; Byrd; Canoodle; Carver; Carrell; Canine; Carrell; Carrington; Carson; Campbell; Call; Casey; Carter; Catting; Caster; Cannon; Carlyle; Cannady; Eads; Earl; Ellis; Elston; Endicott;  Kehoe; Kepler, Kellison, Kanouse, Kise, Krise, Krug, Kritz, Kesler, Kirkpatrick, Kincaid, Kious, Kimble, Kline, Kinney, Kostanzer, LaFollette, Landis, Lamb, Lane, Largent, Lee, Levinson, Lewis, Lightfoot, Linn, Livengood, Line, Little, Long, Loop, Love, Lyons; Ramsey; Rapp; Rayner; Reaves; Reynolds; Rice; Rich; Ring; Risk; Ridley; Ristine; Roach; Roberts; Robertson; Ross; Russell; Rusk; Rubush; RUmble; Russell; Robertson; Ronk; Ryan; Saulsbury; Sandlin; Scott; Seaton; Schendorf; Skaggs; Skelton; Slattery; Slavens; Small; Smith

Alumni- Schools -- _  __Added  (ytd = 217) -

Bibles ____ - 76 bibles - (LOVE more):

Biographies -- ___ Added (Year To Date - 511)--

Blog -- new -- ____Karen's Gen Blog --  

BUSINESS         Added =

Cemeteries -- __ -

Court Proceedings _ Added: __ Names :
Deaths _ Added: __ Names :
Deeds_ Added: __ Names :
Divorces _7   Added:___   Names :  Acker; Coleman; Jenkins; Mathes; Watts
Inquests _ Added: __ Names :
Land _ Added: __ Names :
Marriages (includes announcements in newspapers) ___ Added:  Names :
Miscellaneous ____
Naturalizations _ Added: __ Names :
Wills _ Added: __ Names :  

Census ____ Totals for Montgomery from 1920-2010;

Diaries --___ -  

Digging Up Bones Mysteries _____ =

Letters ____ - Added:

Links -- __ Added -

Misc -- ____

Civil War (Causalities and Other Data)____Added -

NEWS _12_ -- Added -  --items Added - Milholland home sold; BUrgess-Ruffner Show Tent; Symmes Show business; Accidents (Ruffner; Dewey) ; Meharry James arrested for overproposing; Duffey indicted for Corns murder; Pratt moves shop

PHOTOS -- ___- Added (YTD=162) --

TOWNS: : _4_ : Total # 525 - towns to date -added information to Longview & Mt. Tabor - added two new towns, Peeblesville & Round Corner - amazing !! Thanks to Jerry & Sherry for the help

QUESTIONS - _____ -

Reunions -- __ Added:  

SHARED: ____ Sent articles/obits/info to these


Who's Who ____ -- Added

(thanks to Al Wolf for this awesome site - greatly appreciazted)

Hilary from the IN Div. of Hist Pres & Archaeology sent this recently - nifty

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