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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?) over 500 towns to date (5-1-2020 ) - 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 INGenWeb 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 :) Current one, Lena is awesome so hopefully, we're back on a great road again!  Overall, though, they tried and kept us going as one of the ONLY FREE genealogy sites. 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 * (Jack has been absolutely amazing)
John - John did much work  on the WWI Vets
Kim H. - Current typist - super help
S. (thanks sooo sooo much)
Sara Mc
Tom H.
Walt * (Walt typed a humongous bunch)


** 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 -

Alton Guy "Junior" Haas from the Wingate area.
Thanks to Andy Rice for sending this in.  It was contained in a photo collection of his great grandparents.
See a large view of the photo in  "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 - Check out the 2022 additions

2022 Goals --  wish us luck :)
1 – 800-1000 obituaries
2 – At least 25 photos
3 – Add more bibles, marriages, military, churches, schools …
4 – Add more newspaper clippings
5 – Add at least 5 Who’s Who

JUNE 2022 --Additions to Montgomery County INGenWeb

OBITUARIES:   105     Added - [ytd=924;  Total 28,097) = (note some of these have several obits to their names) - Names: Gabriel (James - Col - WWI & WWII); Giltner (Nancy); Gegner (Theresa Roberta); Gerhard (Elsie); Gibbs (Samuel Andrew); Gibson (Kenton - Korea); Gilkey (Ema); Gordon (Elmira E); Griffith (Elias; Iris; Sylvia); Green (George); Gray (Andrew and child of Thomas); Graves (Davis - added); Graham (grandchild of Oliver McLeod); Gray (Walter - National Guards); Hamilton (Guy; John - added); Hamm (Darrel; Fred - Korea; Gene Dean; Irvin; Lorenza; Mary Harper; Orpha Blanche); Hoff (Redden); Hodson (Fores - WWIt); Hole (Gladys); Hoefgen (Julia Brown); Howell (Madge); Horney (Havin; Martha Bell; John M; Robert D); Isfalt (Audra); Inlow (Elliott); Inskeep (Harry); Ingersoll (Alice Myers Hallett; Elizabeth McCormick; Frances Newman; Walter).; Connaroe, Cecile G.; Fruits, Forest Chester; Conarrow, Thomas.  Added more on 6-15-2022 (53) Sharp (Loretta Grim); Shepard (Alonzo; Frances); Shearer (John William); Shotts (William); Sigmond (Harvey Worth); Simms (William Allen); Schwertzer (Leo, Fred, Herman, Thomas L); Seawright, William); Sering (Carl); Slattery (child of John; John); Snyder (John; William; Ella); Springer (Raym,ond); Springgate (Sarah Brooks - added to; Kate; WH); Stewart (Mary; Doris; Alson); Stuart (Thomas B0; Stonebraker (James); Stout (Ira - CW); Straub (Earl, Ida); Strain (Homer, Alice); Stringer (John); Stubbins (Dorcas - added); Stingley, ETta; Strain (Alice Homer; Stine (Herbert); Starr (Iler); Stanford (David); Stephens (Carl; Eliza); Swank (Andrew); Suiters (Charles Anderson ; Mrs - 1892 - anyone know her); Surber (Goldie); Swear (Charles); Swearingen (Lucy);

Alumni- Schools -- _1 _Added   (YTD = 6 )
Crawfordsville Alumni:
North Alumni:  Added photo of Charles Zuck to the 1913 History of Waynetown School;
South Alumni:

Bibles ____ - Total of 80 Bibles - (LOVE more):

Biographies -- ___ Added _ Year to date -- 61  - Names Added:  

Births --        added :

Blog --  -- ____Karen's Gen Blog --

BUSINESS       Added >> (Year To Date: -- 24) --

Cemeteries -- __ -  ADDED Link

Court Proceedings _ Added: __ Names :
Deaths _   Added: __ Names :
Deeds_ Added: __ Names :
Divorces _   Added:_33 YTD__   Names :  some have more than one article -
Inquests _ Added: __ Names :
Land _ Added: __ Names :
Marriages (includes announcements in newspapers) ___ Added: __ YTD - names are:
Miscellaneous ____
Naturalizations _ Added: __ Names :
Wills _ Added: __ Names :  

Census ____ Updated:

CHURCHES   Adding new Church Items HERE!         (YTD = 105 ):  

Diaries --___ -  

Digging Up Bones Mysteries _____ =

Letters ___ -  (YTD = 3 ) Added:
Links -- __ Added -  

Misc -- ____

MILITARY - (Causalities and Other Data)____Added - (ytd =2 )
World War I =  items added --
World War II = ____  items added ---
Korean -

NEWS   _24_ -- Added -  YTD - _109 __Total? -BUNCHES :) - Added: Birthday - Work, Phil - 95 + photo; Anniversary - 50th for the George Cogdals; Miscellaneous Pierce, Frank - old bank account - long after his death; Quinley - appointed Ladoga rural carrier.  Crime - Murder - William Walter Johnson; Curts, Allen - manacled; Robbins (Taylor); James Dennis - McMullen murder; Swearingen (Charles - burglary; Roberts (Charley - multiple crimes.  - Added 14 more on 6-15-2022 -  Birthday - Caroline Dunbar; Miscellenous - Dunbar, Frank - party giver); Fire (Durham, Benj - new house); Misc U - Dr. Utter sues Jonathan Nutt; Misc W - Wabash articles; Anniversary (Sweet, M/M George - 50; Misc T - Warren and Blackford - Taken Ups; Crime - Curtis, Allen; Hawk, Daniel - theft; Clem, Jo - desserter CW

PHOTOS -- _3_- Added (YTD=  24 ) --
  • Photos People:  __2__   -  see Phil Work above in News; Dunbar Family group photo prior to 1940 with some names;
  • Photos Groups:      1      - ; Baseball team sponsored by Kenney Doyel, circa 1950;
  • PHOTOS Places:  ____  =  
  • Photographer information     

TOWNS: : _    : Total # 535- towns to date -

Resources: (Surnames) ___ = (ytd = 2 )>>>

QUESTIONS - _____ -

REUNIONS - ____   ( YTD = 3 ) --

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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