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Montgomery County, Indiana Genweb Site

!!! 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 about 25 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 coordinator is: Jim Cox

Below we have a self playing slide show.  By placing the cursor below the "Control Bar" you will see a description 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 :) T

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 (7-1-2023 ) - click on towns on the left column to read about not only those above but many, many more.Thanks so much to Suzie, Dellie & 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 -

Mace Basketball Boys
Our guess is sometime in the 1930s or 40s.  Sorry "No Names",  if you know any or when pleas let us know!
Photo thanks to Bill Boone
See a large view of the photo in  "Alumni-Walnut Township"  then go to "Mace" School

(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 2024 additions

2024 Goals --  wish us luck :)
1 – 500-800 obituaries -
2 – At least 25 photos  --
3 – Add more bibles, marriages, military, churches, schools quite a bit of school  (over 800 items) & military
4 – Add more newspaper clippings ... added 50 so guess I can count this one :)
5 – Add at least 5 Who’s Who ..

APRIL 2024 --Additions to Montgomery County INGenWeb

Obituaries:  60  (see list below)   Added - [ytd=352 Total 30,065  = B - Bailey (N - anyone know her); Baity (Arley); Ball (Harry Edwin); Bales (Melvin); Barcas (John M); Barnhart (Herman); Bean (George); Bennett - CW (John); Bell (Addison, Stephen); Beckner (Panel); Berry (Cora); Beecham (John H); Beckner (Panel); Biggs (Vernice); Biddle (Elmer; Ernest; John P; Lyda; Thomas J); Birdcell (Laura); Blacketer (Charles F).  G - Goff (Frank; Anna; James H 1928; James 1940); Goldsberry (Marjorie); H - Harbolt (Jack); Harper (Effie, Robert M): Harris (Caroline; Edna); Holman (Robert; Russell)); Holt (Larry); Hodges (Joshua); Hopping (Mary Berkshire; John B); Howard (Russell).  K - Keyes (John Paul); Keys (Richard); Kerry (Brian); Ketcham (Andrew); Kirkpatrick (Edwin; Dayton); Kiefer (Valentine); Kimbal (1869 - know his first name?); Kimbrell (Rilla); Kindell (Herschell); Kunkel (Scott); Kunkle (Lillian); Kinser (Sally Frazier); Kincaid (Marion); Knee (Eva Bratton).   

Alumni- Schools -- ___  Added   (YTD = 1,935 )

Bibles ____ - Total 82 Bibles - (LOVE more):

Biographies -- 9_  article, in  bios__ Added _16 articles to date _ added 5 people - Year to date --12 people YTD -- included Andrew Wineland; Francis Nichols; William Nicholson; William Hurt; Albert Hamilton; Benjamin Hickman; Edward Hall
Births --        added :

Blog -- ____ --  YTD  ___:  

BUSINESS   ____Added >> (Year To Date: -11--) -

Cemeteries -- __ -  ADDED  

Court Proceedings _ Added: __ Names :
Deaths ___   Added: __ to date_ Names :
Deeds___ Added: __ Names :
Divorces _   _Added: YTD_2_   Names :
Inquests _ Added: __ Names :
Land _ Added: __ Names :
Law Suits - ____   Added -
Marriages (includes announcements in newspapers) __10___ Added:  (YTD 16) - Mary Demoret to Otis Hall; Maggie Burroughs to Frank Beck; Frank Davidson to Elsie Marshall; Wayne (Lt) Galey  to Pauline Gentry; Walter Easly to V. Hood

Miscellaneous ____

Naturalizations ___ Added: __ Names :
Wills  __ Added: __ Names :  

Census ____ Updated:

CHURCHES   Adding new Church Items HERE!         ( YTD = 6  <> TD = 113 ):  Added -

Diaries --___ -  

Digging Up Bones Mysteries _____ =

Letters ___ -  (YTD = 10) Added:

Links -- __ Added -  1 YTD

Misc -- ____

MILITARY - (Causalities and Other Data)___Added - (ytd = 5 )
War of 1812 -__ -
Civil War  __1__ YTD = 1 - Bennett (John S)
World War I = items added -- and 2 YTD :
World War II =Items added  __ YTD 13 = Articles added for
Viet Nam - ____ -

NEWS    12   -- Added -  YTD - 34 -  Information - added - Clubs =K of P Cville.  Accidents: Edward Hall and wife - serious Buggy Accident.  Churches - 1st Christian Scientist; Waynetown Baptist; Pleasant Hill these in News 2 -- News 3 has (Misc) Williams Mrs. MJ a palmist.  K - Kite, Mrs. escaped the Poor Farm. CO Kirkpatrick has family hammer from 1750s.  J - Jennison AC received a Bellis Bike.  Roe Bonnell and wife - great story!  Fires - Rescue 2 sold; Edgar Henry home burned

PHOTOS -- __- Added  (YTD  =4 )
  • Photos People:  ___   -  Added:  
  • Photos Groups:            - ;
  • PHOTOS Places:  ____  =  
  • Photographer information   

STREETS -- Added ____YTD = 9 -  - some new and some information

TOWNS: : _2   : Total added 4  YTD - # 539- towns to date - one new (Offiel) and an article on Bal Hinch

QUESTIONS - _____ -

REUNIONS - ____   ( YTD = 13) --

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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