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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 -

A young lady, possibly from the Wingate area, from a group of "Unknown Photos" sent in
by Andy Rice.  Andy says,
"These could be related to Krouts and may have been in a early 1900s Johnny Krout family box or an early 1900s  packet of Joseph W Crane/Cottrells/Wingate area."
Thanks, Andy
See all four unknown photos 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 2021 additions

2021 Goals --  wish us luck :)
1- 1500 obits or more --  DONE but will definitely do more :)
2- 100 photos or more --  DONE
3 - Finish at least my share of the  Waveland history - it has gone WAY beyond what my original plan was but loving every minute of it !
4- More work on military and court records  -- DONE but always do more
5- Work on Businesses, Schools & Churches  -- DONE but always do more :)

OCTOBER 2021 --Additions to Montgomery County INGenWeb

OBITUARIES:    115    Added - [ytd=1618;  Total 26,714) = Names included:    Davis (Carl, Edna, Eliza, Harry, Lawrence, Henry H, William J, Warner, Emma, child of Jacob 1874, Twins of John 1874, Manning "Stoney", Marion Jacob, Nina Switzer), Daggy (TF); Davidson (Louisa); Dazy (Anna); Deighton (George); Detchon (Amanda); Edwards (Harold, Louella, Jessie, Mack, Robert Max); Eads (Delpha Rice); Ehrie (Wesley); Everson (Charles J); Fell (Timothy - added; William I); Felton (Perry); Fink (Comodore, Ivan, Sarah Lowe); Fisher (Nancy); Fletcher (Mary SMith; Foster A); Foster (Wiley); Ford (son of Thomas); Garver (Samuel); Gearhart (Charles); Gibson (Calvin, William); Gillis (William); Gilliland (John - 1882); Smith (Carl K; Charles E; Clifford R; Eli L; Elizabeth; Evalyn; Flossie; Fred Lee; Grover T; Howard; Keith C; Lena Ray; Luther W; Ruth Stokes; Mary E; Louisa).  Harp, Laura Byrd; Harris (Hattie); Hardee (Mary) Hatton (Mamie) Harvey (Lawrence Franklin) Hanna (Mary Duncan); Hack (Frances Willard Stewart); Haas (Forest G); Ham (Jonathan (ED); Hall (Druzilla; SQ); Hampton (William); Hamilton (Thomas);Jacks, Vilas; Jack, James, Blanch; Jackson, Harrison, James, Louis, Lydia, Norval, Sally, James E; Jarvis, Elizabeth; Jennings, Edward T.; Johnson, Rhom; Jeffries, Chauncey; Jones - Grace, JOhn; Keller (son of Ben; Myrtle); Kelshimer, Kenneth, Mary Cartright; Kay (Hester); Keefe (Annie - added); Kernoodle (Willis); Keene (Emily - added); Kesley, Amelia Vance; Keeling (Austin)

Alumni- Schools -- _ 4 _Added   (YTD = 50)  
Crawfordsville Alumni:
North Alumni:  Bowers - Wingate underclassmen (2 named Dallas Jones and Russ Harris) who became members of the first class of Coal Creek Central; 3 Sharp Dressed Wingate Men including Dale Jones and Russ Harris (need a name for the third member and more information;
South Alumni: Article on Gilliland School - 1894; Information on Walnut Grove School in Brown Township;

Bibles ____ - 79 bibles - (LOVE more):  

Biographies -- __13_ Added _ Year to date --43 - Names Added:  Brown (Theodore); McClelland, James S (added); Watson, Samuel; Maier (Karl); Miller (John; Valentine); Noakes (Bob);  Fruits, George - added articles; Krug, William Augusts + Photo

Blog --  -- ____Karen's Gen Blog --

BUSINESS   12     Added >> Year To Date: --93 -- Added: Lewis, James - Barber; Dwiggins & Sons, General Store; Hamilton, Dr. Albert; Simpson, George; Ingersoll Service Station; Ingersoll Inn; Simpson, George Repair Shop; Wayne Auto; Waynetown State Bank; Boldt Mill; Shuler & Gremard

Cemeteries -- __ -  ADDED Link

Court Proceedings _ Added: __ Names :
Deaths _ Added: __ Names :
Deeds_ Added: __ Names :
Divorces _   Added:___   Names :  
Inquests _ Added: __ Names :
Land _ Added: __ Names :
Marriages (includes announcements in newspapers) ___ Added:
Miscellaneous ____
Naturalizations _ Added: __ Names :
Wills _ Added: __ Names :  

Census __ __ Updated

CHURCHES (New Project) Here I hope to move all CHURCH items!  Will be under Construction for a While!  There are still Church listings in the "NEWS" and "PHOTO PLACES" .  These will be moved later.
I will be adding new Church Items HERE!         (YTD = 18):  

Diaries --___ -  

Digging Up Bones Mysteries _____ =

Letters ___ -  (YTD = 3) Added:

Links -- __ Added -  

Misc -- ____

MILITARY -- (Causalities and Other Data)____Added - (ytd = 1)
World War I =  items added --
World War II =    items added ---
Korean -

NEWS   _40_ -- Added -  167 YTD - Total? -- Added; Miscellaneous - Murphy, Viola - adopted; Kise, Will - attempts suicide); Hankins - Booher - patent grave vault; County Poor Farm (Johnson, Crique, Shaffer) ; Civilian Conservation Corps; Courthouse; McConnel, Ira - assault; Crime: Connor, Clint-Wallace - assault; Jim Evans; Wyant, Rose - assault; Maxwell, Howard Scott - runaway - Sick: Reynolds, Jacob attempts suicide same with Cora Brown and Lou Vyse; Crime - Elmer Toney is held up); Accident - Anderson, George - saw; Harry Harrington - accident 16,000 volts and still alive; Newspapers in Montgomery County (NIFTY) - Dennis, Lulu - found; Martin, Isaac - flag; WCVL Radio article; Zachary, William - gun acquittal; Webb - family GENEALOGY; Stroker, Blanche - sent to Girls School;  Beebee - child to be raised by Peytons; Mish, George - returns; Clodfelter, Marion - fever

PHOTOS -- _7_- Added (YTD= 221) --
  • Photos People:  __6__   -  Davis, Henry Howard & Josephine (Twins); Davis: Manning, Angeline Smith Davis, Sarah Davis and Paden Smith (born 1856); Davis, Manning & Angeline; added one in William A Krug's bio; J. W. Dunbar with daughters Mary Jo and Reggie in 1948; Fruits, Samuel Larkin on bicycle;
    PHOTOS Places:  __1__  =  New Market Train Station;
  • Photographer information     

TOWNS: : _    : Total # 531- towns to date -

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

QUESTIONS - _____ -

REUNIONS - ____   ( YTD = 5) --

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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