Keeping Free Genealogy on the Internet
In June 1996 a group of genealogists organized the Indiana Comprehensive Genealogy Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Indiana where collected databases would be stored. The databases were indexed and cross-linked so that even if an individual were found in more than one county they could be located in the index. At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. Every county in each state has a GenWeb site.
If you would like to be a volunteer coordinator for an Indiana county, please contact
Indiana State Coordinator: Lena Harper
Assistant State Coordinators are Jim Cox and Karen Zach
About Wells County
Wells County was created in 1835 from Allen, Delaware, and Randolph Counties. It is located in northeast Indiana. The county seat is Bluffton, which is also the largest population center in the county.
The county was named for Capt. William A. Wells, who was captured by Native Americans as a young boy and adopted by the Miami chief Little Turtle. He eventually became a scout for Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne. Capt. Wells was killed by Potawatomi allied with the British at the Battle of Fort Dearborn at the outbreak of the War of 1812. The Potawatomi ate Capt. Wells' heart to gain part of his courage.
Wells County is divided into 9 Civil Townships: Chester, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Lancaster, Liberty, Nottingham, Rockcreek & Union.
Cities, towns & communities in Wells County: Bluffton, Craigville, Curryville, Dillman, Domestic, Five Points, Greenville, Greenwood, Jeff, Keystone, Kingsland, Liberty Center, Markle, McNatts, Mount Zion, Ossian, Poneto, Uniondale, Vera Cruz, Zanesville
About the County Coordinators
Margie Roop Pearce
Margie is a retired gymnastics club owner with 5 grandchildren whose father was from IN. She has been doing genealogy for over 20 years. She compiled & edited Fredrick Roop & Elizabeth Abbott of Huntingdon Co, PA published in 2004. She and Jim have been working together on USGenWeb projects over six years. Margie lives in Gonzales, LA.
In addition to being co-ordinator of Adams & Wells County INGenWeb sites, Jim is assistant state coordinator for Indiana GenWeb and co-founder of Cemetery Seekers. He has walked cemeteries all over the states of Indiana and Ohio, donating the information to the Allen County, IN Public Library Genealogy Dept., various GenWeb pages and genealogy societies. Jim lives in Fort Wayne, IN. He is passionate about keeping genealogy free to everyone.