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Montgomery County, Indiana

A part of The INGenWeb project :)


About Me!

Alumni Records - SCHOOLS - growing like crazy - fun time :)

Bible Records


Brick Wall



Court Records

Crawfordsville District Public Library's databases -- this site & the library's site works very well together :) Enjoy

Diaries & Journals

Family Fact Sheets

Family Recipes


  • Towns (list of towns - town photo albums are under Photos - places - now (June 21 , 2017 = 455 found in our county)
  • Letters
  • Military



Photographs (town albums here under "places") -- includes businesses; churches; events; groups; lost & found - so sad :( -- people; photographers; places; post cards -- ENJOY!


Reunions - Family; School; War Units; Jobs

What's New

Who's Who


NOTE: I and many others have spent 19 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 1996-2017 (and beyond), Montgomery County GenWeb site http://ingenweb.org/inmontgomery/ - thanks soooo much - Karen Bazzani Zach

My name is Karen Bazzani Zach and I am your Coordinator for Montgomery County.   I would really like to thank Jeff Scism for assisting me for the last years, he has been such a tremendous help.  Appreciate Katy H. for helping redesign this page. Thanks to Lena H. and Jeff for helping move the site recently. My hubby is constantly helping me as well - thanks, Jim Z :) . Your Indiana State Coordinator is John Peck .  His assistant state coordinators are : Lena Harper and Deb Beheler

To subscribe to the Montgomery County GenWeb listserve put the word 'subscribe'in the subject line of the link provided below and 'subscribe' in the body. INMONTGO-request@rootsweb.com -- this is a great way to find out what is happening on this site - what is new...

Montgomery County Courthouse early 1900s - Compliments of CDPL :)  

site search by freefind


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?) 453 towns to date (6-1-2017 ) - 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 (Dec) - John Peck

(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

You might want to check out this 2012 new site which takes the place of Random Acts of Genealogy Kindnessbut which now, 2015 seems to be just a list of places you might search for free -- too bad, I used to love reading where someone did something nice :( Well, the sight might do someone some good -- GENEROUS GENEALOGISTS


My Kind of Town - a Power Point about the many of the towns in Montgomery County - by kbz - to go along with this, do check out the towns (all 454 and growing of them) we know have existed in MC.

FAMILY LINKS -- have any, let me know!!

Montgomery County History and Lore Facebook page - awesome


Link to calculate a birthdate from the death date/age

1917 WWI Registrants (thanks so very much to John Cowan for this - think we'll be working on it to add even more links, data, etc. THANKS JOHN)

Pictures of UNKNOWN Montgomery Countians -- PLEASE CHECK THIS -- Other Unknowns here


1896 Waveland School Report (this will be an ongoing addition :) Huge book -- thanks sooo very much to Dave Fullenwider - 1897

Desination Indiana (Montgomery County link)

How-To Link


Brown Township PowerPoint


***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


NEW -- hours for the LDS Church in Crawfordsville -- Latter Day Saint Center will be open Sunday 4-9 and Monday 9-4 for one on one genealogy assistance

--Although not new, this has become a great little link - check it out for Veterans of the county


REGISTER YOUR BRICK WALL (family problems in Montgomery County) Register them HERE :)

Check out the WHO's WHO in Montgomery County

Note: After all that great work on the Montgomery Murder & Massacre webliography, Suzie only got a B+ but now that she got that grade, at least, I can take over her project and add some more -- have a couple to add real soon -- hey, kudos to daughter Suzie -- ya' deserved an A !! -- mom - kbz

---Montgomery Murder & Massacre---

Added Gold Star Roll of Honor - WWI

Blog Spot for the Crawfordsville District Public
Library - Local History -- check it out !! http://cdpl-history.blogspot.com/


I want to take this space to THANK MY WONDERFUL TYPISTS


Chris -
Debby M.
Jack * Current typist (THANKS JACK)
Kim H.
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 -


Thanks so very much to Joyce Bever. This is her uncle, Col. Arthur Joseph Lehman, born November 19, 1898 in Montgomery County to John Wesley and Marena Kersey Lehman, and who attended Darlington HS, graduated from Wabash College, in 1921. He was the 7th of 11 children. He joined the Army two years after Wabash, and remained in the service until his death. Prior to leaving for the South Pacific he was instructor at Kellogg Field in Battle Creek Michigan.

You can read much more about Col. Lehman here

This is so cute, had to have TWO Photos of the week :) A Sunday School class at the Waveland Baptist Church (uptown where the Sisters Flower Shop and earlier the Hotel and a restaurant for several years) - circa 1962-63 - Thanks to Dave Fullenwider who is the smiley face on the front row - he's a hoot. Great kid ! Also, pictured (thanks Dave) - Gloria Lane back row and Thelma Smith (who owned the Smith Cabins near Shades) 2nd Row: Don Eatkin; Gary Eakin; Leland Miles; Don Barker; ? (preacher's daughter). Row 1: ? (preacher's daughter) ; Terry France; Dave; Shirley Miles.


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


**** JUNE 2017 ADDITIONS**** see below - current here - yearly 2017 additions link

CHECK -2017 additions to date.

NOTE: Almost all of the additions below are on the new site - it will take quite a few months to get the new one up and running so if you need anything from the items below, let me know :) karen.zach@sbcglobal.net


JUNE 2017 Additions on Montgomery County GenWeb

WEEK 1 --

OBITUARIES: _14_: Names Bandel; Dale; Deets (all "K" in new site - let me know if you're interested_ Keller; Kelsey; Keyes; Kessler; Kramer; Kirkpatrick)

TOWNS: : __2_ : Total of 454 towns to date - Lewistown (near Waveland) -- added information about when Pleasant Hill became Wingate

MARRIAGES _____ Names:

MILITARY --_30_ -- Addeds photo of Samuel Benge in Vietnam; WWI pics of:Giffin; WWI bios about : Alexander; Cauldwell; Bandel; Dooley; Edwards; Elliott; Esra; Fitzwater; Glascock; Groendyke; Herron; Karle; Leonard; Maxwell; McCampbell; Michaels; Miles; Oneal; Porter; Shaw; Turnipseed; Vaughn -- Lynch, Richard 1st Montgomery County KIA in Vietnam -- added to Pheletus Gould's - graduation

News Items -- _1_ = Ads - A. Lincoln Newkirk - to speak (2)

Biographies -- _2_: Names: Todd (Wabash College student - picture 1900 from Nicholson & Son - thanks so much to Shelley Cardiel - on new site) - Fay Welch - 30 pages in the Waveland photo Album because she talks a great deal about the Shades and Deers Mill. Will also put it in the new site under biographies.

YEARBOOKS (Alumni) -- __1__ 1910 Union Township Graduate booklet

Links -- _2_ http://freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fgris/brown/agecalc.html - calculates birth date from the death date/age at death -- Made a NEW FAMILY LINKS PAGE -- added Cowan family link to it -- NEED MORE :) - Jerry Turner's great Montgomery County Facebook page (History & Lore - Jerry if the name sounds familiar is one of the two main helpers finding the 454 towns).

Divorces -- __6__ - Brown; Emmert; Hackathorn; Hoover; Logan; Taylor

Miscellaneous ___10_ - Put the first 10 Registrants for WWI from Montgomery County on the Crawfordsville Facebook Page to generate some interest for the June 5, 1917 - 100th reunion of the registration of our men

Letters -_8__ to Scott Cowan Nov 1905 (thanks to John Cowan there will be several more Cowan letters coming) - from Earl W. Barnes to Lawrence Scott Cowan - County Supt giving info on exams; Letter to Warren Cowan - from "old maid cousin" Elva - to Merle Cowan

QUESTIONS -__20__ In all of these 20 years doing this page, and all the thousands of questions I received from the page, I've never ONCE totalled the questions and given what they were so thought just for fun I'd do that this month. Do you know anything about questions: Suzie Wingate; Nelli Koon; Can you use the following items: Autobiography of Fay Welch (lots of Shades info); Photos or Photographers questions : Nicholson; Places questions: (Wingate) - Family-oriented questions or comments: Dunbar; Cowan; Soldiers (Tilney; Cowan); Please correct Beatrice Stultz Dunbar obit - JW Dunbar is James Marion (so JM); Several more questions on the WIngates and Street families.

PHOTOS -- __13__- Cowan Christmas; Ross Brothers; Wabash College; Presbyterian Church - Ladoga - Methodist - Cville; YMCA; Kelsey Brothers - Jan 1978 blizzard pictures -- Indiana LiveStock Investment Company - Moore & Cowan $60 payment 1920; (churches - Smartsburg - think it's a graduation at the church in perhaps 1905)


WEEK 2 --

OBITUARIES :_2_ Names: Long; Sumner;

Towns _1___ = -- added --three articles about Wingate

Biographies -- ___ Names:

Photographs -- ____ =

Death Record -- __ ==

Links -- ____ -- :)

Marriage (announcements) ....--____ -- Names:

Military ___ -- Major exciting WWI database for those registering from Montgomery County (thanks so much to John Cowan for this) --

News -- __1__ -- Business - Junction House Hotel

Divorces ____

Schools (Alumni) ____ ==Added Offield School


WEEK 3--

OBITUARIES: _9__ Names: Campbell; Doyle; Endicot; Hooper; Kersey; McNeilly; Prim; Rash; Selby

PHOTOGRAPHS & Photographers _1_ - short article on Bramblett

Reunions -- __`1__ Names: Added Noble Reunion - August

Links _1__ == My Kind of Town Power Point created by kbz for Genealogy Club of Montgomery County

Who's Who-- __1__ Fritz Schlemmer

Schools - ____ == --

Military __ - Added -

BIOGRAPHIES __1_- added one to the existing Ambrose Whitlock biography

News -_3_ - Accidents (Schuyler); Dovetail Factory burns; Fire at John Perry's (Pleasant Run)



WEEK 4--

OBITUARIES -- __11_ == Names include: Ammerman; Brown; Dunn; Freeman; Hatton; Jones; Kerr; Krug; Rice

Military ___ - Added:

Divorces _3_ -- Canine; Henry; Hennessey

PHOTOGRAPHS/PHOTOGRAPHERS-- ____ -- Added - (in above WWII biographies) --

SCHOOLS (Alumni) -- __ - Added -

MARRIAGES -- __4__ -- Added - Fullenwider; Grave; Kelley; Lane

TOWN -- _3__ Added -- Germany; McClaskey's Corner; Britton's Glen= 455 towns

Reunions - ____ --

NEWS --_3_ -- Added - Birth (Binns); (Misc) 1893 Orphan Home Report ; Byron Sweeney falls in ice (accident)

Links -- ___ -- Added -

Death Records ____


Recipes -- I began the Family Recipe pages several years ago by request of one of my list serve gals. I said something about a recipe and she said, "Do you mind sharing!" That gave me the idea of doing the Recipe page. If you have any family-oriented ones, PLEASE send 'em to me so I can add them. Mainly, they are mine but I do have several on the pages people have sent in.




***AREA FUNERAL HOME PAGES -- you can find more current
obituaries here.

***** Genealogy Club's ***** Jim Swift - "Finding Gpa's Farm"

Check this out: Have any to add, PLEASE send 'em my way :)

Family Recipes

Thanks to clipartforfree.com for this yummy-lookin cake :)


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

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

Database of Indiana Cemeteries


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