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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 (April 25 , 2017 = 448 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://indianagenweb.com/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?) 446 towns to date (4-11-2017 ) - 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

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


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 -


Harshbarger - 1920 -- (Thanks so very, very much Jeff) -- Know a few in the picture. Little girl in white, right in front row is Eleanor Hostetter Herr; center, 2nd row, distinguished man with arms folded is Samuel Harshbarger (grandson of Rev. War Vet Samuel Harshbarger) - next to him in the white bonnet is Mary Catherine LaFollette Harshbarger; lady in white to Samuel's left (facing pic) is Hettie Harshbarger Hostetter (Jeff's great, great gma'); Hettie's daughter is the lady with dark hair standing behind Mary. Skinny guy in middle with crooked bow tie is Howard Hostetter and lady directly behind him (top row) is Blanche Miller Hostetter, his wife. Know any more please let us know :) kz -- note: other possible men in the picture would be: William Roland; David Myers and Joel C. Harshbarger. There are five adult Hosetter men -- but who are they???
Another note from Jeff adds some more names to the above: If you start with my ggf, Howard (crooked bow tie) the two men to the left of him (one holding a baby) are his brothers. The man to the left of Mary Hostetter is also one of his brothers (3rd row down from top, one in from the left) and finally the boy standing farther to our right than anyone else is his youngest brother, Curtis. He had 4 brothers in all, one named Ralph, one named Stuart (and I don't remember the 4th one's name and can't tell you which ones are which, other than to identify them as Hostetter brothers). The only other Hostetter that I see is the father of all those guys, David B. Hostetter, sitting to our left of Hettie (pretty lady in white dress). David actually ran for Congress once, but lost in the Dem. primary over his opposition to ending Prohibition). So I think eveyone else here is a Harshbarger.

Could be 100% wrong, but just because the Canine's had deep set eyes and the man looks like who I think is Earle Harshbarger (2nd row left facing pic, 1st man) believe his mother is below him and his father below her. Mabel, Earle's wife, is likely the one above him (1st lady on left, top row). Again, eyes, think the man next to Earle's mother, Eva Jane Canine, is probably Richard Squires, their sn-in-law and the lady next to him their daughter, Mary Jane Harshbarger Squires. Their children might be some of the kids, as they would have had Eva, James Richard and Mary Jane Squires. THIS IS 100% theory, though - DO let me know if you know who these people (ones not named) really are :)


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


**** APRIL 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


APRIL 2017 Additions on Montgomery County GenWeb

WEEK 1 --

OBITUARIES: _74__: Names: Allhands; Anderson; Armstrong; Arnold; Austin; Benner; Binford; Birdcell; Black; Blankenbeckler; Broderick; Brazakus; Burford; Carithers; Chrisman; Cline; Cotten; Cox; Coyle; Connelley; Crist; Costello; Crull; Daniels; Davidson; Davis; Darnell; Demoret; Duree; East; Fyffe; Graves; Kelsay; Hessar; Irwin; Lafollette; Livengood; Miller; Moore; Meyer; Parker; Pratt; Rice; Sands; Scott; Shoaf; Sims; Slavens; Smith; Spencer; Stewart; Summers; Swaim; Switzer; Threlkheld; Toney; Vanette; Vancleave; Walker; Warren; Whisler; Wethington; Wilson; Wrightsman; Young; Younker; Zimmerman (thanks so very much to JR for almost all of these great obits - I added a few and have a great new typist, thanks SMc who did some, as well )

TOWNS: : __1_ : Total of 446 towns to date - added information on Possum Den

Divorces: __

PHOTOGRAPHS / PHOTOGRAPHERS: --__8 __ - Added Coffin 1899 photographer; Demoret (thanks Tom D) - Tom also sent several cool ones of some "C'ville belles" - in the tree; by the Binford Lumber Company... and one above of Della and Earl

MARRIAGES __2___ Names: Nelson; Russell


News Items -- _5_ = (News) 83rd birthday; Central school burns - 1892; Naylor Fire - 1899; New Market Meth Church dedicated - 1899

Biographies -- _6_: Names: Baldwin; Demoret; Ristine; Rose

YEARBOOKS (Alumni) -- ____

Links -- __

Alumni -- __1__ - article on Breaks area school # 38 - 1901

Death Record __7__ - Emma Leonard Swaim (bottom of her obit) - John & Amanda Birdcell (on their combined obits) Ryan - America "Minnie" Myers Sidener (on new sight let me know if you'd like to see it); Brown; Garner; Ristine

Cemeteries -__1__ (short article on great care of Meharry Cemetery)


WEEK 2 --

OBITUARIES :_44__ Names: Benefiel; Blair; Brandenberger; Brown; Byrd; Cotten; Dickey; Dykes; Flora; Fyffe; Gibson; Hartman; Hummel; Lane; Larsh; Leach; McComas; Miller; Murphy; North; Rice; Roth; Rowe; Rosebro, Rowland; Royer; Ruddle; Runyan (all sp); Russell; Sadler;Saulsbury; Shanklin; Shelley; Snelling; Steele; Thompson; Wooden

Towns __1__ = -- added information on Wingate

Biographies -- _6__ Names: (new site -yell if you'd like me to see 'em) -- Elmore; Insley; Marsh; Seller; Servies

Photographs -- __1__ = article regarding Nicely purchasing the Champion business

Death Record -- _2_ == Larkin; Larsh (on Marie's obit)

Links -- ____ -- :)

Marriage (announcements) ....--__4__ -- Names: Bennett; Hartung; Paxton; Peterson

Military _____ -- W

News -- _4__ -- Business - Abram's Coal; Kelley & Hughes' shoes; Isley; Shue Grocery

Divorces ____

Reunion ____ ==


WEEK 3--

OBITUARIES: __25 __ Names: Bishop; Brown; Combs; Dailey; Dodd; Heavenridge; Inlow; Kirk; Krout; Patterson; Pearson; Smith; Street; Stroupe; Thomas; Totten (a really gross one); Weeks; Willson

PHOTOGRAPHS & Photographers __1_ - Reunions (Harshbarger - 1920 (some named) - thanks so much Jeff)

BIOGRAPHIES -- __`__ Names:

Divorce _3__ == Brown; Ermantrout (might be Armentrout but listed this way); Stout

Diaries - Journals --

Schools - ____ == --

Military _11_ - Added - WWI Draft Information -- Harshbarger - Wabash College tribute to their fallen

Death Certificate ___-

News -_5__ - Accident - Harshbarger (shot in leg) - 1st C'ville paved street - Anniversary (Chadwick) C'ville Wire & Nail - fence surrounds; (Misc) Souders destroys American flag



WEEK 4--

OBITUARIES -- _3__ == Names include: Kantz; Martin; Purguson

Military ___ - Added: Enlistees

Biography __ --


SCHOOLS (Alumni) -- _1_ - Added - information on Maple Grove

MARRIAGES -- ____ -- Added

DIVORCES -- _____ Added --

Reunions - ____ --

NEWS --__ -- Added -

Links -- ____ -- Added

Death Records ____ V

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.

TOWNS _- __2__ Added Gilliland School House and Lofland Crossing - making 448 towns in Montgomery County


***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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