Adams County, INGenWeb!
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Can you identify this school? A Sheets descendent found this in his deceased father's belongings. There is also a class picture. He would love to know the name of the school!
Please send the name of the school to Margie.
Picture credit to Berne Library Staff!
November reminds us of all the things we should be thankful for, including the volunteers who continue to contribute to our website!
1. St. Joseph Cemetery updated with 155 obits & 114 more tombstone photos
2. Moser Cemetery updated with 12 photos
3. Mazelin Cemetery updated with 22 obits and 70 photos
4. 20 1936-37 historical museum scrapbook images indexed and posted.
AND the site was visited over 1100 times during the month!
Looking for a Christmas gift that showcases your family's history?
Showcase Your Family Tree
By: Kathy Carrier, Seamstress
Holiday gift planning has certainly begun now that the kids are back to school and autumn is upon us. Share your genealogy passion and research with your family by transferring your family tree to one-of-a-kind treasured gifts, including pillows, quilts, wall art and neckties.
I have always been a seamstress. I learned how to sew in Girl Scouts and am as passionate about it today as I was 40 years ago. A few years ago I was thinking and praying about new business ideas around the same time my father-in-law died. My mother-in-law made teddy bears
that year for all of us out of his favorite shirts. Once I saw the impact and meaning these bears had to our family, I realized that it would also bring meaning into other people's lives. Voila! Keepsake Threads was born to repurpose clothing, pictures and documents that people are sentimental about.
In May, the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) Genealogy Center launched an initiative to offer personalized textile products to genealogy enthusiasts. Using our company, Keepsake Threads, the Center has developed an initial product line with ideas for future product launches.
These items can be ordered using the button in the top left-hand corner of the ACPL Genealogy Center website. The new product line is now "live" at:
These inspiring products will be created using your family tree, your family crest or cherished family photos. All of these items can be transferred to fabric and incorporated into the finished products. Larger, custom orders can also be placed that will utilize more complex
family trees for an additional charge. Also, if you have a particular color preference for the fabric and the look of the product, Keepsake Threads will customize your order with your color preference as well.
The initiative was created with the genealogy enthusiast in mind and also to build the ACPL Foundation. A percentage of the sales from this strategy will be directed into the Foundation which was created in 1984 as a private, non-profit 501(c) 3 trust to receive, administer
and distribute income exclusively for the charitable and educational purposes of the Allen County Public Library. The Foundation raises private dollars to enhance the library's acquisitions, innovations and special projects beyond the capacity of the normal operating budget.
These products were debuted last month at Federation of Genealogy Society conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
family tree quilt with family photosfamily photo tiememory quilt featuring scanned historical family documents printed on fabric.
If you have questions, here is our email address:
Or you can give Deb McClintock a call at 877-99THREADS.
Adams County was created on March 1, 1836 and was formed from the Adams New Purchase, the renamed Delaware New Purchase, which was formed in 1820 from unorganized land, and renamed Adams New Purchase in 1827. The Adams New Purchase existed until 1844, when it became the counties of Adams, Clinton, Grant, Huntington, Jay, and Wells, and portions of the counties of Boone, Carroll, Tipton, and Wabash. Adams County was named for U.S. President John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States.
Decatur is the county seat. Samuel Rugg envisioned a town that would be the county seat and would grow to be a city of importance. Samuel Johnson offered as an inducement to have the county seat located on his land, the sum of $3,100, four church lots, half an acre for a public square, one acre for a seminary and two acres for a cemetery. He further agreed to pay the expenses of the locating commissioners, and furnish a house to hold court in until suitable buildings could be erected. The county commissioners promptly accepted the offer "and proceeded to the aforesaid town site, and marked a white oak tree with blazes on four sides, on each of which they individually inscribed their names." Decatur was probably named in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur and in 1849 it had seventy houses (three of which were brick, twenty-one frame and the remainder of logs) with a population of about 400. One of the focal points of downtown Decatur is the magnificent Victorian courthouse that was built in 1873 and remains the home of the county government. The county historical society is also located near downtown in a beautiful home once occupied by a prominent family of Decatur. The only hospital in Adams County is also located in Decatur and has provided the best of care for more than eighty years through a network of local and visiting physicians and specialists from nearby Fort Wayne.
Adams County is divided into 12 Civil Townships: Blue Creek, French, Hartford, Jefferson, Kirkland, Monroe, Preble, Root, St. Marys, Union, Wabash and Washington. Townships Map
Cities, Towns and Communities include Berne, Coppess Corner, Decatur, Elm Tree Crossroads, Geneva, Honduras, Linn Grove, Magley, Monmouth, Monroe, Perryville, Peterson, Pleasant Mills, Preble, Rivare, and Salem.
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.
Tim Singleton created the Adams County, Indiana INGenWeb page in 1996 and served as the volunteer coordinator for Adams County, Indiana, for almost 14 years and has helped hundreds of ancestor hunters with the information he has posted on the site. Many thanks to Tim and the other volunteers who have shared their talents and knowledge to help the rest of us!
Margie Pearce is the INGenWeb volunteer coordinator for Adams County, Indiana. Jim Cox is our co-coordinator. Both of us are working hard to add, update, and try to make the Adams County site ever more useful and user-friendly.
If you would like to contribute information to the website, please let us know by clicking on either name and sending an email message describing the format and content of the data.
There is an Adams Co., Indiana email discussion list for anyone having a genealogical interest in Adams County. To subscribe to the list, just follow the instructions.
If you would like to be a volunteer coordinator for an Indiana county, please contact
Indiana State Coordinator Denise Wells
Assistant State Coordinators are Lena Harper
and Jeff Kemp
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