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DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society P.O. Box 6085, Auburn, IN 46706

Prior Meeting Details

Monday, December 10, 2012

6:00 social time 6:15 meeting time

At The Willennar Genealogy Center
(a service of the Auburn Eckhart Library)

Trash or Treasure

Presented by

Roger Lash

This is our Christmas present to ourselves. Come & bring a treasured item or two for Roger to appraise. You may bring more (can put under your chair) and if we have time, we can check them out too. This is always a fun time to either participate by bringing something or just coming to watch!

Please bring something to share for refreshments. Drinks will be furnished!

Please notice that this is a different location, we always in the past had at it in the Close Room at the library in Auburn. There will be no business meeting.
Note: Please do not bring firearms. Thanks!

Monday, November 12

6:00 social time 6:15 meeting time

“Bring an Old Toy for Show & Tell”

Willennar Genealogy Center

(A service of the Auburn Eckhart Public Library)


We all have memories of a favorite toy that we played with or wish we could have had.  Bring something to show and talk about.  If you don’t bring anything, please tell us what you enjoyed playing with as a child.   


   We will have elections at this meeting.  Only members in good standing may vote or nominate.  That night, you may nominate other people to run for these offices.

Suggested officers:

Roselyn Wells, President

Jill Devine, Vice-President

Amanda Blackman, Recording Secretary

Susanna Johnson, Treasurer

Sue Kratzman, Corresponding Secretary

DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society Meeting Presents:

"Both Read the Same Bible:
The North, the South and God

Sara Gabbard

Monday, October 8, 2012
6:00 p.m. social time 6:15 meeting time
At The Eckhart Public Library, Close Room
Program sponsored by The Eckhart Public Library

The public is welcome. You do not have to be a member to come to Genealogy Society meetings.

Contact information: Roselyn Wells 260-925-0384 or

Sara Gabbard Bio: Born and raised in Lincoln, Illinois Degree in history from the University of Illinois Vice President/Director of Development/Editor at Lincoln Museum before its closure in 2008 Current position: Executive Director of Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana Continue to serve as editor of Lincoln Lore Co-editor of 10 books on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln

The program will examine the efforts in both the Union and the Confederacy to claim God's approval and support for each side's position on secession, slavery, and the Civil War.

Confederates made ample use of Scriptural citations which were taken to paint slavery in an extremely positive light, a condition which was good for both slave and master. Powerful members of the clergy assured their flocks that the "peculiar institution" (of slavery) was smiled upon by a benevolent God.

Northern abolitionists were not as successful in quoting Scripture to promote their cause, so many spoke of a "higher law" than the Bible. As the War continued, President Lincoln became more vocal on the concept of emancipation as a righteous cause. Northerners also rallied to the evangelical lyrics of "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

The Civil War was not the first, nor the last, conflict in which each side claimed to be fighting in conjunction with divine authority and approval, although Lincoln's memorable "Meditation on the Divine Will" in September 1862 argued against that concept because: "God can not be for and against the same thing at the same time."



“Eating Your Way Across DeKalb County”

August 18, 2012, Saturday @ 5:30

Coordinated and presented by Deb & Greg Iddings

Deb and Greg have worked hard to find pictures and information about early and current eateries and restaurants.
Please sit back and enjoy stories and information about places that you might have known or eaten at. Do you have anything else to share about this part of DeKalb County? A slide show will be presented after our splendid meal. Did you know one of our banquet cooks ran one of the local restaurants at Ashley?

At the Masonic Lodge
223 W. Hovart St. Ashley, IN 

(Across from the smiley face water tower)

Menu: Pecan chicken, ham loaf, potatoes,
Myrtle’s green beans, perfection Salad, rolls, pie, & drinks.

Members, guests and the public are welcome.

For more information: DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society,
PO Box 6085, Auburn, IN 46706 ; or Roselyn Wells, 925-0384 &;

Committee Chair: Deb Iddings Asst. Chairs: Julia Duncan & Greg Iddings

Meal reservations are $12.00 per person and are due on or before
August 10, 2012

Mail your check & who will be attending to: DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 6085, Auburn, IN 46706

DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society

Riverside Cemetery Walk
Various Members of the Genealogy Society and Friends

Monday, July 9, 2012
Raindate: Tuesday, July 10th
(If it storms or rains heavily on the 9th)

6:00 p.m. meeting time
Riverside (St. Joe) Cemetery

Various members and friends of the Genealogy Society will be portraying residents of the Riverside (St. Joe) cemetery from early time to modern times. Some of the names are Ginther, Hollabaugh, Dragoo, Hansen, Sechler, Leighty, Widney and Woodcox . Come enjoy your time in the sun (hopefully)…If it thunderstorms or we have heavy rain – our raindate will be the next night, Tuesday, July 10 – same time. Come learn about early St. Joe residents telling you their stories – tragedies, everyday life, family history and their happy times! Please bring mosquito spray and please dress appropriately for the weather. Thanks! Directions: From SR1 on the south side of town, go east on CR60. Cemetery is on south (right) side of Co. Rd. 60. It is located at the intersection of Third St. and Co. Rd. 60. If it storms both days, the tour will be postponed to another time.

Questions? Roselyn Wells 925-0384 or

The public is welcome. You do not have to be a member to come to our meetings!

 Monday, June 11, 2012

“Tour of Husselman Cemetery”

by Roselyn Wells

This old cemetery located just off Co. 36 is rather inaccessible to the general public and this is your chance (weather permitting) for you to take a tour of this picturesque little cemetery.  We will meet at the Willennar Genealogy Center (A service of the Eckhart Public Library, Auburn, IN) at 6:00 p.m.  If it is a nice evening, we will watch a powerpoint slide show of before and after pictures of the tombstones that were repaired.  We will then carpool, if possible, out to the cemetery as the parking is very limited.  Please bring mosquito spray and possibly a lawn chair if you have trouble standing for long.  We will tell stories of some of the residents buried there.  If it is raining hard or storming, our alternative plan is to turn the power point presentation into the program, staying at the Willennar Center, telling the stories as we show the pictures.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Monday, May 14. 2012

  “The History of Grave Robbing”  by Roselyn Wells

   6:00 social time 6:15 meeting time at the Willennar Genealogy Center (a service of the Eckhart Public Library located in Auburn, IN) A Powerpoint presentation telling about Graverobbing in the 1800’s.  Were our ancestors afraid of it?  Why did they rob graves?  Was there a way to stop it?  Did it happen locally or was it only in the New England States? How often did it happen in some areas?

6:00 social time, 6:15 meeting time
Willennar Genealogy Center, a service of the Eckhart Public Library
Auburn, Indiana 

Monday, April 9, 2012

“The United States Sanitary Commission: So Many Wanted To Help"
by Julie Reese DuVall

Based on the Volunteer Nursing Corp under Florence Nightingale during the European War in the Crimea, the United States Sanitary Commission is the forerunner of our American Red Cross.  More than 10,000 men and women served as volunteer Sanitary Commission workers during the 4 years of the war.  It was created by concerned civilians who saw the need to provide medically related help to those soldiers who would become victims of the fast approaching war and its resulting carnage. The Commission's goal was simple: To provide to the soldiers, free of charge, the food, clothing and shelter as well as the most important objective: medical care in the form of medicine, nurses, contract surgeons, inspectors and periodicals to help lessen the disastrous results of war. The story of its success will be told in this one hour presentation.

6:00 social time, 6:15 meeting time
Close Room, Main Eckhart Public Library
Auburn, Indiana

Monday, March 12, 2012

Items of Interest

Bring a Genealogy or Historical Related Item to share.
You can pass it around or you can just talk about something, or hold something and talk about it (without passing it around if it is fragile).
Please join us.  The more people we have, the more interesting it will be.

  Also please bring something orange or green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Drinks and napkins will be furnished. 

6:00 social time, 6:15 meeting time
Willennar Genealogy Center, a service of the Eckhart Public Library
Auburn, Indiana

Monday, February 13, 2012

  Lulu's Love Affair

Presented by Roselyn Wells

6:00 p.m. social time 6:15 meeting time

At The W.H. Willennar Genealogy Center
(Service of the Eckhart Public Library –Auburn, IN)

 Photo provided by Roselyn Wells
The picture is of Corunna in the early 1900’s.   


Monday, January 9, 2012

Blizzard Memory Blitz

6:00 Social Time
6:15 Meeting Time

At the Willennar Genealogy Center
(Service of the Eckhart Public Library –Auburn, IN)


Come and join us in memories of past Blizzards or storms in our lives or our ancestors lives.
 We also will have a couple of stories of early blizzards in DeKalb County History.
We will sit in a “circle” and drink hot chocolate, enjoying each others stories.




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