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Projects of the Dekalb County Indiana Genealogy Society:

Online Obituaries Dekalb County Will Index
Dekalb County Church Project DCIGS Newsletter Book (1995 - 2000 index)
Dekalb County Cemeteries Information (in progess) Union Township Militia Enrollment 1862

2015 Dekalb County DCIGS Fair Booth

Margaret Hobson's "44th Indiana Civil War Regiment" reference books

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Amanda Blackman amandalucillewells at
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DeKalb County Genealogy Society Information

The purpose of this organization shall be to promote genealogy and educational work of a professional nature, to locate, preserve and index public and private genealogical records, and to make such records available to members and the general public. To encourage and instruct members in genealogical research through careful documentation, and to maintain quality genealogical standards. 


2015 Officers

  • President - Roselyn Wells
  • Vice President - Jill Devine
  • Treasurer - Susanna Johnson
  • Recording Secretary - Amanda Wells Blackman
  • Corresponding Secretary - Sue Kratzman

Committee Chairs and Appointed Officers

  • Publicity Chairperson - Roselyn Wells
  • Historian - Susanna Johnson
  • Newsletter Editor - Roselyn Wells
  • Website Editors - David Leas and Amanda Blackman
  • Pioneer Settlers and Homesteaders - Judy Richter and Pat Dyson
  • Membership - Roselyn Wells
  • Banquet Chair - Deb Iddings


The DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society meetings are usually held the second Monday of each month. An informal refreshment and sharing time begins at 6:00 p.m. with the regular meeting starting at 6:15 p.m.

DCIGS meetings are usually held at the Eckhart Public Library, 603 S. Jackson Street, Auburn, IN. Other times, locations, and meetings that vary from this will be announced.

DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society

Monday, July 11, 2016
6:00 p.m.
White City Cemetery Walk
At White City, Spencerville, Indiana

Interesting stories about the residents of the cemetery will be portrayed by DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society members and friends. Names included on this walk will be Allen, Kimes, Emanuel, Farver, Rhodes, Barney, Bishop, Boots, Erick, Kirst, Shutt, Rhodes, Van Zile and others.

If there are thunderstorms or heavy rain, please call to see if we are still having the walk. Before 4:30, call Roselyn Wells at 925-0384 or after 4:30 call 235-0953. Parking will be at the southwest part of the cemetery. Please do not go into small narrow drives. We will have some mosquito spray but you might want to bring your own and bring a lawn chair to sit on at the beginning when we gather.

Below is a picture of David Allen. Born in 1850, he grew up in Fairfield Township and was born after his father, Miles Allen died. The beginning of his life will be portrayed by Rory, great grandson of Sue Kratzman. The end of his life, will be picked up and told by Davidís mother, Mary Jane Beggs Allen Shatto. He moved to Spencerville and is buried there. Picture is from the photo albums, collected by Laura Farrington, and now owned by Cindy Rottger. Miles and Mary Jane Allen were ancestors of members, Roselyn Wells and Amanda Blackman.

David Allen

One of our talks will presented by Bill Carey. This is a tidbit from him.

Azriah Vanzile: Hello everyone, Iím Azriah and Monday, June 11, I hope to meet you at my new home in White City. Iíll get to tell you about my family, ancestors and descendants as well as other tidbits. What do the Vanziles and General Meade of Civil War fame have in common? How are the Vanziles connected to DCIGS? What strange thing did my family, ancestors and descendants do almost every time they got a new home? Did anyone see that strange bird in the barnyard? So much to tell, so little time. Jump on your buckboards or in your buggyís and come for a visit to White City. I canít wait to have visitors!

Prior 2016 DCIGS Meetings

Prior 2015 DCIGS Meetings

Prior 2014 DCIGS Meetings

Prior 2013 DCIGS Meetings

Prior 2012 DCIGS Meetings



Membership in the Society is open to anyone who is interested in genealogy.
The cost of membership is $10.00 for an individual and $15.00 for a family membership (January to December).  A quarterly newsletter, DeKalb Diggings, which you will receive, is sent by April 15, July 15 and October 15 and January 15.

Click Here for a, Membership Form


PLEASE NOTEDue to a large number of query requests, we have temporarily suspended the acceptance of new queries.  This service will start again in the near future.

Only brief queries will be researched. Cost will be for copies. As a member you may place a free query in our newsletter.
Send queries to: DeKalb County Genealogy Society, c/o Query Editor, P.O. Box 6085, Auburn, Indiana 46706

Queries may also be sent to the following email:

Roselyn Wells rozwells at  (please note that this is a new e-mail address.  If you sent a query to the old e-mail address of rozwells at, please resubmit your request, after April 15, 2012.  Thank you!



DeKalb County Church Records Project

Past and present churches in the county. A history and records of the churches before 1930. If you know of old DeKalb County church records that are not located at a church please let us know.

Pioneer Settlers

This ongoing project is chaired by Patricia Dyson.
More Information below.

Will Index

This project is done and is published in book form.  Possibly an update will be published later when more probate records are gone through and the wills that are newly filed can be kept up to date.  Thank you to our former committee of Roselyn Wells and Carol Pettit and also to past members that have worked on this project.

Will Index Information (Books 1-6)   Will Index (Books 1-6)


Our DeKalb County ancestors made it happen.

Some traveled many rough miles to get here while others were born in DeKalb County. They cleared the land, built roads and houses, planted and harvested the first crops.

If your direct descendant lived in DeKalb County prior to December 31, 1850, you may apply for a Pioneer Certificate.

Pioneer Settlers Application




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