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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

New Church Records book, Margaret Hobson selling her 44th inf. books and new civil war pictures at fair.

 DeKalb County Genealogy Society announces the publication of a new church book as part of their Church Records Project. You cannot publish a book without a lot of research and work and that is what our Genealogy Society member, Anieta Allen, accomplished. Zion: The Story of a United Brethren Church is finished. It will be available for sale at the fair booth in the Industrial tent and publication price is $15.00. This is Aneita's second book, with the first book being "The Wittenburg Church." Both books were done about churches in the Butler area. She has taken the Zion church from the beginnings as Zion United Brethren in Christ Church, 1847, to the modern times where the Church is now called Crossroads of Zion Church.

Also at the fair booth, will be Margaret Hobson selling her set of books about the 44th infantry. The first one, The Iron Men of Indiana's 44th Regiment, Part 1: Biographies and Statistics, includes short biographies of the 2,012 men who served followed by 20 pages, in color, of charts and graphs about the regiment. When the call came out in 1861 for volunteers to fight in the Civil War, northeast Indiana was ready. Deeply patriotic and committed to maintaining the Union, they formed the 44th Indiana Regiment and mustered in at Camp Allen in Fort Wayne. No one can tell the story better than the men who were there and in their own words. The second book is The Voices of the 44th Indiana Regiment, Part 2: Formation and Photos. It contains over 250 photos of the men and covers their time until the first battle. It also contains biographies of the officers and court martial transcripts of those who strayed. The 3rd book, is Part 3: Battles and Provost Duty. Margaret will be available to autograph books from 5:00 to 8:00 each day of the fair.

Margaret Hobson's "44th Indiana Civil War Regiment" reference books
Book 1: The Iron Men of Indiana's 44th Regiment, Part 1: Biographies and Statistics
Book 2: The Voices of the 44th Indiana Regiment, Part 2: Formation and Photos
Book 3: The Voices of the 44th Indiana. Part 3: Battles and Provost Duty

Kenny Warstler let the society copy some of his Civil War pictures as part of his wonderful DeKalb Soldiers collection and copies will be available for $2.00 each. Members of the Abel family is featured in two of the photographs. Sheridan Mott's image complete with flower and lock of hair is in another picture. He was wounded at Chickamauga on September 20, 1863, and died in the hospital in Nashville, May 15, 1864 and was the son of Judge Egbert Mott and Mary Mott of DeKalb County Indiana. Kenny Warstler is the author of Our Gallant Volunteers” covering the beginning of his collection that is in his possession.

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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

John Scoville

November 9, 2015

At the Willennar Center, a service of the Auburn Eckhart Library

George May family stone
George was born in Wilshire England April 6, 1827 and died January 10, 1899

John Scoville will take us through the tidbits he has learned in all the years of being caretaker of these 3 cemeteries: Riverview at Newville, Newville Burying Grounds and Evergreen at Newville. He has researched individuals or companies making monuments installed at the cemetery.

John and Jim Wells have been working on repairing some stones in the cemetery.

Newville cemetery’s earliest burial took place in 1838. Between the three cemeteries there are monuments made of various resources and John will familiarize you with the different materials used. Talking about the stones, monuments, he will share some strange stories.

Come and join us to take a journey through the cemetery, through PowerPoint, without actually walking, worrying about weather or mosquitoes! You do not have to be a member to attend. Questions? Call Roselyn Wells 925-0384

Picture contributed by Robert Wilder.

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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