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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

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

Copyright Notice:  The information and photographs contained on these pages may not be published on another website or published in any other format without permission from an officer of the Dekalb County Indiana Genealogy Society.

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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.

May 11, 2015
6:00 social time 6:15 meeting time
Held at the Masonic Lodge in Ashley
Across from the Smiley Face Water Tower

"Thanks for the Memories"

Reba Sliger,The First D.C.I.G.S. President

We are celebrating 20 years of the DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society on May 17. Share your favorite memory with us and we will have a power point presentation of pictures of cemetery walks, meetings, fair booth, cemetery repair workdays etc. Also we will be honoring charter members, charter members in good standing (those that have been members all 20 years) and the first elected officers through the current elected officers.

Join us for a trip down memory lane, learning how we started and what we have achieved. The first meeting was Feb. 6 at the First Christian Church in Auburn. The first officers were Reba Sliger, President; Larry Baker, First Vice-President, Teresa Culley, Second Vice-President; Rosalie Spirek, Corresponding Secretary; Lina Zerkle, Recording Secretary and Gretel Smith, Treasurer. Current elected officers are Roselyn Wells, President; Jill Devine, Vice President; Sue Kratzman, Corresponding Secretary; Amanda Blackman, Recording Secretary; and Susanna Johnson, Treasurer.

We are a very active group in DeKalb County. After our celebration, on May 17, we will be narrating the Horsedrawn Wagon Historic House Tour for the DeKalb County Visitor’s Bureau. The tour has been updated with at least one more house added to the tour and even more research done on some of the other houses. Don’t miss this tour that is a part of the “Discovering Historic Auburn” event. We will be also be sponsoring a booth downtown featuring Derek Wells, a balloon artist and Deb Argast, an expert face painter. Since 2001, we have been having cemetery tours and this year, being held in June and July, we will be having cemetery walks with the first one being held at Eddy Cemetery on June 8. August 29, a banquet will be held with Craig Berndt presenting a program about Early DeKalb Railroads including Interurbans. September, we will have a booth at the fair. In the summer, we usually work on repairing some of the damaged stones in DeKalb County. Last year, we worked at Newville cemetery with the caretaker, John Scoville. Previous years, we have worked on Waterloo Cemetery, Lutz and Ridge Cemeteries, Sixteen and the Old Auburn City Cemetery. A big project that we headed was the Civil War Days held at Eckhart Park in 2011 which had over 2000 people in attendance.

You do not have to be a member to attend any of our events or 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). Life memberships are available for individuals at $200.00 and family life memberships at $250.00. 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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