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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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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.

Researched by Roselyn Wells
June 13, 2016
6:00 p.m. Refreshments 6:15 p.m. cemetery walk located at Woodlawn Cemetery

We will start the walk close to the entrance that you enter on the 1st road south of the Big Mausoleum. If it is raining heavily or if it is thunder storming, we will have a power point presentation at the Willennar Genealogy Center, a service of the Eckhart Public Library. Call 925-0384 before 5:00….after 5:00 you may call 235-0953 if you are not sure where to go.

To many the end of the Civil War was April 9, 1865 when Gen. Robert E. Lee, the Confederacy’s most respected commander, surrendered. But it was ONLY his army of Northern Virginia, other large and small units had yet to surrender. Sixteen months after Appomattox, on August 20, 1866, the President formally declared an end to the war. We will be honoring some of our Woodlawn Civil War Heroes in our walk, along with Dr. Timothy Matheny.

In 1862 Dr. Timothy Matheny was appointed by Gov. Morton as enrolling officer for Adams County. He enrolled the county during the summer, made the draft in October that year, and his men were mustered in the United States service in November at Camp Sullivan, Ind. He also enlisted in a company, and was about to be commissioned as its Captain, when he was attacked with typhoid fever, which so prostrated him that for about one year he was unable to do manual labor. He and some of his family are located toward the back of Woodlawn, in a small mausoleum located across from Eckhart Park.

Dr. Timothy Matheny mausoleum

Other stories will be about David & Vesta Swartz, Joseph Williamson, Moses Masters, Joseph Rainier, Charles Eckhart, Thomas Hallam, David Swarts, George W. Gordon, William and Anna McIntosh among others. Some of the pictures shown on the walk will be pictures shared with us by Kenneth Warstler.

George W. Gordon, an early Auburn photographer and postcard of the William H. McIntosh home

Nik Blackman is a student at IPFW majoring in Computer Science. He completed his first two years at Ball State. Josh is a student at IUPUI majoring in Communications. Both young men are known for their East Noble theater and musical accomplishments. They have a love of history and Nik has participated in past cemetery walks. Josh Ogle is an award winning soloist and has gone on many cemetery walks in Kendallville.

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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