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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.

April 11, 2016, Julie Reese DuVall will be presenting a presentation titled, “Morgan’s Raid: The Battles of Corydon, Indiana and Buffington Island, Ohio for the DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society.” The meeting will be held at the Willennar Genealogy Center (a service of the Eckhart Public Library.) The Society will have a social time at 6:00 and at 6:15 their regular meeting will be held. You do not have to be a member to attend.

Julie shares that a last minute decision to attend the 130th Antietam re-enactment included spending most of her time in the special impressions camp. This fascination had Julie dressed and ready to go by the end of the weekend and well on her way to deciding that the United States Sanitary Commission was the savior of the war’s sick and wounded.

Since 1995 she has participated in the lecture circuit and has been published in several periodicals including the Society of Civil War Surgeon’s magazine. She has spoken to local, state, and regional groups including numerous schools and libraries in Indiana and Ohio, the Huntington, Kosciusko, and Dekalb Co IN Genealogy Societies, The Lincoln Museum guest speaker, Gettysburg National Military Park medical weekends, The Midwest Civil War Civilian Conference guest speaker, The Fort Wayne IN Civil War Days Re-enactments, The Ohio State House Living History programs and the Ohio Village Living History Programs. She has also been a guest lecturer at Ivy Tech College; Fort Wayne, IN for their History Department.

Her presentation “The United States Sanitary Commission”, So Many Wanted to Help” was a featured lecture at the 2009 Midwest Civil War Civilian Conference and the 2012 Society of Civil War Surgeon’s annual conference.

Her other presentations include: The United States Sanitary Commission, Mary Ann Bickerdyke, Mary Edwards Walker, the National Cemeteries, Civil War medicine, The Civil War: Real to Reel and several others.

Julie is a founding member of the 44th IN Civil War Historical Association, in which she also served as president and oversaw the purchase, installation, and re-dedication of several headstones in a local cemetery to those who served during the Civil War as well as the restoration and re-dedication of a local Civil War monument.

Julie, who lives in Fort Wayne, IN, is married to David, a civil war re-enactor and musician, has one re-enactor son, Michael, and two non-re-enactor step-daughters, Margot and Carmen.

The Battle of Buffington Island was an American Civil War engagement in Meigs County, Ohio and Jackson County, West Virginia on July 19, 1863 during Morgan’s Raid. The largest battle in Ohio during the war, it contributed to the capture of the famed Confederate cavalry raider, Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan, who was seeking to escape Union army pursuers across the Ohio River.

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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