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Jay County is divided into 12 Civil Townships as follows: Bear Creek, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Madison, Noble, Penn, Pike, Richland, Wabash and Wayne. Jay County was formally organized March 1, 1836. Portland is the County Seat. The locating commissioners met on the first Monday in June, 1836, and decided upon the site at Portland and, at a special meeting of the County Board on December 5, 1836, gave the new County Seat the name of Portland. First settled in 1837 by H. H. Cuppy, C. Hanna, D. W. McNeil, and others, by 1849 it contained 60 houses and had a population of 300. According to the Society of Indiana Pioneers, an individual was a pioneer of our county if they resided here on or before December 31, 1840. History of Jay County

In June 1996 a group of genealogists organized the Indiana Comprehensive Genealogy Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Indiana where collected databases would be stored. The databases were indexed and cross-linked so that even if an individual were found in more than one county they could be located in the index. At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page.

Many thanks to Sandi Koscak for her years of work as the past coordinator. She created most of these pages and we plan to continue to add to her work.

Your current county co-coordinators are
Margie R Pearce and Jim Cox.

We hope you will be patient with us as we improve and add to the content to make researching your ancestors in Jay County ever more productive!

If you have photos, news clippings or other genealogical or historical material that you would like added to the website, please send them to Margie Pearce.

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If you are interested in hosting a county, contact the INGenWeb State Coordinator,
Denise Wells
Assistant State Coordinators are Lena Harper and Jeff Kemp

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