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Family Search:  the famous LDS site 1820 Indiana Census!: Searchable!  
American Civil War Homepage Indiana Genealogical Society:
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Gen Forum Indiana State Library Genealogy Division Marriages through 1850 Database
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Locations of Family History Centres The Muncie Star: check for current Obits!
Blank Census Forms Cyndi's Indiana List: Indiana resources compiled by Cyndi Howells
Indiana Civil War Histories Indiana State Library Genealogy Section
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Genealogy Lookups from a range of sources

Rex Bertram does a range of free look-ups from a variety of sources. He is also available for paid research. Check his web pages at:
Genealogy Look-ups   

1840-1920 look-ups from the Allen Co. Public Library


My Personal Library   of books

Sandi Koscak

1870 Census:The full 1870 Federal census for Jay County  (Index - Jay County Genealogy Society, Compiled by Phyllis Strock Franklin-1995)

Lorraine Panozzo 

1860 Census: for Jay County, on CD

Beth Anderson 

Rex Bertram

1850 Census: The full 1850 federal census for Jay County

Rex Bertram

Index to burials in Salamonia Cemetary

Beth Anderson

Newspaper Articles: June 1886 through December 1887 including births, marriage, obituaries etc.

Phyllis Franklin

History of Jay County, Indiana: By M. W. Montgomery, published 1864and reprinted by the Jay County Historical Society, Portland Indiana

John D Sommer

Biographical Memoirs of Jay County, Indiana: printed 1901 by B. F. Bowen Company, Publishers, Logansport, Indiana

John D Sommer

1922 History of Jay County Indiana: edited by Milton T. Jay, MD (reprinted by Jay County Historical Society, Portland Indiana

John D Sommer

Jay County, Indiana 1982: compiled by members and friends of the Jay County

John D Sommer

Jay County section of the 1887 History of Jay and Blackford Counties

John D Sommer

1896 Reminiscences of Adams, Jay and Randolph county

Beth Anderson

The Wickersham Family in America" Lots of ties to Jay and Randolph county.

Beth Anderson

Dr. J. J. Kidder's baby book:
Dr. Kidder practiced in south eastern Jay County, office in Salamonia, Madison, Township, from 1896 to 1954 when he died. He delivered babies in Jay County, Randolph County, Indiana, Darke County, and Mercer County Ohio.  Included in his records consistently was the father's name, mother's maiden name, babies name and birth date, time of birth, place of birth, child's position in the family, i.e. 1st, 3rd etc. Other information included but inconsistently was parent's place of birth, father's occupation, babies weight and length. There were about 1500 entries.
Phyllis Franklin

Jay County Directory 1907:
Contains Names and address. A complete listing of cities and towns of Jay County. A complete list of the rural area giving number of acres owned, section numbers and RR numbers. people and businesses.

Lorraine Panozzo

A City and Business Directory of the City of Portland, Indiana 1897

LeeAnn Thompson

Jay County Directory 1897 (Portland Township only)

Sandi Koscak 

Bryant-New Corydon Telephone Directory
November 1931
Judy Myers

Jay County Indiana 1982:A collection of family histories

Lorraine Panozzo

Bryant Area Centennial: A book celebrating the history of the Bryant area. Includes 1910 Bryan Business directory and several photos.

Amy Campbell

Jay GEDCOMs: Researcher: R. Rice: an 1,800 name file with many Jay families

R. Rice

Jay GEDCOMs: Researcher: John D. Sommer: a 14,500 name file, 75% Jay County

John D Sommer

Church Records:  St. James Lutheran Church, Salamonia, Indiana, and Trinity Lutheran Church, Ft. Recorvery, Ohio.  Starts in the mid 1850's and goes to the 1960's.  It includes baptisms, deaths, marriages, confirmations, and family listings. Area of county primarly involved, Madison, and Noble Twp, Jay co., and Ft, Recovery, Ohio. Phyllis Franklin
Mt. Zion, Noble Twp. Cemetery:  Some obits are associated with these records.  Phyllis Franklin
Salamonia Cemetery book Phyllis Franklin
Salamonia - St. James Lutheran Church Phyllis Franklin
Ft. Recovery, OH - Trinity Lutheran Church Phyllis Franklin
About 1,800 Jay Co. Obits Phyllis Franklin
1930 Deerfield School Yearbook Kathy Strine
Green Park Cemetery Book Cloyce A. Bowers, Jr.


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