The Blackford-Wells Tracer
& Wells County Tracer


The Wells County Tracer (formerly Blackford-Wells Tracer) is the newsletter of the Wells County  (Indiana) Genealogy Society.  It began publishing in 1996.  We are fortunate to have been given permission to place back issues online, courtesy of current BWGS President Connie Brubaker, who photocopied them.  Some pages that did not contain news items were not copied and are therefore not included.

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I would like to see the names and topics in these newsletters indexed.  If you are interested in helping with this endeavor, please contact Cathy Burnsed, Wells County Coordinator.


Blackford-Wells Tracer (1996-2005)
January 1996
469k Obituaries of Wm. Pugh
Old photographs
Mail order frauds
"Ballad of Wells County"
April 1996
446k
Old buildings
Batson Cemetery
Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery (part 1)
July 1996
452k
Civil War memorials
"In the Moonlight" 
Poneto 1871-1996
Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery (conclusion)
October 1996
357k
Montpelier Fire Department
Prairie View Cemetery (part 1)
January 1997
292k
Making the most of maps
Source checklist
Prairie View Cemetery (conclusion)
November 1997
592k
Dr. James Sawyer
Matamoras School register
Matamoras
March 1998
401k
Dr. George W. Cassell & Arabelle Johnson Moorman
Blackford's interurban system
** missing pp. 73-82?
July 1998
1.1M
Robert P. and Caroline Lambert Family
1925 Poll Tax, Nottingham Township
Robert Harvey Descendants
Justin Morrison pedigree chart
Echo
Underground Railroad cabin
October 1998
662k
Joseph S. & Sarah E. Guthrie Bulger
Jay-Wells Balbec area hails history snatched from gunman at Toledo
Furniture makers of Indiana
GenForum
Dunwiddie barn
Courthouse cornerstone box opened 1976
Jose K. Hobson
** missing pp. 110, 112
[December 1998]
  Not published
January 1999
 656k
Philip Brown and his descendants
Civil War Unit designations
Incorporation of Keystone
Cemetery inscriptions (humorous)
** missing p. 130
April 1999
267k
John Farlow Will 1795
West Grove Cemetery, Jay County (part 1)
July 1999
1.1M
Casper Holloway remembers Nottingham
Addie Cochran of Pheonix
West Grove Cemetery (part 2)
October 1999

1.1M
Memories of the Civil War period
West Grove Cemetery (conclusion)
January 2000
449k
Where are they from?
Latest scams
Old time illnesses
April 2000
  * Missing issue
July 15, 2000
166k
Levi Kimmel
Blackford Co. courthouses
Markle
USS Blackford
Liberty Center
Kingsland
September 16, 2000
593k
Poneto
Mollie
Great Pennsylvania wagon road
November 18, 2000
732k
Banner City - Waikel
Evening News-Banner of Sept. 15 1937
Mrs. Elizabeth Speheger
December 24, 2000
240k
Uniondale grocery stores (part 1)
March 10, 2001
206k
Uniondale grocery stores (part 2)
Short History of Montpelier, IN (part 1)
Lucile Henley turns 100
May 2001
126k
Uniondale grocery stores (conclusion)
Short History of Montpelier, IN (conclusion)
July 2001
172k
Cemetery desecration
Rockford, IN
Town of Mollie
Aug/Sept 2001
228k
Undertaking words
Movie Theaters
Dildine School
November 1, 2001
144k
Circuit Court news, 1917
Dillinger robbery in Montpelier
January 19, 2002
204k
Misc. items from Bluffton Chronicle, 1909
Misc. articles & ads from Evening News-Banner, 1931
March 1, 2002
1.0M
McBride Family
Store in Ossian
George Hodson
Ossian Methodist Church Centennial, 1851-1951
First Family/Pioneer Family Book
May 1, 2002
1.2M

Bennett - Dewitt - Leonard - Grove Families
Redding Cemetery
Twibell Cemetery
Wills Book / First Family/Pioneer Family Book

July 1, 2002
1.1M
Camp Chase, Ohio
Casey Montgomery
Grant County History Books
Wills Book / First Family/Pioneer Family Book
September 2002
935k

Wills
Queries
Wells County Towns and Townships Book
Stone Saver Cemetery Restoration
Blackford County Civil War Veterans 1861-1865
Wills Book / First Family/Pioneer Family Book
Blackford County Civil War Monument

(issues from November 2002-January 2003 to be added)
March 2003
739k
Hadden Cemetery, Blackford County
Penrod Cemetery, Blackford County
William Walker murder trial, 1883-4 (Part 1)
May 2003
284k
Pioneer Cemetery west of Uniondale
Memorial Day
William Walker murder trial, 1883-4 (Part 2)
July 2003
133k
William Walker murder trial, 1883-4 (Part 3)
September 5, 2003
572k
Houses with Historical Charm
Floods of 2003
Pleasant Valley (New Light Christian) Church Quilt
November 2003
306k
Early Settlers of Blackford and Wells Counties publication
Murder in Montpelier
Pleasant Valley (New Light Christian) Church Quilt (cont'd)
January 2004
1.7M The Shooting Affray at Montpelier, ca 1878
Students at Indiana Deaf/Dumb Institute, 1843-1854
1902 Poneto Journal issues found in attic
1920-1929 Soldiers and Sailors Home
1907-1908 Family Reunion, Brickley or Allen?
Short History of Montpelier
March 2004
    278k
Poneto Journal from 1901
Name Quilt, Montpelier Church of Christ, ca. 1932
Spirit of Rockcreek, February 1932 (Part 1)
Drowning death of Jesse Wilcoxson
May 2004 339k Cemetery restoration workshop
Spirit of Rockcreek, selections from 1932-3
Name Quilt, Montpelier Church of Christ, ca. 1932
Civil War letter of Private Jacob Harvey
(issues from July 2004 -March 2005 to be added)
May 2005
1.2M Mystery photos of ice wagon and Blackford County woman
Genealogy Library progress
History of Genealogy Society
Civil War letter from eBay
Blackford County Historical Society Family Names List
Square Dances
Ye Olden Times
July 2005
1.9M Deed Project / Genealogy Library progress
Ezekiel & Sisely Gilham obituaries
Sue Allen photos
History of Genealogy Society
Vintage photo websites
Ye Olden Times
Delinquent Tax List for 1857
September 2005
1.3M Genealogy Library / Deed Project updates
Tom, Scott, and Jerry Gilham obituaries
Blank ancestral chart
History of Genealogy Society
Ye Olden Times
November 2005
865k Deed Project Update / Genealogy Library opens
1842 description of school
Blackford County small towns
Blank Family group sheet
Ye Olden Times
Wells County Tracer (2006-Current)
January 2006
2.6M Life in the 1500's email hoax
Family group sheets: Bennett-Miller, Miller-Morris, Bennett-Arment, Bennett-Fullhart
Ye Olden Times
March 2006
1.8M American servicemen at Manila American Cemetery, Philippines
Family group sheets: Bennett-Thomas, Thomas-Turner, Thomas-Shadle, Thomas-Jackson, Martin-Bentley
Ancestors of Eliza Jane Archbold
Ye Olden Times
Civil War photo
May 2006
1.4M Cemetery workshop
Care of photographic slides
Descendants of Alexander Smith Hunt
Ye Olden Times
Delinquent Tax List for 1858
Civil War photo followup
July 2006 1.8M Old Rock Creek/Old/Crum Cemetery
Cemetery restoration report and tips
Family group sheets: Hunt-Bowman, Arnold-Nixon
Ancestors of Dorothy Frances Watrous, Ancestors of Kenneth Richard Manning
Ye Olden Times
September 2006 2.3M Epidemics in U.S. 1657-1918
Family group sheet: Moorman-Arnold, Arnold-Brotherton, Arnold-Hart, Redding-Arnold, Custard-Arnold, Turner-Arnold, Leonard-Arnold
Land record research
Ye Olden Times
November 2006 963k Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church history
50 years ago in Rockcreek Township
Microfilm readers
Family group sheets: Rea-Arnold, Arnold-Lounsbury, Arnold-Shull, Shire-Hudson
Ye Olden Times
January 2007 1.6M Iron Bridge School District
Wells County Home Guard, Civil War
Descendants of Daniel Kuhns and Minerva Jane (Jenny) Stover
AmeriSpeak - expressions of our American ancestors
Ancestral chart of Roger Wendell Courtney
Ye Olden Times
March 2007
1.4M
Iron Bridge School District (cont'd)
Diary of Rachel Grisell Irey
Hoosier Facts
Ancestral chart of Connie Cherry
Family group sheets: William & Mary Harvey, Harvey-McConnell
Ye Olden Times
May 2007
1.3M
Potentially Fraudulent Sites
PHOTOGRAPHY AS A TOOL
2008 Membership Roster
Family Group Sheets: JOHNSON-ERNST, JOHNSON-KLINGEL
Ye Olden Times
July 2007
1.5M
Old Rock Creek Cemetery Restoration
St. Paul Sabbath School Register
GenFest 2007
"A Lick and A Promise"
Family Group Sheets: HARVEY-ELLIS, HARVEY-FOX, HARVEY-EVERSOLE, HARVEY-HEGE, HARVEY-GEARHART, Descendants of James PARKISON
Ye Olden Times
September 2007
1.1M
November 2007
1.6M
January 2008
446k
March 2008
644k
May 2008
583k
July 2008
1.1M
September 2009
2.2M
November 2008
2.2M
Additional issues will be added approximately 1 year after original publication date
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