The Daviess County Museum at 212 E. Main St., Washington, Ind., will open a new research room on April 25 and will make available the Daviess County Historical Society’s (DCHS) collection of genealogical materials which include “genealogy scrapbooks from hundreds of local families, high school yearbooks,” and so much more, as described online recently at For more information call (812) 257-0301.

The society’s website, at , includes other relevant information including a special military project. “The DCHS is currently planning a publication documenting Daviess County veterans past and present.” Anyone may submit veteran information.

Free Indiana genealogy

Access Genealogy’s website offers links to free Indiana genealogy databases and historical titles and information from across the web. At choose from such topics as Black Genealogy, Cemetery Records, Databases, DNA, Military Records, Native American and Vital Records.

It should be noted that this website has links to other states’ websites having similar information. Needless to say, there is much free stuff “out there.”

Forgotten Census of 1885

According to the National Archives’ Prologue Magazine (Fall 2008, Vol. 40, No. 3) a federal act in 1879 “requested that states and territories take a semi decennial census.” Apparently the locations that took such a census in 1885 were Florida, Nebraska, Colorado, and the territories of New Mexico and Dakota.

The contents of the population, agricultural, manufactures, and mortality schedules are described by Archives Specialist, Rebecca Crawford at Researchers having ancestors who lived in these locations should check the microfilms of these records for possible new family information. According to an article in Family History Daily, this census “can be found online for free.” Visit

Find genealogical videos

A blog posted by Genealogy’s Star, at, titled Discovering Genealogical Videos, describes how to find “instructional videos” from among the millions that are offered online. Also learn how to filter the categories.

The article’s author, James Tanner, has also posted another thought-provoking article, Ten threats to the Future of Genealogical Research, which can be found at Note that #1 in his list is “The abandonment of training of cursive handwriting.” (Readers’ comments are also interesting.)

Sad anniversary

It was 154 years ago today, April 14, 1865, that President Abraham Lincoln was shot. A tastefully written, illustrated article by Justin Taylor, “The Day Lincoln Was Shot: A Visual FAQ,” written on April 13, 2015, can be read at and serves as a grim reminder of that tragic event.

“Because the event is so iconic in American history, it is easier for us to forget the true nature of the event. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Lincoln’s policies and how he led the country through war, this was a violent and cowardly murder of not only the leader of the country, but also a husband, a father and a friend — and a man created in the image of God.”

Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing