News From Terre Haute, Indiana


September 6, 2008

GENEALOGY: Online resource great for Clay County inhabitants

TERRE HAUTE — “The Encyclopedic Directory of Clay County, Indiana, for 1896” can be viewed online. This remarkable directory has information on all the inhabitants of Clay County and is extremely helpful in filling in the gaps between the 1880 census and the 1900 census. It is the best chance for locating your Clay County ancestor in the “lost” years of the 1890s.

The page-by-page information can be viewed two ways: as a spread sheet of each page (easier to make out and examine) or as the original scanned page (a must-see after you’ve looked at the spread sheet). In addition, there is an all-name index for finding the surnames you are interested in.

This directory is arranged by town and post office and contains both rural and urban dwellers. The information you can get on your family member is fascinating. For town and village dwellers, you can find the head of household’s name, occupation, place of business, residence, owner of the residence, owner of the business, where born, when born, when came to this city, when came to the U.S., value of assessed land, religion, and political party. For the rural dwellers, you can find name, occupation, nearest post office, number of acres owned, number of acres rented, school district, section, township, number of miles and direction from county seat, number of miles and direction from post office, appraised value of land, political party, religious affiliation, where born, when born, and when came to this county.

If your ancestor is from Clay County, don’t miss looking at this directory. The Web site is hosted by the InGenWeb Project for Clay County, Indiana ( The directory also is available in book form at The Clay County Genealogical Society Library in Center Point, and the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute.

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