News From Terre Haute, Indiana


September 7, 2013

GENEALOGY: Fewer than 5 percent of records are online

TERRE HAUTE — Although the Internet has rapidly become a source for finding genealogical records, fewer than 5 percent of these records are actually online. So anyone who is seriously researching the family history must go elsewhere to examine records that are not online. A good resource for many of these other records is the LDS catalog of microfilmed records and FamilySearch. The Mormon church has microfilmed a vast number of county, state, church, and international records. These are available to borrow for a reasonable fee through approved LDS/FamilySearch affiliate libraries. Now Hoosiers will have greater access to these records. The Indiana state Library in Indianapolis has just announced that it has become a FamilySearch affiliate.

“FamilySearch is the world’s largest repository of free genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land, and court records of genealogical significance from over 130 countries. FamilySearch is extending access to its collections by circulating microfilms of the historic records through select public library affiliates. It is a tremendous resource for Hoosiers interested in discovering their family tree,” declares the recent announcement of Aug. 28.

The announcement goes on to state that “there is a nominal fee to order a microfilm. Patrons may view the film upon arrival via one of several microfilm readers at the Indiana State Library. State Library staff can help patrons see what films are available, place film orders, and answer research questions. Patrons can also search the Family History Library Catalog online at to see what records FamilySearch has available to order through the library.”


5141.htm to learn more about ordering FamilySearch microfilmed records for viewing at the Indiana State Library.

To access the Family Search catalog on line, go to and enter the name of what you are searching for. I found that the Beta version of the page doesn’t always get a hit on something that is there. If you have that problem, switch to the previous version. Let’s say you are looking for microfilmed records from Switzerland County, Indiana. Just enter the word “Switzerland.” The search will yield three choices – the country Switzerland, the Indiana county, and a township in Monroe County, Ohio. Make your choice. You then get a longer list of what is available in the Indiana county. If you are interested in deeds, you would click on the “land and property” link and find out that the Switzerland County, Indiana, deed records, 1815-1900, have been copied to microfilm. You can then continue to click to order this microfilm reel and have it delivered to the nearest LDS/FamilySearch affiliate library (which is actually the Vigo County Public Library).

I did this recently and was given three months to view the microfilm reel I ordered at a cost of $7.50. The library will notify you when the microfilm arrives and will return it for you by the deadline. The microfilm reel is available for you to view any time the library is open and there is a microfilm reader available.


Claude McDaniel was born May 24, 1897, in Sullivan County, Ind., son of Charles McDaniel and Callie Tilden Scott. He died Aug 6, 1922, in possibly Starke County, Ind. He was a fireman on the railroad and died after being struck by a bridge girder, so the family story goes. He was my grandmother Alberta Snyder’s second husband and I have been looking for his place of burial. It seems reasonable that he would have been buried in Sullivan County where his parents and his wife Alberta lived at the time of his death. Please contact Patricia Boswell at email paboswell2 if you have any information about this man.

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