News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 11, 2012

GENEALOGY: Genealogy Society’s November meeting at different location

Tamie Dehler
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Due to the construction going on at the Vigo County Public Library, the regular meeting place for the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society is not available for this month’s program. Therefore the WVGS will stage its November meeting and program on Monday in the Providence Center at St. Mary-of-the Woods. The meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. Speaker Betty Warren will present “Land Ownership Search: Admire Acres.” This presentation will spotlight how to trace ownership of a piece of property by using wills, deeds, maps, probate records, census information and other clues to geographic location. This meeting is open to the public.

The Providence Center is on the campus of Saint Mary-of-the Woods College. Enter campus by the main gate, drive straight back, all the way to the circle and parking lot. Park and enter the Providence Center, which is next to the parking lot.

A reminder for WVGS members and those who want to join: 2013 dues are now payable. Dues are $15 for an individual and $20 for family membership.


FamilySearch recently announced a new project, one that will interest many family historians. In August, FamilySearch announced its next major U.S. community project — U.S. Immigration and Naturalization. The project will create an extensive, free, online collection of U.S. passenger lists, border crossing records, naturalization records and more. The online volunteer community is two months into the project and aiming to index 30 million records by the end of the year. Thanks to the contributions of more than 85,000 volunteers, more than 15 million records have been completed already. See what U.S. Immigration and Naturalization projects are currently under way, or check on their status at



• Looking for marriage information for William Magill, born Aug. 6, 1797, married about 1826/1827. I do not know who his wife was. William and wife had three children: Margaret C. Magill, born about 1828 in Sullivan County, Indiana, Charles Newton Magill, born about 1831 in Sullivan County, and Samuel A. Magill, born about 1836 in Clark County, Illinois. William married a second time to Margaret Walker, April 8, 1856, in Clark County. William and Margaret Walker Magill/McGill are buried in Walnut Prairie Cemetery in York, Clark County. Any help in finding who William Magill’s first wife is would be greatly appreciated. I’m not sure if his first wife is buried in Turman, Sullivan County, or York. Thank you. Please contact Donna at greatwolf@

• I am looking for any information on Charles C. Selby, born in Island, McLean County, Kentucky. He married Ruth Comer in 1917. She is listed as living in Clay City, Indiana, and he is living in Jasonville, Greene County, Indiana. Her parents are listed as John Comer and Noree Harmon. Any information would be helpful. Contact Barbara Clayton, by email at, or by phone at 812-665-2071.

• Hoping to find someone that has a picture and will scan or copy it to me of any of these people: John Detrick, 1824-1906; his wife, Virginia Fenton Farrow, 1827-1894; William Broadstreet, 1831-1915; his wife, Lydia Hood, 1840-1930; Hadden Smith, 1833-1909; his wife, Laura Larkin, 1835-1920. All were my direct ancestors, and they lived most or all of their lives in Putnam County, Indiana. Many thanks from Paul at