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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Vigo County Public Library, Indiana

Vigo County is located in southwestern Indiana, and is in the center of the Wabash Valley region. This region includes counties in two states — Indiana and Illinois. Terre Haute is the county seat and home to the Vigo County Public Library. The library has made some of its resources available on its website. These include Vigo County Marriage Records and the Wabash Valley Obituary Index, about which I wrote in 2010. Click on the title links to access these resources.

Click on the Local History tab and choose Local History Books Online to open a new page to access the resources. The resources include digitized versions of ten general histories, ten pictorial histories, and four periodicals. In addition, there are specialized materials in the following areas: African American histories (two speeches); architecture (an 1875 description of plans for a new state capitol); two biographies; a volume on natural disasters; a history of public school education; fire department, hospital, and library histories; school publications, including a large number of yearbooks; travel accounts; women’s history; and an index to a 1858 Vigo County map, among other resources.

Another resource available on the Vigo County Library website is a collection of more than fifty oral history interview transcripts. Select the Vigo County Oral History Project link to access this resource. Click on an individual’s name to read a transcript of that person’s interview.

Fosdick Funeral Home Records, Union County, Indiana

Union County is located in southeastern Indiana. Its county seat is the town of Liberty. An index to the records of the Fosdick Funeral Home has been made available via the Union County Public Library website. The funeral home was located in Liberty, and the records cover the period from 1915 through 1971. The data fields in this alphabetical index include the full name of the deceased and the year of death.

Obituary Database, St. Joseph County Public Library, South Bend, Indiana

St. Joseph County is located in northern Indiana. Its county seat is South Bend.

This database indexes obituaries from the South Bend Tribune from 1913 to the present. The index includes obituaries, death records, arrangements pending notices, funeral notes, news items/articles, legal notices, and memorial announcements for individuals who had ties to St. Joseph County. (These include people who lived or had lived in the county, worked or had worked there, died, were buried, or had relatives there.)

To search for an obituary, type the deceased’s name in the search box. The search results can be sorted by name, address, city, state, or year published. Use the dropdown list to select your sort order. The data fields in the search results are last name, address, city, state, and year. Click on the name link to open a new page with detailed search results, which may include some or all of the following: source, full publication date, article type, section and/or page, date of birth, date of death, age at death, and notes. The notes field includes information such as spouse’s name(s), names of other family members in South Bend, and South Bend residential status.

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