Marsha's Warrick Web & Warrick InGenWeb

Finding Our Warrick County, IN Ancestors

Tips for Researching Your Ancestors

I've gotten numerous requests for guidance in researching ancestors in Warrick. The following list is where I'd begin my research:

iconTalk to everyone in your family about what they know about the ancestors, keeping in mind that memories can fade and that some of their information is inaccurate. (Great Grandma was a full-blooded Indian or we came over on the Mayflower are two examples of information that is
 said over & over that is usually not true.) Write down what you've found out.

iconBuy or download a free genealogy program to organize your information. Brother's Keeper/a is shareware and can be downloaded for free. This way all of your information is organized and can be emailed to someone easily.

iconExplore "Resources". In this section you will also find many links to great sites for beginners. 

iconUse ALL types of spellings when you look for records. Many times the spelling changed (Hawley to Holley) or the person writing down the information had trouble deciphering the script. Sometimes names are spelled so "screwy" that your best bet is just to go through the pages.
 The "s" looks like "f" in some old script, so Smith could look like Fith to a beginning transcriber.

iconUse the search engine on this web and others to locate surnames. 

iconPost a query on the query board. There are a number of different query boards including Surname Boards -Gen Forum. (They're listed in "Research Resources" under the "Helpful Links" page)

iconJoin the email list and ask questions about your ancestors there. (I also make announcements to the list when I put new information on my Warrick Web.)

iconCheck census records in the county and in surrounding counties. The 1850 census records begin listing all of the family members and where each was born.

iconCheck the Cemetery records. There are quite a few on my Warrick pages and there are links to other's pages that have records. 
Check the funeral home listings. Many times people did not have money to buy a tombstone, but their remains were handled by an undertaker.

iconCheck the Warrick County library and/or Willard library in Evansville to see if they have any biographical information on the family you are searching for.

iconCheck the birth, death and marriage records. Those may list parents names, etc. Get copies of these records by ordering them from the appropriate source.

iconCheck the court records index. If you find something of interest, try to order the record from the County Clerk. They charge $1 a page to Xerox it. Also know that they are short-staffed and may not be able to fill your request. You may have to make a trip to Boonville or hire a researcher to
get the information for you.

iconCheck the old newspapers. You may need to write one of the libraries to see if your family member's name is listed in the index. I have some of those newspapers online, but not enough of them!

iconIf the ancestor was in the Civil War, order the records! They have a great deal of information in them!

Don't take every piece of information someone sends you as gospel! Ask for sources! Verify information! Have an open mind! YOU could be mistaken!



Questions or Comments?

If you have questions or problems with this site, email the County Coordinator. Please to not ask for specfic research on your family. I am unable to do your personal research. I do not live in Indiana and do not have access to additional records.

Contact Us

If you have questions, contributions, or problems with this site, email:

Coordinator - Marsha Bryant
Lena Harper - State Coordinator - gostraka@yahoo.com
Jim Cox - Asst. State Coordinator - nyclvr2012@gmail.com
Karen Zach - Asst. State Coordinator - karen.zach@sbcglobal.net