Treasure Hunting

Sometimes the best surprises really do come unexpectedly. Yesterday, while working on another project, I pulled a box that was labeled only MISC.  Boxes marked miscellaneous always seem to have the greatest treasures and this one was no exception.

Inside the standard archives box was a metal box.  When the metal box finally popped open it documents and case files dating back to 1819.  As far as we know, these are some of the oldest government documents still remaining from the clerk and court files.

Because these documents are so important and so fragile they will take time to fully process. Many more treasures wait to be found inside!

This metal box containing case files and documents dating back to 1819 was recently rediscovered.

This metal box containing case files and documents dating back to 1819 was recently rediscovered.

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Cross vs. Cross

Emma Cross vs. Edward Cross., Superior Court, September Term, 1902.

Etta Cross vs. Edward Cross., Superior Court, September Term, 1902.

This week we have been cataloging Superior Court cases from the early 1900s. In this case Etta Cross is petitioning for divorce due to abandonment and mistreatment.  Edward Cross’ cross complaint alleges that Etta did not cook his meals as requested.  Just another little gem found in the archives that a genealogist or someone interested in family history may find useful.

Oaths of Allegiance

While working on our naturalization records, I located instruction sent to County Clerk’s by the U.S. Department of Labor on the subject of foreign allegiances.  It addressed some of the territories that had changed hands and how to determine the citizenship of individuals in a contested territory such as Alsace.  Failure to assign the right leader and allegiance to a naturalization form could lead to that form being invalid.  On the back there is a list of foreign leaders dated November 15, 1926.

Naturalization instructions

Naturalization List of Foreign Leaders

Arrival at Ellis Island on the White Star Line

We are preparing our naturalization records for transfer to the Indiana State Archives.  They will be made part of the digital archives and be placed in an environment where they can be better preserved.  As a result, we are also rediscovering some naturalization records and material that has been long since tucked away. This postcard dated 1922 was discovered today.  Though we are not sure which naturalization record it belongs to, it appears to have come from one of our many residents of German heritage.

Arrival on the White Star Line in 1922

Arrival on the White Star Line in 1922

naturalization postcard