Some of the most interesting documents come from boxes labelled miscellaneous. This document is a general power of attorney prepared out of Massachusetts. As the plaintiff was out of state in this civil suit, he hired a local attorney to act on his behalf. Notice the wax seal still affixed to the bottom of the paper.
Vanderburgh County Clerk Digitizes 19th Century Marriage Records
Evansville, Ind.— County Clerk Carla Hayden announces the completion of a digitization project to preserve all known 19th century marriage records contained within the County Clerk’s historical records.
The Vanderburgh County Clerk’s Archives announces the completion of its project to digitize and index all known Vanderburgh County marriage records from the 19th century. These types of records are requested frequently by genealogy and local history researchers. Some even lead back to the county’s earliest pioneer families. 37,963 pages were digitized.
Starting in 1818, these records include marriage affidavits, marriage returns, and marriage consents. Marriage affidavits often state the age and residency of the couple while recording the names of witnesses. Marriage returns record the date a marriage took place and who officiated. Marriage consent forms record when permission is given by the parent(s) for the bride and/or groom to marry. Marriage License Books were digitized as part of a prior project.
Former Clerk Debbie Stucki states, “These records types are required to be maintained permanently by County Clerk’s offices but the passage of time has made these documents fragile to handle. Some would come apart in your hands. This digitization project will make them easier to search for researchers and the general public for decades to come.”
The 19th century marriage records digitization project was completed by Pollux Business Services a business unit of Pollux Systems, Inc. Pollux has been providing professional record management services to all industries for over 25 years.
Happy New Year!
The Clerk’s Archives is happy to announce that we have digitized our 19th century marriage records. Although researchers will still need to work with a staff member to access these records, digitization and indexing will make the process more efficient and reduce the amount of handling these brittle records are subjected to. Check out this news story about the digitized records by WEHT reporter Jordan Vandenberge!