Estate File Project

All the recent snow has kept us away from working on our inventory project out at the warehouse and stuck in the office. Since our intrepid interns completed our microfilm project, they have started to inventory our boxes of Estate files from the late 1800s and early 1900s.  We are focusing on some of the oldest files first and creating finding aids to help researchers explore this collection.

Estate files are a part of Probate and later Superior Courts, and oversee the process through which the assets of a deceased person are properly distributed to the heirs or beneficiaries.  They are invaluable to those researching family history, looking for heirs, and searching to see how property was divided. Often they can include information such as decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.  Because debts were often paid, they are also a record of Evansville’s businesses, businessmen, and community leaders.

By cataloging the decedent, executive/administrator/petitioner, and dates issued and disposed in our database, we hope to make the information easier to find and use.

Jessica Spring 2015 Intern Estates Project

Spring Intern Jessica working on cataloging estate files.

Conquering Microfilm Mountain

Congratulations to our interns who completed their first full project last week.  Spearheaded by Kaitlyn with help from Paul, Jessica, and Bradley, our interns cataloged 1,107 boxes of microfilm and 4 containers of microfiche.  They collected informational data about what is on the film itself and evaluated the condition of each roll. Some of our existing microfilm exhibits signs of Vinegar Syndrome.  By discovering this and bringing it to our attention, we are now able to make plans to address it.  The interns were then able to box, rehouse, and label our film so it is more easily accessible.

Way to conquer Microfilm Mountain!

Just a section of Microfilm Mountain.

Just a section of Microfilm Mountain.