1869 Marriage Return for Joseph L. Sehu and Veronica Miller. A marriage return confirms that marriage occurred, who the officiant was, and the date the couple was married.
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!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Clerk’s Archives. We will be back in 2017 with new content!
We are continuing work in the inventory project and uncovered this little piece of history. It is a charge sheet from the Evansville Police Department.
We are hard at work cataloging our Prohibition-era criminal cases in Circuit Court. Check out the Night at the Old Courthouse Event on November 4th, 6-10 p.m. to find out some of the stories we have uncovered!
Join us for an Evening of Spirits at Evansville’s historic Old Courthouse.
Experience The Old Courthouse as never before. Fun and mystery can be found as you walk the halls and chambers, some opened especially for this night. Enjoy sampling wine, spirits, food and amazing LIVE jazz music by Monte Skelton as you revel in the history of this icon of Evansville. Our county clerk’s archives will bring history to life with a prohibition era exhibit opening specially for this event.
Candlelight and stories of old will delight as you mingle beneath soaring ceilings and the magnificent architecture that is the Old Courthouse.
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Sometimes, when working on the inventory project, you come across things you don’t expect. Example: This 1940s era Superior Court Docket Book which is covered in paw prints from a cat. Burning questions: When did the Courthouse have cats? Why is it walking on my documents? What kind of adventures has this book been on?
This piece of stationary was found loose in a box of Probate files. Civil cases are a great resources to explore when searching for historical information on businesses. Ephemera such as the piece below also give us a peak into the past, in this case specifically, into a the operations of a local grocery. Four ounces of vanilla is only 35 cents!
Are you headed to the Frog Follies this weekend?
“Since 1975, each August the E’ville Iron Street Rod Club has put on a rod run for street rod owners. It is held at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Center in Evansville Indiana. At the first event we had 44 registered street rods. Since that time the Frog Follies has grown to average over 4000 street rods each year. The event became known as the Frog Follies after the club had a bull frog race at the first event. We’ve had entries from Alaska, Australia, Canada, and all 48 continental states over the years. Since 2010 we can boast that the Frog Follies “is THE largest PRE 49 Street Rod event anywhere in the world!”
We might not have a fancy hot rot here at the Archives but we do have our share of vehicle references! Check out this Vehicle Registration for a 1924 Ford Touring car.
Our friends at the Benson Ford Research Center, holders of the Henry Ford Collection, supplied us with an advertisement for just such a vehicle. Here at the archives, we think a nice springtime drive sounds nice. We’d also probably spring for the special de-mountable rims.
Sometimes the best finds in the Archives are completely unexpected. Check out this time and wage book dated 1887. We aren’t sure of the context of this book since it was in a box of completely unrelated things . It could be for Deputy Clerks, Court Staff, or maybe even the townships.
Does anyone recognize this type of book and have any ideas?