Highlights in History

Remembering Our Fallen Ancestors on Memorial Day By: Nancy Massey Recently our genealogy roundtable shared stories and photos of some of our fallen ancestors. Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was first called, is the day to visit our cemeteries and put flowers or U. S. flags on...

The Mystery of the Missing Map By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian There are many good online databases available for researchers today, several of which are linked on the Indiana Room page. These cover items like books, photographs, and newspapers.  Since they are scanned original documents, this puts...

Noblesville Civil War Drummers By: Sherri Bonham I recently stumbled on a sad moment in history when the Indiana Room received a request for information on former Noblesville resident John Shay. The initial request did not include any details, so I looked in the index of our oldest...

Searching US Federal Census Records By: Nancy Massey Five or six years ago, I made a genealogy goal to find every one of my ancestors on each census record taken during their lifetime.  Why would I do that you might wonder?  Federal census records can have a wealth...

The Blackberry Campaign By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian From 1785 to the signing of the Treaty of Greenville in 1795, Indiana was part of the Northwest Indian Wars. The land was occupied by various Native American tribes, but incursions of whites from Kentucky caused the groups to...

Indiana Fiction By: Sherri Bonham Here are more fiction books published by Indiana authors: Cathy Day grew up in Peru, Indiana and members of her extended family worked for the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus that wintered in Peru. By following members of the fictional Great Porter Circus family, the reader experiences...

The Construction of the First National Bank Building By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian With Key Bank closing its downtown Noblesville branch, that will be the end of 109 years of banking on that corner. However, the structure itself is unique with regard to other Noblesville buildings. There...

Indiana Fiction By: Sherri Bonham The Indiana Room at the Noblesville Library is most often thought of as providing local history and genealogy resources. However, the Indiana Room also contains a collection of fiction books by Hamilton County and Indiana authors, some old and some new. Milford Anness was...

Researching Mrs. Dr. Wheeler By: Nancy Massey Goodness! February is fast coming to a close!  Next month is Women’s History month.  What better way to celebrate than to honor your female ancestor by researching her lifestory.  Discover resources and search techniques when you attend Researching Your Female Ancestoron...

200 Years of African American History By: David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian In the newest edition of the Hamilton County Business Magazine, I’ve done an article on a special anniversary – the bicentennial of the African American experience in Hamilton County. Many of the stories that I refer to...

Both libraries will be closed on Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day.