Indiana Family History Societies (O-S)

This section lists county associations from Orange to South Bend Area providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Orange County Genealogical Society

The association has a Library, but it is located in a private residence so you have to make an appointment before visiting.  An extensive collection of resources are accessible, including:

  • Census Returns
  • DAR Indices to Orange Co. Records
  • Family Histories
  • Obituaries
  • Past issues of journals from several Societies

An Index of Articles from their quarterly publication Orange Peelings 1983-1998 is on the site and back issues of the publication can be brought from the society.

Other publications available include the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 and 1910 Orange Co. Federal Census Returns and the History of the Thirty-Eighth Regiment, Indiana Volunteers 1861-1865. 

Owen County, Indiana Historical and Genealogical Society

Their Genealogical Library is located at Owen Co. Public Library.  Many resources are accessible which includes news clippings, obituaries and family files which includes notes of research done by others.

There are many on-line indexes on the site which incorporate:

  • 1819 Lister's Book (Assessor's)
  • 1820 Census compared to the 1820 Lister's (Assessor's) Book
  • 1830 and 1870 Owen Co. Census
  • Marriages pre 1850
  • Owen Co. Divorces 1819-1871
  • Owen Co. Immigration Surname Survey
  • Owen Co. Outmigration Surname Survey
  • Probate Records

Numerous publications are sold by the society, which include:

  • 1876 Map
  • Births and Deaths 1882-1920
  • Index of Wills 1819-1966
  • Lister's Books 1819-1829
  • Marriages 1819-1850 and 1819-1920
  • Military Veterans 1775-1903

The association also has a Mailing List which is hosted by Rootsweb.


Scott County Genealogical Society

The association has Research Rooms which are located at 1050 South Main Street, Scottsburg behind Scott County Heritage Centre and Museum. 

An extensive collection of resources is available which includes books relating to:

  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Census Returns
  • Church Registers
  • Marriages
  • Military Records
  • School Registers

They also have books relating to other counties in Indiana.

Many publications are available for purchase, which incorporate:

  • Scott Co. Marriages 1820-1905, 1906-1910 and 1911-1915
  • Scott Co. Births and Deaths 1820-1999
  • Finley, Johnson and Vienna Townships Township Cemetery Indexes

South Bend Area Genealogical Society

Many databases are available, which incorporate:

  • Burial Permits 1910-1929
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Coroner's Records 1879-1960
  • Early Immigrations
  • Federal Census Returns 1870, 1880 and 1910
  • Time and Place of Birth Records
  • Walkerton News 1886-1929
  • Wills 1830-1971

All these resources relate to Saint Joseph County.  There is also a Marriage Databases Index, the Catholic Church Marriages and Naturalisations 1856-1954. 

Some publications are also available, which include St Joseph Co. Cemetery Inscriptions and a collection of the SBAGS Quarterly Newsletters 1978-1995 and 1996-2005.


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