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African American Life

A Window on the Past project presents what is known about early African-American residents and their activities in Howard County in the late nineteenth century as found in local newspapers.

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Bible Records

Bible Records play an important role in the family history trail and are often considered primary records for the genealogist.

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Carl Leiter Local History

Historical research and writing have been Carl Leiter’s serious hobbies since the early 1950s and his articles have appeared in the Kokomo Tribune, the Kokomo Morning Times, and other newspapers published in Howard County.

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Cemeteries

Howard County Cemeteries is a database of cemetery information photographs developed by John C. Anderson and Ed & Debby Beheler.

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Church Records

The Howard County Churches collection is composed of various church records submitted to the Genealogy & Local History Department at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library in Kokomo, Indiana. Most of the records were borrowed, digitized, and returned, allowing the original records to remain in the owner’s possession.

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City and Rural Directories

For the genealogist, directories are very useful for placing people in a particular place at a particular time. The directories generally reveal where an ancestor lived and worked. Using this information inconjunction with the census can lead us to many other rich resources for gleaning family information.

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Continental Steel Files

The Continental Steel Files is simply the repository of materials supplied by the U. S. Department of Environmental Agency and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, made available for public review and research at the public library. A basic index of materials is available as a finding aid to the collection.

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Court Records

Several Howard County Court Record Books dating back to 1844 were microfilmed in 2005 and generated 74 rolls of microfilm which are available at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library in the Genealogy & Local History Department. Library staff and volunteers are creating NAMES indexes for each roll of film in order to make the records more accessible to the public. The NAMES indexes for the Court Records collection is an ongoing project for staff and volunteers of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. Records will be made available on this site as time permits.

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Database of Canal Land Entries

The combined database is a listing of land in Howard County sold as "canal lands" by the State of Indiana with the names of the original landowners or patentees. These lands were in the Seven Mile Strip, a portion of the Big Miami Reserve, and contained approximately seventy-five square miles, which later became Ervin, Monroe, and Honey Creek townships.

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Death Mortality Schedules

Description: An index to the Howard County, Indiana Mortality Schedules extracted from the United States Censuses from 1850-1880.

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Early Howard County Naturalization Records

Naturalization Records for Howard County fount in various order books of the local courts prior to 1907

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Funeral Home Records

Funeral Home Records for Howard County

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Funeral Notices

The Funeral Notices file is a collection of funeral invitations donated to the Genealogy & Local History Department at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library in Kokomo, Indiana by an unknown source.

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General Vital Records

Vital Records Collection for Howard County

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Howard County Civil War

This collection is a partnership between the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and The Howard County Historical Society. Howard County has a rich history of community military involvement in the Civil War. Regiments were raised, patriotism was high and the community rallied around the boys. Several prominent members of the community stepped up to raise the requested number of enlistments. Records show that in the 16-35 age range, Howard County led the state in percentage of recruits to the general population. These officers and enlisted men left proof of their experiences in the form of enlistment records, pension records, muster rolls, letters, etc. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

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Howard County Deaths 1922-1935

Data was extracted from Kokomo, Indiana newspapers. This is not a complete list of those who died in Howard County from 1922 to 1935.

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Howard County Extension Homemakers

We believe in the present and its opportunities, in the future and its promises, in everything that makes life large and lovely, in the divine joy of living and helping others; and so we endeavor to pass on to others that which has benefited us, striving to go onward and upward, reaching the pinnacle of economic perfection, in improving, enlarging and endearing the greatest institution in the world, the home.

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Howard County Local History

Collection of local Howard County History and Maps

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Howard County Residents Buried at Central

The following list was abstracted from Central State Hospital Cemetery List, Wayne Township, Marion County, Indiana, from records at Indiana Medical History Museum.

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Kokomo Civic Theatre

The Kokomo Civic Theatre collection is composed of two collections: Scanned copies of each playbill available from every production, and scrapbook memorabilia collected over the years by members of the Kokomo Civic Theatre organization. Most of the records were borrowed, digitized, and returned, allowing the original records to remain in the owner’s possession. This season marks the Kokomo Civic Theatre’s 65th season of existence, and we wanted to make sure their legacy was captured and preserved for the community they have so wonderfully served.

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Kokomo Yearbooks

In 2002, the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, the Greentown Public Library, and the Howard County Historical Society formed the Howard County Digitization Consortium. Sharing a common interest in preserving local historical materials and making them available to as many people as possible, the consortium supported the digitization of unique local print resources in the spirit of the American Memory Project created by the Library of Congress.

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Land Abstracts

This new collection contains donated Abstracts and Images of land in Howard County, Indiana.

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Local Residents

Kokomo has had its share of famous residents...see Norman Bridwell and Ryan White! We've also had many others who may not have had world-wide fame, but they've had their "15 minutes," as Andy Warhol predicted back in 1968.

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Long Term Lovers

In February, 2001, the Genealogy & Local History Department at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library wanted to celebrate long term marriages in Howard County. The invitation was issued for people to submit photos and brief information about each couple. A photo display was created in the library for the initial group who participated.

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Maps and Land Records

Various Maps of Howard County

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Marriage Records

Howard County, Indiana began recording marriages in 1844 and the marriage records are in the process of being added to this site.

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Military

Various Collections of Military Records

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Naturalization Records

Three Naturalization Service PETITION AND RECORD books covering 1918-1929 were recently discovered at the Howard County Court House. Before the three volumes were sent to the Indiana State Archives, Marcia Ford head of the Genealogy & Local History Department at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library visited the Court House and captured each page using a digital camera; the images were then uploaded into the Howard County Memory Project.

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Newspaper Collection

Transcriptions from many 1848, 1849, & 1850 excerpts were compiled by Paul William McKibben in 1995 and were added as digital images to the Howard County Memory Project in 2012.

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Newspaper Records

Anniversary, birth, divorce filings, divorce decrees, engagements, marriage licenses, and wedding announcements from the Kokomo Tribune and Kokomo Perspective newspapers since August, 2011. Announcements from the Kokomo Herald were included beginning in October, 2013.

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Norman Bridwell

Ever heard of Clifford the Big Red Dog? Kokomo native Norman Bridwell published his first book in the 1960s; the title was Clifford the Big Red Dog. Mr. Bridwell, both author and illustrator of that first book, has written over 100 Clifford books published by Scholastic.

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Obituaries

This database contains the Name, Date of Death and the Tribune Date for Obituaries published in the Kokomo Tribune from October 22nd of 1998 to the present.

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Poor Farm Residents 1860-1930

The county institution presently known as the Howard County Home has its origins in 1857, when county commissioners Willis Blanche, Harvey Brown and B.W. Gifford, looking for a facility to serve as a "permanent home for the helpless and unfortunate poor who must be cared for at public expense,"

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The Roster of Octogenarian Club for the year 1925

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Ryan White

The Ryan White Files is a collection of news articles that have been clipped and saved in the Genealogy & Local History Department at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library in Kokomo, Indiana.The actual newspaper clippings are beginning to deteriorate and with the often high demand of requests to photocopy the articles, it was decided that this collection should be digitized and made available for public access on both the Internet and on CDs.

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Soldiers and Sailors Orphans Home

Index of children from Howard County at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home

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Surnames in Vertical Files

The surnames listed here represent vertical file folders in our collection. Some of the items in the folders are old newspaper articles, obituaries, biographies, and newer newspaper articles.

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WW1 Military Discharge Index

The originals of these documents are located in the Howard County Recorder's Office; photocopies of the volumes are in the GLHD collection. The upper part of the forms used in volume 1 contains information copied from the soldier's official discharge papers, including his service record and a physical description.