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Two new genealogy books available

The Hoosier Elm Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution has brought out two new books of Harrison County genealogy and events.

The first book is “Exciting Times in Old Harrison County 1906 to 1910 Volume II.” It is a continuation of the social news that was printed in the two newspapers of the times.

Did you know that in April 1908 there was a big fire in Greenville that almost destroyed the whole town? In Indiana in 1906 there were 342 people killed in railroad accidents statewide? And in those days, if you were wealthy enough to own an automobile, the speed limit in town was 6 miles an hour? Those are some of the human interest stories of the day included in the book, as well as court news, buggy accidents, criminals, snakes in the house, elopements, robberies and gypsies, tramps and thieves, providing a glimpse of life here in the early 1900s.

This book has an “every name index” and is for sale at the Griffin Genealogy Library in Corydon for $22.

The second book is “The Registration of Women Voters in Harrison County 1922” and has the listing of those women who registered to vote in September and October 1922 in Franklin, Heth, Jackson, Posey, Scott, Spencer, Taylor, Washington and Webster townships. The women completed the application forms themselves and gave their date of birth and birthplace on the form.

What makes this a valuable genealogical book is that so many of these women were born in the late 1800s before birth records were required in Indiana in 1882, so there is birth information about women in their 70s and 80s who were now registered to vote. Some of the women registered were naturalized as young women along with their parents.

This book also has an “every name index” and sells at the Griffin library for $25.

Profits from sales of both books help fund the DAR chapter’s projects.