It's getting closer, we'll soon have a brand new History Center and with it a brand new Archive Department. Every day that I visit more and more is getting done. We will have an Archive room, a library, a gift shop, several galleries, a Museum storage, 2 large meeting halls, and a log room with a fireplace. We are counting down and hopefully we will get to start moving around the first week of November. Unfortunately the Archives will have to be closed for a week or two. We will still be able to take your queries, but please be patient while we pack and unpack our old documents, etc. Hope you all can come visit us in our new building. We should be all set up and ready to go by December of this year, 2014.
It's that time of year again, summer, when the family historian is planning that research trip to find their ancestors. Or you may be coming back to the home county of your grandparents to attend the family reunion. Why not stop by the local library, courthouse, or historical society to do a little research for that elusive great grandparent? Make sure you do your pre-planning before you leave home. Look up all the places you plan to do research in. What are their hours of operation? Where are the particular records you are looking for? Make sure if they're only open on that one day a week that that is the day you plan to be there and maybe not 2 days too late.
The new family historian should start at the local library - they are open late hours and 7 days a week. The courthouse has limited business hours so you'll have to plan what offices you want to spend your time in the most. If you are on a limited time schedule you need to prioritize your research area in case you run out of time. Come well prepared with family group sheets, pedigree charts, and a list of your intended accomplishments. Good luck, we hope to see some of you this summer. Remember, we are only open on Tuesdays so put that on your research schedule.
The Brown County Historical Society's Archives is located just north of Nashville, Indiana on S. R. 135. Our Archive houses anything to do with Brown County History - from genealogy to Circuit Court records to old newspapers to different topics on the county's history since its founding in 1837. For those that want to visit the Archive to do research we are open Tuesdays from noon til 3:00 p.m. If you are traveling from out of state it is best to call before coming. Our bigest topic for research so far as been genealogy. We get occasional requests to research house history, veterans organizations, and old photos. We should have something on about any Brown county topic for the casual researcher to the more experienced.
Various members of the Brown County Historical Society in Brown County, Indiana. News and notes about what is happening in the society, as well as photos and items of historical interest that we may "dig up" while sifting through the archives.