Wayne County (Indiana) Genealogy Society (and all of its Historical Records) Needs a New Home

From an article by Jason Truitt in the Richmond Palladium-Item:

“Tucked away in the basement of St. John Lutheran Church’s educational building sits a treasure trove of Wayne County history. The collection of records, scrapbooks, family histories, maps and other various materials has been collected — and is maintained — by a small non-profit group called the Wayne County Genealogical Society.

“The group has been working for nearly 30 years now, but its future is a bit hazy at the moment.”

It seems the Wayne County Genealogical Society is losing its home, at least at least temporarily and possibly permanently. The full story may be found at: http://bit.ly/2v1fM3E.


Thanks for sharing. I checked my files to see if I had any family that they could help me research (to help them with their coffers). Alas, no Wayne County connections for me.


They should try to connect with their local community college. Donate the collection in return better access and no volunteer involvement.


    Agree. Both Earlham College and University of Indiana East are located in Richmond (the county seat of Wayne County). I would think the history department/library at either of them would be interested in hosting a unique collection of local history documents.


I’m grateful to know about this. I DO have Wayne County ancestry, as well as a personal connection to the area since I attended college there and lived there for a couple of years after graduation. The region has a rich history, including connections with the underground railroad. I can think of a handful of organizations that might be able to help them out of this predicament, but I imagine the group has already considered those avenues. I plan to reach out.


Mr. Eastman, thank you for posting our situation at the Wayne County Genealogical Society. I would encourage your readers to provide any suggestions so as to help in our current situation.


I am looking for information as to when Leroy and Olive Elwood came to the Hagerstown/ Millville area. They are my Grandparents and I’m doing genealogy research. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!


Marcia Sloan, President November 18, 2019 at 2:26 pm

Thank you for your help. The Wayne County Genealogical Society of Richmond, Indiana has found a new home at the First Friends Meeting on Chester Blvd., Richmond, Indiana. We are open Mondays 10 to 4 except for Dec. and Jan.


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