The Browning Genealogy Database (EVPL), is a living legacy founded on the lifelong work of Charles Browning (April 14, 1923 - December 2, 2007). It is current with records of deaths from 1906 to the present. Begun in 1954 as a collection of index cards documenting individuals from obituary notices in the Evansville newspapers, Browning’s records meticulously list each individual’s name, date of death, place of death, family members, place of burial, work history and more.
Seeing the value in this Genealogy Database, the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library created a website in 1999 which maintains the computer program infrastructure for the Genealogy Database. The Browning Family gave the library permission to display the database on the internet. In 1999, The Browning Genealogy Database (EVPL) website included 240,000 index cards and 16,000 files from the computer program file created by Charles Browning. Since its inception in 1999, an additional 30,000 individual entries have been added to the database, and it is updated daily by the Browning Family Foundation. In 2010, the database includes over 300,000 individual files documenting deceased persons from Davies, Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties in Southwestern Indiana.
The popularity of this website, evidenced by over four million computer hits per year, inspired the Browning Family to provide this type of service to other surrounding counties. The Browning Family created the Southern Indiana and Illinois Obituary Database that serves additional surrounding counties in greater detail. The database includes original obituaries scanned with permission from the respective local newspapers. These additional counties include Gibson, Knox and Posey in Indiana as well as White and Gallatin in Illinois. It also includes families served by Browning Funeral Home in Vanderburgh County in Indiana. This database can be searched at www.browninggenealogy.org
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