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Bucyrus Erie was one of Evansville's most important industrial sites for nearly 70 yrs, opening its first plant in Evansville in 1914. . They made steam shovels that dug the Panama Canal, bulldozer blades that were used in WWII and draglines that dug up Southern Indiana Coal. The construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the passage of the Federal Highway Act in the 1950's meant intensified demand for Bucyrus shovels and excavators. The Evansville plant was sole to Continental Emsco in 1981 and closed the location after two years of operation. The people that worked there loved the place and still have reunions twice a year to stay in touch.
This Database contains 700 scans of the SCOOP magazines that were published by the company while in operation. Search by name or “keyword,” (e.g., Evansville, Milwaukee, Erie, machine, education, scholarship).
The Business Entity Database includes records previously available only by searching records of local Articles of Association filed by date and located in volumes of data in the Vanderburgh County Recorder's offices. The records, spanning the past 175 years and now available in searchable form on this website, provide a tremendous insight into the development of different area businesses and organizations, their location and ownership.
Cemeteries become many individuals' final resting place and are the last part of their journey in this world. Finding a family or a friend’s gravesite gives one peace, serenity and a time of reflection. It is because of this simple fact that our Cemetery database focuses on cemeteries that do not have a website created to allow others to view the graves via the internet.
We obtain permission from the cemetery boards for our project. We outline the cemetery sections and photograph the entire cemetery. Individual photographs of each gravestone are digitized on our site and our obituary information is attached to the photograph or the gravestone if available. This will assist genealogists, families and friends in finding individual graves in a user friendly manner.
The cemeteries that are in the process of being digitized are listed below. This will be an ongoing process and maintained for future additions to each cemetery. Other cemeteries will be added with time. For additional information on a specific cemetery, click on the link below.
Following in the tradition of the Deaconess movement–embodied by a call to civic leadership and social justice–the Protestant Deaconess Hospital and nurses training program first began accepting students in 1896. At the time, Evansville was a flourishing River City, boasting a population of more than 50,000, and Evansville nurses and doctors sought to meet the needs of the city's growing residents. Since its humble inception in a house on the corner of Mary and Iowa Street, the school and hospital saw many transformations, but through the years, the integrity and skills of its nurses remained unparalleled.
Below please find our archives for the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing. The nurses training school graduated 2,650 nurses–with the final class of nineteen students graduating in May of 1990. Here and in our physical archives, you will find Deaconess yearbooks dating from 1939-1990. There are approximately 700 Deaconess entries online as of 2018.
Feel free to search by name or by "keyword" (e.g., nurse's name, graduation date, Freshman/Sophomore, clinicals, etc.).
Charles Browning's "Browning People Study" is a primary source of data on the Local History Database. Over a forty-year span, Mr. Browning clipped items of local interest, created index cards, and filed them alphabetically. The 537,000 index cards which comprised the Browning People Study were scanned, indexed, and made available for the internet in 1999. This type of local history information continues to be created and updated by the Browning Family Foundation with the addition of several thousand index cards annually over the last decade.
In addition, the Local History Database includes articles from archives of the Evansville Press, which ceased publication as a daily newspaper in December 1998. The Evansville Vanderburgh and Willard Libraries became owners of the Evansville Press archives in 1999. EVPL scans and indexes articles from the archives dating from 1936 through 1998 featuring local events, people and organizations. Scanning and indexing these articles began in 1999, and in the last decade, the EVPL staff added over 250,000 articles from the newspaper archives to this database. They continue to add articles to update the Local History Database on a regular basis.
The Immigration Database provides insight into the growth of the area's population through immigration from other lands. Understanding the roots of our diverse population and their cultures provides a broader understanding of our community's background. Naturalization records for Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties from 1850 through 1920 have been indexed in a searchable database which provides access to the records in alphabetical format. The database is even more valuable since all Immigration and Naturalization records currently held at the county courthouses will eventually be moved to Indianapolis for preservation and be difficult for researchers to access.
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
The Miscellaneous Database contains miscellaneous history from Evansville, IN including information about businesses, churches, events, people and places.
The Western Kentucky database was created in 2016. With permission from a multitude of funeral home owners and assistance from local colleges, universities, and libraries, the Browning Family Foundation scans and indexes obituary information. Thus, obituaries in their original format can be viewed on this database. The Western Kentucky Obituary Database includes 20 different counties covering various time periods. These counties include Breckinridge, Bullit, Butler, Crittenden, Daviess, Edmonson, Grayson, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Henderson, Larue, Livingston, McLean, Meade, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Ohio, Union, And Webster. The resources of 30 Funeral homes and 12 Newspapers provided 26,000 obituaries.
John Dowell and his team plan to add more counties in 2018. The marriage records will be added into a searchable Western Kentucky Marriage Records database in 2018. Daviess Co., KY marriage records will start from October 2, 1920 and progress forward. Ohio Co., KY marriage records will start with July 5, 1899 and go backward in time. We will continue to add the additional 13 KY county marriage records as time and resources allow.
In 1872, Sister Marie Voelker and three Daughters of Charity opened St. Mary's Hospital in what was previously a vacant marine hospital on the banks of the Ohio River. By the late 1880s, significant shifts in technology, industry, and community growth necessitated a larger building capable of implementing the rapid electronic advancements of the day, and the sisters purchased seven lots on the corner of First Avenue and Columbia Street.
Construction finished in 1894, and the Daughters of Charity opened the new, improved St. Mary's Hospital, featuring steam-powered elevators, lighting that enabled nighttime surgeries, and a chapel. During that same year, the first class of students enrolled in St. Mary's School of Nursing. In the school's 73 year tenure, St. Mary's graduated a total of 1,552 students, all of whom dedicated themselves to the health and wellbeing of the Evansville community. Currently, the hospital is operating under the name St. Vincent.
Here you will find St. Mary's School of Nursing Yearbooks from 1932–1960, as well as doctors' photos and other images of the St. Mary's nurses at work. As of 2018, we have entered the information of 1,100 nursing students.
Search by name or "keyword" (e.g., nurse, Freshman/Senior, 1960, graduation, clinicals).
Urbanization of America and use of the internet continues at a rapid pace. Smaller communities are at risk of losing knowledge about their occupants and newspapers. The Browning Family Foundation believes documenting the "walks of life" in these communities is crucial to historical preservation. They will continue to document the individual obituaries in these counties to assist in archiving informative glimpses of our heritage.
Southern Indiana & Illinois Obituary Database includes fourteen different counties covering various time periods. Gibson and Posey Counties in Indiana are listed from 1990 through present. White County, Illinois includes 1980 through the present. Knox County, Indiana includes 1973 through 1978 and subsequent thirty-one years in near future. Gallatin County in Illinois details 2003 through 2007, but the Foundation should complete 1950 through 2003 in the next two years. All families served by Browning Funeral Home in Vanderburgh County from 1954 until the present time includes photographs, short biographies, and obituaries where records are available.
Evansville servicemen, serving in WWII, wrote letters, sent postcards, and mailed photos to Reverend Rake at the First Baptist Church in Downtown Evansville, Indiana. Before the war, Rev. Rake coached many of these men in basketball at the Agoga Tabernacle. These letters, postcards, and photos were saved, scanned, and input into this Veterans Database so that future generations can access these heartfelt correspondences from difficult times. There are over 2,000 separate entries.
Kenneth Hunley compiled information to honor the lives of four of his classmates killed in action during WWII. This includes 3,000 entries from WWII records from Pike County, Indiana. Researches will find photographs, ribbons, and tombstones of these veterans.
WWI Soldiers of Posey County, Indiana was created by Lela Barrett, Anna Griswold, and Linda Young. It contains over 1,100 men and women from Posey County who served in WWI. Photos, obituaries, letters home, and Gold Star Lists are included in this information. Many articles came from the Posey County Democrat. This information was collected and placed in scrapbooks by the Alexandrian Library. The Browning Foundation scanned this information. These articles are in the process of being indexed and placed on our website.