New Summer Hours at the Library

In addition to the regular Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday hours from 1:00-4:00 p.m., the Clay County Genealogy Library will be open Mondays from 1:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  through August 31st.   In September the Monday hours will revert to the former times of 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays the volunteers are at the library working beginning at 10:00 a.m., and visitors are welcome.  If you want to make sure the library will be open early and not be closed for lunch,  call before coming.  The library phone number is 812-835-5005.

Pinhook to Brazil


          Pinhook to Brazil, written by Nelle DECKER HUBBARD, records the HENDRIX family ancestry.  “In the year of 1896, Eli HENDRIX employed William TRAVIS, of Clay City to help arrange all data to get it into print, but death overcame these two old friends and the boxes of documents and the originals were left to the brother, John, Jr., and he laid them all aside with the intention of finishing the work, when he became able, financially.  He soon became disabled and sick, and knowing his days were few, he gave all this to his son, Frank HENDRIX.  Frank being unable financially to complete the work, gave all of the originals, pictures, records, data and letters to his niece, Nelle DECKER HUBBARD, with the promise to complete the work and have the same published in book form, at her expense.”
Nelle published the information in 1936 and named it Pinhook to Brazil due to the fact that the book traces the family from Pinhook, Ohio, to Brazil, Indiana.  The resulting book is an interesting 222- page genealogy with an index.  Below is what William TRAVIS wrote about John HENDRIX, Sr.
“John HENDRIX, Sr., native of North Carolina, born March 4, 1798, the family coming north and settling in southwestern Ohio in his infancy, before the close of the eighteenth century, where they lived until the subject of this sketch was eighteen years of age, when they moved to Wayne County, Indiana.  At the age of twenty-two years, he married Miss Nancy WHITTAKER, of Withamsville, Clermont County, Ohio, on the 4th day of April in 1820. Succeeding his marriage, he settled down in Wayne County, four miles south of Centerville, where he engaged in blacksmithing at a crossroads, and later managed to buy a quarter section of land, which he proceeded to improve and on which he erected one of the first brick dwellings in Wayne County. Having sold this property in 1843, he located on the National Road, three miles west of Centerville, Ohio, at a place then known as “Pinhook,” where he again engaged in blacksmithing, at which he continued something more than two years, when he moved to Clay County, arriving at Brazil on the l0th day of September, 1845, and established the first mechanical industry in the town.” (Pinhook to Brazil is listed on our Publications for Sale page.)

Genealogical Conference

Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting & Conference

Saturday,  April 25, 2015,   at University Hall, Indiana State University, 401 N. 7th Street,  Terre Haute,  Indiana     9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Featuring Judy G. Russell, JD,CG, CGL,   “The Legal Genealogist”

There will be several breakout sessions:  Your First Trip to the Courthouse  OR  A Brief History of the Settlement of Vigo County; “Disabled or Deceased in the Line of Duty”  OR Travel through Time with Wabash Valley Visions & Voices; Staying Out of Trouble–the Rights and Responsibilities of Genealogists  OR Which DNA Test is Right for Your Research; Rogues, Rascals & Rapcallions: The Family Black Sheep  OR Using Y-DNA to Enhance Genealogical Research.

Register early for reduced fees.  For more information go to