Wayne County Genealogical Society

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The only Wayne County organization focusing solely on Family History

First Families
Family Pathways Newsletter


Second Saturday of each month (except December and January), at 10:00 a.m. in the Educational Building of St. John Lutheran Church, 501 S. 7th Street, Richmond, IN. Most meetings feature a speaker on a genealogical or historical subject, and include a business meeting. In September, the local members meet for a picnic, and a year end banquet is held in November. You are also welcome to join our Facebook Group.

Meetings are open to all persons who wish to attend.


Anyone interested in genealogical pursuits in Wayne County may become a member. Yearly dues are $20 per person. The WCGS quarterly newsletter "Family Pathways" is sent to each society member (cost of newsletter is included in the dues). For additional information about membership or dues, inquire by email or by writing the Wayne County Genealogical Society.

Genealogical Research

WCGS Research Committee volunteers do research in regard to specific requests for information, on a first come-first served basis. (At times, there may be some backlog in doing the research, depending upon the number of requests for information currently on hand.) Request requirements and the current costs of doing research may be obtained by email or writing the Wayne County Genealogical Society--Research Committee.


WCGS operates a Family History Library, located in the basement of the Educational Building at St. John Lutheran Church, 501 S. 7th Street, Richmond, IN. To confirm the current days and hours of operation, contact us via email or by writing the Wayne County Genealogical Society.

Library Hours:
Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed on all holidays and during inclement weather.

Other hours by appointment.

Wayne County "First Families" Group

WCGS members who can prove their lineage back to a person who was a resident of Wayne County in 1830, may apply for acceptance into the "First Families" Group. This may be accomplished by obtaining a "First Families" application, and providing the required information, documentation and costs. For the current costs, application and requirements, write to WCGS "First Families" via email or by writing the Wayne County Genealogical Society.


WCGS members have published the following books, which may be obtained by ordering, from WCGS--Book Sales.  Contact us via email or by writing the Wayne County Genealogical Society.

TITLE Price S & H
Summarizes the original records of probates, guardianships, appointments of administrators, etc. - 280 pages & index



An every name index to the 1975 book about Economy, IN and Perry Township.
$3.50 $2.00
Microfilm at Morrisson-Reeves Library 2 rolls, 1932-March 1960, taken from articles publised in local newspaper from 21 scrapbooks. Index of surnames and places.
$14.00 $3.00
Buried in Wayne County, Indiana, compiled by the DAR in 1978, 186 pages
$2.00 $2.00
Vol. 1 - 166 pages & index



Vol. 2 - 146 pages & index



Vol. 3 - 165 pages & index
$14.00 $3.00
Vol. 4 - 184 pages & index
$20.00 $4.00
$50.00 $7.00
CD - PDF, Spring Vol. 1 1991 through Vol. 21 Fall 2011
CD - PDF, Spring Vol. 1 through Vol. 20
$25.00 Postage included

Please make checks payable to "Wayne County Genealogical Society".

For any genealogical purpose regarding Wayne County, Indiana, including research, membership, first famiiles, etc, please contact:

Wayne County Genealogical Society
P O Box 2599
Richmond IN 47375-2599

Email: wcgs2599@yahoo.com

Family Pathways Newsletter

Download a sample Family Pathways Newsletter, Volume XVI, No. 1, Spring 2006

The following is an excerpt from Family Pathways Newsletter, Volume XVII, No. 1, Spring 2007



If you could see your ancestors
All standing in a row,
Would you be proud of them
Or don't you really know?

Some strange discoveries are made
In climbing family trees;
And some of these, I am afraid
Do not particularly please

If you could see your ancestors
All standing in a row,
There might be some of them
You would not care to know.

But there's another question
Requires a different view:
If you should meet your ancestors,
Would they be proud of you?

(Author Unknown)



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Did You Know?

Richmond was once known as "the lawnmower capital" because of the lawn mowers manufactured here from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. Manufacturers included Motomower, Dille-McGuire and F&N.