Browning Genealogy & Local History is a free, nonprofit historical archive serving the tri-state area with a database search tool that enables researchers to access a variety of public records documenting people and events in Evansville, Indiana, and surrounding counties in Southwestern Indiana, Southeastern Illinois and Western Kentucky.





Birth Marriage and Death records #OnGenealogy

Indiana Birth, Marriage, & Death Records


Birth & Marriage Records

Marriage, Engagement, and Birth Records – Southern Indiana – Records of marriages, engagements, and births are among some of the most sought after in the world of Genealogy Research. Locating one of these records can be the key to unlocking the history of our ancestors. We have obtained the Warrick County records in this database through the generosity of a local genealogical researcher – Virginia Aldridge.



Death Records

Obituaries – Southern IN & IL, Western KY – 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.


Obituaries – Southern IN & IL, Western KY – 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.


Cemetery Records – Cemeteries Included (click a Cemetery to read more):



Orphans Home Records

Warrick County, Indiana Orphans’ Home – The Warrick County Orphans Home opened its doors early in 1882. It was located at 217 S. First Streen in Boonville, Indiana. Currently the site is occupied by McDonald’s. The incredibly valuable information you will find at this link has been painstakingly researched by Virginia Aldridge who has allowed us to link to her research.



Residence records census land migration voting taxation #OnGenealogy

Indiana Residence Records



Immigration Records – Vanderburgh & Warrick Co., IN – 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.




Daily Life Records school work church court government library social life #OnGenealogy

Indiana Daily Life Records



Bucyrus Erie SCOOPS – 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).


Business Entity Records – 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.


DAR Historical Records – The Miscellaneous Database contains miscellaneous history from Evansville, IN including information about businesses, churches, events, people and places.




DAR Historical Records – The Miscellaneous Database contains miscellaneous history from Evansville, IN including information about businesses, churches, events, people and places.




Cynthiana Argus Newspaper Articles – Posey Co., IN – The Cynthiana Argus was a newspaper published in Cynthiana, Indiana from 1890-1993. We have been given permission to scan and index this newspaper by the Ousler Family. In this database you will find various interesting articles from the Cynthiana Argus.




St. Mary’s & Deaconess Nursing School Yearbooks – 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. Also, find 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.





Military records Wars Veterans #OnGenealogy

Indiana Military Records


Veteran Records & Letters – 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.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.