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Local genealogical society receives grant

Friday, April 4, 2014

Connie Huffine, (left) Executive Assistant of Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC, presents a check to Pat Wilkinson of the Clay County Genealogy Society. The society was awarded $500 through the utility company's Community Fund grant.
The Clay County Genealogy Society received a grant recently to continue its research into the county's history.

The Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC selected the society as the recipient of a $500 Community Fund grant.

Pat Wilkinson, Clay County Genealogy Society editor, said the library receives no federal, state or local funding and is supported mainly through membership fees, donations and grants. In addition, it is dependent on volunteers to function.

The Clay County Genealogical Society was formed in 1980 with a mission "to locate, collect, record and preserve resource materials relating to Clay County families and to make the information available to the public." Wilkinson said the library was originally housed in the home of Helen Tarvin but moved to its current home on Main Street in Center Point as the collection grew.

"The Clay County Genealogy Library is a repository of unique information and valuable resources," Wilkinson said. "Our library is a treasure of historical and genealogical books, documents, census records, historical newspapers on microfilm and other research information."

Wilkinson added the library also has information on all counties in the state and other states such as Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois and Iowa, where it was believed Clay County residents migrated from in the past.

The society hosts monthly meetings every third Tuesday at 1 p.m. and is open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

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