To transcribe records from this collection go to the Carnegie Library “Cemetery” page: 


At BillionGraves we are always trying to innovate and make things better for everyone. We were approached by the Carnegie Library in Indiana to photograph a series of Obituaries sitting in library files. This obituary collection is housed at the Carnegie Public Library in Angola, Steuben County, Indiana. It was started by Audree Seibel Lewis in 1950. For more than 15 years Lewis clipped obituaries from newspapers and mounted them to index cards or to the backs of old library catalog cards. Frequently, she contacted family members of the deceased and interviewed them to gather more family history information. She hand-wrote the additional information on the cards. The collection also includes some anniversary announcements, photos, court cases, and family reunion announcements. Most of the cities mentioned in the records are located in Steuben County, Indiana. On the obituary cards, the name of the cemetery where the deceased is buried is often handwritten in block letters on the corner of the card. In the mid-1960’s Lewis discontinued her hobby of collecting obituaries. After about a 10-year gap, the Carnegie Library staff took up the task of adding to the collection, which continues to this day. 

The images look like this: 


To transcribe records from this collection go to the Carnegie Library “Cemetery” page: 

The Carnegie Public Library Collection has been preserved on old library cards. Consequently, you may see some information that looks like the title of a book or an author. Often this library-related information has been crossed out by hand. You do not need to record it. Only record information that is related to genealogy.

When transcribing records from the Carnegie Public Library collection please include:

All names
Birth locations
Marriage dates
Marriage locations
Death dates
Death locations

You DO NOT need to record epitaphs, stories, or extraneous information. Researchers will be able to view the cards and read that information. You are creating an index to help them find the proper cards. Only transcribe the deceased individual to whom the card about. Any other people that are related to the deceased should be written in the "others listed" field. 

Here is how this should look:

#1 Click on the Carnegie Library Link. 

#2 Click Transcribe Images.

#3 Type in the name of the individual found on the card in the transcription boxes.

#4 Names found that are relatives of the individual add in the "Other's Listed" box. (Type in the name and click add to save.) 

#5 Other information such as place of birth and death can be added in the Notes Box

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***On the transcription page, in the bottom right corner of the transcription section, you will see the words “advanced mode.” Advanced mode features include maiden names and marriage dates.

More information: 

If the name or location of the cemetery is listed please record it in the notes section. The cemetery name is often listed on these cards in all capital letters with a red, black, or green fine-tipped marker. You could add the word “cemetery” after the hand-written word recorded in all capitals. For example, if you see CIRCLE HILL on an index card written in red ink you could record the burial location as Circle Hill Cemetery.

A list of Steuben County cemeteries can be found by going to Click on “Search BillionGraves.” Then click on “Cemetery Search.” Enter “Steuben County, Indiana.”

Most of the events in this collection took place in Steuben County, Indiana. But only put the county when it is actually stated on the card, since some events may have occurred in other areas. 

If you are recording information from something like a 50th wedding anniversary announcement include the names of the couple on the main form. Please add both individuals by clicking on the "add person" button. Put the type of event in the notes (50th wedding anniversary). Also, include the location and date of the event in the notes. List additional family members by clicking on the "others listed" button at the bottom of the page. But do not record unrelated people such as those who hosted the event or friends who attended. You do not need to include the date the newspaper was published, just the event date. Any other dates or locations that relate to an event that may not have a specific field, may be entered in the notes section.

***Oddly, there are often cards in this collection that say “over” on them, but then there is nothing written on the backside. If there is information on the backside it should be linked to the front and will appear at the bottom of your screen. But if there is not a linked card that seems to be the backside, it may have been one of those that says “over” without any information on the other side.

Thank-you for helping to transcribe the Carnegie Public Library collection!