My husband and I will be making a 4 day trip to Jefferson County in early July to do research on his family. We've not done on-site research there before. The primary goal is to find his ancestor's birthplace in Luxembourg. This ancestor mustered out in Madison in 1864 and lived there most of the rest of his life (d. 1909). But, I am also interested in filling in more of his life experiences as well.
Records of particular interest for this trip include his marriage, birth records of his children, burial/funeral/cemetery records and newspaper. I would also like to look at any deeds he might have had and since his second marriage was in a Catholic church and he was from Luxembourg, my first guess would also be Catholic records in Madison.
Given the courthouse fire, which of these records might be available and where would the records now be located? I can slog through records for hours, but my husband has little patience, so I'll need some 'go get' things for him to do if at all possible.
Which repositories should we check? Are Catholic records at the church (I read about the consolidation of the parishes) or are they in Indianapolis at the diocese level? Are there other records that might indicate his birthplace in Luxembourg or confirmation of his parents names? He was reportedly naturalized, but I don't know where since he enlisted in 1861 in Minneapolis, but mustered out in 1864 in Madison (never to return to Minneapolis as far as I can tell).
Sorry for the long inquiry, but I have tons of questions to get ready for this trip. Thanks for all who can help.
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