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Jay County Genealogy

Historical Society Board Policy

For Queries

Members of the Historical Society

Jay County Historical Society members are provided 1 hour’s research time during the calendar year of their membership. This may include 2 short queries if both queries can be done within 1 hour’s time. Should additional time be needed for these queries, there will be a fee of $10 per hour, or portion thereof, required to answer the query. For example, the charge for 1 hour and 15 minutes would be an extra $2.50 to members. Our standard copy and mailing fees will apply.

Copy fee: $ .25 per side

Scanning fee: $1.00 per copy

Shipping: Actual shipping using first class  rates will be charged. All fees need to be paid before materials will be shipped.

Non-member Query Request

There is a $10 per hour research charge for non-members of our society. The Historical Society must be in receipt of your query and the $10 before any research is started. All other charges are the same as for members.

All research will be limited to materials within the Genealogy Library at the Historical Museum.

Please be patient when requesting a query.

We have a very limited number of volunteer researchers.

Please direct dues payments and questions about membership to the museum office at: 903 East Main Street,  Portland, IN,  47371.  Phone: 260-726-7168,  fax: 260-726-7178, or email us at:

Please click on the following link for a Query Form and more information regarding our research materials and guidelines.
Genealogy Brochure

If you would like to give genealogy a try, here is a link to a printable pedigree chart.


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