About Me

MelissaMy name is Melissa Wiseheart.  I am a former librarian/genealogist at the Stuart Barth Wrege Indiana History Room at Floyd County Public Library.  I primarily worked in the archives and taught genealogy classes.

I first got into genealogy at about sixteen, when my grandmother gave me a copy of the pedigree chart she made.  She began to tell me stories about some of the names on the chart and I wanted to learn more.  After she died, I continued working with my grandpa and on my own.  I was able to prove my Rakestraw line in Floyd County, Indiana before December 31, 1840, which qualified me for a certificate from the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society (now Falls of the Ohio Genealogical Society).

I also enjoyed working in the archives because it often related to genealogy.  I learned a lot about preserving documents and identifying photographs.  Most of the collections have some family history aspect to them, and, as many of the families in Floyd County have been here for generations, some of them are relations.

If you have any questions about researching at the library, any of the people that I post about, or genealogy questions in general, please feel free to contact me.  You can also contact the Stuart Barth Wrege Indiana History Room directly at Indiana@nafclibrary.org.