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Online Federal and State Population Schedules of Indiana 
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Federal population schedules

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Indexes: fiche, film, or book

For a list of microform and book indexes for the population schedules of Indiana, click here

Federal non-population schedules

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Online Federal Non-Population Schedules for Indiana

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Indexes: fiche, film, or book

For a list of microform and book indexes for the non-population schedules of Indiana, click here.

State, territorial, and colonial censuses

State, territorial, and colonial censuses of Indiana
1937 Blackford (Licking Twp)[8], Henry[9] counties
1931 Blackford (Licking Twp)[8], Hancock[10], Henry[11][12], St Joseph counties
1925 Blackford (Licking Twp)[8], Henry[13], St. Joseph counties
1919 Blackford (Licking Twp)[8], Hancock (Center Twp), Henry[14], Pike, Ripley (Jackson Twp), St Joseph, Starke (Center Twp) counties[11]
1913 Blackford (Licking Twp)[8], Henry[15], Pike, St. Joseph (scattered twps), Starke (Center Twp) counties[11]
1907 Montgomery, Pike (Lochart Twp), St Joseph counties
1901 Pike, St. Joseph, Washington (Jackson Twp) counties[11]
1897 St. Joseph County
1895 Pike, St. Joseph, Starke counties
1890 St. Joseph County
1889 Blackford (scattered twps), Hancock (Sugar Creek Twp), Pike County (Jefferson Twp), St. Joseph counties[11]
1883 Blackford (scattered twps), Hancock, St. Joseph counties[11]
1882 Whitley (Churubusc) County
1877 Blackford (scattered twps), Fayette (five twps.), Hancock (Brown and Green Twps) counties[11]
1871 Blackford (scattered twps) County[11]
1866 Clinton, Kosciusko, Pike, Jefferson counties
1857 Blackford, Ohio (Hartford City) counties[11]
1853 Hendricks[16], Jennings[17], St. Josesph counties
1807 Dearborn, Knox, Randolph counties + 1807 voters lists from Clark and Randolph (Kaskaskia) counties.[11][18]
  • According to Lainhart, Indiana was supposed to take a state census every six years starting in 1853. She also quotes Ancestry's Red Book saying enumerations were made at various intervals starting in 1820. Most of these incomplete originals are apparently at county archives. The Indiana State Library at Indianapolis has a few for 1931, 1919, 1913, 1901, 1889, 1883, 1877, 1871, and 1857.[11] Many are also published in periodicals.[citation needed]

1801-1820 census substitute. The Indiana part of the 1800 and 1810 censuses are lost. A substitute is:

Existing and lost censuses

For a list of available and missing Indiana censuses, click here.

Why use a census?

A well-indexed census is one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor's family lived and when they lived there. You can also use censuses to follow the changes in a family over time, and identify neighbors. These and other clues provided by censuses are important because they help find additional kinds of records about the family.

More about censuses

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Sources and footnotes

  1. FamilySearch, a free online service of the Family History Library, including free images of many federal censuses, including an index of the 1880 federal census of the United States; connected with 1880 census images provided by Ancestry.com, a subscription site.
  2. Internet Archive, a free online service includes free images of most of the federal censuses.
  3. HeritageQuest has arranged with many subscribing public libraries in the United States to allow users free access on home computers by means of their personal library card numbers. HeritageQuest provides images of all surviving 1790 to 1930 federal censuses, and indexes to many but not all of them.
  4. Fold3, formerly known as Footnote.com, a subscription site partnering with the National Archives and includes some federal censuses. Free access is available at many public libraries.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Ancestry.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources. They have three online editions: (1) an FHL edition free only at the Family History Library and a few Family History Centers, (2) a slightly smaller Library edition free only at some public libraries, and (3) a Home edition subscription service for individuals.
  6. Archives.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal census records, among other sources.
  7. FamilyLink.com, a subscription site that provides online images (and some indexes) to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Enumeration of white and colored males over the age of 21, Licking Township, Indiana, 1913-1937 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1961; Microfilm of papers from the collection of Cecil Beeson, Sr.)[FHL Film 241121 Item 10]. Includes the years 1913, 1919, 1925, 1931, and 1937.
  9. Enumeration of white and colored males, Henry County, Indiana, 1937 ([Indianapolis, Indiana : Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, 1991?])[FHL Fiche 6334117]. No circulation to Family History Centers.
  10. Public Library of Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, Enumeration of white & colored males over the age of 21, 1931, Hancock County, Indiana (Fort Wayne, Ind. : Public Library, 1968.)[FHL Film 874494 Item 9].
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 Ann S. Lainhart, State Census Records (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992)[[FHL book 973 X2Lai]], 40-41.
  12. Enumeration of white and colored males, Henry County, Indiana, 1931 ([Indianapolis, Indiana : Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, 197-?])[FHL Fiche 6334119]. No circulation to Family History Centers.
  13. Enumeration of white and colored males, Henry County, Indiana, 1925 ([Indianapolis, Indiana : Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, 197-?])[FHL Fiche 6334453]. No circulation to Family History Centers.
  14. Henry County enumeration of white and colored 1919 ([Indianapolis [Indiana] : Filmed by Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, [1990?])[FHL Fiche 6334477]. No circulation to Family History Centers.
  15. Enumeration of white and colored males, Henry County, Indiana, 1913 ([Indianapolis, Indiana : Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, 1990?])[FHL Fiche 6334118]. No circulation to Family History Centers.
  16. Hendricks County (Indiana), County Clerk, Male Census, 1853 (Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1967)[FHL Film 488432].
  17. Jennings County (Indiana), Clerk of the Circuit Court, Negro register, 1853-1856 (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1981; Microfilm of original records located in the Jennings County Courthouse, Vernon, Indiana.)[FHL Film 1305205 Item 5].
  18. Rebah Morgan Fraustein, Census of Indiana Territory for 1807 (Indianapolis, Indiana: Indiana Historical Society, 1980)[FHL Book 977.2 X2c 1807; Film 1033927 item 4].

 

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