Indiana Gazetteers

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Gazetteers list geographical names, such as cities, towns, settlements, rivers, mountains, villages, and districts. They identify these locations and sometimes give historical and biographical information concerning early residents. Several guides to place names in Indiana have been published, including:

Baker, Ronald L. Indiana Place Names. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1975. (Family History Library book 977.2 E2b.) This gives the names of counties, cities, towns and villages and a brief history of the name or place.

Chamberlain, E. The Indiana Gazetteer, or, Topographical Dictionary of the State of Indiana. Indianapolis, Indiana: E. Chamberlain, 1849. (Family History Library book 977.2 E5i; film 873978; fiche 6051129.) In addition to identifying the locations of towns, cities, counties, and rivers, this gives the population of the towns in 1849.

Scott, John. The Indiana Gazetteer or Topographical Dictionary. 1826. Reprint. Indianapolis, Indiana: Indiana Historical Society, 1954. (Family History Library book 977.2 E5s.)

The National Gazetteer of the United States of America -- Indiana, 1988. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1988. (Family History Library book 977.2 E5n.) This contains an alphabetical listing of places or geographical features, such as towns, villages, lakes, churches, and schools, and gives the county, coordinates, and U.S. Geological Survey map name. Includes early maps.

See the "Gazetteers" section of the United States Research Outline for additional sources.

Indiana gazetteers are listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:




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