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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. You may wish to write to these organizations for help and suggestions in your search.
You will find information on the following important nationwide genealogical indexes in United States Genealogy and in:
- Ancestral File – Indiana_Genealogy. Also available on the FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service at www.familysearch.org .
- FamilyFinder Index – Indiana Census. Also available on the Internet at www.familytreemaker.com . FamilyFinder is a trademark of Brøderbund Software, Inc.
- Family History Library Catalog, Surname section – "Introduction" and "Genealogy" sections. Also available on the FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service at www.familysearch.org .
- Newberry Library, Genealogical Index – "Genealogy" section at http://www.newberry.org/.
- Index to American Genealogies – United States Genealogy.
- Index to National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) – United States Genealogy. This is available on the Internet at http://www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/
- International Genealogical Index (IGI) – Also available on the Internet at www.familysearch.org .
- Old Surname Index File – .
- Periodical Source Index (PERSI) – "Indiana Periodicals. Available on the Internet at HeritageQuestOnline which is available through many libraries and archive. Also at www.ancestry.com $ through 2008.
These indexes are available at the Family History Library and many libraries with family history collections:
Statewide Collections and Publications
Indiana Genealogical Society Ancestor File. Two Volumes. Fort Wayne, Indiana: Indiana Genealogical Society, 1994, 1997. (Family History Library book 977.2 D22m) This publication lists the names of ancestors of members of the Indiana Genealogical Society, including the dates and places of their birth, marriage, and death and the addresses of over 100 members.
Daughters of the American Revolution (Indiana). Genealogical Collection. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970. (On 33 Family History Library films, beginning with 849931.) This collection consists of transcripts of Bible records, cemetery records, church records, marriages, deaths, genealogies, obituaries, and wills. The volumes are generally arranged by county, and many have individual indexes. A surname index to these microfilms is found in:
Kirkham, E. Kay. An Index to Some of the Bibles and Family Records of the United States. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1984. (Family History Library book 973 D22kk Volume 2; fiche 6089184). Section two lists the surname and the corresponding microfilm numbers for the Bible records from Indiana and neighboring states.
Dorrel, Ruth. Pioneer Ancestors of Members of the Society of Indiana Pioneers.Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1983. (Family History Library book 977.2 D2do) This book lists information about more than 7,500 Indiana pioneers from the applications of society members. (See Indiana Archives and Libraries for the address of this society.) For a small fee, the society will supply photocopies of the applications you request. The application papers may contain minimal or extensive family information, including birth dates and places, the county and date of settlement in Indiana, and a state and county of previous residence.
'''''''''''''Indiana Source Book: Genealogical Material From the Hoosier Genealogist includes over 175,000 indexed names.
Indiana State Library. Indiana Family Exchange File.This is not available at the Family History Library. This file provides a means for bringing together persons who are researching Indiana families. Only Indiana families are listed. The information is placed on a 3" X 5" file card that lists the family name, Indiana location, approximate dates, submitter’s name, address, telephone number, and date of submission. The Indiana State Library’s address is listed in Indiana Archives and Libraries.
Miller, Barbara E. Allen. County Genealogical Society of Indiana Surname Volumes I-III, 1976–1986. Fort Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Genealogical Society, 1983–1993. (Family History Library book 977.274 D22m.) These contain information taken from pedigree charts and submitted to the Allen County Genealogical Society by its members. It includes an index of about 1,500 ancestors and the names and addresses of over 500 submitters.
Northern Indiana Historical Society (South Bend, Indiana). Family File.Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990. (Family History Library films 1672976–78 and 1671780–81). This contains an alphabetical listing of family histories for hundreds of families, primarily of northern Indiana.
Once a Hoosier. Fort Wayne, Indiana: Indiana Genealogical Society, 1996. This is not available at the Family History Library. This has information about Indiana families who moved to other states. It includes information on birth, marriage, death, spouse, and children. It also gives the name and address of the submitter. This book can be ordered from the society, whose address is given under Indiana Archives and Libraries.
WPA Card File.The Work Projects Administration prepared an extensive card file of over 150,000 index cards for many state-level land, court, and military records in the pre-1850 record series at the Archives Division, Commission on Public Records. This is only available to researchers at the Indiana State Archives in Indianapolis, Indiana. About 95 percent of the sources indexed cannot be identified easily.
The genealogical column Hoosier Ancestors, later named Indiana Ancestors, was written by Pearl Brenton and later by Betty McCay Roth. It was published in the Indianapolis Sunday Star newspaper from 1963 to 1977. The queries, responses, and every-name indexes for some years are on microfilm.
Brenton, Pearl. Hoosier Ancestors, 1963–1973. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987. (Family History Library films 1502589 item10; 1502590) Family History Library film 1502590 (last item) has every-name indexes for the 1963 to 1973 columns.
Roth, Betty McCay. Hoosier Ancestors, 1973–1977. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987. (Family History Library film 1502591 items 1–3.) The column was published from 1973 to 1977. An index for the 1973 to 30 June 1974 queries is at the end of item one on the film. There is no index after 1974.
Writing and Sharing Your Family History
Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:
- It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
- It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
- It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
- It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
- See also:
Example of a Regional Collection
Family Group Sheets, 1979–1981. Four volumes. New Albany, Indiana: Southern Indiana Genealogical Society, 1982. (Family History Library book 977.2 D2f; film 1320506 Item 7). These volumes contain over 800 family group forms submitted from 1979 to 1981 with birth, marriage, and death dates, and places for the father and mother (often with names of the father’s and mother’s parents and children). Sources are given, and each volume is indexed.
For listings of other genealogy sources, see the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
INDIANA, [COUNTY]- GENEALOGY
INDIANA, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- GENEALOGY
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