Your Guide to Researching
Indiana Ancestors

State Capital: Indianapolis
Indiana Territory organized: 1800
1805 Michigan Territory taken out
1809 Illinois Territory taken out
Admitted as the 19 state in 1816

Wikipedia's Indiana entry gives facts and information about the state and you can click on any of the links at the bottom of the page for information about a county, city or other local informtion.

Indina State Facts and Information (My Indiana Genealogy site) Move your cursor over the map to locate a county; Click on a county on the map to get facts and informaton for that county -- or just use the county selection table below the map. That's easier.

*Basic Guides * Family History Library * Maps * All-county sites * Libraries Archives & Societies *
* Records * Contact Others * More Links

Basic Guides

All of the three books listed below have a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for that state.

  1. Handybook for Genealogists ( 11th edition) (find in a library) (note: some libraries may have earleir editions; those are perfectly usable)
  2. Ancestry's Redbook (you'll want the 3rd edition) (find in a library)
  3. The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogical Research (find in a library)

Here are some books specific to Indiana research:


The Hoosier Genealogist (find in a library) -- now called THG Connections This is published by the Indiana Historical Society and over the years a great deal of valuable information has been published it. This blog describes one issue. The promised Online Connections has not yet materialized


Tapes of lectures at conferneces with the word Indiana in the title.

Family History Library:

First, bookmark or print out these FHL documents:

Use the catalog at the FHL to find out what has been filmed covering the state Indiana ; Click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the county you are researching and once there click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the township or city. You will want to check for resources in all three jurisdictions, although most people check the county holdings first, township next and state last.


See what is available at both the whole state page and the indiviual county pages for these state pages. As always, it will take you time to explore the information on the many pages of these sites.

Look at the websites of these libraries. archives and societies.

Find Resources:

Cemetery Records: Find online Indiana burial transcriptions at Indiana or Cemetery Junction: Indiana. Also check the USGenweb Cemetery transcription project page for Indiana.

Census Records

The 1880 census can be searched for free at Find other online census records and more census information at's Indiana links.

City Directories

Indianapolis City Directories

Land Records: (For general informaton , see my guide to land records-- it will open in a new window, so you can leave it open )

Land Records in Indiana (be sure to check out links to online indexes)

Naturalization Records:The Indiana Commission on Public Records provides a helpful page on naturalization records of Indiana residents. There is an index to pre 1951naturalizations currently held at the ICPR. Notice it is still being updated.



To get information about vital records,

Finallly, check out Indiana Black Sheep Ancestors

Queries and Lookups

More links

GenealogyToday's State Gen Site: Indiana
Genealink's Indiana page
Access Genealogy List of Indiana Links
Cyndi's List Indiana Page
Linkpendium's Indiana Page


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This page last updated April 13, 2013
Many links checked 3-14-2010 (but some still need updating)