Indiana Fast Facts and Key Resources

Indiana Fast Facts and Key Resources

Start your search with these essential Hoosier State resources.

Statehood: 1816

US territory status: part of Northwest Territory in 1787, became Indiana Territory in 1800

First extant federal census: 1820

Statewide birth records begin: 1907

Statewide death records begin: 1900

Statewide marriage records begin: 1958

Counties: 92

Public-land state

Contact for vital records:

Vital Records Department
Indiana State Department of Health
6 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-2700


Web Sites

Cyndi’s List: Indiana


FamilySearch: Indiana Research Outline


The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820


Historic Southern Indiana


Indiana County History Preservation Society


Indiana GenWeb Project


Indiana Historical Bureau


Indiana Libraries


Some Indiana Genealogy



Census of Indiana Territory for 1807 edited by Rebah M. Fraustein (IHS Press)

Finding Indiana Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Research (IHS Press)

Genealogical Atlas of Indiana by Charles M. Franklin (Heritage House)

Hoosier Faiths: A History of Indiana Churches and Religious Groups by L.C. Rudolph (Indiana University Press)

Indiana, 1816 to 1850: The Pioneer Era by Donald Francis Carmony (Indiana University Press)

The Indiana 1820 Enumeration of Males by Mary Morgan (IHS Press)

Indiana: A Guide To The Hoosier State: American Guide Series, Indiana Writer’s Project (Oxford University Press)

Indiana Source Book: Genealogical Material From The Hoosier Genealogist, 10 volumes, by various editors (IHS Press)

Indiana Territorial Pioneer Records1801-1820, 2 volumes, by Charles H. Franklin (Heritage House)

The Indiana Way: A State History by James H. Madison (Indiana University Press)

Peopling Indiana: The Ethnic Experience edited by Robert M. Taylor Jr. and Connie A. McBirney (IHS)

Organizations and Archives

Allen County Public Library

900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, (260) 421-1200, <>

Ball State University Stoeckel Archives of Local History Collection

Bracken Library, Room 210, Muncie, IN 47306, (765) 285-5078, <www.bsuedu/library/collections/archives>

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Evansville, IN 47713, (812) 428-8200, <>

Indiana Genealogical Society

Box 10507, Fort Wayne, IN 46852, <>

Indiana Historical Society

450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202, (800) 447-1830, <>

Indiana State Archives

6440 E. 30th St., Indianapolis, IN 46219, (317) 591-5222, <>

Indiana State Library

140 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 232-3675, <>

Indiana State Museum

650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 232-1637, <>

University of Notre Dame Rare Books and Special Collections

102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556, (574) 631-0290, <>



From the September 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine.  

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