Trace your Indiana ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide!
You’ll love this if:
- You’re getting started tracing your ancestors in Indiana
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Indiana brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Indiana
Trace your Indiana ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Indiana’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Indiana research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state’s history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Indiana guide:
- Surveyors planned the new capital of Indianapolis with four avenues emanating from a circular street. Some lots were saved for churches, a university and other purposes; the rest went for sale starting in October 1821.
- The state archives has fragments of several state censuses (1852-1877), as does ACPL (1836-1895). Some counties also enumerated African-American men between 1853 and 1865.
- Indiana’s lenient laws earned it a reputation as a divorce mill until the state revised statutes in 1873. Check with county court clerks for divorce records from 1852 to the present. Before then, the state legislature granted divorces.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.