Talk:Indiana, United States Genealogy

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The United Brethren Historical Center housed by the Huntington University, maintains an obituary, wedding and biography file. The file can be searched online. The Center offers research services.

  • The Allen County Public Library, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has the largest public genealogy collection in the United States.
  • There is a two-part video tour of the Genealogy Center in the library on YouTube:
  1. Allen County Library Genealogy Center video tour, part 1
  2. Allen County Library Genealogy Center video tour, part 2


  • David Rumsey Map Collection is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.
  • The Indiana Memory Collection  is made possible through the collaborative efforts of academic libraries, public libraries, historical societies, museums, and archives to create and share their digital collections reflecting Indiana's cultural heritage.
  • The United States Vessel Enrollments for the Great Lakes region. The transcriptions are from a project that involved an attempt to transcribe all steamboat enrollments for Great Lakes ports prior to 1861, all vessels for Detroit and Cleveland up to 1861, and Buffalo up to 1841 are included in the file. The set includes 5741 enrolments in which just under 2000 individual vessels are named, over 6000 people were identified.

Among the major tribes that lived in what is now Indiana were the Delaware, Kickapoo, Miami, Mound Builders, Piankashaw, Potawatomi, Shawnee, and Wea. After 1794, treaties were made that opened up large areas of land for settlement. At the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, the Indians were defeated, and white settlements then proceeded at an increased rate. By the 1840s, most of the Indians had moved westward to other lands, either voluntarily or by force. Read more about this subject in the Indiana Native Races article.