Indiana Genealogy

This guide contains a sample of The Newberry's resources on this topic. To locate additional resources, please check our catalog or consult a reference librarian.

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Guides and Bibliographies

Beatty, John D. Research in Indiana. Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 1992. Call # Local History Ref F525 .B43 1992 (2nd floor open shelf).

Carty, Mickey Dimon. Searching in Indiana: a reference guide to public and private records. Costa Mesa, CA: ISC Publications, c1985. Call # Local History Ref F525 C37 1985 (2nd floor open shelf). General sources by county with particular strength in adoption search sources.

Pumroy, Eric with Paul Brockman. A Guide to Manuscript Collections of the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1986. Call # Local History Ref Z1281 .P85 1986 (2nd floor open shelf).


Atlas of historical county boundaries. Indiana. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, c1996. Call # Local History Ref G1201 F7 A8 1993 (2nd floor open shelf).


Holdings complete for 1820-1880. Published statewide indexes for 1820-1850. 1860 statewide every name index on microfiche. 1870 statewide index CD-ROM. Soundex index for 1880. Mortality schedules index for 1850-1880. Census of Indiana Territory 1807. Ask at 2nd floor reference desk.

Source Materials and Local Histories

Franklin, Charles H. Index to Indiana Wills: Phase I through 1850. Call # Local History Ref F525 F728 1986 (2nd floor open shelf). Index to Indiana Wills: Phase II, 1850-1880. Call # Local History Ref F525 F7282 1987 (2nd floor open shelf).

Heiss, Willard, ed. Abstracts of the records of the Society of Friends in Indiana. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Society, 1975. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy series; vol. 7, pt. 1-6. Call # Local History Ref E184 F89 E5 1936 (2nd floor open shelf).

Indiana biographical index. West Bountiful, UT: Genealogical Indexing Associates, c1983. Call # Microfiche 371. Index to biographical sketches in 537 works, including county histories.

Indiana Biography Index. Created by the Indiana State Library, this source indexes select books and periodicals published in or after 1990.

The Indiana State Marriage Index includes Indiana marriages up to 1850. Indiana State Library.

Indiana Naturalization Database. Provided by the Indiana State Archives, this database is a statewide index of pre-1951 naturalizations.

Land Records

Index: Records of General Land Offices located in Indiana: acts of 1847, 1850 and 1852. Indianapolis, IN: State Library, [n.d.]. Call # folio F895. 4326

Waters, Margaret R. Indiana Land Entries. Indianapolis, 1948. Call # E69404.959. v.1. Cincinnati District, 1801-1840 -- v. 2. Vincennes District, 1807-1877.


Hoosier Genealogist (Ontario Genealogical Society). Call # Local History Ref F525 .A2 H7 (2nd floor open shelf). Indiana Source Book: Genealogical material from the Hoosier Genealogist includes sections from this periodical and provides every name indexing to those sections. 7 volumes, plus cumulative index for volumes 1-3. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Society, Genealogy Section, 1977-<1994>. Call # Local History Ref folio F525 I54 1977 (2nd floor open shelf).

Hoosier Journal of Ancestry. North Vernon, IN: The Letter Mart, 1969-. Call # F525 .H63


Franklin, Charles M. Indiana, war of 1812 soldiers militia. Indianapolis, IN: Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, c1984. Call # Local History Ref E359.5 I53 F7 1984 (2nd floor open shelf).

Indiana World War Records: Gold Star Honor Roll. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission, 1921. Call # F895 .435 volume 6.

Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana: Containing Indiana in the War of the Rebellion, and statistics and documents. Indianapolis: A.H. Connor State Printer, 1865-69. Call # Local History Ref E506.2 I393 1865 (2nd floor open shelf). Every name indexing for volumes I-IV.