Genealogy Resources at Indiana State Library

The Indiana State Library is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Its goals are to serve Indiana residents, to lead and support the library community, and to preserve Indiana history. The Indiana State Library has some genealogy resources.

The Genealogy Collection at the Indiana State Library has become one of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest. It includes more than 40,000 print items (family histories, indexes to records, how-to-books, cemetery transcriptions, family history magazines and more), as well as military pension information. The collection emphasizes Indiana and bordering states as well as eastern and southern states.

Resources Provided by the Indiana State Library include:

* Hoosier State Chronicles – Indiana’s Digital Historical Newspaper

* Indiana Cemetery Locator Index

* Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007 (Courtesy of the Indiana Genealogical Society and FamilySearch)

* Indiana Marriages 1958-2015

* Indiana Marriages Throughout 1850

* Indiana State Library Digital Collection

* Indiana World War II Servicemen It is an online database, based on a cardfile index created by Indiana Division librarians during World War II. From 1942 through early 1946, the librarians indexed the three major Indianapolis daily newspapers for notices of causalities, missing personnel, prisoners, and decorations of Indiana servicemen and women. There are also notices of civilians taken prisoner overseas during the war.

* Indiana Newspapers Database, 1848-1991

* Logansport Newspaper Databases 1841-1855

* Marriage License Public Lookup 1993-present (Created and maintained by the Indiana Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration)

* New Albany Newspaper Index 1849-1889

* Vincennes Newspapers Database 1804-1827

In addition, the Indiana State Library has events and public workshops. All events and workshops are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Indiana State Library website and take a look at the upcoming events.

Would you like some help getting started with genealogy? Have you hit a “brick wall” with your research? The Indiana State Library has “Third Saturday One-on-One History Consultations”.

They are 30-minute individual consultation sessions with one of their reference librarians. These sessions take place on the third Saturday of each month. You must schedule an appointment. All appointment requests must be submitted 5 business days before the third Saturday of the month. Please bring any research you have completed with you.

Related Articles at

* Indiana Genealogy

* Resources at Clay County Genealogical Society

* Resources at Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

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