Research in Indiana

Indiana is known as the “Crossroads of America.“ Fortunately, for family historians and genealogists, it has a wealth of state and county related archival records housed in large research facilities. Excellent genealogical collections also can be found in county-seat libraries, historical societies, and university libraries. For researchers whose ancestors once lived in or travelled through Indiana, Research in Indiana will quickly become their go-to guide book for learning about the state’s many repositories and other valuable resources.

In addition to information on major archives, libraries, and societies, the book provides detailed descriptions of where to find church records, including Amish and Mennonite, Baptist, Brethren, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (Mormon), Disciples of Christ, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and the Society of Friends (Quaker). The same detail is offered for ethnic groups, including African Americans, Germans and Swiss, Greeks and Macedonians, Irish, Jewish, Native Americans, and Poles. Information on court, land, military, probate, school, and vital records are covered as are directories, gazetteers, maps, newspapers, and much more.

Published by NGS, Research in Indiana is one volume in the Research in the States series edited by Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS. It is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.


Dawne Slater-Putt, CG, MLS, is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, an indexer for the NGSQ and PERSI, a member of DAR, and a former director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. For many years, she was a reference librarian at The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library—one of the largest genealogical collections in the nation—located in Fort Wayne, Indiana.