Nancy's Finding Aids

This is an ever-expanding source of Finding Aids for genealogy and historical research.  I am including  both online resources and places you might visit in-person, email or call.  I hope these help to make your genealogy research easier and more successful.  
Overall Genealogy Research:
Ancestry: (Free and paid) http://www.ancestry.com
Family Search: (Free) https://familysearch.org 
   (Or visit a Family History Center:  https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator)
Mocavo.com: (Free and paid genealogy search engine) https://www.mocavo.com
MyHeritage: (Free and paid) www.myheritage.com
U. S. GenWeb: (Free) http://www.usgenweb.org
World GenWeb: (Free) http://www.worldgenweb.org
SearchSystems.net: A guide to free public records. Lots of information on courts, archives and systems:  http://publicrecords.searchsystems.net/

Books on my shelves:
    Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian: by Eliz. Shown Mills 
    Genealogical Proof Standard, Building a Solid Case, by Christine Rose 
    Genealogy Standards, Board for Certification of Genealogists 
 
Archives and Libraries:
Google books: (Free) https://books.google.com
Google Scholar: (Free) http://scholar.google.como
Internet Archive: (Free) https://archive.org
Library of Congress: (Free) http://www.loc.gov/index.html
    LOC is an amazing place to visit in D. C. Make a plan: http://www.loc.gov/visit/
Library of Congress American Memory Project:(Free) http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
NARA, National Archives & Records Administration: (Free and paid) http://www.archives.gov
    To plan an on-site research visit go here: http://www.archives.gov/research/start/plan-visit.html

Data Portals for Finding Resources:

Cyndi's List:  http://www.cyndislist.com
Steve Morse One Step: http://www.stevenmorse.org

Burial Information:
BillionGraves: (Free) www.billiongraves.com
Findagrave: (Free) www.findagrave.com
Genealogy Society of Marion County, Indianapolis cemetery records, members only: http://genealogyindy.org
Interment.net: (Free) www.interment.net
U. S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Grave Locator: (Free)  http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/index.html

Census:
(See Overall Research websites above for researching individual census records.)
Instructions for enumerators: https://www.census.gov/history/www/throughthedecades/censusinstructions
Index of Questions: https://www.census.gov/history/www/throughthedecades/indexofquestions
U.S. Census, American Fact Finder: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml

 City Directories:
IUPUI Library, Online Indianapolis City Directories: http://ulib.iupui.edu/digitalscholarship/collections/icd
Online Historical Directories: https://sites.google.com/site/onlinedirectorysite/Home/usa
City Directories Online from Indiana Genealogical Society: http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/igs/research_topics/indiana_city_directories_online.pdf

Digital Preservation Information:
  
Favorite Genealogy Blogs:
Geneabloggers, Thomas MacEntee: a community of authors and readers of family history blogs. Thomas shares too much helpful content to mention. http://www.geneabloggers.com
Genealogy Gems, Lisa Louise Cooke: Her podcasts and website share genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration.  http://lisalouisecooke.com
Genea Musings, Randy Seaver: He provides helpful research tips and breaks down the workings of genealogy software and websites.http://www.geneamusings.com
Genealogy Tip of the Day, John Michael Neill: Brief and usable genealogy tips.http://genealogytipoftheday.com
Moultrie Creek Gazette, Tech Support for the Family Historian. http://moultriecreek.us/gazette
The Armchair Genealogist, Lynn Palermo: She offers great family history writing guidance and more. http://www.thearmchairgenealogist.com
The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell: She offers clear and concise explanations and legal background on many family history questions.http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog

German Research:
German Genealogy Topic at the Family Search Wiki: https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Germany
German Genealogy Internet Portal:  http://www.genealogienetz.de/genealogy.html
German Pronunciation Guide & Valuable Informationhttp://joycep.myweb.port.ac.uk/abinitio/index.html
German Roots website by Joe Beine: http://germanroots.com 
Max Kade German-American Center Resources http://maxkade.iupui.edu/online.php
Find Your Roots In Germany: http://www.routes.de/linklist.html
German Books on my shelves:
    Atlas for Germanic Genealogy, by E. Thode
    Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents, by R. Minert
    Fifty Years of Unrelenting German Aspirations in Indianapolis, 1848-1898,  
            by T. Stempfel, Editors Hoyt, Grossman, Lang, Reichmann
    German Family Research Made Simple, by J. Konrad
    Germany, A New History, by Hagen Schulze
    The German Research Companion, by S.Riemer, R. Minert, J. Anderson
    Researching in Germany, by R. Minert, S. Riemer
    The Germans in Indianapolis, by G.T. Probst, revised by E. Reichmann
    The German Researcher, F. and D. Dearden 
German Educational Programs:
    Indiana German Heritage Society:  http://www.ighs.org
    Palatines To America: https://www.palam.org

Historical Photographs and Other Resources:
Flickr Creative Commons: https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons
Library of Congress, digital collections:  http://loc.gov/collections
Indiana Historical Society:  http://images.indianahistory.org
Indiana Memory Project - Sources in Indiana libraries, archives, other cultural institutions.https://digital.library.in.gov 
The Indiana Album -community-submitted digital collection of photographs- http://www.heritagephotoresearch.com/Current_Projects.html
Indianapolis Marion County Public Library Online Databases: http://digitallibrary.imcpl.org
Brigham Young University Library: http://lib.byu.edu
Family Tree Magazine Historical Photo Databases: http://www.familytreemagazine.com/Article/photo-databases
See also Indiana Archives and German Research listings on this page. 

Indiana Archives & Libraries:
Allen County Public Library: (Free) http://www.genealogycenter.org OR 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN
Genealogy Society of Marion County (GSMC): (Library is free.) http://genealogyindy.org   OR 9370 East Washington St, Indianapolis, IN (Be sure to check for the intermittent hours on the website).
Indiana State Archives: Digital archives on website: http://www.in.gov/icpr/2358.htm
And/OR visit 6440 E. 30th St., Indianapolis, IN.
Indiana Genealogical Society: (Free and paid) http://www.indgensoc.org/index.php
Indiana Historical Society: (Free website) http://www.indianahistory.org  OR 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN. 
Indiana State Library: http://www.in.gov/library/genealogy.htm OR 315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN (Some collections are online.  Many resources available at the library's Genealogy Division.)
Indianapolis Public Library:http://www.imcpl.org OR 40 E. St. Clair St, Indianapolis
List of public libraries in Indiana: http://www.publiclibraries.com/indiana.htm

Maps:
Indiana Township Maps: http://www.stats.indiana.edu/maptools/townships.asp
IU Indiana Sanborn Map & Atlas Collection: http://ulib.iupui.edu/digitalscholarship/collections/sanbornjp2
Library of Congress Map Reading Room:  http://www.loc.gov/rr/geogmap/gmpage.html
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps at LOC: http://www.loc.gov/rr/geogmap/sanborn/index.php
David Rumsey Map Collection: http://www.davidrumsey.com

Military Resources: 
National Archives Military Research: http://www.archives.gov/research/military/ 
Indiana Military Records Research Guide: http://www.raogk.org/indiana-genealogy/in-military-records/ 
Online Military Records by Joe Beine: http://www.militaryindexes.com/index.html
Civil War, History, Soldiers Letters, etc.: http://www.civilwararchive.com
Indiana In The Civil War, guidance on finding soldiers, state history in the war http://civilwarindiana.com
National Park Service, Civil Warhttps://www.nps.gov/civilwar/index.htm

Newspapers:
Hoosier State Chronicles: (Free) https://newspapers.library.in.gov
Indiana Historical Society online newspapers:  http://indianahistorical.newspaperarchive.com
Library of Congress, Chronicling America: (Free)  http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov
Newspapers.com: (Free and paid) Indiana Residents have free access to limited collection of Indiana Newspapers. Also, discounted through ancestry.com:www.newspapers.com
Online Historical Newspapers (Miriam Robbins):  https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite
The Ancestor Hunt, links to 1000s of newspapers & background: http://www.theancestorhunt.com/newspapers.html

Vital Records:
Indiana Comm on Public Records: Information on Indiana marriage, divorce, birth, death and adoption recordshttp://www.in.gov/icpr/2497.htm 
Indiana State Department of Health:  http://www.in.gov/isdh/20444.htm
Indianapolis Marion County, Birth & Death Certificates: http://www.mchd.com/vital2.htm
    OR Visit the Marion County Health Dept at 3838 N. Rural, Indianapolis.
"Old Records" in Marion County, Indianapolis: Time-saving information on historical indexes and documents pertaining to marriages, guardianships, divorces, wills, etc: http://www.indy.gov/eGov/County/Clerk/Records/where/Pages/Old-Records.aspx
Info on vital records available by state: http://www.byub.org/ancestors/records/vital/extra2.html
SearchSystems.net: Guide to free public records online, everywhere:  http://publicrecords.searchsystems.net
Vitalrec.com - comprehensive information on each kind of vital record in the United Stateshttp://vitalrec.com/

Message Boards:
Rootsweb:  http://boards.rootsweb.com/

Miscellaneous Helpers:
Atlas of County Boundaries: Maps, history,sources: http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/
Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness, Indiana Page; Contains many helpful links. Volunteer genealogists who will do research tasks for costs only.: http://www.raogk.org/indiana-genealogy/
Measuring Worth: Computes dollar values: http://www.measuringworth.com/m/calculators/uscompare/
Old Occupations Explained: U. S. GenWeb Project- http://www.usgenweb.org/research/occupations.shtml
Railroad Genealogical Materials: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sponholz/records.pdf
Spies Online: Many resources, from adoption to voter registration. http://www.spiesonline.net


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