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)
Family Search: (Free) 
   (Or visit a Family History Center:
MyHeritage: (Free and paid)
U. S. GenWeb: (Free)
World GenWeb: (Free) A guide to free public records. Lots of information on courts, archives and systems:

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)
Google Scholar: (Free)
Internet Archive: (Free)
Library of Congress: (Free)
    LOC is an amazing place to visit in D. C. Make a plan:
Library of Congress American Memory Project:(Free)
NARA, National Archives & Records Administration: (Free and paid)
    To plan an on-site research visit go here:

Data Portals for Finding Resources:

Cyndi's List:
Steve Morse One Step:

Burial Information:
BillionGraves: (Free)
Findagrave: (Free)
Genealogy Society of Marion County, Indianapolis cemetery records, members only: (Free)
U. S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Grave Locator: (Free)

(See Overall Research websites above for researching individual census records.)
Instructions for enumerators:
Index of Questions:
U.S. Census, American Fact Finder:

 City Directories:
IUPUI Library, Online Indianapolis City Directories:
Online Historical Directories:
City Directories Online from Indiana Genealogical Society:

Digital Preservation Information:
Favorite Genealogy Blogs:
Genealogy Gems, Lisa Louise Cooke: Her podcasts and website share genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration.
Genea Musings, Randy Seaver: He provides helpful research tips and breaks down the workings of genealogy software and websites.
Genealogy Tip of the Day, John Michael Neill: Brief and usable genealogy tips.
Moultrie Creek Gazette, Tech Support for the Family Historian.
The Armchair Genealogist, Lynn Palermo: She offers great family history writing guidance and more.
The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell: She offers clear and concise explanations and legal background on many family history questions.

German Research:
German Genealogy Internet Portal:
German Pronunciation Guide & Valuable Information
German Roots website by Joe Beine: 
Max Kade German-American Center Resources
Find Your Roots In Germany:

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:
    Palatines To America:

Historical Photographs and Other Resources:
Flickr Creative Commons:
Library of Congress, digital collections:
Indiana Historical Society:
Indiana Memory Project - Sources in Indiana libraries, archives, other cultural institutions. 
The Indiana Album -community-submitted digital collection of photographs-
Indianapolis Marion County Public Library Online Databases:
Brigham Young University Library:
Family Tree Magazine Historical Photo Databases:
See also Indiana Archives and German Research listings on this page. 

Indiana Archives & Libraries:
Allen County Public Library: (Free) OR 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN
Genealogy Society of Marion County (GSMC): (Library is free.)   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:
And/OR visit 6440 E. 30th St., Indianapolis, IN.
Indiana Genealogical Society: (Free and paid)
Indiana Historical Society: (Free website)  OR 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN. 
Indiana State Library: OR 315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN (Some collections are online.  Many resources available at the library's Genealogy Division.)
Indianapolis Public Library: OR 40 E. St. Clair St, Indianapolis
List of public libraries in Indiana:

Indiana Township Maps:
IU Indiana Sanborn Map & Atlas Collection:
Library of Congress Map Reading Room:
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps at LOC:
David Rumsey Map Collection:

Military Resources: 
National Archives Military Research: 
Indiana Military Records Research Guide: 
Online Military Records by Joe Beine:
Civil War, History, Soldiers Letters, etc.:
Indiana In The Civil War, guidance on finding soldiers, state history in the war
National Park Service, Civil War

Hoosier State Chronicles: (Free)
Indiana Historical Society online newspapers:
Library of Congress, Chronicling America: (Free) (Free and paid) Indiana Residents have free access to limited collection of Indiana Newspapers. Also, discounted through
Online Historical Newspapers (Miriam Robbins):
The Ancestor Hunt, links to 1000s of newspapers & background:

Vital Records:
Indiana Comm on Public Records: Information on Indiana marriage, divorce, birth, death and adoption records 
Indiana State Department of Health:
Indianapolis Marion County, Birth & Death Certificates:
    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:
Info on vital records available by state: Guide to free public records online, everywhere: - comprehensive information on each kind of vital record in the United States

Message Boards:

Miscellaneous Helpers:
Atlas of County Boundaries: Maps, history,sources:
Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness, Indiana Page; Contains many helpful links. Volunteer genealogists who will do research tasks for costs only.:
Measuring Worth: Computes dollar values:
Old Occupations Explained: U. S. GenWeb Project-
Railroad Genealogical Materials:
Spies Online: Many resources, from adoption to voter registration.

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