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African American Family History Resources

Census Records

Census of Manufacturers (1820-1880), Census of Agriculture (1850-1880) and Social Statistics (1850-1870) arranged by county and township. Includes names, residences, economic data and information on local and county institutions.

Negro Registers
Censuses of blacks in particular counties during the years 1853-1865. Includes name, age and physical description. Archives holds registers of Switzerland, Clark, Franklin and Ohio counties.

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County Records

A variety of materials are available: School Registers (colored), Enumerations of White and Colored Males over the age of 21, Court Dockets, Jail Registers, and Insane Records specify race of an individual. Includes name, age, county, year and additional remarks.

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Military Service

Civil War Records
Lists of all Indiana black recruits amd muster rolls of Indiana's 28th U. S. Colored Troops and other units. Hospital registers, applications for appointments in the 28th and lists of men unaccounted for are also available. Includes name, age, county, and physical description.

Veterans' Enrollments of 1886, 1890, 1894
Arranged by county and township within the county. There are individual books for each township, organized alphabetically by letter only. Lists veteran's name, company, regiment, state served from and number of children under 16. Widows have husband's death given in many cases. Information is given on wounds or medical problems incurred while in the service, and current physical condition.

Spanish-American War Records
Muster rolls of black soldiers in Indiana Colored Troops units. Includes name, age, rank, and physical description.

World War I
Service records of black soldiers. Include name, age, rank, and physical description. Gold Star Honor Roll available for soldiers who died from disease, wounds or other causes or were killed in action during World War I. The Gold Star Honor Roll includes names of parents, date and place of deceased's birth, occupation, and photograph.

World War II, Korean War and Vietnam Era
Service records subject to restrictions on confidentiality.

Indiana National Guard Service Records(1880-1940)
Alphabetical file. Includes name, unit, rank, station, residence, dates of enrollment and expiration, physical description, occupation, date and place of birth.

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State Agency Records

Indiana Civil Rights Commission (1961-Present)
Correspondence, flyers, records of related organizations, information on black elected officials and surveys. Formerly the Fair Employment Practices Commission.

Indiana State Board of Colonization (1852-1865)
Records, pamphlets, information and legislation on sending blacks from Indiana to Liberia in the mid-19th century.

Indiana Corporations
Articles of association and annual reports for business, fraternal, professional and charitable organizations incorporated under state law and subsequently dissolved.

Indiana Fair Employment Practices Commission (1941-1961)
Complete records of correspondence, flyers, employment surveys, and sample cases. Charts the political, economical, and social progress of blacks in Indiana.

General Assembly
Deliberations and records of the Indiana House and Senate. Records of the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly hold data on black legislators.

Other State Agency Records
A variety of materials that may include records on individuals: applications from the Professional Licensing Agency, records of the state Supreme and Appellate Courts, state hospitals, the Departments of Education, Corrections, Public Welfare, State Board of Health, etc.

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