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These resources can only be accessed within the State Library: New England Historic Genealogical Society databases

Ancestry Library Edition Hundreds of databases including indexes and images to US Federal Census records.

Family Search Affiliate Library As an Affiliate Library, we have access to digital images containing millions of records from around the world.  See our Family Search access guide for information on how to access this content. Family Search now requires a free account to access records.

Fire Insurance Maps Online (FIMo) Database of fire insurance maps covering Indiana from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century.  Allows users to overlay historic maps over modern satellite images.

FirstSearch Databases and a comprehensive catalog of libraries in the United States.

Fold3 History and Genealogy Archives Many never-before-seen historic documents through a unique partnership with The National Archives, the Library of Congress and other institutions. The database offers an unprecedented array of most aspects of American and Family history content currently consisting of over 50 million pages of historical documents.

Genealogist's Newspaper Search Search close to 10,000,000 records for notices of births, deaths, marriages, and other important events from newspapers in Indiana, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.

HeritageQuest Hundreds of full-text books and other sources.

Indianapolis Star (1903-Present) – ProQuest This includes the Historical Newspaper IndyStar, and provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.  The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc. Click here for an index of Indianapolis newspapers from 1848-1888.

NewspaperArchive “World’s largest online newspaper database.” Includes over 270 historic Indiana titles.  More than 4,300 newspapers from the 1700s–2000s, with millions of pages added every month.  Explore historical newspapers from the United States and beyond.

Resources Provided by the Indiana State Library

To view a detailed description of the individual resources click on the link:

Hoosier State Chronicles - Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper

Howey Political Report 1994-2021

Indiana Biography Index

Indiana Cemetery Locator Index

Indiana Legacy

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

Indiana Marriages 1811-2007 (Courtesy of the Indiana Genealogical Society and Family Search)

Indiana Marriages Index 1958-2018

Indiana Marriages Index Through 1850

Indiana Memory

Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD) (Courtesy of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources)

Indiana State Library Digital Collections

Indiana World War II Servicemen

Indianapolis Commercial Newspaper Birth Listing Index 

Indianapolis Commercial Newspaper Death Listing Index

Indianapolis Newspaper Index, 1848-1991


Logansport Newspaper Index, 1848-1855

Manuscripts Catalog

New Albany Newspaper Index, 1849-1889

State Documents Checklist Database, 1990-2001

Vincennes Newspaper Index, 1804-1827


A Genealogist’s Finding Aid for Selected Topics in The Tri-State Trader for the Period: March 1977-December 1983

Alphabetical card file index of topics in The Tri-State Trader compiled by Maurine M. Krohne.

Genealogy Division, first floor

The microfilmed Tri-State Trader is available in the Microforms Area, second floor.  The call number is I 70 T819.

Heraldry File

Card file index to illustrations of coats of arms found in various sources in the Genealogy Division; alphabetically arranged by name; gives call number of the book and a brief title citation.

Genealogy Division, first floor.

Index of Member's Names in the Lineage Books of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution

Card file alphabetical listing of the members whose lineages have been published in the DAR Lineage Books; identifies volume and page where the lineage appears. In the

Genealogy Division, first floor.

Index to Blacks, Indians, Chinese, Mulattoes in the 1880 Census

Card file index arranged alphabetically by name; gives county, township, and microfilm census page number. Also available in book form.

Genealogy Division, first floor.

Index to Indiana Enrollments of Soldiers, Their Widows, and Orphans 1886, 1890, 1894

Formerly available as a card file index from the original enrollment books in the State Archives; only the 1886 listings are indexed; an 1890 or 1894 book was substituted for a missing 1886 listing; alphabetically arranged by name; gives year of enrollment list, county, township of residence. Now available in book form, in the

Genealogy Division, first floor.

Indiana Bible Records Index, compiled by the Indiana DAR

Card file index to the various Bible and family record books submitted annually by the Indiana DAR; copies of these books are in the Genealogy Division.

Genealogy Division, first floor.

Indiana County Histories Indexes

Printed indexes to county histories for all counties in Indiana.

Microforms Area, second floor, and the Indiana Division Reference Collection.

Indiana Mortality Records Index: Arranged alphabetically by name; locates year, county, and page number of the mortality schedules taken by federal enumerators during the census years of 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880. Available in book form.

Genealogy Division, first floor, ISLG 977.2 I377 v. 1-8

Digital copies of the original mortality schedules are available online through Indiana Memory.

Picture Index: Card file index to photographs, published images, and other visual images in the collections of the Indiana Division and Manuscript Section.

Manuscript Section.

Post Office Index: Card file index to early Indiana post offices; provides date established, first postmaster, and other information.

Microforms Area, second floor.

Supplementary Index

Card file index to articles about Indiana from a variety of magazines and journals, through 1991.

Microforms Area, second floor.

Indianapolis Newspapers Index, 1898-1979

Card file index to articles about people, places, events, and topics in Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. Extremely limited for deaths; no coverage of marriages.

Microforms Area, second floor.

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