NGS Research in the States Series - Indiana, by Dawn Slater-Putt; 2012; 8.5x11; saddle stapled soft cover; 50 pp; ISBN 978-1-935815-03-7; Item # NGS17
The first section of the guide provides a brief summary of Indiana. The state of Indiana was initially home to Native Americans. The Miami, the Delaware, the Shawnee, and the Potawatomi, along with associated tribes held lands across the state during the mid 1700s through the mid 1800s. Robert Cavalier Sieur de La Salle, a French Explorer, is credited as the First European to visit the area. A brief history of the territory is provided and acknowledgment is given to the state joining the Union on 11 December 1816. Reference is also given to five books published by the Indiana Historical Bureau and the Indiana Historical Society, for those who want to know more about the state's history.
The bulk of the guide is dedicated to various sources and records types. For each, an additional brief history and/or explanation is provided. In some cases, there are no specific resources provided, just information which may help guide someone to possible sources. For example, mention of Greek and Macedonian immigrants suggests they have strong ties to their old country and kept their culture strong through living in tight communities and establishing their orthodox churches here. Without a specific archive or source for information, the reader still learns what parts of Indiana these immigrants settled; plus, reference to their orthodox religion suggest the possibility of church records in those communities.
Other sections provides lists of resources and locations. For example, there are 16 references provided for researching Indiana's Native Americans. For other records, suggestions are made for where to find current records, as well as types and availability of older records. Cemetery records, for example, notes the state's Archives contains records of the locations of graves of soldiers through Wold War I. Throughout the guide, the reader will find tidbits, facts, and listings for researching all types of records relative to genealogical research.
Table of ContentsEarly History and Settlement