Indiana Archives, Societies & Publications

It is a good idea to familiarize personally with just about any repository in Indiana that you simply might travel to by communicating with to the best suited archive or library in advance.

Most, if not all, Indiana repositories have written and published content that present its collections as well as research policy.

Indiana archives and historical organizations usually have On-line sites that provide equivalent details. Several also contain down loadable data for some or parts of their collections.

List of Indiana Archives

List of Indiana Libraries & Museums

List of Indiana Historical & Genealogical Societies

For almost every state there is a state genealogical society, a state genealogical council, or both.

In addition to their own work, Indiana groups many times help coordinate the efforts of local societies throughout the Indiana.

Their unique publications, newsletters and quarterlies, supplement those created through the area societies.

Regional and State Societies

  • The Southern Indiana Genealogical Society, P O Box 665, New Albany IN 47151-0665
  • Indiana Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 10507, Fort Wayne IN 46852
  • Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St, Indianapolis,IN 46202; 1-800-447-1830 or 317-232-1882
  • IGS North Central District, 55455 Birch Rd., Osceola IN 46561-9795; Phone (574) 679-4628
  • The Society of Indiana Pioneers, 140 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 – The Society cooperates with the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana Junior Historical Society, and other historical organizations. Over the years the Society has engaged in various projects. From the Society’s office at 140 North Senate Avenue in downtown Indianapolis, we strive to serve our membership and continue to celebrate the rich Indiana Pioneer heritage that we share.

County, Township and City Societies

Religious and Ethnic Societies

Indiana Newspapers & Publications

Indiana Genealogical publications (magazines, newsletters, periodicals, books, etc.) contain all types of invaluable information about specific ancestors, whole lineages and families, places in time, and about all sorts of genealogical records and repositories.

There are several major manuscript collections that contain Indiana genealogical information. Some of them can be found at the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Historical Society.

One of those collections is Society of Friends Records (meetings minutes include records of marriages, births, deaths, removals, and new members).

Another is Francis Vigo (fur trader) Collection; William H. English Collection (1741-1928).


The Indiana Gazette was the first newspaper published in Indiana. Its first issue was published in 1804 at Vincennes.

The Indiana State Library Archives Division and the Indiana University Library hold the biggest collections of newspapers in the state.

“Indiana Newspaper Bibliography” lists the names of newspapers from across the state according to town, city, and county. An index to it is available. It contains around 8,000 listings covering the years of 1804 to 1980 and where those original newspapers or copies of them can be found today.

Starting as early as 1852 Indiana’s county recorders began collection their own county’s newspapers in bound volumes.

  • Indiana Newspapers Directory Listings
  • Historical Newspapers from Indiana (1817 – 1930) – Easily find names and keywords and phrases in over 450 million articles, obituaries, marriage announcements, birth notices and also other items published in over 2,800 historical U.S. newspapers. Brand new content added on a monthly basis!
  • See also Margaret R. Waters, Dorothy Riker, and Doris Leistner, Abstracts of Obituaries in the Western Christian Advocate, 1834–1850 (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1988), which includes all genealogical data found in more than 8,000 obituaries in this Methodist Church newspaper. The entries are not, however, limited to Methodists; they basically cover the states of Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. There are surname and geographical indexes.
  • Indiana Historical Newspapers
  • Indiana Newspaper List


Genealogical journals provide you with plenty of sources of information and facts, they are generally overlooked by genealogy and family history researchers and genealogist in looking around for family history.

Many regional and county genealogical and/or historical societies produce periodicals which have records relating to the region or vicinity they operate.

Frequently these publications have articles involving records that are not obtainable somewhere else.

  • The Hoosier Genealogist (Indianapolis: Genealogical Section of the Indiana Historical Society) began printing Indiana genealogical information and extractions in January 1961; it is published bi-monthly. County, cemetery, church and family records from this periodical have been published by Willard Heiss in several volumes of Indiana Source Book, Genealogical Material from the Hoosier Genealogist (3 vols. and index. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1877-83).
  • Indiana Magazine of History (Bloomington, Ind.: Dept. of History, Indiana University in cooperation with Indiana Historical Society), published quarterly, includes well-written and documented state history articles, listings of recent pertinent publications, and reviews of books relevant to Indiana historical research.