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<br>[http://www.depauw.edu/library/archives/ Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism]<br>Roy O. West Library <br>11 E Larabee St <br>PO Box 37<br>Greencastle, IN 46135-0037<br>Phone: (765) 658-4406 <br>Fax: (765) 658-4423 <br>E-mail: [mailto:archives@depauw.edu archives@depauw.edu]  
<br>[http://www.depauw.edu/library/archives/ Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism]<br>Roy O. West Library <br>11 E Larabee St <br>P.O. Box 37<br>Greencastle, IN 46135-0037<br>Phone: (765) 658-4406 <br>Fax: (765) 658-4423 <br>E-mail: [mailto:archives@depauw.edu archives@depauw.edu]  
The Family History Library has some Indiana Methodist histories and church records. Try a title search in the FHL Catalog for "Indiana Methodist"
The Family History Library has some Indiana Methodist histories and church records. Try a title search in the FHL Catalog for "Indiana Methodist"

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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Indiana  Gotoarrow.png  Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary greatly, depending upon the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members (age; dates of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information; maiden name of wife; and death date), names of other relatives who were witnesses, or names of members of the congregation. The members of some churches were predominately of one nationality or ethnic group.

Before 1900, the largest religious groups in Indiana were the Roman Catholic, Methodist Episcopal, Christian (Disciples of Christ), and Baptist churches.[citation needed]

For the historical background of religious groups in Indiana, see:

  • Rudolph, L. C. Hoosier Faiths: A History of Indiana Churches and Religious Groups. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1995. FHL Collection book 977.2 K2ru. This describes general history and Indiana history, and includes biographies of significant local leaders of 50 major religious groups. It is indexed.

Transcripts of many Indiana church records, including over 175,000 indexed names, are published in:

  • Heiss, Willard et al. Indiana Source Book: Genealogical Material from the Hoosier Genealogist. 10 vols. Indianapolis, Ind.: Indiana Historical Society, Family History Section, 1977-. FHL Collection book 977.2 D29h v. 1

Protestant church records are a prime source for identifying the German hometowns and villages of American immigrants, see:

The Family History Library has some church records and published histories. These include “pastor pocket records” kept by early circuit riders, and abstracts of numerous records of the Society of Friends. The following directories may help you find church records.

  • A Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations in Indiana. 3 vols. Indianapolis, Ind.: Historical Records Survey, 1941. FHL Collection book 977.2 K24d; vols. 2 & 3 on filmFHL Collection film 1036694. The Family History Library does not have volume one, which pertains to Marion County. Volume two is for the Calumet Region (Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties). Volume three pertains to Northern Indiana, part one: Adventist Bodies-Mennonite Bodies; part two: Methodist- Y.W.C.A. In addition to an index to churches in Indiana, there is an index of denominations that includes the name and location of the churches.
  • Rudolph, L. C. and Judith E. Endelman. Religion in Indiana: A Guide to Historical Resources. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana Univ. Press, 1986. FHL Collection book 977.2 K23r. This book contains an excellent bibliography of published works, a list of repositories for the different denominations, and histories of congregations.

For brief histories and addresses of the various church denominations in Indiana, see pages 76–89 of:

  • Robinson, Mona Robinson. Who’s Your Hoosier Ancestor?: Genealogy For Beginners. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1992. FHL Collection book 977.2 D27r


Indiana Baptist Collection
Franklin College Library
101 Branigin Blvd
Franklin, IN 46131-2623
Phone: (317) 738-8162 or 1-(800) 852-0232
Fax: (317) 738-8787
Email: library@franklincollege.edu

Disciples of Christ

Christian Theological Seminary Library
1000 W. 42nd St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: (317) 924-1331
Fax: (317) 923-1961


Archives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
321 Bonnie Lane,
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Alternate mailing address:
8765 W. Higgins Rd.
Chicago, IL 60631
(Appointments in advance of visits is advised)

Phone: (847) 690-9410
Fax: (847) 690-9502
E-mail: archives@elca.org

This archive has microfilms of German, Danish, and Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran congregations. Many of their records can be borrowed on microfilm for a small fee. You can write to ask if they have records of a specific congregation. For information about lists of some of the church records in their collection, see United States Church Records.


Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism
Roy O. West Library
11 E Larabee St
P.O. Box 37
Greencastle, IN 46135-0037
Phone: (765) 658-4406
Fax: (765) 658-4423
E-mail: archives@depauw.edu

The Family History Library has some Indiana Methodist histories and church records. Try a title search in the FHL Catalog for "Indiana Methodist"


The Moravian Archives
41 West Locust Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
United States of America
Phone: (610) 866-3255
Fax: (610) 866-9210

For information concerning missions to the American Indians visit Moravian Missions Among American Indians. For a map and list of missions visit Early Moravian Missions in Eastern Pennsylvania and Surrounding Areas 1740-1773.

Mission records are also available in the FHL Collection. The records are indexed in the FHL CollectionBook 970.1 F642i.


Archives of the Presbyterian Church of Indiana
Duggan Library
P.O. Box 287
Hanover, IN 47243-0287
Phone: (812) 866-7165
Fax: (812) 866-7172

Roman Catholic

University of Notre Dame Archives
607 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-6448
Fax: (574) 631-7980
E-mail: archives@nd.edu

The records of all four Roman Catholic dioceses in Indiana are available on microfilm at the Family History Library. These records include the dioceses of Evansville, Fort Wayne-South Bend, Gary, and Lafayette, plus the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, all to about 1916. The early church records of Vincennes, in what is now Knox County, have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library.

Diocese of Evansville
4200 N. Kentucky Ave.
P.O. Box 4169
Evansville, IN 47724-0169
Phone: (812) 424-5536

The diocese includes the counties of: Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, and Warrick

Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Archbishop Noll Catholic Center,
915 South Clinton
P.O. Box 390
Fort Wayne, IN 46801
Phone: (260) 422-4611

The diocese includes the counties of: Adams, Allen, Dekalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Noble, Steuben, St. Joseph, Wabash, Wells and Whitley

Diocese of Gary
9292 Broadway
Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: (219) 769-9292

The diocese includes the counties of: Lake, La Porte, Porter and Starke

Archdiocese of Indianaplolis
1400 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (800) 382-9836

The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Bartholomew, Brown, Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Orange, Owen, Parke, Perry, Putnam, Ripley, Rush, Scott, Shelby, Switzerland, Union, Vermillion, Washington, and Wayne

Diocese of Lafayette
P.O. Box 260
Lafayette, IN 47902-0260
Phone: (765) 742-4852

The diocese includes the counties of: Benton, Blackford, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Delaware, Fountain, Fulton, Grant, Hamilton, Howard,Jasper, Jay, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Randolph, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren, and White

St. Francis Xavier (Vincennes, Indiana). Parish Registers, 1780–1960. Microfilmed 1985. FHL Collectionfilm 1433361-65. The original records are at St. Francis Xavier Church, Vincennes, Indiana. They list baptisms, confirmations, communions, marriages, deaths, and graves of soldiers who served in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War (1835), the Mexican War, and the Civil War. These records may have information about persons from various parts of what is now Indiana and persons traveling through Vincennes.

Other microfilmed Roman Catholic records for Vincennes are also listed in the Family History Library Catalog, such as St. Thomas (1865–1984) and St. John the Baptist (1847–1947).


Early United States French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954: Found in the Drouin Collection on www.Ancestry.ca.

This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States; in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.

Society of Friends (Quakers)

Many Quaker records are kept at the Indiana Historical Society. (See the “Archives and Libraries” section above for the address.)

Another library with Quaker records is:

Earlham College
Friends Collection
Lilly Library
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374-4095
Phone: (765) 983-1511
Fax: (765) 983-1304

An important source for information about Indiana Quakers is:

A unique source listing many Indiana Quakers is:

  • Nelson, Jacquelyn S. Indiana Quakers Confront the Civil War. Indianapolis, Indiana: Indiana Historical Society, 1991. FHL Collection book 977.2 H2n. Appendix C lists Indiana Friends (Quakers) who served in the Civil War. For each man, it generally lists birth date, parents’ names, monthly meeting and county thereof, company, regiment, rank, and death date.

The Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog lists church records under:



  • Francis Godfroy (trading house-St. Joseph)
  • Carey Mission
  • Miami Union Baptist Church
  • Wahcaconah Church