Indiana Search Strategies

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This set of Wiki pages describes major sources of information about families from Indiana. As you read the Indiana Wiki pages, also study the United States Wiki pages, which will help you understand terminology and the contents and uses of genealogical records.

Records of the Family History Library

The Family History Library has most of the records listed in these Wiki pages. The major holdings include censuses, a major index to biographical sketches in county histories, vital records, church records, probate records, and military records. The library is continuing to acquire microfilms of church, land, probate, cemetery, naturalization, and other genealogical records.

Some of the sources described in the Indiana Wiki pages list the Family History Library’s book, microfilm, microfiche, and compact disc numbers. These are preceded by FHL, the abbreviation for Family History Library. These numbers may be used to locate materials in the Family History Library and to order microfilm and microfiche at Family History Centers.

The computer Internet is growing in importance to genealogists. Sources found on the Internet are cited in these Wiki pages with blue links to each.


FamilySearch at Family History Centers. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing millions of names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your family history research. Some of the records come from compiled sources, and some have been extracted from original sources. The Family History Library and many Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch.

Family History Library and Family History Center computers with FamilySearch have access to the Internet, computer on-line services, networks, or bulletin boards. Those services are also available at many public libraries, college libraries, and private locations. Limited access to the Internet is available on a few computers in the Automated Resource Center in the Family History Library.

FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service. The Internet site at allows you to preserve your genealogy, order Family History Library publications, learn research strategies, and look for information about your ancestors in the following resources:

  • Ancestral File, a file of over 35 million names organized into families and pedigrees.
  • International Genealogical Index, an index of over 600 million names extracted out of vital records primarily from the British Isles, North America, and northern Europe.
  • FamilySearch Catalog, a description and classification of over 2 million microfilm reels, and hundreds of thousands of genealogical books. You can search the catalog by family name, locality, author, or book or film number.
  • FamilySearch Research Wiki, how-to advice by the genealogical community for the community.

FamilySearch Catalog

The library’s records are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog available at the library and at each Family History Center, and on the Internet at: To find a record in the FamilySearch Catalog, look in the Place Search for:

  • The place where your ancestor lived:

  • The record type you want, such as:

The page titles in these Wiki pages match the names of record types (subject headings) used in the FamilySearch Catalog.