Have you ever wondered how deep your Hoosier roots are?
Starting the process might seem overwhelming, but Indy has a number of local resources to get you started on your family tree. And the best part? They’re free.
Pro tip: start with what you know. Put together a list of your parents’, grandparents’, and great-grandparents’ names, along with any other biographical info.
Indiana State Library
Not to brag, but the Indiana State Library has one of the largest collections of family history info in the Midwest.
Once you’ve done the preliminary work, you’re ready to hit the Genealogy Division at the Indiana State Library. There, you can sift through census records dating back to 1790 and see if it has a book about your family in its stacks. You can also look for your family books online by searching for your surname, followed by the word “family.”
Plus, the library offers one-on-one family history and DNA testing consultations once a month.
Indiana Historical Society
When you’ve checked all the resources at the library, you can walk across the street to the Indiana Historical Society, where you’ll be able to find indexes and research guides related to your family history.
Indianapolis Public Library
For those with African ancestry, you can learn about specific challenges and databases by watching a video on African American Genealogy led by leader of Center for Black Literature & Culture Nichelle Hayes.