Wednesday, April 22, 2015

IGS Now Has More Than 1,500 Databases!

The Indiana Genealogical Society is proud to announce that it now has more than 1,500 databases on its website at! These databases are from all 92 counties, plus numerous statewide collections. Some are available to the public and others are accessible to IGS members only.

The newest databases are:

Free Database:

Adults Who Received Services from Indiana Board of Industrial Aid for the Blind (1915)
This databases includes 61 blind adults who received employment training, as listed in the board’s annual report for 1915. This database includes the adult’s county of residence and post office address.

Members-Only Databases:

Military Records:
- Veterans Who Died At Indiana State Soldiers Home, Lafayette, Indiana (1911-1912)
107 veterans and their wives who were residents at the state’s soldiers home, as listed in the home’s annual report for 1912. This database includes their date of death and details of the resident’s military service, plus whether they were away from the home at the time of their death.

Statewide Records:
- Students at Indiana School for the Blind, Indianapolis (1910-1911)
157 students at the state’s school for the blind, as listed in the school’s annual report for 1911. This database includes what grade the student was in, as well as their county, post office address, and the name of their parent or guardian.

Finding and Using the IGS Databases

Some of the IGS databases are available to the public for free. Others are available only to IGS members. (Not a member? Join today!)

There are different sections on the IGS website:

College Records: Records and yearbooks from various colleges and universities across Indiana, including Ball State, Butler, Indiana, Indiana State, Notre Dame, and Purdue (and many more).

County Records: Records that are specific to a county. There are databases for each of Indiana's 92 counties. They range from cemetery records, church records, mortality schedules, and high school yearbooks (and a lot more!)

IGS Records: Here's where you'll find the IGS Newsletter, the Indiana Genealogist quarterly, as well as research guides.

Military Records: Military records from across the state, including rosters from various wars and information about soldiers at the Indiana State Soldiers Home.

Statewide Records: These include items such as fraternal organizations, occupational records, records of the deaf and blind, orphans, and prisoners.

You can access these categories either by hovering on Members-Only Databases at the near the top of each page:

Or when you're on a section page, there is a list near the top of the page:

We encourage you to explore all of the resources on the IGS website!

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