This website isn’t just for searching for family in Indiana. The Allen County Genealogy center’s genealogy collection is second only to that of the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City. This library uses its site as a portal to African-American and Native American databases, military records, family Bibles and more. Use the Genealogy Center Surname File to identify others researching your same surname.
From the Allen County Genealogy Center brochure: “The Center has gathered an extensive collection of 350,000 printed volumes and more than 513,000 items of microfilm and microfiche. These resources grow daily through library purchases and donations from appreciative genealogists and historians. A collection in excess of 55,000 volumes of compiled genealogies represents research already begun on many North American and European families. These compilations range from brief typescripts to well documented multi-volume works. Nearly 5,000 genealogies
on microfiche, numerous family newsletters and access to thousands of online family trees complement these resources and can give you a head start on your own searches.”
The Allen County Genealogy Center website has access to the US Census records from 1790 to 1930. The Genealogy Center also has more than 48,000 R. L. Polk directories for cities throughout the United States. Most are dated 1961 to the present.
National Archives passenger lists and indexes on microfilm, covering 163 ports of entry, are available in the Genealogy Center, as are most printed sources for immigration records. An extensive list of the printed volumes can be picked up when you visit and includes standard references such as Filby’s Passenger and Immigration Lists Index and Germans to America, 1840-1897
U. S. LOCAL RECORDS
More than 210,000 printed volumes are testimony to the Center’s efforts to comprehensively collect U. S. genealogy and local history publications. All the standard reference works are here, including the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections and the American Genealogical-Biographical Index, as well as all of the books indexed in this latter source. County and town histories, vital, cemetery, church, court, land, probate and naturalization records can all be identified in the online catalog and easily accessed on open shelves.
The Genealogy Center is also home to a significant collection of Canadian history and information. Print sources include local histories, cemetery records, and almost all available published French Canadian parish registers and marriage repertoires.
The Genealogy Center holds the largest English-language genealogy and local history periodical collection in the world with more than 6,200 current subscriptions and more than 10,000 titles.
On the Databases page of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center website there are links to resources available from other states also. The website is helpful to those not only in Indiana but also other states.