|Indiana Wiki Topics|
|Local Research Resources|
Online Resources[edit | edit source]
- US City Directories Indiana
- Indiana City Directories at DistantCousin, index.
- Indiana Online Historical Directories - listed by county
- Indiana City Directories
History[edit | edit source]
City and county directories are similar to telephone books and are useful for locating people. They were often published annually, listing heads of households, employed household members, and their occupations and addresses. They can be used with census records or as substitutes for them.
Directories are particularly helpful for research in large cities where a high percentage of the people were renters, new arrivals, or temporary residents. In fact, they may be the only source to list an ancestor who was not registered to vote, did not attend church, did not pay taxes, or did not own property. Most households were included because the directories were created for salesmen, merchants, and others interested in contacting residents of an area. They are also useful tools for studying occupations and migration patterns.
Directories of heads of households have been published for major cities in Indiana.
Resources for Indiana Directories[edit | edit source]
Libraries and Archives[edit | edit source]
Newberry Library holds directories on microcards, microfilm, and microfiche for most states. On a side note, digital versions of their collection may be located on Ancestry.com and Fold3.com.
Directories Online[edit | edit source]
Ancestry.com ($) has Indiana directories available online in its U.S. City Directories collection.
The Family History Library[edit | edit source]
The Family History Library has city directories for various years from throughout the state of Indiana including:
- 1855–1861 Family History Library fiche 6043992–96
- 1861–1935 Family History Library films beginning with 1376923
- 1940, 1957, 1964, 1970, 1974 Family History Library book 977.252 E4p
- 1858–1861 Family History Library fiche 6043896-97
- 1863–1934 Family History Library films beginning with 1376851
- 1902–1910 Family History Library films 186562–66
- 1945, 1950, 1955, 1972 Family History Library book 977.233/E1 E4b
For 1858 and 1859, people in professions and trades in most Indiana cities and towns are listed by city in:
G. W. Hawes’ Indiana State Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1858 and 1859. Indianapolis, Indiana: Geo. W. Hawes, 1859. (Family History Library book 977.2 E4g)
To find directories, consult the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:
- INDIANA, [COUNTY] — DIRECTORIES
- INDIANA, [COUNTY], [TOWN] — DIRECTORIES
Websites[edit | edit source]
- Indianapolis City Directory Collection from Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indiana
- Indiana City Directories at DistantCousin
- Evansville, Indiana 1922 City Residential Directory at DistantCousin
- US City Directories This web site identifies printed, microfilmed, and online directories and their repositories.
- Whitepages.com (useful for locating living relatives).
- University of Indiana City Directory Index, 1855-2001.