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=== Brief History ===
The following important events in the history of [[Indiana]] affected political jurisdictions, family movements, and record keeping.
*'''1964–1972:''' Over 8.7 million American men and women served in the [http://www.vietnamwar.com/ Vietnam War].
=== Historical Content ===
Histories are great sources of genealogical information. Many contain biographical information about individuals who lived in the area, including:
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=== Boundary Changes ===
'''Indiana's "Gore"'''
Thus, an early settler, without moving a foot from his original homestead,&nbsp; may have lived in the Northwest Territory, Ohio, the Indiana Territory, and the State of Indiana, and always called "The Gore" his home.<br>
<div id="refHTML"></div> === Local Histories ===
Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials. Even if your ancestor is not listed, information on other relatives may be included that will provide important clues for locating your ancestor. A local history may also suggest other records to search. Local histories are extensively collected by the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]], public and university libraries, and state and local historical societies.
*Kaminkow, Marion J. ''A complement to Genealogies in the Library of Congress&nbsp;: a bibliography''. Baltimore: Magna Charta, 1981. {{FHL|14299|item|disp=FHL book 016.9291 K128c}} {{WorldCat|7279596|disp=At various Libraries. (WorldCat)}}
==== County History Indexes by the Work Projects Administration ====
During the late 1930s, the [http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/wpa/wpa.html Work Projects Administration (WPA)] carried out a program of indexing county histories, atlases, gazetteers, and miscellaneous records on a county-by-county basis. These were given the title Index of Names of Persons and Firms. The Family History Library has these indexes in book form or on microfilm for most counties. They are listed under:
::INDIANA, [COUNTY]- HISTORY- INDEXES
=== State Histories Useful to Genealogists ===
Good genealogists strive to understand the life and times of their ancestors. In this sense, any history is useful. But certain kinds of state, county, and local histories, especially older histories published between 1845 and 1945, often include biographical sketches of prominent individuals. The sketches usually tend toward the lauditory, but may include some genealogical details. If these histories are indexed or alphabetical, check for an ancestor's name. Some examples for the State of Indiana are:
*''The Territorial Papers of the United States'' {{FHL|42234|item|disp=FHL Film 929380}}. This film contains The Territory of Indiana, for 1800 to 1810, and 1810 to 1816. Each volume has an every-name index and contains thousands of names of residents in what is now Indiana. There are lists of residents of particular counties who signed petitions to the government between 1805 and 1816, and information about persons associated with forts, land offices, Indian interpreters, express riders, and post offices.
=== Additional Sources For Historical Information ===
Much historical information about early settlers in Indiana is found in the following collection:
==== The Draper Manuscript Collection ====
The Draper Manuscript Collection is a significant regional source that includes records of Illinois.
*Wolfe, Barbara Schull. ''Index to Lyman C. Draper Manuscripts.'' Logansport, Indiana: B.S. Wolfe, 197–?. {{FHL|446497|item|disp=FHL book 977.583/M1 A3w}}. The name index gives the series and volume numbers, but is not complete.
=== United States History ===
The following are only a few of the many sources that are available:
*''Dictionary of American History, Revised ed., 8 vols''. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976. {{FHL|76529|item|disp=FHL book 973 H2ad}}. {{WorldCat|2507380|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}} This includes historical sketches on various topics in U.S. history, such as wars, people, laws, and organizations. A snippet view is available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=Lz9WC9EyF08C&q=9780684138565&dq=9780684138565&ei=F4GxSbisHpDMlQSW3Z36BQ&pgis=1 Google books].
*''Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium''. Springfield, Mass.: C Merriam, 1971. {{FHL|280192|item|disp=FHL book 973 H2v}} Limited view at [http://books.google.com/books?id=MVU6DS6Re8gC&amp;amp;amp;printsec=frontcover&amp;amp;amp;dq=Webster%27s+Guide+to+American+History:+A+Chronological,+Geographical,+and+Biographical+Survey+and+Compendium%27&amp;amp;amp;ei=Vn-xSeS6FJDUlQSby81v#PPP13,M1 Google Books] <ref>[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Webster%27s+Guide+to+American+History&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;qt=owc_search Worldcat] This includes a history, some maps, tables, and other historical information.fckLRfckLR*''Writings on American History'' By American Historical Association, Library of Congress, United States National Historical Publications Commission, Published by KTO Press, 1921 {{FHL|244514|item|disp=FHL book 973 H23w}} {{WorldCat|1770230|disp-At various libraries}} The full text available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=mgEPAAAAYAAJ&amp;amp;amp;dq=United+States+Local+Histories+in+the+Library+of+Congress&amp;amp;amp;ei=N3yxSd6pI4K0kATC-qRu Google Books]fckLRfckLRTo find more books and articles about Indiana 's history use the Internet [http://www.google.com/ Google] search for phases like "Indiana history." [[Family History Library Catalog Surname Search|Family History Library Catalog Surname Search]] lists many more histories under topics like: fckLRfckLR::INDIANA - HISTORY fckLR::INDIANA. [COUNTY] - HISTORY fckLR::INDIANA, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - HISTORY fckLR::INDIANA, BIBLIOGRAPHY</ref>
=== Websites ===
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/special/draper/ Draper Manuscripts]
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=== Sources ===
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