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  • Family Tree: Our Female Ancestors
    January 26, 2013, 6 Comments

    As family historians, we often focus on our male relatives. After all, they are the ones who give us our surnames, and they are often much easier to locate in records. However, by focusing on the males in our lineage we […]

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    Family Tree: A City of Immigrants
    January 19, 2013, 5 Comments

    Whether they came from Germany, Ireland, Asia, or South America, odds are that at least some of your ancestors were immigrants. People came from all over the world to settle in Indiana, and they did so for a variety of […]

  • Family Tree: Irish in Indianapolis
    January 12, 2013, 1 Comment

    As a few HI readers pointed out last week, it’s hard to talk about early Indianapolis immigrants without mentioning the Irish. So today will focus on these early settlers and their descendants. Irish immigrants were some of the firs ...

  • Family Tree: Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
    January 5, 2013, 6 Comments

    Much has been written on this site and elsewhere about Indianapolis’s German influences. German immigrants played a big part in shaping the city from very early on. From its architecture to its laws and customs, Indianapolis is a prod ...

  • Kickstart Your Family Tree: Putting It Together
    December 29, 2012, No comments

    So far we’ve dug through census records, searched cemeteries, and combed through military records. You’ve found your great-aunt Martha’s birth record and your dear uncle Edgar’s obituary. But what do you do with all ...

  • Kickstart Your Family Tree: Church Records
    December 15, 2012, 1 Comment

    When people settled in a new area, one of the first things they usually established was a church. This means that churches typically existed and kept records before there was any governing body to do so. Therefore it’s common to [&hel ...

  • Indianapolis City Directory for 1858-9
    Kickstart Your Family Tree: City Directories
    December 8, 2012, 2 Comments

    City directories may be one of the most overlooked sources of genealogical information available. At the same time, they are some of the most easily accessible. If you’ve never considered looking at a city directory, now is the time t ...

  • Kickstart Your Family Tree: Newspapers
    November 24, 2012, 1 Comment

    Up to this point, we’ve been focusing on the basic facts (the names, dates, and places) of our ancestors’ lives. But our relatives were more than just names and dates. They were real people with individual stories to tell. It ...