Tuesday, October 12, 2010

2010 Best State Websites for Illinois and Indiana from Family Tree Magazine


Illinois State Archives www.library.sos.state.il.us/departments/archives/databases.html This data-packed site now includes databases of public-domain land tract sales and Illinois servitude and emancipation records. They complement the 11 military-records databases, statewide marriage index (1763 to 1900) and two-part statewide death index (pre-1916 and 1916 to 1950).

Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court
Don’t let the Chicago locus of this site fool you: Many Illinois ancestors who wound up living elsewhere in the state can be found in this searchable archive of more than 260,000—and growing—naturalization records from 1906 to 1929.

Indiana State Digital Archives indianadigitalarchives.org
The fruit of 15 years of work by Friends of the Indiana State Archives volunteers, this site now boasts nearly 2.5 million searchable records, with more being added. The latest addition is a database of more than 213,000 Hoosier Civil War records.

Allen County Public Library
Although renowned for its general genealogy collection, this library in Fort Wayne is also a treasure trove for hometown and home-state researchers. Statewide databases include county courthouses, WWI deaths, African-American settlements, orphans and pre-1882 deaths.