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I can't find my ancestor in Indiana!

Hello and welcome to INGenWeb's Unknown County site. This site is provided to help you locate your unknown ancestor in Indiana. Did your ancestor hightail it out of town and you know he came to Indiana, but don't know where? Maybe you don't know a Aunt Jane's maiden name or Uncle John has drifted away from the family and no one knows where he went. Or, maybe you just don't know where in Indiana to start searching. We hope this site will help you along your way with searching for your ancestors in Indiana.

You won't find a search engine on this web site. That's because you won't find any data about your ancestor on this site. This INGenWeb site is informational only. Once you have established which county your ancestor chose to live the INGenWeb County site is the place to start your research.

I am Darlene Anderson, Coordinator for this INGenWeb's Unknown County site. I hope you enjoy your visit. Please email me if you have any suggestions or contributions you would like to make.

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State Was Established

Indiana was established December 11, 1816 from the Indiana Territory. Indiana is home to 92 counties.

I hope you find my efforts helpful in your research of YOUR INDIANA roots. I am unable to do additional research on your family. I post everything I have for all to use.

Where is my Ancestor?

Make sure you check all the pages on the Indiana Unknown web site. You don't want to miss a thing!

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"The Chosen"

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us.". How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am, and why I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying - I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."

by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943."


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Indiana State Flag

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Contact Us

If you have questions, contributions, or problems with this site, email:

Coordinator - Darlene Anderson

State Coordinator: Lena Harper

Asst. State Coordinators: Jim Cox & Karen Zach

Questions or Comments?

If you have questions or problems with this site, email the Coordinator. Please do not ask for specfic research on your family. I am unable to do your personal research.