Indiana History Databases and Resources



The Marion Public Library’s Indiana Room staff and volunteers have created the Indiana History and Genealogy Database for your use. Currently the database includes over 800,000 records, more records are added daily, so check back often. If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, please contact the Indiana Room for assistance.


To use the database: Click on search the database and look for your names. You can limit by the type of record if you wish. The database does not Soundex, so you will have to search alternate spellings. Each field must match exactly so try broad searches, using only the last name unless you have a very common surname. For assistance contact the Indiana Room.

  • Cemetery Listings

Cemetery indexes – all available information is included in the database, we have no further information at the library.  All Grant County cemetries are indexed.

  • Census Records

Census Microfilms for Indiana - 1820-1930, except 1890

Census Microfilms for Ohio - 1820-1870

Census Microfilms for Pennsylvania - 1820, 1830, 1840

Grant County Census Indexes - 1830-1930

  • Computer Research


Internet - for genealogy searches only.

Local Online Databases - Index of birth, death & marriage records, obituaries, cemeteries, & Orphans' Home.

  • County Histories

WPA Index -

  • Biographical Memoirs, 1901
  • Whitson's Centennial History, 1914
  • Brant & Fuller's History of Grant County, 1886
  • Death and Birth Records

Death and birth records begin in 1882 and are indexed up to 1980 for births and 1987 for deaths. We have the records on microfilm in the Indiana Room. Use the reel number, book number and page number to request copies of records.

This database houses a collection of over 60 million pages of original historical documents and personal histories, and offers access to a variety of special collections, such as American Revolution Archives, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Case File Archives and Native American Archives.

  • Funeral Home Records

Indexes from local funeral home abstracts, not all funeral homes or years available.

  • Adams/Raven/Choate Funeral Home
  • Armes-Hunt Funeral Home
  • Diggs Funeral Home
  • Jones Funeral Home
  • Milford Funeral Home
  • Parrill & Lewis Funeral Home
  • Shawley Funeral Home

Images from the minute book from the Grant County Medical Society from 1890 through 1941.

Online resource for census data, family records and local histories. An ongoing project (new content is added weekly), Heritage Quest Online will grow to encompass obituaries, Freedman's Bank Records, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Index and additional materials.

  • Historic Photographs

More that 5,100 photographs of Marion and Grant County digitized and indexed.

View the index to the Grant County Estate Books. Actual estate papers are located at the Grant County Clerk's office.

  • Marion & Grant County

Church Records

Family Histories

Local History Files

Military References - including some pension records

Naturalization Records - 1856-1958

Newspapers on Microfilm -

    Fairmount News, 1888-1910 with index (1893 through 1895 are not available)

    Gas City Journal

    Marion Newspapers , 1867-1947 (February 1947 through current year are

    available in Library Reference Services.

    Oak Hill Times Review

    Swayzee Press

Oral Histories - Community History Project

Picture File

Quaker Records

Surnam File

  • Marriage Records

Grant county marriage records from 1837 to 2008 are indexed in the database. We have the records on microfilm in the Indiana Room use the Book and Page number to request a copy of a marriage record. From 1837 to 1882 all we have are certificates there are no applications available until 1882.

This database has a wealth of information pertaining to the genealogy of New England. It is maintained by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

  • Obituaries

Obituaries are indexed from local papers from 1867 to the present. Use the name of the paper and the record date to request copies of obits.

  • Orphan’s Home

We have microfilmed records from the Orphan’s Home, use the book and page number to request information from the records.

  • Reference Sources

Eastern States



Indiana County Histories

  • Vital Statistics

Birth Records - February 1882-July 1980

Birth Indexes to Newspapers - 1976-current year

City Directories - 1887-current year

Death Records - January 1888-1980 (Marion and Grant County)

Histories and Atlases with index

Obituary Index -

    Marion Newspapers, 1867-present

    Swayzee Press

    Van Buren News Eagle

Marriage Indexes - Microfilmed Ledgers

Wills - 1893 - 1923, Orphans' Home Grant County Poor Farm, and other miscellaneous records




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