Site last updated JANUARY 2020
Welcome to Marion County, Indiana, created on April 1, 1822.  Marion County was created from the Delaware New Purchase.  From this tract, also formed were the counties of Allen,  Bartholomew, Hamilton, Henry, Johnson, Rush and Shelby.  Marion County was namedafter General Francis Marion, often referred to as the "Swamp Fox," from the Revolutionary War period.  Nine civil townships comprise Marion County: Center, Decatur, Franklin, Lawrence, Perry, Pike, Warren, Washington and Wayne.

This postcard is the entrance to
Military Park in Indianapolis, Indiana


    I have located birth index information contributed by a wonderful volunteer named Lora Radisches some time ago.  I had these on another URL for Marion County and have now moved them to this site for Marion County, INGenWeb; however we only have births for the following letters:  A - B - H - I - J - K - L.  These births appear to cover the years from 1882 through 1920.  I cannot locate contact information for Lora and I do not know from what source she obtained the records from which she transcribed this material.  Check out the Birth information here.
    If you have access to these materials and you have an interest in transcribing these to donate to the Marion County, INGenWeb, you would be making a huge contribution, for which I will gladly list your name (and email address if requested) as the contributor for them.  Please contact me if you have access to these records.  Thank you so much!.  DENISE

The formation of Indiana's counties can be

found at Family History 101.

Be sue to check out the Interurban

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I am currently working on Township Histories for Marion County from Sulgrove's History of Indianapolis and Marion County, (c) 1884.  A wonderful addition would be plat maps of the county for any of the older periods to track the early settlers, or for the various townships individually.  If you have copies and wouldn't mind donating them to be displayed on this site, I would be glad to give recognition to the contributor.  Please email to me at marioncogenweb @ gmail dot com.  Thanks so much!  


Would you like to volunteer to assist with Marion County?  Check out the VOLUNTEER page to see how you could make a difference.


In the right-hand column, you will see additional categories that have been added. 

Most of these items are not entered yet, but will be as time permits.  The title indicates I have material for that category.  Thanks for your patience as I work on these items for your viewing.


Marion County's Neighbors
Boone | Hamilton | Hancock | Hendricks | Johnson | Morgan | Shelby
Thank you to all of former Marion County Coordinators
who have made contributions to this site!
And a special thanks to Jeff Kemp for designing 
the Marion County banner at the top of this page!
Indiana Cemetery Preservation | Indiana Census Lookup | Indiana Civil War
Indiana Gen. Society News | Indiana Ghost Towns
Indiana Indian Tribes | Indiana Old Newspapers | Indiana Railroads
Indiana Pioneer Cemeteries Restoration Project

The USGenWeb Project celebrated its
20th Anniversary 1996-2016
We are now in our 24th year and counting!

The 2020 NGS Conference is now vitual.  It was scheduled for May 20-23 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Please check the link for info.

The 2017 NGS Conference in 
Raleigh, North Carolina was a huge success!  As the National Coordinator I met hundreds of people who have used our Project's sites for many years, and introduced many to our Project who did not know who we were.  And a national speaker stopped by the booth and requested as many copies of Brochures to use in her lectures in classes as she speaks of The USGenWeb Project everywhere she goes.

The 2016 NGS Conference was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and it was very well attended.  I met many users of our Project and it was pretty exciting.  Often there were people 3-4 deep waiting to speak with myself, as well as other volunteers for the Project.


 Material Development of Indianapolis From the Earliest Period to the Present.

Indiana was organized as a territory July 4, 1800, and admitted as a state December 11, 1816. In 1810 the territory of Indiana had a population of 24,520, and in 1820, four years after its admission to statehood, the population had expanded to 147,178. The settlers had not strayed very far away from the Ohio river, but there were a few settlements along Whitewater, and a few along the Wabash; but most of them were along the southern border of the state. The state stretched from the Ohio to the lake, but the central and northern sections were an unknown wilderness given over to the Indians. Dense forests covered the central section, while to the north stretched away the trackless prairies. It was not an inviting field for the hardy pioneer.

It was a struggle for existence. The soil was rich enough, but it was the work of years to clear a farm and get it ready to produce and when its productions were ready for the harvest there was no market, and the malaria arising from the decaying vegetation made the outlook anything but favorable. It was under such circumstances Indiana became a member of the great Federal Union. Indian wars had about ceased east of the Mississippi river, but Indian massacres had not come to an end. It was not safe to stray very far away from the confines of the few settlements, and if human life was spared stock was stolen and driven away, thus depriving the settler of all means of cultivating his homestead. Corydon, the capital, was a little village on the southern border, some miles back from the river, and hidden among the hills; hard to get at in the best of seasons, in the winter it was almost inaccessible. Around it there was nothing that gave promise of future growth; there was no future for it even if the capital remained there. There was absolutely no foundation on which to build a city.

Hyman, Max R., Editor, The Journal Hand Book of Indianapolis, An Outline History and Descriptions of the Capital of Indiana, with Over Three Hundred Illustrations from Photographs Made Expressly for the Work, © 1902, p. 5.

NEW:  GSMC moved from its long-time home at Crown Hill Cemetery to Memorial Park Cemetery, East in July 2013, located at
9350 E. Washington Street.

 Also, be sure to look at GSMC's
upcoming meetings and events.


(links to all counties)
This site has some really fascinating historical information in it.  Did you know that Range Line Road originally ran straight down to the Indianapolis Circle?  Read through this wonderful archive of information!


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