Indiana Digital Archives
Several searches are available to help you find information in the Digital Archives.
Each search is suited for different needs.
- People Search allows researchers to search ALL records in our collection that have index fields that are name based.
- Or researchers can select a particular record series from the drop down list to narrow the search to one type of record (Naturalizations, Institutions, etc.).
Tip: If you are uncertain of the first name, enter the first letter or leave it blank.
Example: To search on any records for James White, enter James (or J) for the first name and White for the Last Name, click search. If you are looking specifically for Naturalization records, select Naturalizations from the drop down list first and click search.
- Detailed Search allows researchers to select one records series and search on additional fields that are pertinent only to that records series (such as Courts).
Tip: Researchers can also limit their searches to counties or time frames to obtain specific records.
Example: To search for Court Records containing the last name 'Smith' from the year 1865 using detailed search, Select Court Records from the Records Series dropdown (Notice the Search Options section updates with fields specific to Court Records), enter 1865 in the year from and enter 1865 in the year to and click search.
For the names of specific Courts or Corporations enter the party in the First Name field.
Keywords may be searched for those Collections with notes in the Notes field. For Example enter “railroad” or “rail road.” All records series will appear which contain the keyword. Click on one of the collections within that series to see the results.