Welcome to the Indiana State Library’s blog. This blog is intended to serve as an on-line service for the people of Indiana and beyond. Posts will cover a wide range of topics from in-depth articles on items in our collection to services that the Indiana State Library provides to patrons.

We hope that you enjoy the articles published on our blog. If you have any suggestions on topics you would like to see covered, please email us at communications@library.in.gov.

The Indiana State Library was established in 1825 to provide library services to Indiana’s state governmental officials and employees. Since that time, the responsibilities of the State Library have expanded to provide services to all citizens of Indiana. Just as the Library of Congress serves as the historical repository for our nation, the State Library is responsible for collecting and preserving all types of information and data about the state of Indiana.

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  1. I need some help finding a death record for an ancestor who died in Marion, Co. Indiana and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery on Dec. 17, 1874. I presume the death date to be up to a few days before his burial but I don’t have the exact date. The name is Job Cooper, his wife was Artemesia Withers-Cooper. He was buried in the African-American section of Crown Hill Cemetery but I do not believe he was African-American. I believe they were destitute and could not afford any other means of burial at the time. I am also interested in a marriage record for this couple for Dec. 5th 1871, presumably in the same area of Marion Co. Indiania.

  2. Connie Cooper-Szymczak, The Indiana State Department of Health began keeping death records in 1900. Prior to that, death records were not required to be kept, and can only be found in the local health department. If there was a death record for your ancestor, it would be with the Marion County Health Department. Unfortunately, our WPA print index for death records for Marion County does not begin until 1882. Our WPA index for Marion County marriages, which begins earlier than the death index, does list a marriage between Job Cooper and Artie Withers on December 5, 1871. I will email you directly to discuss obtaining a copy of that record.

  3. I have my family history collection that I wish to donate to your library. It would probably take about twenty 3 inch, 3 ring binders to house my non archival documents, photos, unindexed, semi organized collection. If you have no interest please offer suggestions as to who would take this collection.

    Thanks you

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