Allen County, Indiana Genealogy

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The Allen INGenWeb Project started in 1996 as a part of the USGenWeb Project as an all volunteer project to provide free online Allen County, Indiana genealogy and family history research material. Genealogy is family history, more than just researching for factual records of any kind that might provide information about our families. Today the emphasis is to provide stories based on increasingly available online data. To keep up with daily information I post information on our Social Media sites mainly Facebook and Twitter, but also occasionally on Google+ and WordPress blog links on the bottom of each of our pages. Only online public records and non-copyright material, published before 1923, can be offered on our site. Our sister ACGSI.org hosting site provides local Allen County, Indiana public records. This Allen INGenWeb site provides aggregated online content, meaning we provide links to other web sites with Allen County, Indiana genealogy information as we find it. Libraries will continue to be the public repositories that offer a large majority of available copyright material that likely will not be available online free of charge. INGenWeb requests and offers volunteer submitted research, data, photos, family trees, transcriptions of historical books, historical photos, and current photos of cemeteries and historical locations. This site is maintained by Stan Follis the county coordinator since April 2009. Contact Allen INGenWeb to volunteer and/or provide material and suggestions for our site.

What's New or Coming Soon!

New Responsive Mobile Website

Contact Allen INGenWeb if our new site is not working on your mobile device. Internet Explorer on Windows XP may have display problems. Up-to-date Firefox or Chrome browsers should display pages correctly.

People and Places

Biographies and genealogies for people born, lived, or died in Allen County as well as Historical places and events.

Timeline

Historical events from 18th century Native American days through the present will eventually link to our pages for more information.

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Add your family genealogies and people found in your research, historical books, newspaper articles, blogs, or links to other web sites!

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Indiana

December 11, 1816 Indiana was admitted by the 4th President of the United States James Madison as the 19th state of the union. U.S. Census Quickfacts Indiana 2012 population estimate is 6.5 million people compared to U.S.A. Census Quickfacts 2012 USA population estimate of 313 million people.

Indiana State Flag
Indiana State Flag

The Indiana state flag torch stands for liberty and enlightenment; the rays represent their far-reaching influence. The thirteen stars in a circle represent the original thirteen states; the five stars in the circle represent the next five states; the large star is Indiana, the nineteenth state. Copied from Indiana State Flag by the Indiana Historical Bureau.

Allen County

Allen County is located in northeast Indiana and is physically the largest of the 92 Indiana counties. Allen County was created on December 17, 1823, from Delaware and Randolph counties then formed April 1, 1824. The county is named for Colonel John Allen, born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, an attorney and Kentucky state senator who was killed in the War of 1812 at the Battle of the River Raisin January 22, 1813 in Monroe County, Michigan.

March 14, 2013 the U.S. Census Bureau estimates a 1.4 percent population increase in Allen County since the 2010 census so now the Allen County population hits 360,000 including over 255,000 in Fort Wayne, leaving around 100,000 people outside the city limits. See Northeast Indiana Demographics for more information.

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Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, 70th largest city in the United States, was established in 1794 as a fort named for Army General "Mad" Anthony Wayne a veteran of the Revolutionary War who died in 1796. Fort Wayne was chosen as the county seat in May 1824. See Forts of Fort Wayne for more Information.


Historic Photos of Fort Wayne

The Discover Downtown: Historic Fort Wayne YouTube video above was published June 17, 2012 by Downtown Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne settlement started as the Miami Indian village Kekionga on the banks of three rivers which is a common phrase used in the greater Fort Wayne area. The Maumee River flows northeast to Lake Erie through Toledo, Ohio after forming from the confluence of the St. Joseph River flowing south from Michigan through Indiana and northwest Ohio and the St. Mary's River flowing northwest from western Ohio. Large swampy areas surrounded early Fort Wayne and were eventually drained to provide fertile farm land. The Great Black Swamp east into Ohio is now flat fertile farm land. The rivers are the reason Fort Wayne is here and discussed in more detail at Forts of Fort Wayne and Rivers of Allen County.

Fort Wayne is on the St. Lawrence River Continental Divide separating the Great Lakes Basin from the rest of the Atlantic Ocean watershed. It is known locally as the Little River Valley. Summit City became a common nickname during the Wabash and Erie Canal era since it is the highest point on the 3 rivers. The canal ground breaking was in 1832 and completed from Fort Wayne to Huntington County July 3, 1835. The canal lead to the bankruptcy of the state of Indiana and was replaced a couple of decades later by the growth of the railroads.

Fort Wayne was incorporated as a city in 1840 and is Indiana's second largest city, historically serving as a transportation and communications center for our region. See Fort Wayne History for more information.

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Volunteer Projects

If you would like to contribute your family histories, documents, biographies, bible records, maps, photos, help index online ebooks, or found useful links to other Allen County, Indiana web sites Contact Allen INGenWeb.

Our GenWeb Neighbors

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Allen County neighbors Allen County, Indiana INGenWeb Noble County, Indiana GenWeb Whitley County, Indiana GenWeb Huntington County, Indiana GenWeb Wells County INGenWeb Ohio GenWeb DeKalb County INGenWeb Adams County INGenWeb Defiance County OHGenWeb Paulding County OHGenWeb Van Wert OHGenWeb

Page updated: October 14, 2014