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The Allen INGenWeb Project started in 1996 as a part of the USGenWeb Project all volunteer project to provide free online Allen County, Indiana genealogy and family history research material.

The current trend is to find more than just factual data records of information about our families. Writing interesting family stories generates more interest from other family members and a disinterested public than just a fact based family tree. Only a small percentage of available documents are currently found online compared to what is physically found in papers, manuscripts, periodicals, and books in private collections, public and research libraries, courthouses, and archives.

I can add your family research, data, photos, family trees, transcriptions of historical books, cemetery photos, house photos and more to our pages. Contact Allen INGenWeb to volunteer and/or provide material and suggestions for our site.

Our hosting site ACGSI.org has 1,000's of pages of indexes and digital copies of Allen County, Indiana public records. The Search box at the top of each page searches all pages on our web sites. Our older less mobile friendly Allen INGenWeb site is still online until all its information is transferred to this new site!

This web site is maintained by me, Stan Follis, the county coordinator since April 2009. I post all kinds of Allen County, Indiana information, volunteer data, and digitized non-copyright material on our pages as well as link to useful information on other sites. I link to other sites that contain digitized original sources when possible since most genealogists want to see and cite original sources rather than a transcribed copy that may contain transcription errors. There are financial costs to store data online as well as many volunteer hours required to scan and organize original paper documents, so many indexes and document images are linked to databases maintained on our Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana hosting site www.acgsi.org.

Most publications before 1923 are copyright free for any use. After 1923 copyright gets complicated - see That 1923 date by  published November 30, 2016 on her Legal Genealogist blog.

Broken links to other web pages are a never ending maintenance problem since the average lifespan of web pages is often stated as only 90+ days. Many web pages are archived on the Wayback Machine so if you use the add-on browser extension Wayback Machine for Chrome or Wayback Machine for Firefox any archived pages should automatically re-direct to those pages. The Evidence Explained Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage blog discussed Using Permalinks in Citations December 3, 2016. Please Contact Allen INGenWeb if you find broken links on any of our pages.

I also post information on Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and WordPress blogs via our logo links on the bottom of each page.

What's New or Coming Soon!

New Responsive Mobile Website

Over 125 web pages are on our Allen INGenWeb site. Too many months of family health issues the past couple of years have delayed completion of this new web site. 2017 should see many new pages and web site improvements as time permits.

Contact Allen INGenWeb if our new site is not working on your mobile device. Up-to-date Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari browsers should display pages correctly.

People and Places

Over 33,000 marriages, 19,000 deaths, 15,000 funeral cards, 4,000 deed citations, census, cemetery, church, divorce, funeral home, newspaper abstracts, school records and more are on our ACGSI Records page.

Biographies and genealogies for people born, lived, or died in Allen County as well as Historical places and events will be added as time permits.

Timeline

Timeline pages will chronologically list historical events from 18th century Native American and Colonial days through the present days that add historical information to make it easier to write interesting family stories rather than just list dates and facts.

Volunteer Your Time or Information

Contact Allen INGenWeb if you would like to add the names, photos and documents from your family research, historical books, and newspaper articles to our pages. Tell us when you find blogs and other Allen County, Indiana related web sites we should add links to or know about!

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Indiana

December 11, 1816 the 4th President of the United States James Madison admitted Indiana as the 19th state of the union. Mountain lions still roamed the state, elk grazed the prairies and bison roamed the western edges of Indiana creating a buffalo trace to the Ohio River. The state population was 65,000, about equal modern Terre Haute with the capital in Corydon moved from Vincennes in 1813. Read more in Celebrating Indiana's rich history by Lee Hamilton and Becky Skillman publis hed September 13, 2015 on BrazilTimes.com. The U.S. Census Bureau Quickfacts for Indiana July 1, 2016 population estimate was 6.6 million people. On November 26, 2016 the U.S. population passed 325 million people according to the U.S. and World Population Clock ranked 3rd most populous country with over 7,352,000,000 in the world! Also see Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016, on Facebook, 2016 Bicentennial Celebration in Allen County! on Facebook.

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. For more information read “A Permanent Emblem of Its Own:” The Indiana State Flag & Its Designer by Nicole Poletika published January 11, 2017 on Indiana Historical Bureau blog.

Allen County

Allen County is located in northeast Indiana with 660 square miles of land making it the largest of 92 Indiana counties. Allen County was created on December 17, 1823, from Delaware and Randolph counties then established 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. Counties in Kentucky and Ohio are also named in his honor.

In 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates a 4 percent population increase to over 370,000 in Allen County since the 2010 census discussed in Census: County grows 4% since 2010 by Ron Shawgo published April 15, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts show 260,000 were in Fort Wayne July 1, 2016 , leaving around 110,000 people outside the city limits in the county. See Northeast Indiana Demographics for more information.

In 2016, Indiana's largest county, Allen County boasts the third largest population and second most number of farms in the state. Roughly 64 percent of its 420,682 acres are in agriculture; producing commodities including corn, soybeans, hay, livestock, poultry, eggs, horses, wheat, oats, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. From A Fun Fact Friday posted July 10, 2015 by the Allen County Extension Service on Facebook. See also November 11, 2016 Fun Fact. See also County ranks as nation's 186th largest by Ron Shawgo published March 27, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper and Allen County Insight January 2015 shows Allen County ranks 10th in agricultural production. We are also in the top 10 percent of all counties nationwide for grain production and also in the top 2 percent of counties in the country for horse, mule and pony ownership. Our Amish population and the large physical size of the county explain how we can have both high urban population and farm ownership. Copied from County's job gains rival those of '90s, researchers report by Dave Gong published February 14, 2015 in the The Journal Gazette newspaper.

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Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne, in 2016, the 100th 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. In 2015, the three-county Fort Wayne metro area ranks as the state’s second-largest metro area with 429,820 residents and the 125-th largest in the nation from Numbers set path on the road to a million published March 26, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.


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 from Fort Wayne 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. Read more in The Great Marsh in the 1800s by the Little River Wetlands Project a restored wetlands in the portage area on the southwest side of the city. The former Great Black Swamp east into northwest Ohio was also drained and is now flat fertile farm land. The Black Swamp Conservancy conserves remaining wetlands. The three rivers are the reason Fort Wayne is here and Riverfront Fort Wayne is a multi-million dollar river development project designed to highlight the three rivers in downtown Fort Wayne.

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 as the Little River Valley. Summit City became a common nickname during the Wabash and Erie Canal era since it was a high point on the canal. 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 as Indiana's second largest city historically serves as a transportation and communication center for our region.

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