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

Genealogy is family history. The current trend is to find more than just factual records of information about our families. Today the emphasis is to write stories using increasingly available online data.

I am Stan Follis the county coordinator since April 2009. I also post information on Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and WordPress blogs. Social Media links are on the bottom of each page. Links to public records, relevent online information, and non-copyright material, published before 1923, is found on our site.

We 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 sister ACGSI.org hosting site also provides lots of society volunteered local Allen County, Indiana public records. The Search box at the top of each page searches all pages on both web sites. Our previous less mobile friendly Allen INGenWeb site is still online until all resources are transferred to this new site!

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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.


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


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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December 11, 1816 Indiana was admitted by the 4th President of the United States James Madison as the 19th state of the union. Mountain lions still roamed the state, elk grazed the prairies and bison still roamed the western edges of Indiana. The state population was 65,000, about equal modern Terre Haute with the capital in Corydon moved from Vincennes in 1813 from Celebrating Indiana's rich history by Lee Hamilton and Becky Skillman published September 13, 2015 on the BrazilTimes.com. The U.S. Census Quickfacts for Indiana July 1, 2015 population estimate is 6.6 million people. In January 2016, the U.S. population is over 322 million on the U.S. and World Population Clock with over 7,298,000,000 in the world!

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.

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. In 2016, Allen County ranks as nation's 186th largest. A Fun Fact Friday posted July 10, 2015 by the Allen County Extension Service on Facebook. 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, 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. 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.

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. Read more in The Great Marsh in the 1800s by the Little River Wetlands Project. The Great Black Swamp east into Ohio is now flat fertile farm land. The rivers are the reason Fort Wayne is here. Indiana is the smallest mainland state west of the Appalachians but has more water per area than many of the other states to the west. With three rivers and a multi-million dollar legacy fund Fort Wayne has a unique opportunity to use those rivers. Read Why a riverfront education center makes sense by Matt Jones published December 11, 2014 in The News-Sentinel newspaper.

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.

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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.


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