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.
Genealogy is family history. The current trend is to find more than just factual records of information about our families to write family stories rather than just creating a factual family tree. Only a small percentage of available documents are found online compared to what is physically found in papers, manuscripts, periodicals, and books in private collections, research libraries, courthouses, and archives.
This web site is maintained by me, Stan Follis, the county coordinator since April 2009. I post data on our pages as well as link to useful information on other sites as well as digitized non-copyright material. I link to other sites that contain digitized original sources when possible since most of us want to see and cite the original source rather than a typed copy that may contain transcription errors. Since there are ongoing financial costs to store digital data online as well as many volunteer hours required to scan and digitize paper documents, many indexes and most document data is linked to databases on our 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 Judy G. Russell published November 30, 2016 on her Legal Genealogist blog.
Broken links to other web pages are a never ending maintenance problem often with an average lifespan of only 90+ days. Fortunately many web pages are archived on the Wayback Machine so using the add-on browser extensions for Wayback Machine for Chrome or No More 404s FireFox will automatically re-direct those web browsers to the archived web pages. 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 with logo links on the bottom of each page.
I am happy to 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.