The Allen INGenWeb Project started in 1996 as a part of the 92 county INGenWeb Project of the 50 state USGenWeb Project all volunteer project to provide Free online Allen County, Indiana genealogy research material.
Our site is an eclectic collection of information related to Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana while our hosting site ACGSI.org has 1,000's of pages of name indexes and digital images of Allen County, Indiana public records created by volunteers. Use the Search box at the top of each page to search every pages on our web sites. There are many more pages of information on each of the major page catagory links on the top of each page while social media links are on the bottom of each page.
Many new items are announced on the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana Facebook page. New "stuff" and corrections are added as time permits from various online sources to the appropriate pages. Check back once in a while or use the search box on any page to see what is new as I have lots of good "stuff" waiting for finding time to add them to the site!
Biographies and genealogies, some in online books are embeded on our pages, for people born, lived, or died in Allen County as well as videos from various sources of local people, historical places and local events.
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 the ACGSI Records page.
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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. Copied from Celebrating Indiana's rich history by Lee Hamilton and Becky Skillman published September 13, 2015 on BrazilTimes.com. The United States Census Bureau Quickfacts estimate for the July 1, 2016 Indiana population was 6.6 million people. November 26, 2016 the U.S. population passed 325 million according to the U.S. and World Population Clock ranking as 3rd most populous country of over 7,352,000,000 people in the world!
The landscape that became Indiana once was one large natural area with its present boundary unrecognized, uncharted. Within the bounds of present-day Indiana, and stretching from the Ohio River to Lake Michigan, and from the Whitewater River to the Wabash lay more than 36,000 square miles of the finest forests and prairies, swamps and marshes, barrens and savannas, glades and cliffsides, bogs and fens, seeps and springs, and lakes and streams to be found anywhere in the heartland of North America. This paragraph is copied from an essay called Perspective: The Indiana that Was by Marion T. Jackson published in the book The Natural Heritage of Indiana, copyright 1997, Indiana University Press and printed on the website The Inspiration for the Natural Heritage of Indiana Project. Chapter 46. The Wave of Settlement by George R. Parker starting on page 369 discusses Indiana: Land of Indians and early interactions with the pioneers as they forever changed the native landscape with quotes from early histories and a couple of simple maps with settlement dates.
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. Although the Americans lost the battle at Raisin River, it stopped the British from going to the aid of the Potawatomi Indians who were then attacking Fort Wayne. For his valor in the battle and saving Fort Wayne, Allen County was named for him. Copied from History is in session Courthouse,occupants get book treatment published May 12, 2019 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. Counties in Kentucky and Ohio are also named in his honor. Allen County Launches New Logo and Seal on May 2, 2022 on allencounty.us/
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 25, 2016 in The Journal Gazette newspaper. The city of Fort Wayne population in 2021 was estimated at 264,169 when Fort Wayne grew by 0.8%, making it the 203rd fastest growing city out of the 797 nationwide with populations of 50,000 or more. Copied from City sees 0.8% population growth Expert cautions against seeing trend in small number by Maya Wilkins published May 28, 2022 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 into northwest Ohio and were eventually drained to provide fertile farm land. The Little River Wetlands Project is 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 three rivers are the reason Fort Wayne is here and Riverfront Fort Wayne is a multi-million dollar 21st century river development project designed to highlight the three rivers in downtown Fort Wayne. Downtown Fort Wayne is in St. Joe River watershed, which is part of Maumee River watershed, which is part of Lake Erie watershed, which is part of the Great Lakes watershed. That means rainwater that falls from a downtown building roof could eventually end up in Lake Erie. Copied from an October 1, 2018 Tweet by RiverFront Fort Wayne. It also means we might find interesting background information in histories of those watersheds.
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. Hungarian cartographer and GIS analyst Robert Szucs developed a colorful new map that easily shows the contrast between the Mississippi River basin in pink and Fort Wayne's three rivers in the green section of the U.S. river basins. You can see it on his Grasshopper Geography etsy page and zoom in on the United States map.
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.
I am Stan Follis the county coordinator since April 2009. The About Allen INGewWeb page discusses our history back to 1996. 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 INGenWebto volunteer and/or provide material and suggestions for our site.
Only a small percentage of available documents are found online compared to all the papers, manuscripts, periodicals, and books available in private collections, public and research libraries, courthouses, and archives. See Are You Missing Most of the Available Genealogy Information? by Dick Eastman published June 12, 2018 on his blog and The Online Trap Don't get caught in the trap of believing all the records you need are online published November 06, 2017 on Legacy News by Legacy Family Tree.
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.