Genealogical Society of Marion County
Welcome !!!
GSMC is located at Memorial Park Cemetery 9350 East Washington St.  Originally built in the 1920’s, this historic building served as the offices of Memorial Park until the 1990's. Now it is ours for many years to come! We have an expanded and more accessible library, as well as the ability to host more educational programs.
The Genealogical Society of Marion County's research library is open every Wednesday from 9am - 4 pm and the first and third Saturday of the month from 9am - 4pm.  We also schedule appointments for research at other times.  Please contact
 Directions: Take I-465 to E. Washington Street.  At the exit, head east.  We are located about 1/2 mile east of Post Road. Our library is inside the grounds of Memorial Park Cemetery.  As you enter the cemetery we are on the right.


Sanborn and Baist Maps September Program

Saturday, September 13
Sanborn and Baist Maps
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Pike Branch - Indianapolis Public Library
Fire insurance maps were originally created by companies needing a better way to determine risk from fire and therefore value of insurance offerings.  Highly detailed maps each include symbols, labels, and colors which describe all bits of information related to fire risk about a structure and its neighbors. Today these maps are used by scholars and researchers in such fields as history, genealogy, urban geography, architectural history and preservation, ethnic studies, and urban archaeology.  Learn more about using Sanborn Fire Insurance in your own genealogical research.  Highlighted will be the digital Indianapolis Sanborn maps and Baist real estate atlases freely  accessible via IUPUI University Library. 
Our featured speaker:
Kristi L. Palmer is the Director of the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship. She earned a B.A. in History from Ball State University in 1999 and a Master in Library Science from Indiana University in 2001.  She has worked professionally in the arena of digital collection organization and metadata creation for 13 years supporting the creation of faculty, student, and community-driven digital scholarship and cultural heritage collections.  Palmer’s research interests include open access, scholarly communication, and Indianapolis history, with her publications and presentations on the topics earning her recognition as one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers in 2009.  In addition to leading IUPUI University Library Digital Scholarship Team, Palmer also provides collection development and research instruction for the Department of History, and Programs of Women’s Studies and American Studies.

Genealogy Get Together

Genealogy Get Together:  Join us the third Wednesday of each month beginning September 2014 at 1pm.  This is a chance to get together and share our discoveries, ask questions and help others with all things genealogy related!  Attendence is free. No registration required.

Need Help with your genealogy?
Please come and visit us
Our librarian staff are experienced researhers and will be able to help provide some ideas to help with your genealogy research.
Small Group Classes
Are you interested in small group classes? Let us know the suggested topic and we will see if we can arrange it.

137,000 new Cemetery Records now available
    We are pleased to announce that we have loaded almost 137,000 cemetery records for the Washington Park Cemetery Association. These records cover Marion County cemeteries Floral Park, Memorial Park, Washington Park East, Washington Park North, and West Ridge, as well as Hamilton County cemeteries Hamilton Memorial and Oaklawn Memorial.      
   These records come directly from the cemetery database managed by the Washington Park Cemetery Association, an Indiana not-for-profit orga­nization and affiliated with the Buchanan Group and the Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers.
    The records cover approximately one-half of the total burials in these cemeteries. Computer records started in the late 1980's or early 90's, and for each cemetery, management made decisions about how much to back-load.
     See the online cemetery descriptions for more detail, warnings, and to access these records on our website.


Upcoming Events
John Philip Colleta at the Plainfield Library

09/27/2014 - 9:00 am
Indiana Chapter of Palatines to America Fall Meeting
Athenaeum 401 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis
09/28/2014 - 2:00 pm
Historic Preservation in Indianapolis

Look at the manifest list for others from the same area where your ancestors come from.

Collective naturalization is a process used when a government acquires the territory of a foreign government by treaty or cession, and the inhabitants receive the rights and privileges of citizenship.

Vital Records include birth, marriage, divorce and death records.