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[ICPR] Historical Marion County Court Record Index Now Available Online
Start Date: 1/29/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/29/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS (January 29, 2013) – The nationally-recognized Indiana Digital Archives (www.digitalarchives.in.gov) has made available new materials for historians, researchers and residents interested in Indiana’s heritage. The Marion County Court Record Index includes nearly 130,000 court records created between 1822 and 1930. Aside from case files, the database includes bonds and licenses issued, summonses, subpoenas, jury lists, and coroner’s inquests.

This index encompasses most of the records transferred to the Indiana State Archives during the early 1960’s by the Marion County Clerk. It includes the first session of the Marion County Circuit Court on September 26, 1822, the 1829 establishment of a probate court, the courts of common pleas, and the 1871 establishment of the Superior Court of Marion County.

“The inclusion of the Marion County Court records into the Indiana Digital Archives creates one of the best resources for legal research and genealogy in the state,” said Jim Corridan, Indiana State Archivist. “This database brings to life the stories of thousands of Hoosiers and the legal conflicts faced by our ancestors.”

While not all of the Marion County Court documents have survived, Marion County court order books and complete record books are available at the State Archives for further research. Marion County court documents created after 1930 are not included in this database.

The Marion County Courts Index records were indexed by Indiana State Archives volunteer Mary Etta Boren who began working on the project in 2005.

Researchers can view the Marion County Court Record Index and many other popular Indiana State Archives collections through the Indiana Digital Archives. Friends of the Indiana State Archives volunteers have been hard at work for nearly two decades creating indices for many of the state's records. From before statehood in 1816 and on through to its approaching bicentennial, Indiana has been home to millions of settlers and immigrants. The Digital Archives enables Hoosiers and citizens worldwide to view the vast collection of historical and vital records housed at the State Archives.

About the Indiana Digital Archives
The Indiana Digital Archives is operated by the State Archives Division of the Indiana Commission on Public Records. The result of a cooperative partnership made possible by a grant from the Library of Congress and administered by the Washington State Archives, the Digital Archives has more than 2.8 million searchable records online. Other partners include the states of Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, and Oregon. The Digital Archives was named a Best State Website by "Family Tree Magazine” for the third-consecutive year in 2012.

About the Indiana State Archives
The Indiana State Archives collects records of historical value from all branches of Indiana state and local government, including governmental history, census and naturalization records for families, selected medical, military and criminal records, records of land ownership, maps, blueprints and photographs. Visit archives.icpr.IN.gov for a detailed listing of these resources, including links to online exhibits and electronic indices of select records.

Contact Information:
Name: Ted Cotterill
Phone: 317/232-3385
Email: tcotterill@icpr.in.gov
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