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Introduction[edit | edit source]

Learn the history of the ethnic, racial, and religious groups of your ancestors. The background of these groups often reveals clues about where they originated, why they moved, and where they settled. Their stories also add depth and richness to your family history.

You can find members of minority groups in most of the same records as all other Americans, so start in the same places you would search for everyone else. You may also find a few records created especially about a particular group.

Some records and histories of African Americans, Belgians, Dutch, German Americans, Mennonites and other minorities of Indiana are at the Family History Library.

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People of African Descent[edit | edit source]

Other Cultural Groups[edit | edit source]

Minert, Roger P. German Immigrants in Indiana Church Records. Rockport, Maine: Picton Press, 2005-2011. Vol. 1. Indiana Protestants. FHL book 973 W23g At various libraries (WorldCat) An index on CD-ROM FHL CD-ROM no. 7236 Taylor, Robert M. Jr. and Connie A. McBirney, eds. Peopling Indiana: The Ethnic Experience. Indianapolis, Indiana: Indiana Historical Society, 1996. FHL book 977.2 F2p. This 703-page book gives the background history of 30 ethnic groups.

For a listing of books about minorities, such as the African Americans, Belgians, Dutch, German Americans, and Mennonites, see the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


Online Resources[edit | edit source]