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Spring 2002
A Publication of the St. Louis Public Library

Vol. 2   No. 2

They Came From…highlights dates in the history of a particular place which may prove of interest to the genealogist.
1679 The French explorer La Salle sets foot within the boundaries of what will one day be the state of Indiana.
1731 First permanent settlement in Indiana is located at Vincennes.
1779 George Rogers Clark recaptures Vincennes from British during Revolutionary War.
1783 Revolutionary War ends.
1787 Northwest Ordinance of 1787 passed by Congress.
1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers is fought between Shawnees and their allies under Blue Jacket and American troops led by General "Mad" Anthony Wayne.
1800 Indiana Territory is created. William Henry Harrison is elected territorial governor.
1803 The Treaty of Fort Wayne acquires for the U.S. a large chunk of land from American Indian tribes then living within the boundaries of present-day Indiana.
1804 First newspaper in Indiana is published at Corydon. A General Land Office is established at Vincennes to oversee the sale of federal land in that area to the public.
1807 A General Land Office is established at Jeffersonville.
1811 Battle of Tippecanoe is fought.
1812 The War of 1812 begins. It is ended by a treaty in December 1814.
1813 Capitol of the Indiana Territory is moved to Corydon from Vincennes.
1816 Indiana becomes a state and the first state constitution is written.
1820 First Federal Census is taken of the state of Indiana; it lists by name only heads of household (as does Federal Censuses of 1830 and 1840).
1822 A General Land Office is established at Fort Wayne.
1825 State capitol is moved to Indianapolis.
1831  Legislation requires that free blacks settling in Indiana must post $500 bond with local authorities.
1850  The Federal Census taken this year is the first to list all members of a household by name.
1851  Present Indiana state constitution is written. It beefs up protection of property rights of married women and severely restricts the rights of the state’s free black persons.
1861  The American Civil War begins. Indiana furnishes numerous regiments to the Union cause under the leadership of Governor Oliver P. Morton.
1882 Indiana counties begin the recording of births and deaths in this year.
1886 Indiana compiles a list of veterans, their widows, and their orphans living within its borders (lists are also compiled in 1890 and 1894).
1890 Federal Census and Special Census of Union veterans and their widows are done in this year. Records for the State of Indiana are later destroyed by fire and no longer exist.
1900 Indiana requires that a record of deaths in the counties be forwarded to the State Board of Health in January of this year.
1906 Registration and naturalization functions are assumed by the Federal Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization (prior to this, aliens could declare intent and naturalize at any court of record).
1907 Indiana requires that a record of births in the counties be forwarded to the State Board of Health in October of this year.
1916 Indiana celebrates its centennial.
1917 Instruction in the German language is eliminated from the public schools.
1917-1918 Residents of countries hostile to the United States are required to register with the Department of Justice as enemy aliens.
1988 New law allows release of non-identifying information from adoption records without consent of birth mother for adoptions occurring after July 1, 1988.

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