Genealogical Society of Marion County
The GSMC Research Library
9370 E. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46229 
(317) 891-4762
Contact:  Barbara R. Cline Hutchinson, 
The Genealogical Society of Marion County (GSMC) welcomes everyone who has an interest in genealogical and historical research to join our Society. The Society promotes genealogical and historical research and aids in the publication, dissemination, and preservation of genealogical and historical material, especially in Marion County, Indiana.  We invite you to join us.
The GSMC Research Library is open on Wednesdays between 11 am and 3 pm Eastern Time and by appointment. Contact the to schedule an appointment.  We recommend that you must wear a mask to enter the library.

Upcoming Events
11/13/2021 - 1:30 pm
GSMC Military Day - Ron Darrah & Brian Rhinehart
“To Infamy and Beyond: Family History and World War Two” @1:30 pm with Ron Darrah;  “I Have a Civil War Ancestor ...
12/11/2021 - 1:00 pm
First Families Recognition & Annual Show and Tell a Story program

Facts and Tips
Soundex is a system of coding names for the census based on sound rather than alphabetical spelling. A variation called American Soundex was used in the 1930s for a retrospective analysis of the US censuses from 1890 through 1920. To save time, a free Soundex converter is available at

Microfilmed pension records are available from the National Archives, HeritageQuest Online and the Family History Library. Pension files may contain birth date and place, and the names of the wife and children.

In early American history, a cousin was a relative by blood or marriage of any degree outside the immediate family.