Genealogical Society of Marion County

Welcome!  We are very excited about the many projects that are currently on-going at GSMC.  We'd love to have some extra hands to help out or feel free to start a new project. Everyone's efforts help make GSMC a premier site to research Marion County families.    Contact Barbara R. Hutchinson 
Cemetery Module Upgrade Project:   [Ongoing]
We have 229 cemeteries listed in our Cemetery Module. Many of these cemeteries need additional work, including headstone photography, data entry, and documentary research. Volunteers can help with ongoing improvements to this project. Contact Barbara Hutchinson at

Special Projects:
Indianapolis Public Schools Special Interest Group (IPS-SIG)          [Ongoing Program]
                “A Special Interest Group (SIG) is a community within a larger organization with a shared interest in advancing a specific area of knowledge, learning or technology where members cooperate to affect or to produce solutions within their particular field, and may communicate, meet, and organize workshops.”
                We would like to facilitate the discovering, gathering, preserving, and disseminating of historical and genealogical materials about the Indianapolis Public Schools, which was founded in 1853.
                If you can participate in this effort, please contact us or drop by the GSMC Library, 9370 E. Washington St., Indianapolis. GSMC membership is not required.
                We encourage you to bring any IPS material you may have to show, tell, or scan.  We welcome any ideas about further tactics and strategies for furthering the goals of our IPS-SIG.

Online Sales Project:
    GSMC volunteers set up a Society sales position on the website, and  regularly place GSMC Board-approved materials online to be purchased. They  record sales, prepare shipping packages, and process sales orders.  Contact if interested.

Publication Support Projects:
Indy Lineages Blog                                            [Ongoing Service]
 We are now posting the Indy Lineages blog of articles of interest to members and other genealogists. We invite everyone to develop materials for inclusion, including notices of events by other organizations or communities, close happenings of interest, "How to" articles, personal experiences, etc. Contact the Indy Lineages Editor with your submission.
Indexing Projects:
Flanner and Buchanan Funeral/Burial Records, 1905-1960
This project was completed in June 2024. These records are housed in the GSMC Library. See the Special Projects tab on the home page.
Catholic Day Books
These are funeral home records and obituaries for the three large Catholic cemeteries of Calvary, Holy Cross, and St. Joseph.. These records can be indexed in the comfort of your home. Volunteers can index pages and entries at their convenience .
Enumeration Registers
The City of Indianapolis, by state law, had to do an annual census of potential students every year during the late 1800's. We have most of the 1870's and 1880's registers that need alphabetically indexed.
[We are finished with the 1880 year!  The 1871 year is in process.]
Township Detectives
W​e are actively collecting and/or scanning township specific materials for the 9 townships in Marion County. If you have access to any township or township school records, we would like to work with you to get these materials digitized and online. 
    [To date, we are actively partnering with the Franklin Township and the Perry Township Historical Societies in scanning and posting materials on our website. We are also involved with groups in Warren and Lawrence Townships. Other historical groups are welcome to contact us for similar arrangements.]
Central Canal Indexing
     We are indexing a group of canal documents created in the 1830's and 1840's and scanned by GSMC at the Indiana State Archives.
This work can be done at your home via digital files. These files contain names and signatures of many Marion County residents that may not
be recorded anywhere else. 
(Updated July 2024)