I’m glad I waited until Mockingjay was released before I started reading the Hunger Games trilogy as I would have hated the wait between books! As I was reading them, I could easily picture the different districts of Panem that the characters traveled through. Author Suzanne Collins did a remarkable job with the imagery.
If you compare the map of Panem to the United States, Collins’ roots are firmly in District 3. Indiana, to be specific. Her great-grandmother Anna Woods Brady came to the United States from Ireland just after the Irish Potato Famine; she was living in Indianapolis by 1910.
Anna’s 1910 census entry tells quite a story. Not only had she come to the United States in 1852 (at the age of 4), but she was also married at age 15. Tragically, she lost six of her 12 children by 1910.
Anna’s migration was typical of Irish immigrants to Indiana, many of whom came during or just after the famine. Many settled in areas where there were internal improvement projects under way, and were employed building the state’s roads, canals and railways.
Long known as the “Crossroads of America,” Indiana has been home to numerous ethnic groups, as well as migrants from eastern and southern states. Countless Americans can trace their family trees back to the Hoosier State. Fortunately, there are some wonderful records and resources for Indiana research.
Our free research guide “Indiana Resources: Family History Research in the Hoosier State” includes a general history, timeline, and links to Indiana collections and resources. Be sure to take a look at the Indiana state page for even more links, including collections for specific counties.
Enjoy researching the Hoosiers in your family tree!