Genealogy is history on a personal level. It fulfills our need to understand who we are; where we came from; how we came to be. A family history is an epic tale of many lives intertwined through generations, all leading up to our present and projecting into our future.
Elkhart Public Library has a robust assortment of genealogy resources to assist you as you journey into your past.
Go to myepl.org/info247; Select +Genealogy and Local History; Choose your resource
(An Elkhart Public Library card is required to access most from home.)
Ancestry Library Edition (Access in the Library only)
A comprehensive genealogy resource offering the U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1940, UK Census Collection, City Directories, other databases, newspapers, military records, and much, much more. For access from home, Ancestry requires individuals to purchase their own subscription. They do not allow libraries to offer this type of access.
Heritage Quest (Access in the Library or from home)
• Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
• Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and more
• Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
• Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
• Interactive census maps
NewspaperArchive [Access in the Library or from home]
Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, NewspaperARCHIVE makes exploring history and genealogy easy and fun. Discover fascinating news in archived newspapers hundreds of years old – including obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more, to fill in the life stories you are interested in. All of these historical newspapers are full-page and fully searchable.
Local History Index & Obituary Index [Access in the Library or from home]
Local History Index
A searchable index of articles from the Elkhart Truth covering topics such as persons, businesses, and events that have current and historical significance to the Elkhart area.
A database created by the staff at the Elkhart Public Library. Obituaries that have appeared in local Elkhart newspapers from 1921 to present are indexed. For obituaries from other years, please see Other Obituary Resources at EPL on our website’s Obituary Index page. Searching by last name will bring up the best results. The information contained in the index includes: name, obituary date, newspaper section, date of death and date of birth (if available).
Also in our Online Resources are links to Family Search, Geni, and Indiana History Online.
Link to a variety of resources from the Genealogy and Local History tab on our website.
Genealogy in the Library
For hands-on research, come to Reference Services at the Main Library.
- Elkhart Collection
- Indiana Collection
- Genealogy section
- Cemetery records
- WPA records
- The Elkhart Truth on microfilm going back to March 13, 1906
- Various local newspapers on microfilm dating from February 1859
- More – ask at the Reference Desk