The North Madison County Public Library System offers several resources for doing genealogical research. Housed within our Indiana Rooms, you will find local, county, and state history, as well as additional genealogy resources.

Family History Uncovered

Have you ever wondered about the history of your family?

The Elwood Public Library will be hosting “Family History Uncovered” every third Thursday of each month, from 6 to 8pm. You will be introduced to genealogy resources available at the Library and online. Bring what you know about your family history. During the last hour we will assist you with your search.

Begin the journey into your past!

Patrons can search birth, marriage and death records, census and voter lists, immigration and military records, family trees and is available only on devices connected to the library’s network.

World Vital Records

Patrons can search birth, marriage and death records, census and voter lists, immigration and military records, historical maps and yearbooks on any device with internet access by logging in with their library barcode number.

North Madison County Historical Database

This database contains an index to obituaries that have been published in Elwood’s newspapers beginning in 1893.  Obituaries found in this index can be requested via mail for $.10 per page plus the price of postage or free of charge via e-mail. You will also find hundreds of historical photos and postcards depicting mostly Elwood Indiana.

Obituary Request Form

To request a copy of an obituary, Click the “Obituary Request Form” link above, or e-mail the Adult Services department at with the name and source date of the obituary listed. The cost to have any obituaries mailed to you is $.10 per page plus the price of postage. E-mailing the obituary to you is free.

The following Elwood newspapers are available on microfilm at the Elwood Public Library.  In addition to microfilm, these same papers are also available online at our three branches via the following link: Call-Leader(requires staff log in). Ask a staff member for assistance.

  • Daily Press: January 1st, 1893 – October 31st, 1896
  • Daily Record: December 13th, 1896 – December 31st, 1910, and August 1911
  • Elwood Free Press (weekly paper): January 6th, 1893 – December 30th, 1909
  • Elwood Call-Leader: June 1st, 1904 – Present

The Indiana Collection of online archival newspapers is available online at the library as well as at home using your library barcode number. To view a list of Indiana newspapers and their corresponding years available through this resource download this PDF document

Elwood High School Yearbooks

Access the Elwood high school year books from 1906 to 2013.


Historical Links

71 Digital Portals to State History
Elwood Pipecreek Genealogy Society
Allen County Public Library Genealogy
Anderson Public Library Research and Genealogy
Cindi’s List of Genealogy Sites
Ellis Island
Find a Grave
Indiana Digital Historic Newspaper Program
Hoosier Heritage
Indiana Genealogy on Family search (includes marriage records)
Indiana Local History and Genealogy Research Guide
Indiana Memory
Indiana State Library Genealogy Resources
LDS Family Search
Indiana Roots
Online Death Indexes
Pioneer Cemeteries and Their Stories
Madison County Historical Sketches
Roadside Thoughts