Genealogy

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!

Ancestry

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 adultservices@elwood.lib.in.us 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.

Elwood Call Leader Archives

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 login). 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

Newspapers.com – Indiana Collection

The Newspapers.com 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  – A list of sites that billed themselves as general-interest portals to historical resources.
Allen County Public Library Genealogy – Genealogy Resource provided by the ACPL
Anderson Public Library Research and Genealogy – Genealogy resources provided by APL
Cindi’s List of Genealogy Sites – A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.
Elwood Pipecreek Genealogy Society – Information about Elwood’s Genealogy Society
Find a Grave –  Resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members.
Genealogy.com – Trace your ancestors’ unique story and your family tree with help of the GenForum community and research archives from this website.
Indiana Digital Historic Newspaper Program – Online high quality digital images of Indiana’s historic newspapers .
Indiana Genealogy on Family search (includes marriage records) – A guide to Indiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
Indiana Memory –  A digital library that enables access to Indiana’s unique cultural and historical heritage through a variety of digital formats and free distribution over the Internet.
Indiana State Library Genealogy Resources – Genealogy resources provided by the ISL.
Learn Web Skills – Free online courses to teach you the basics on how to start your genealogy journey.
LDS Family Search – A collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.
Madison County Historical Sketches  A digitized book of historical sketches for Madison County from 1897.
Online Death Indexes – Directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county.
Pioneer Cemeteries and Their Stories – Pioneer cemetery lists, maps, history, and photos.