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.
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.
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.
- Left-click this link: MyHeritage Database
- Enter an active library card number
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.
To request a copy of an obituary, Click the “Obituary Request Form” link above, or e-mail the Adult Services department at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 login). Ask a staff member for assistance. Update! By logging into Newspapers.com – Indiana Collection with an active library card number, the Elwood Call Leader archives from 1904 to 1963 are available from home using any internet-connected device.
- 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
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. A list of Indiana newspapers and their corresponding years available through this resource can be found here:
Newspapers.com Indiana Collection Title List
Access Indiana Newspaper Archives and discover the stories of the past. NewspaperArchive.com is the world’s largest online newspaper archive. Indiana Newspapers are an incredible resource when tracing your family tree to uncover treasures from the past about your ancestors. Our massive collection of more than 7+ million newspapers will allow you to search for your ancestors by name and to narrow your results by year and location to help you discover more about their daily lives. The archives cover Indiana history from 1800-2017 and allow you to further understand an ancestor’s place within their local community to research your genealogy. Start your Indiana ancestry search now and discover more about your ancestor’s stories!
This archive can only be accessed while in the library.
A list of newspapers in this collection can be found here:
Newspaper Archive Indiana Title List
Access Elwood, Frankton, and Summitville’s yearbooks.
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
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.