Local History and Genealogy

Local History

Indiana Memory

Indiana Memory is a collaborative effort to provide access to the wealth of primary sources in Indiana libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions. It is a gateway to Indiana’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, and other media. As a portal to the collections, Indiana Memory assists individuals to locate materials relevant to their interests and to better appreciate the connections between those materials. Local history items owned by the library are available to view on this site. Our digitization project is made possible by a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Indiana State Library.

Indiana Legacy

This database is designed to allow participants and users to obtain access to Indiana local history and vital records through searching across all indexes or a single index. The database is searchable by county, event, or through a general surname search of all records. These records are available to the public at no charge and include a host of records such as: birth, marriage, death, divorce, obituaries, court records, newspapers, scrapbooks, yearbooks, military records, and many other record types.

Indiana State Library

Resources specific to the history of Hancock County. Some resources are available online, others are available only in print. For more information, email our local history specialist:

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Resources

ACPL houses one of the best genealogy collections in the country. They have many free databases available to the public.

Family Search

The Family Tree offers users a free family tree template featuring multiple tree and fan chart views, timeline and mapping tools, record hints and research helps, and access to billions of online records.