Genealogy Resources

Only accessible from public computers within Elkhart Public Library locations.
Accessible from all EPL locations and from home using your EPL library card.
Ancestry Library Edition 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.
Family Search [Access from Home] FamilySearch is a service sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help people find and share family history information. Users can search for ancestors to see whether or not any of the resources available on the site contain information about that ancestor. Resources include: Ancestral File; Pedigree Resource File; International Genealogical Index; Census Records; U.S. Social Security Death Index; Vital Records Index; and Web sites.
Geni – Family Trees and Family History [Access from Home] Geni’s stated goal is to create a single, accurate family tree of the world. It is designed for users with common relatives to work together on one tree, with one single profile for each common relative. Geni has made a version available for libraries to offer to their users. You will need to set up a free account to use the product. You may access this version of Geni from EPL library locations only. To receive the same level of access from home, you need to sign up for a paid Geni Pro account.
Heritage Quest [Access 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
  • Expanded collection of genealogy and local history books and city directories with an all-new user interface, thumbnail images and hit highlighting
  • Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
  • Freedman’s Bank Records with full-page register view
  • Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
  • U.S. Serial Set Memorials, Petitions and Private Relief Actions
  • All-new research aids
  • Interactive census maps
  • And more
Local History Index [Access from Home] A searchable index of articles from the Elkhart Truth (local newspaper) covering topics such as persons, businesses, and events that have current and historical significance to the Elkhart area.
Obituary Index [Access from Home] This 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 the Obituary Index page on the EPL website. 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).
NewspaperArchive [Access 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. [Access from Home] is primarily designed to allow people to find and connect with others doing genealogical research. Some of the more popular features of the site include various searchable indexes; records from federal and state resources; user-contributed records; the RootsWeb Surname List; WorldConnect (farmily trees submitted by users); and the Social Security Death Index.
USGenWeb [Access from Home] The USGenWeb project is a non-commercial site, maintained by volunteers in each state. Organization is by state and county, and there is considerable variation in each county’s site, since each page or database is the creation and responsibility of an individual volunteer. Most counties provide links for users to post queries or search the site for records posted there.
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