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
  • Search the U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1940, UK Census Collection, Social Security Death Index, City Directories, other databases, newspapers, military records, and much, much more
  • Available at Elkhart Public Library locations only, remote access is not allowed to public libraries
Family Search 
  • Find and share family history information
  • Search for ancestors in any of the available resources: Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource File, International Genealogical Index, Census Records, U.S. Social Security Death Index, Vital Records Index, and websites
  • Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Geni – Family Trees and Family History 
  • Free public library version of Geni accessible from EPL locations only
  • Set up a free account to access powerful tools to help grow your family tree
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 of the U.S. Congress
  • Interactive census maps, and more
Local History Index 
  • Searchable index of articles from the Elkhart Truth (local newspaper)
  • Includes references to books and other materials in EPLs collection
  • Covers topics such as persons, businesses, and events that have current and historical significance to the Elkhart area
Obituary Index 
  • Index of obituaries that have appeared in local Elkhart newspapers from 1921 to the present
  • Includes: name, obituary date, newspaper section, date of death, and date of birth (if available)
NewspaperArchive [Access from Home
  • Billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world
  • Find obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more
  • All newspapers are full-page and fully searchable
RootsWeb.com 
  • Find and connect with others doing genealogical research
  • Includes various searchable indexes, records from federal and state resources, user-contributed records, the RootsWeb Surname List, WorldConnect (family trees submitted by users), and the Social Security Death Index
USGenWeb Project 
  • Free genealogy websites for genealogical research
  • Covers every county and every state of the United States
  • Maintained by a group of volunteers committed to free genealogy access for everyone
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