Genealogy Resources @ Your EPL

Administrator : July 31, 2015 11:54 am : Elkhart Public Library

SL-Genealogy Resources

Genealogy is history on a personal level. It fulfills our need to understand who we are; where we came from; how we came to be. A family history is an epic tale of many lives intertwined through generations, all leading up to our present and projecting into our future.

Elkhart Public Library has a robust assortment of genealogy resources to assist you as you journey into your past.

Online Resources

Go to; Select +Genealogy and Local History; Choose your resource
(An Elkhart Public Library card is required to access most from home.)

Ancestry Library Edition (Access in the Library only)

00-Ancestry logoA 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.

Heritage Quest (Access in the Library or from home)

00-Heritage quest logo 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
 Complete Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land record collection (NARA M804)
 Periodical Source Index Archive (PERSI), 1800-2009
 Interactive census maps

NewspaperArchive [Access in the Library or from home]

00-Newspaper Archive LogoFeaturing 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.

Local History Index & Obituary Index [Access in the Library or from home] 

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A searchable index of articles from the Elkhart Truth covering topics such as persons, businesses, and events that have current and historical significance to the Elkhart area.

Obituary Index
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 our website’s Obituary Index page. 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).

Also in our Online Resources are links to Family Search, Geni, and Indiana History Online.



Link to a variety of resources from the Genealogy and Local History tab on our website.

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Genealogy in the Library

For hands-on research, come to Reference Services at the Main Library.

  • Elkhart CollectionRef-oval
  • Indiana Collection
  • Genealogy section
  • Cemetery records
  • WPA records
  • The Elkhart Truth on microfilm going back to March 13, 1906
  • Various local newspapers on microfilm dating from February 1859
  • More – ask at the Reference Desk


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Computer Classes August/September 2015

Administrator : July 28, 2015 10:48 am : Elkhart Public Library

Reserve your spot now for computer classes at the Main Library!


Monday, August 10 • 5:30-7:30 pm
Thursday, August 13 • 2:30-4:30 pm
Thursday, September 10 • 9:30-11:30 am
Monday, September 21 • 5:30-7:30 pm

What do you want to learn? Saving files? Cut and paste? Email attachments? Library resources? eBooks? Something else? Bring your questions, along with your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or eReader, for 30 minutes of individual training just for you! No mobile device? No problem; we will use a Library computer. Start your list of questions now!



Monday, September 14 • 6:30-7:45 pm

Explore the Windows 7 desktop. Learn how to open, close, minimize, and resize windows; start and close programs; and save, rename, copy, and move files. You must know how to use a mouse to register for this class.

Computer-mouse-blueEMAIL BASICS

Monday, September 28 • 6:30-7:45 pm

Learn how to open and read eMail, compose new messages, reply to and forward messages, open and add attachments, delete unwanted eMail, and navigate mailbox folders. You must have an active eMail account and know the password to take this class. If you do not have an eMail account, come 30 minutes before class for help in setting one up.



Tuesday, August 4 • 9:30-11:30 am
Tuesday, September 15 • 9:30-11:30 am

Do you have a tablet or an eReader and are not sure how to use it? We can help! Bring your tablet questions to a 30-minute individual session on your device. We will work with you to help you better understand your device and how to use it for accessing eBooks and other Library resources.

Registration is required for all computer classes.
Sign-up by contacting the Main Library Public Computer Center at (574) 294-2847.

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Now Showing: Movies @ EPL August/September 2015

Administrator : July 27, 2015 11:56 am : Elkhart Public Library, Teens

Free Movies — With Popcorn!

Popcorn-cropMain Midweek Movies

Wednesday, August 12 • 6:00 pm

CHILD 44 (R)
Wednesday, August 26 • 6:00 pm

Wednesday, September 9 • 6:00 pm

Wednesday, September 23 • 6:00 pm

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Elkhart’s Night Out • Tuesday, August 4

Administrator : July 22, 2015 9:36 am : Elkhart Public Library

An eventful evening out for the Elkhart community

Free Food • Music • Giveaways  • Demos

Fun for the whole family!

Stop by the Elkhart Public Library table — Create a craft • Spin to win


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Photographer Leo Lau @ EPL for July 15 ArtWalk

Administrator : July 10, 2015 3:52 pm : Elkhart Public Library

God Protects the Little Ones by Leo Lau

God Protects the Little Ones by Leo Lau

Made in Detroit by Leo Lau

Made in Detroit by Leo Lau








Be sure to visit the EPL Main Library during Wednesday’s Downtown Elkhart Artwalk.
We will feature the photographic artwork of Leo Lau, who will demonstrate two ways to capture a water drop crown photo:

  • Using an eye dropper
  • Using a circuit he designed to control camera and flashes simultaneously in conjunction with the use of custom software and an Arduino mini computer

Water Drop Crown by Leo Lau

Water Drop Crown by Leo Lau

ArtWalk FB

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