Elkhart Public Library Genealogical Department

This is the first in a series of reviews of libraries in Elkhart County, Indiana. The first library I will examine for genealogists will be the Elkhart Public Library.

EPL provides a website which can help you in every aspect of doing business with the library. The website’s front page is colorful and full of information with places to visit by clicking on the links. I always go to the databases when I begin a search for an Elkhart County ancestor. The database links can be found on the left hand side of the home page.

The database page features resources and subscription websites. Many of the databases are accessed at home by signing into the site using your library card. Thirty-one databases are listed. Ancestry.com is the only one that cannot be accessed from home. Three computers connect to Ancestry.com in the library’s genealogy section and are first come, first serve.

The databases useful in researching genealogy include:

  • Digital Sanborn Maps
  • Heritage Quest Online
  • Local History Index
  • Obituary index
  • Reference USA
  • WorldCat

 The library offers:

  • Elkhart County census records
  • County history and biographies with an every name index
  • WPA index for birth, death, and marriages
  • Cemetery record books for Elkhart County
  • Obituary index
  • Funeral home records
  • Elkhart city directories
  • International Genealogical File
  • High school yearbooks

 The library also offers Elkhart’s newspapers microfilmed starting from the late 1800s up to present day. The microfilm reading machines will make copies of articles for fifteen cents a page. The reference librarians always make time to help their patrons find the correct resource in their quest to research their family history.

Main library hours:

Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday – Closed

Contact info: 

Elkhart Public Library
300 South Second St. 
Elkhart, IN 46516
(574) 522-2665

 URL: http://www.elkhart.lib.in.us/cgi-bin/index5.pl?&file=genealogy.html#census


About hoosierbeth

I have been researching my ancestors, your ancestors and everybody else's since 1981.
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4 Responses to Elkhart Public Library Genealogical Department

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hello My Name is Kathy Line Nee: Esterline and I am looking for my grandfathers obit from 13 June 1963. I went on line to Etruth but they don’t have it and I am pretty sure there was one. Do you have old newspapers? If you do how do I go about getting a copy? Sincerely, Kathy Line

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sorry My grandfather’s name is James Franklin Esterline. He Passed in June 1963 between the 12th and the 16th. I think the 13th. Thank you, Kathy Line

  3. hoosierbeth says:

    Hello Kathy, Thank you so much for posting. I will be happy to find out if there is an obituary for your grandfather.

  4. hoosierbeth says:

    Kathy, I went to the library and found your grandfather’s obituary, along with other family members. I printed them out for you.
    The list of people are :
    James F Esterline
    Lillian E Esterline
    Mary Jane (Sutterby) Esterline
    Richard C Esterline
    Robert B Esterline Jr
    Robert F Esterline
    Robert M Esterline

    If you want me to send the hard copies to you via snail mail, email me your address. I can also transcribe the obituaries and post them on the blog so other Esterline researchers can use them. Last but not least~~~I scan them and email them to you.

    Your grandfather died on Sunday, June 16, 1963. He and his wife are buried in Rowe cemetery, and if you would like pictures of their grave stones, I will be happy to go out to the cemetery and take the pictures.

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