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
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
Elkhart Public Library
300 South Second St.
Elkhart, IN 46516