Genealogy

Resources to Use From the Peabody Library

Ancestry.com: The nation’s most popular genealogical resource, with hints from all over the country to aid in your research, is now available inside the library.

Find My Past: Trace your family tree online. Within the Peabody Public Library you have access to certain records through a partnership with Find my past.

HeritageQuest: A collection of material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. This resource is accessible both inside the library and outside the library***To access HeritageQuest from a remote location, you will need a valid library card number to enter when prompted for a barcode.***

Indiana Memory: Digital collections reflecting Indiana’s cultural heritage–an Indiana “Virtual Museum”. Peabody Public Library and the Whitley County Historical Museum have teamed up to create a site on Indiana Memory. Our collection is named Historical Whitley County and holds pictures of the county, the library, Mr. Peabody and some of the artwork in the library.

Obituary Database: Contains obituary records from local newspapers, 1856 – 1910 and 1983 – present. This online index is accessible anywhere, but newspapers are kept in the Whitley County portion of our Indiana Room on microfilm.

Research Indiana Indexes: Includes over 1.36 million names and entries and can be found on the Indiana State Archives’ website. The site allows users to search the names of Hoosiers indexed in the Indiana State Archives’ historic collection, spanning more than two hundred years. To go directly to the name search index click here.  The Research Indiana Indexes includes everything previously available on the Indiana Digital Archives, like Civil War and other military records, original land sales, and prison records.

Online Resources

Allen County Genealogical Society: The Allen County Genealogical Society web page.

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center: A guide to the resources of one of the country’s premier genealogical libraries.

Behind the Name: A site about the etymology, history and meaning of first names.

Census Finder: A directory of census records found online.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites: Over 50,000 sites categorized and cross-referenced.

Family Search: This site provide free family history, family tree and genealogy records and resources from around the world.

Findmypast: Includes a free family tree builder.

FuneralNet: A directory of funeral homes.

Indiana Commission on Public Records: Information about preserving the history of Indiana.

Indiana GenWeb Project: Information about Genealogy in Indiana.

Indiana Pioneer Cemeteries Restoration Project: The Indiana Pioneer Cemeteries Restoration Project is an effort to generate public awareness about the neglected pioneer cemeteries of Indiana.

Indiana State Library Collection: One of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest.

National Archives and Records Administration: Family history and genealogy from the government.

Online Death Indexes and Records: Directory of online death indexes listed by state and county.

PERSI: The Periodical Source Index from Findmypast.com connects you to the material and journal records from the databases of over 8,000 genealogy and history societies from all over the world.

Social Security Death Index: Social Security Administration (SSA) records of deceased persons possessing social security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the SSA.

USGenWeb: A large volunteer project to bring together Internet information from all states and countries.

Vital Records: This site contains comprehensive information on vital records.

Whitley County Genealogical Society: An extensive and well-done site for Whitley county genealogy. Includes many cemetery records, plus marriage application records from the early 20th Century