Genealogy & Local History

Getting Started

If you access our online databases while at the library, just click on the database you are interested in and begin exploring. If you are using a computer outside the library, you will need to enter your library card number (or student ID) and PIN into the login screen. Due to contractual agreements, not all borrower accounts may be able to access these resources from outside the library, in which case we encourage you to visit the library to use our computers.

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American Ancestors

GenHist_Databases_0002_AA_Seal IN-LIBRARY ACCESS ONLY – American Ancestors includes the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1847-1994, church and cemetery records, land and military records, various newspapers and periodicals, immigration and vital records, local histories, town and probate records, and other miscellaneous records.


IN-LIBRARY ACCESS ONLY – Ancestry provides instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research.

Learn how to use this database here.


Fold3 is a place where original historical documents are combined with social networking in order to create a truly unique experience involving the stories of our past.

Learn how to use this database here.

Gale Primary Sources: Archives Unbound

Archives Unbound includes 262 titles covering thirteen Indiana cities and regions. These titles comprise tables and lists of vital statistics, military service records, municipal and county officers, chronologies, portraits of individuals and views of urban and rural life not found anywhere else. The atlases provide additional information on land use and settlement patterns and scarce early town and city plans.

Hamilton County History

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Digitized collection of historical pictures from around Hamilton County.

Heritage Quest

GenHist_Databases_0003_HeritageQuest_reHeritage Quest is genealogy database with primary source materials, local and family histories. When viewing from home, images may not display correctly in Chrome and Firefox.

Learn how to use this database here. makes it easy to search for birth announcements, marriage announcements, obituaries, advertisements, local sports articles, social pages, and much more. Hamilton County newspapers ranging from 1837-1922 (with some titles available up to 1963) available at home or in-library. Hamilton County Collection

IN-LIBRARY ACCESS ONLY – A collection of 14 Hamilton County papers representing coverage from 1937-2008. This collection makes titles including The Newspaper and The Noblesville Ledger available for the first time ever in a searchable format.