Indiana Room/GenealogyMooresville (Indiana) Public Library

If the Indiana Room is locked, please consult library staff at the Circulation Desk.

INDIANA ROOM STAFF HOURS:

Mondays & Wednesdays: 12-8 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9 am-5 pm
2nd & 3rd Fridays: 9 am-5 pm
1st & 4th Saturdays: 9 am-4 pm (ask at the adult information desk)

LOCAL HISTORY

Looking for the local history of Mooresville and vicinity?  Mooresville, Indiana “Treasure Trove” blog archives share a wealth of historical tidbits, focusing primarily on the history of Mooresville and Morgan County, Indiana.

Virtual Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Mooresville, Indiana.  Click the logo (left) to watch our virtual slideshow, or click the player (below) to watch our video.

Mooresville High School Yearbooks

Click the links below to see digitized vintage Mooresville High School (MHS) yearbooks, courtesy of the Mooresville High School Alumni Association Facebook page.
No yearbooks were published between 1931-1945 due to the Great Depression and World War II.  Senior class photos were taken, however; these are available to see at Mooresville High School’s Alumni Association Room.
 
More recent digitized MHS yearbooks, called Wagon Trails, are also available (click links below).  (NOTE:  For yearbooks 1950 or later, to search for a name or word within a yearbook, you should download it and open it using Firefox, Google Chrome, Adobe Acrobat, SumatraPDF, or another PDF reader software; then use the “find” search function to look for the desired name or word, and it should take you to the place(s) in the yearbook where those terms are found.)  Digital scanning 1950-onward courtesy of OCI Digital Imaging Service; scanning 1946-1949 courtesy of Mooresville Public Library.
 
Click the links below to see the digitized yearbooks:

Mooresville Subdivisions

DIGITAL HOOSIER NEWSPAPERS & MAPS ONLINE

Indiana’s digital historic newspaper program, Hoosier State Chronicles, has many hard-to-find old newspapers from the 19th and 20th centuries available online.

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Sanborn Maps

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps show the locations of businesses and houses in various American towns from the early 1800s onward.  This is an invaluable resource for anyone doing local historical research.

Indiana Sanborn Maps may be found online at the Indiana University Libraries website.  Sanborn Maps for many U.S. cities may be found in the Library of Congress digital collection.

The library has the following Sanborn Maps for Mooresville, Indiana:

Richie & Gilbert-Goss Morgan County Maps

The Library of Congress has digitized Morgan County, Indiana maps published by W. W. Richie (1875) and Earl O. Gilbert & C. G. H. Goss (1909).

FAMOUS HOOSIER BOOKLIST

Click here to see a booklist of biographies about some famous Hoosiers, and books by Hoosier authors, that we have in our Evergreen Indiana catalog.  The booklist was prepared by Kerry Ware.

ARTSMART: INDIANA

Grade 4 students and teachers! Explore Indiana art and learn its relationship to Indiana history at the ArtSmart: Indiana website.

ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION & HERITAGE QUEST ONLINE

NOTE:  You MUST be physically ON THE LIBRARY CAMPUS (connected to our computer network or wireless) to access Ancestry Library Edition.

HERITAGE QUEST ONLINE may be used remotely, provided you have an MPL-issued Evergreen Indiana Library Card Number.

FAMILY HISTORY & GENEALOGY RESEARCH

LEGACY LINKS (MOORESVILLE OBITUARIES)

  • Mooresville Public Library has its own Obituary Database called LEGACY LINKS, which includes over 20,000 obituaries, primarily of deceased residents of Mooresville and Morgan County, Indiana.  This database has been redesigned (in Fall 2020) and provides a user-friendly interface.

Extensive genealogical and family history research may be done at the Indiana State Library Genealogy Division (in downtown Indianapolis) and at Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center (in Fort Wayne, Indiana). Visit the U.S. Census Bureau web site for U.S. Census information.

Many valuable research tips and resources are available on the Indiana Genealogical Society blog and website.

Online Genealogical & Historical Research Tools

There are many online historical and genealogical research tools available.

The Ancestor Hunt (includes digitized newspapers, obituaries, vital records [birth/death/marriage/divorce], photos, yearbooks, coroner records, voter lists, and probates/wills).

Bureau of Land Management’s General Land Office Records (Land Patents) provides live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1788 and the present. They also have images of survey plats and field notes, land status records, and control document index records. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet.  A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.  Your genealogy starting point for more than 25 years!

Family Search (registration required).  Find your family.  Discover yourself.  Bring to life your family’s history by exploring the lives of those that came before you.

Find-a-Grave (cemetery records).  World’s largest gravesite collection.  Over 190 million memorials created by the community since 1995.

Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society is the first genealogical society in the State of Michigan dedicated to the research and preservation of African-American history.

Google News Archives (digitized newspapers).

Greater London, England Online Genealogy Records.  Guide to Greater London, England Online Genealogy Records for researching ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth, marriage, death, census, church, military, immigration, and naturalization records.

The Great Migration Parish Web Mapping App (United Kingdom). 

This web mapping app shows you the last-known parish for all 1,795 emigrants whose origin is confirmed, about a third of the nearly 5,700 emigrants who left England (and a few other places) for New England between 1620 and 1640. The emigrant information is based on The Great Migration Directory by Robert Charles Anderson.  The web mapping app gives you a map view of parishes and a list view of emigrants. The app opens in map view, and includes a set of options and tools for the map and access to the list view.

Hathi Trust Digital Library (includes many digitized local and family history books).  HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Immigrant Ancestors Project.  The Immigrant Ancestors Project, sponsored by the Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University, uses emigration registers to locate information about the birthplaces of immigrants in their native countries, which is not found in the port registers and naturalization documents in the destination countries. Volunteers working with scholars and researchers at Brigham Young University are creating a database of millions of immigrants based on these emigration registers.

Internet Archive (includes digitized community materials).  Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Last Seen:  Finding Family After SlaveryLast Seen is recovering the stories of families separated in the domestic slave trade. You can search thousands of Information Wanted Ads taken out by former slaves to look for your ancestors, help us transcribe these ads, and find out how educators are using these family stories in their classrooms.

Library of Congress’ Chronicling America (digitized newspapers).  Search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

National Archives.  Learn how you can use the resources at the National Archives to explore your family’s ancestry.  Popular topics include Census Records, Military Service Records, Immigration Records, and Naturalization Records.

National Park Service’s Soldiers & Sailors Database (Civil War).  The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Other information on the site includes histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records, which will be amended over time. The CWSS is a cooperative effort between the National Park Service and several public and private partners whose goal is to increase Americans’ understanding of this decisive era in American history by making information about it widely accessible.

Pilgrim Ships & Passengers (pilgrim ship lists compiled by Anne Stevens).  Passenger lists from the early 1600s of over 7,100 families and 290 ships.

INDIANA STATE LIBRARY GENEALOGY DIVISION

The Indiana State Library Genealogy Division has one of the largest genealogy and family history collections in the Midwest.

The ISL Genealogy Division and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Division have transitioned to a new online catalog. The catalog allows users to search over 5,300 records containing millions of items.  Click here to read more and to access the catalog.

If you are registered with FamilySearch.org, you may obtain digital scans of microfilm through the Indiana State Library.

MORGAN COUNTY (INDIANA) GENEALOGY/FAMILY HISTORY

Morgan County Public Library has a searchable cemetery database for interments in Morgan County, Indiana, as well as a searchable obituary finder and probate index for Morgan County.  

The Indiana State Library Genealogy Division has a searchable statewide cemetery locator index, which provides call numbers to cemetery records in the ISL collections.

Morgan County History & Genealogy Association has a website featuring historical photos, cemetery records, Find-a-Grave records for Morgan County, church histories, family histories, government land sales, census records, biographies, maps, military records, migration database, ghost towns, news clippings, newsletters, archives, and other information pertaining to Morgan County, Indiana.  (Also visit the MCH&GA Facebook page for helpful information).

INGenWeb, part of the USGenWeb Project, has a site devoted to Morgan County genealogical resources, including census records, land sales records, cemetery records, links to town and library sites, links to US GenWeb sites, and links to a few family history sites.

BOOK A GENEALOGY LIBRARIAN @ MCPL

Morgan County Public Library’s genealogy department (at the Martinsville main branch) offers a wonderful service for those researching genealogy and family history.  You may “book a genealogy librarian” to assist you or your group in your research.  Click the graphic above (or click here) to learn more.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH FOR HIRE

Need to hire a genealogist to research your ancestry from Morgan County (or elsewhere)?  Check with the Indiana State Library Genealogy Division or the Morgan County History & Genealogy Association.

INDIANA HISTORY ONLINE

Visit the following websites for digitized articles, images, links, and other information and resources regarding Hoosier history:

SEARCH INDIANA ARCHIVES

Search millions of records housed within the Indiana Archives and Records Administration (IARA) by using the Research Indiana Catalog, which simplifies the process of searching the Archives’ collection by providing listings of more than a quarter of a million holdings. Some of these commonly sought-after materials include Indiana military, immigration, naturalization, institutional and vital records.

MPL INDIANA ROOM COLLECTIONS

Here are the resources available in the Mooresville Public Library Indiana Room:

Indiana-Related Materials

  • Books & magazines about Indiana subjects.

Local & State History

  • Emphasis on Mooresville & Morgan County history; Indiana history resources; Yearbooks for Mooresville schools; Microfilm (local newspapers, magazines); Vertical files (local & state history).

Genealogical Resources 

  • Ancestry Library Edition online genealogy & history database (onsite use only); Heritage Quest online genealogy & history database; Legacy Links (online local obituary database) (TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE); Morgan County cemetery records; Local obituary card files & newspaper clippings; Vertical files (family histories, genealogies); Local family histories (books); Microfilm (genealogy); Other genealogical materials.

INDIANA STATE MUSEUM LIBRARY PASS

Use your Evergreen Indiana library card to check-out the Indiana State Museum Library Pass, entitling up to four persons to free general admission, parking discounts, and more!  Click the video below for further information.  2018 UPDATE:  In addition to the Indiana State Museum, the ISM Library Pass is now accepted at 11 state historic sites.  The hours for the State Museum are now Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  They are closed on Mondays. 

EITELJORG MUSEUM PASS

Use your Evergreen Indiana library card to check-out the Eiteljorg Museum Pass, entitling you to FREE admission for up to four adults, plus an unlimited number of children or grandchildren age 17 or younger.  Free parking is available in the White River State Park garage when you use the pass.  Click here to learn more.

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