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 BLOG
LOCAL HISTORY VIDEOS
Indiana’s digital historic newspaper program, Hoosier State Chronicles, has many hard-to-find old newspapers from the 19th and 20th centuries available online.
The Library of Congress has digitized some of its Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which are now available online. These maps show the locations of businesses and houses in various American towns from the 1800s onward. This is an invaluable resource for anyone doing local historical research. Additional maps may be found online on the Indiana University Spatial Data Portal.
The library has the following Sanborn Maps for Mooresville, Indiana:
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):
Grade 4 students and teachers! Explore Indiana art and learn its relationship to Indiana history at the ArtSmart: Indiana website.
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.
There are many online historical and genealogical research tools available:
The Indiana State Library Genealogy Division has one of the largest genealogy and family history collections in the Midwest. Click here to learn more about their “family search” service. ISL Genealogy Division has many online genealogical resources available, including the Indiana Memory project and the Hoosier State Chronicles, a searchable digital database of Indiana newspapers.
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.
The MPL Indiana Room focuses upon local (i.e., Morgan County) family histories but has additional genealogical resources available through our web site (e.g., Heritage Quest Online), on the library campus (e.g., Ancestry Library Edition), and in our print collections.
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.
Visit the following websites for digitized articles, images, links, and other information and resources regarding Hoosier history:
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.
Local & State History
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.
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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