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Local Obituaries Indexes

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JCPL Genealogy & Local History

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Welcome to the Jasper County Public Library Genealogy and Local History Department

The materials on these pages are presented by library staff to help you with your personal and local history inquiries.

Explore the index at left to see what is available on this site.

For more information, or to get help with your genealogy requests, please check out our online contact form and select the genealogy category that best matches the region of your inquiry.

About our Local History Collections Online

General Milroy Collection - Hundreds of original letters and documents from a noted figure of the U.S. Civil War.

Oral Histories - First-hand accounts of life in northern Jasper and Newton County at the start of the 20th century. Sponsored by DeMotte-Kankakee Valley Rotary Club - Oral History Project

Local History News Files - Assorted records from our Microfilm and Vertical File Collection

Online Records - GAR Records, Census Indexes and other online records

Genealogy and Local History Books and eBooks - Rare and Exclusive titles concerning local history and genealogy records. Records marked where available as a downloadable ebook, including titles JCPL has turned into eBooks.

Vintage Views Index - An index of the articles written in each of the publications of the local history magazine Vintage Views. Issues are available for browsing only at the Rensselaer Library, or select issues can be purchased through Campbell Printing in Rensselaer.

Other Local History Collections available by request:

Catalogued from the KV Post-News and available at the DeMotte Library:

  • Birth Announcements 1930s – present
  • Marriage Announcements 1930s – present
  • Obituaries 1930s – present

Catalogued from the Rensselaer Republican and available at the Rensselaer Library:

  • Obituaries 1910-1939, selected years 1940-present

Newspapers on Microfilm

The DeMotte Library has all of the back issues on microfilm of the KV Post-News.

The Rensselaer Library contains several back issues on microfilm of various current and historical newspapers, including:

  • Rensselaer Republican
  • Jasper County Democrat
  • Rensselaer Standard

Recommended Links

These sites should be helpful in exploring your personal or local history.

Lanewood Jasper County Genealogy Resources. Award-winning site.

Jasper County Cemetery Records at Find a Grave.com Extensive records from the DeMotte area.

Genealogy Web Sites Hand-Picked Links from free, local, state and government websites (via Delicious.com)

Indiana Roots State geneaology records from Elkhart, Kosciusko, Lake and Porter counties