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Jasper County Local History

Wed Sep 14, 6 p.m.

Discover your local history during this presentation, part of our year long Indiana Bicentennial program series.

The Jasper County Historical Society will be sharing stories and historical information about Jasper County.  Register online or call 219-866-5881, limit 45.

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JCPL items at the Internet Archive

Genealogy and Local History Books

Find books, both online and in our reserved print collections, to help with your local history research needs. NEW! Jasper County Public Library has teamed up with the Internet Archive for selected local eBooks.

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Main Street DeMotte in the early 1900s

Jasper County Oral Histories

Step back into the early history of northern Jasper County with these oral histories sponsored by the DeMotte - Kankakee Valley Rotary Club.

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Local Obituaries Indexes

Looking for family members from Jasper County? Look through our online indexes to local obituaries. If you can't find the record you are searching for, you can contact the library for assistance.

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JCPL Genealogy & Local History


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, Obituary Indexes (incomplete), Microfilm 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.

NEW! Local Yearbook Archives - Hosted at the Internet Archive, these titles include Rensselaer Central High Schools Yearbooks from 1911-present and KV, DeMotte, Wheatfield and CCHS --  Other School Yearbooks -- from 1936-present.

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:

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

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 but not limited to: Rensselaer Republican, Jasper County Democrat, Rensselaer Standard.

For more details, browse our complete Microfilm Collection Index.

Recommended Links

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

Jasper County Historical Society -- monthly meetings and newsletter postings

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