Jay County Public Library offers the Indiana Room to its patrons for use in genealogical research. Many print resources are available, including local histories, directories and family history documents. Microfilm of census and local newspapers can be viewed and printed (15¢ per copy).
Two computer stations in the Indiana Room provide tools for research, including AncestryLibrary edition, HeritageQuest, limited Internet access to useful genealogy sites, software for creating documents and publications, and access to pdf files of recent local newspapers and an obituary index. This index provides the date in which the deceased person's obituary appeared in the local newspaper The Commercial Review or its predecessors. At this time, the index is incomplete, but progress is being made daily.
A staff person with experience working in genealogy is available during most of the library's regular hours to provide assistance in getting started with your search.
Research requests are honored as staff time allows at a fee of $10 per hour, plus 15¢ per copy (first five copies are free). Contact the library by phone or email.
Genealogy Classes Online Databases More links to explore
A great way to begin:
Introduction to Genealogy Class
Learn the basics about using the genealogy materials available in JCPL's Indiana Room. If you've been thinking about tracing your roots, come join the small group led by one of our genealogy staffers to learn how to get started.
The introductory class is offered approximately quarterly. Call (260) 726-7890 to register.
To be announced
Genealogy Scrapbook Sessions ( typically held on a Saturday)
10:30a.m. to noon Beginning research “how to”
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Start a genealogy scrapbook
Sign up for either or both sessions. Call (260) 726-7890 to register.
Lunch will be on your own. Basic materials will be furnished but you may bring more.
To be announced
And there's more:
Genealogy on the Internet
Become familiar with genealogy searching on the Internet. Participants in this class must have taken the Introduction to the Internet class and the Introduction to Genealogy class (described above) or have experience in both areas.
To be announced
Class size VERY limited (5 students per session).
Online Databases offered by the library
For use inside the library only.
Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy research tool created for library users. It gives patrons instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 5 billion names in over 3,400 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States census; military records; court, land, and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists, and more. Similar information is also available for the United Kingdom, Canada and some European countries.
For use inside the library and remotely with library card and PIN.
Beginning and professional genealogists can use this powerful online resource to trace family histories and American culture from the convenience of their home or at the library.
Linking you to more genealogy resources
Below are some of the web sites shared in materials from the genealogy class. They appear in alphabetical order with a brief description.
Jay County Genealogy Society
Jay County Historical Society
Note this announcement from these two organizations in 2009-2010:
The Jay County Historical Society, Inc., and the Jay County Genealogy Society have merged. Both groups had like goals of preserving the history of Jay County. This merger will allow us to streamline our collections and eliminate some duplication of efforts.
We have moved our genealogy collection to the Jay County Historical Museum at 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN, 47371. Phone: 260-726-7168, fax: 260-726-7178, or email. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For further information, go to our website.
INGenWeb Project Page for Jay County, IN Genealogy
Contains many local resources.
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center - the second largest genealogy collection in the U.S. Renowned collection contains more than 220,000 printed volumes and 251,000 items of microfilm and microfiche.
Ancestors Home Page - a family history and genealogy television series with links to much more.
Archives - "Family history made simple & affordable" (7-day free trial)
Birth Date Calculator - Older tombstones have only the death date and age at death. To calculate the birth date, visit this site.
Bureau of Land Management - Federal Land Patent Records
Common Threads - Searchable Database, as well as a surname message board
Cyndi's List of Genealogy - Over 40,000 links. categorized & cross-referenced, in over 100 subject categories. A clearinghouse of genealogy links. Be prepared to spend a lot of time.
Ellis Island Immigration - records from 1898-1924
Everton's On-Line Search - on-line version of Genealogical Helper (magazine), Social Security Death Index
Family History Library - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, world's largest collection of genealogical holdings.
Find a Grave - Find those famous and noteworthy graves. Complete with pictures.
Genealogy Online - Directory, links to web pages
Genealogy SiteFinder - Cooperative effort between Genealogy Toolbox and Family Tree Maker Online. Identifies over 34,000 categorized and cross-indexed online genealogical sites.
Indiana State Library - Genealogy Collection and database information
Library of Congress National Digital Library - "American Memory" section has historical images from around the country
National Archives and Records Administration - National records of all types. Census records, American Indian tribe information. Pre-1850 Marriage Database, Indiana Cemetery Database and much more.
Roots Web Genealogical Data Cooperative - Surname index and much, much more.
Treasure Maps - A great place to start. A section on "Getting Started," writing a successful query, a tutorial on deciphering old handwriting, and more.
US Gen Web - Links to state organizations, including state historical societies, and regional genealogical information. Helpful for out-of-state searching.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Page
Yahoo Surname Indices - Find out if your surname has a homepage (or two!)
Your Family - Index to surname homepages: will generate a list of webpages associated with a particular surname.
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