Genealogy

Explore local and family history using the Indiana Room’s valuable resources.

The Indiana Room

The Indiana Room collection covers the great history of Henry County and its surrounding areas. Resources include census records, local family histories and microfilm. In addition, the collection includes a full card index for The Courier-Times, 1848-1989.

We also have computers, computer connection points, a photocopier, scanner and microfilm readers available for your use.

Resources Available

BOOKS

  • New Castle city directories
  • Death records index (1882-2000)
  • Marriage records index (1850-1920)
  • Birth records index (1882-2000)
  • US Census for Indiana
  • Cemetery records
  • Deed index
  • Pioneer certificates
  • NCHS yearbooks
  • Henry County Schools Jr/Sr Yearbooks
  • Indiana history books

MICROFILM

  • Local newspapers
  • South Mound and West Lawn Cemetery  records
  • 5th District Civil War military and draft records
  • Indiana vital records indexes

CARD INDEX

  • Card Index for The Courier-Times, 1848-1989

FILES

Subject files include information such as newspaper articles from the Courier-Times and other local papers, historical records of local organizations, family histories, genealogical records, information from county agencies and pamphlets.

Genealogist

Kathie Ward serves as the library’s part-time genealogist and enjoys helping you find answers to your family history questions.

(765) 529-0362, ext. 1368 kathiew@nchcpl.org.

Kathie is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, between 9am and 5pm.

Online Genealogy Resources

Ancestry Library

Access census records, immigration records, military records, family and local histories, newspapers and periodicals, and birth, marriage and death records. Available in-library only.

FamilySearch.org

Discovers your family history…these records span billions of names across hundreds of collections. This resource is available from home or on any computer.

American Ancestors

Explore a wealth of resources and research tools from the nation’s oldest genealogical organizations.

Heritage Quest

This is one of the largest genealogical databases in the country and includes access to census data and the ability to perform advances searches.

Indiana Magazine of History

Search one of the nation’s oldest historical journals.

NCHPL Newspaper Index

Thousands of entries from Henry County newspapers are available as a searchable index of digital images.

New Castle High School Rosennial

Scans of the New Castle High School Yearbooks from 1916 through 2013 (2011 is missing.)