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Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

Our Services


Most Frequently Asked Questions

Q. My ancestors aren't from Indiana. Am I likely to find much material in your collection for other states?

A. Yes! The Genealogy Center is a North American collection. You will find books and microfilmed records for all 50 U.S. states, Canada and some material for Mexico. However, what the collection includes will vary from state to state, and from county to county within each state, so consult the online catalog for more specific information about the holdings for the locations where your ancestors lived.

Q. I am looking for the obituaries of several relatives who lived and died in different places. Will you have the newspapers I need on microfilm?

A. It depends. The Genealogy Center has a number of newspaper titles on microfilm, but outside of the Allen County area, these primarily are for larger cities. You may need to contact the public library in the county seat of the county where your relatives died to see what its local newspaper holdings are. In addition, each state has a repository that is responsible for archiving the newspapers of the state. In Ohio, this facility is the Ohio Historical Society, for example. What the Genealogy Center is likely to have are published obituary indexes and abstracts, if they exist for the counties you are researching.

Ask a Librarian

Our librarians are also genealogists

Uncertain whether we have a record you’re seeking? Ask a Genealogy Librarian and get a quick response.

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Genealogy Tours

Schedule a tour of our department

Virtual tours and walking tours of the department are available to familiarize yourself with our services.

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Let us help you get started!

Click on the link below to watch an orientation video and become familiar with The Genealogy Center.

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Article Fulfillment Form

Request periodical articles.

Found an interesting article in a genealogical or local history journal? Would you like a copy? Click on the link to request a copy.

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Research Form

Discover your ancestors.

We offer research services to individuals interested in obtaining genealogical and historical data from the department’s vast collection.

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Quick Search Form

Genealogy quick-search service

Can’t make it to The Genealogy Center in person but need copies from resources we have? Click on the link, fill out the form, and send it in.

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