Genealogy and Local History

Special Collections New and Highlighted Material

The Genealogy and Local History department of Willard Library looks forward to helping you uncover the past.

Our collection includes:

  • Fifty state references; national and international references
  • Family histories in book, microform, manuscript, and loose-paper formats
  • Vanderburgh County newspapers from 1821 to the present
  • Newspapers from selected surrounding counties
  • Vanderburgh County records (on microfilm)
  • Church records in several formats; Catholic Diocese records (on microfilm)
  • Records of local and area cemeteries and funeral homes
  • DAR book collection
  • Several online databases and three major search engines, Heritage Quest, Genealogy Bank, and Ancestry Library

Correspondence relating to genealogical questions will be answered by the Corresponding Secretary of the Tri-State Genealogical Society.

As a rule, Special Collections materials do not circulate (are not available for check-out) because of the rare and historic nature of the collection. Requests to check out items should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian, who may permit some items to be borrowed.


  • Photocopies – Unless an item is marked “No Photocopying Allowed” (because of its fragility), items may be copied.
    • 8-1/2″ x 11″ – 15 cents per page
    • 8-1/2″ x 14″ – 15 cents per page
    • 11″ x 17″ – 25 cents per page
  • Public Computer – Free of charge; one hour or one time per day, whichever is lesser; requires library card; printing is 15 cents per page
  • Microform Readers – Available for use at no charge
  • Microform Copies – 15 cents per copy
  • Interlibrary Loan – Willard Library can borrow from most public libraries, internationally. Patrons may make an interlibrary loan request with a Willard Library card; cost includes postage fees and any fees assessed by the lending library.
  • Reference Services – The library staff is available to assist you in person, by phone, and by e-mail with your reference questions. In the event we cannot fully answer a reference question, the library staff will refer you to an agency able to provide the requested information. The library staff is unable to provide medical, legal, or tax advice beyond the scope of the Willard Library collection.

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