Library Resources for Genealogy

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Map of Dubois County
An old map of Dubois County that can be found in the Jasper genealogy room

The library's on-line catalogue helps you to find books located within the genealogy collection. All genealogy books are preceded by the call letter G to distinguish them from the regular collection. All books specific to Indiana not in the genealogy collection are preceded by the call letters IN.

USB flash drives are available for purchase at the front desk if you need one and cost $5.35 each. These flash drives can be used in any of the computers.

The library offers printing from the computers and microform readers. Black copies cost 20¢ per page, and color copies cost 50¢ per page. A copy machine is available to make black copies with a cost of 20¢ per page.

As part of a grant received through the Indiana State Library and Indiana Memory, the library has been digitizing photographs brought in by citizens of Dubois County in order to create a visual history of the people and places in our county. These digitized photographs are viewable at the link below and may be useful in discovering images of ancestors or distant relatives.

www.duboiscountyhistory.org

Click here if you would like more information or to participate

Jasper

Print resources

The Jasper Public Library offers a variety of print resources for genealogists. There are over 1,400 volumes in the collection, nearly 900 of which are Indiana books. Of the Indiana books, 765 are specific to counties throughout the state and 385 of those are specific to Dubois County and its cities, churches, and cemeteries. The library also has a couple hundred issues of many genealogical periodicals available.

The Jasper genealogy room
The Jasper library staff painted a mural over the genealogy room and often decorate the large windows that separate the genealogy room from the rest of the library

Many local and area genealogists and family researchers have contributed copies of their own family histories to the library, and there are over 200 family books where patrons can research local family names. Patrons interested in donating copies of their own printed genealogies are welcome to bring or mail a copy to the Jasper Public Library where the book or binder will be catalogued and added to our genealogy collection.

The Polk City Directory for Jasper-Dubois County, Indiana is available in the genealogy room. There are over 30 volumes dating back to 1968, and the most recent volume is available at the front desk to help patrons look up addresses and phone numbers.

The Jasper High School yearbook is available in the genealogy room. The library has over 70 volumes dating back as far as 1913. The Irishite, the Ireland High School yearbook, is also available with 17 volumes dating back to 1950. Because there are gaps in our collection, the library gladly accepts donations of local yearbooks to help replace any missing volumes.

The Jasper genealogy room
All of the books in the Jasper genealogy room have been catalogued in a way to make them easier to find for family researchers and local history enthusiasts

The family files contain information on local and area families. These are available in a file cabinet, which also contains information on the city of Jasper itself. These files are currently being scanned and digitized to provide digital copies for patrons to view and easily search for names, locations, and dates in the future.

The Garland collection is a special collection of 85 volumes donated to the library by Mr. Paul Garland. These books range from genealogical texts on colonial states to census books and history books. The Jasper Public Library is grateful to Mr. Garland for his contributions to our collection. These books are marked with a red sticker with the letter "G" on it and are interfiled with the rest of the collection.

Electronic resources

The Jasper Library offers two computers in the genealogy room that are dedicated to genealogy research. These computers have access to the Internet, USB ports, and programs that are useful in genealogy research such as Microsoft Office. Links to genealogical websites are provided to assist you and includes the library edition of Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest. You do not have to have a local library card to use these computers. Bring photo ID to the front desk and ask a librarian to sign in to use these machines.

The Jasper Public Library was able to digitize yearbooks for the Jasper High School dating back to 1938. These yearbooks were converted into PDF format. The original images are of higher quality and can be viewed at the Jasper Public Library on DVD.

Click here to access the Jasper High School yearbooks

The Jasper genealogy room
Computers, microfilm readers, a scanner, and a photocopier are available to the public who use the genealogy room at Jasper

The library offers printing from the computers and microform readers. Black copies cost 20¢ per page. A copy machine is available to make black copies at a cost of 20¢ per page.

A flatbed scanner is available for scanning documents and photographs. If you want to use the flatbed scanner, be sure to ask at the front desk for genealogy computer #2, which is attached to the device. Images and documents that have been scanned can then be sent via e-mail or saved to a USB drive.

Microform resources

There are two microfilm readers in the genealogy room for viewing, printing, and saving. Printing is 20¢ per page, and saving images can be done to a USB flash drive at the attached computers. These microfilm machines can read microfiche, 16 mm microfilm, and 35 mm microfilm. You do not need to sign in at the front desk to use a microfilm reader, but we do ask that you limit your session to one hour if other patrons are waiting to use the machines.

Map at the Jasper genealogy room
A large map of Germany is available in the Jasper genealogy room. The pins indicate cities where the ancestors of Dubois County come from, and each is labeled and corresponds with information in binders by the map

The library has a collection of both microfiche and microfilm. The local newspaper under all its various names is available going back as far as 1858. There is also a complete collection of the George Wilson notes, an indexed series of twenty-three volumes that cover an in-depth history of Dubois County. For a complete list of our microfilm and microfiche in PDF format, click here.

The Jasper Public Library is an LDS Family History Library affiliate. Jasper Library patrons have access, on a loan basis, for a nominal shipping and handling fee, to all microfilmed records listed in the FamilySearch catalog at https://familysearch.org/catalog-search. The standard loan period is 90 days, with 60 day extensions available. To obtain a microfilm each library patron creates a personal account with the LDS Family History Library, designates the Jasper Library as the film recipient, searches the on-line catalog for the appropriate film, then places an order for the film. Payment is made directly to the LDS Family History Library at the time the order is placed. The patron is notified by the LDS Family History Library when the microfilm is received at the Jasper Library and is available for use. The Jasper Library has many LDS films on extended loan for patrons to use free of charge. For a complete list of these, please view the PDF files on the Microfilm page.

Genealogy assistance

Kathy Mott, the official genealogist of Dubois County, visits the Jasper Public Library every first and third Tuesday of each month from 1 to 4 pm to help patrons with their research. For visitors who cannot make those hours or for more one-on-one time with Kathy, feel free to set up an appointment with her to meet during a different time. Contact the library to set up an appointment or e-mail Kathy at kmott@jdcpl.us to request a meeting.

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Ferdinand

Print resources

The Ferdinand Library offers a variety of print resources for genealogists. There are over 200 volumes in the collection. There are general genealogy reference books but also many volumes that cover local cities, churches, and cemeteries.

The Forest Park High School yearbooks are at the Ferdinand Branch, consisting of over 50 volumes dating back as far as 1954. Because there are gaps in our collection, the library gladly accepts donations of local yearbooks to help replace any missing volumes.

Ferdinand genealogy room
The Ferdinand genealogy room houses multiple computers, a microfilm machine, the genealogy collection, and the Indiana collection

The Ferdinand Branch Library houses a special collection of pictures from the city's sesquicentennial celebration. These pictures are in albums that the public may view at any time.

The collection of Indiana books are kept in the Ferdinand Branch Library's genealogy room. While the genealogy collection is non-circulating and cannot be checked out, patrons may check out books from the Indiana section.

Electronic resources

The Ferdinand Library offers two computers in the genealogy room that are dedicated to genealogy research. These computers have access to the Internet, USB ports, and programs that are useful in genealogy research such as Microsoft Office. Links to genealogical websites are provided to assist you and includes the library edition of Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest. You do not have to have a local library card to use these computers. Bring photo ID to the front desk and ask a librarian to sign in to use these machines.

A flatbed scanner is available for scanning documents and photographs in the adult computer lab next to the genealogy room. Images and documents that have been scanned can then be sent via e-mail or saved to a USB drive. Please be sure to delete any scans you make because this is a public computer that is accessible by anyone.

Microform resources

There is one microfilm reader in the genealogy room for viewing, printing, and saving. Printing is 20¢ per page, and saving images can be done to a USB flash drive at the attached computer. If you wish to use the microfilm machine to print or save images, ask at the front desk to be signed into genealogy computer #2.

The Ferdinand Library has the Ferdinand News on microfilm. The available dates are: May 1906 to December 1932 and January 1973 to December 1987.

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Dubois

Print resources

The Dubois Branch Library offers a variety of print resources for genealogists. There are over 150 volumes in the genealogy collection. There are general reference books and many more that cover the town of Dubois and northeast Dubois County.

Dubois genealogy room
The Dubois genealogy room is a quiet place to do research, but if patrons want to use the computers, they'll need to use the ones in the main part of the building

There is also a collection of yearbooks from the Northeast Dubois School System for many of the area schools. Included are: Celestine Elementary, Dubois Elementary, Dubois Middle School, Dubois South Side, and Dubois High School. These yearbooks date back as far as 1948. Because there are gaps in our collection, the library gladly accepts donations of local yearbooks to help replace any missing volumes.

Electronic resources

The Dubois Library has many computers available to the public. These computers have access to the Internet, USB ports, and programs that are useful in genealogy research such as Microsoft Office. Links to genealogical websites are provided to assist you and includes the library edition of Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest. You do not have to have a local library card to use these computers. Bring photo ID to the front desk and ask a librarian to sign in to use these machines.

Thanks to the assistance of the Northeast Dubois High School, the Dubois Branch Library was able to digitize yearbooks for the Dubois High School and Northeast Dubois High School dating back to 1946. These yearbooks were converted into PDF format. The original images are of higher quality and can be viewed at the Dubois Branch Library on DVD.

Click here to access the Northeast Dubois High School yearbooks

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