Local and Family History Recommended Websites | Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library 

Local and Family History Recommended Websites

South Bend Area Genealogical Society

Local genealogy society that has a wealth of databases available to research. Local volunteers have indexed original documents that are stored at the St. Joseph County Archives and Records Center, Health Department, and other organizations and agencies.

Family Search

Free based website supported by the Latter Day Saints. This website includes searchable historical records, articles, classes, video guides for genealogy research, and family trees.

Allen County Public Library

Comprehensive genealogy collection with searchable databases.

Indiana State Library - Genealogy Collection

The Genealogy Collection has developed over time to become one of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest. The collection includes 40,000 printed items (family histories, indexes to records, how-to books, cemetery transcriptions, family history magazines, and more) as well as microfilmed federal census records, Indiana county records, passenger lists, and military pension information. The emphasis of the collection is on Indiana and bordering states, as well as eastern and southern states. Multiple genealogy internet links.

Indiana State Library - Research Guide to Indiana's Counties

These guides cover the basic research information for each Indiana county. They include relevant Indiana State Library holdings, including print materials, newspapers, and microfilm. You can also find links to free online resources that can be accessed anywhere and links to local libraries, genealogical and historical societies, county clerks’ offices and health departments.

Indiana State Archives

Collects records of historical value from all branches of Indiana state and local government, including governmental history, census and naturalization records for families, selected medical, military and criminal records, records of land ownership, maps, blueprints, and photographs.

National Archives of the United States

NARA keeps only those Federal records that are judged to have continuing value. Though NARA was created in 1934, it contains records that go back to 1775.

Family Tree Magazine

A comprehensive website divided by the following sections:

  • Articles on research information and tips
  • How-to guides
  • Podcasts, webinars, and videos
  • Research tools
  • Links to research by ethnic background

Offers a subscription to Family Tree Magazine, which comes in a printed and electronic version.


View a printable PDF version of this guide.

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