Genealogy and Local History: National


Ancestry Library (onsite access only): Search Census records, books, and serials.


Heritage Quest


Heritage Quest Online (onsite access only):  Search Census records, books, and serials.  (Heritage Quest Online offsite access for CDPL card holders only)

Nineteenth Century Newspapers


19th Century U.S. Newspapers (onsite access only):  Search 19th-century newspapers from every state.


Fold3: Search historical military records.

Genealogy and Local History: Local

Suggested CDPL databases to get started:

  • Local History Collection: Search the entire CDPL Local History collection for both catalogued and uncatalogued items.
  • Cemeteries of Montgomery County:Contains readings of county tombstones dating from the early 1800s to 1981.
  • Vital Statistics: An index to the births, marriages, deaths, obituaries, reunions, and more in local newspapers from 1834 to present day. You can consult the microfilm of papers onsite.
  • Marriage Affidavits, Records, and Licenses: Images (.pdf) of the actual pages for affidavits and records from 1883-1940. Licenses are also being digitized, from 1823-1940.
  • Images: Images (.jpg and .pdf) of our postcards, photos, letters, documents, etc. that we have scanned. It also references other images not yet scanned but held in storage.
  • Montgomery County magazines: Index to historical articles published between 1976-present. You can consult the magazines’ issues onsite.
  • Guardian’s Docket: Images (.pdf) of the actual pages, covering 1825-1874.
  • Naturalization Records — This index of naturalization records links to several types of digitized documents: transcriptions, photocopies of original documents, and original documents (when available) in .pdf or .jpg formats. Some names link to more than one document.
  • Persons and Firms — The Persons & Firms index covers a variety of publications useful to the researcher. Most of these publications do not have their own index. This database returns in your search the name of the publication, its location in the library (call number), and page numbers.

More databases and documents…

General Usage

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Profiles of Indiana, 2016: History, statistics, demographics for 786 populated places in Indiana, with detailed state and government histories, plus comparative statistics and rankings.


OCLC Worldcat Discovery


WorldCat Discovery: Search library catalogs from around the world including CDPL’s catalog. Onsite? Submit an interlibrary loan request in WorldCat by clicking on Request Item tab. Offsite? Click on the Library Links tab and select ILL Request Form.



Inspire: Search for magazine and journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, library catalogs, and more. Inspire is Indiana’s Virtual Library.



Chilton Automotive (onsite access only): Get automotive and truck repair help. For offsite access, contact the Reference desk at (765)362-2242, ext.117.



Morningstar (onsite access only): Morningstar Investment Research Center.


ReferenceUSA: This database is the premier source business and residential information for research and reference.