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Genealogy

 An essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

Historical archives of Indiana newspapers. Local Columbus newspapers are covered through 1963. The in-library version featuring Columbus newspapers through 2018 is below.   


Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records, and more resources.  

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Resources available In-Library Only

In-Library Only.
Original landowner maps in 20+ states. New feature: Placefinders and Topo Maps. 

In-Library Only.  
Birth and death records, census records, and so much more.  

In-Library Only. 
Local newspaper archive, including Columbus from 1870s to 2018.  

Genealogy Resources
General Research Resources
Family Search
Free site featuring historical records to build your family tree.
Print Genealogy Collection at BCPL
A starting point to view the genealogy books held at BCPL.
Cemetery Search
Bartholomew County Cemetery Map
A Google Map of cemeteries in Bartholomew County.
Find A Grave
Featuring user-edited information about grave sites and obituaries.
County Resources
Bartholomew County Genealogical Society
Local genealogy society website featuring publications and upcoming events.
High School Yearbooks
Scanned images of Bartholomew County high school yearbooks
Historic Columbus Indiana
Local site devoted to discussion and images on local Columbus Indiana history.
Bartholomew County Archives
Some areas of search include deeds, wills, and cemeteries.
Indiana Resources
Indiana Genealogical Society
State publications and free (and subscriber) databases.
Allen County Genealogy Center Resources
A useful set of statewide and county-by-county resources
Indiana State Library Genealogy
Guides for genealogy research on Indiana and surrounding states.
Sanborn Maps
Historical Indiana city maps, originally created for fire insurance.