Batesville Memorial Public Library
131 North Walnut Street :: Batesville, IN 47006
Sunday (October - April) :: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Monday - Thursday :: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday :: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday :: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Genealogy and Indiana History
Batesville Memorial Public Library has a growing number of resources to
help those interested in tracing their family history. Located in the
library's Mary Stewart Center for Entrepreneurship room, the Genealogy
collection contains some materials that may be checked out. These are
generally the "how-to" books to get you started. Other materials in the
collection that are for research within the library include locally
prepared and published materials such as church cemetery records, census
records, family histories and biographies.
If you require assistance, ask for Denean Williams, our Genealogy and Local History Specialist at the library on Monday afternoons from 12:00 till 5:00, or Tuesday or Thursday from 4:00 till 9:00 pm, or E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Denean by mail (Batesville Memorial Public Library, 131 N. Walnut St., Batesville, IN 47006) or by calling (812-934-4706) or faxing (812-934-6288). At other times, or other days of the week, the library staff is able to let you into the room, but may not have the expertise to answer your questions.
Genealogy Basics - This online course, available free to BMPL card holders, will help you understand the research process, ways to organize your information and the use of forms to make sense of your data. You will learn how to develop a strategy to accomplish your research objectives and evaluate the results by recording new information, and sharing that information with others. If you are a newcomer to this hobby or just want to make a small family tree, this course will get you off to a good start. You will explore many Internet sites where you can search for family names. The course explains in simple terms where to look, who to contact, and how to use the genealogical research tools of the computer and the Internet to further your research.
The library's Guide to Genealogy Resources is available in a PDF file.
A History of Immigration to the Batesville Area by
David S. Dreyer (donated by Eppie Litmer of the United Arab Emerates)
The BMPL's Indiana and Local History collections contain over 800 books, pamphlets, and audiotape sets with state and local information. Indiana authors are featured, along with historical, legal and reference materials.
available on microfilm are the Batesville newspapers from 1887 to
2012, and some old newspapers from Brookville, Osgood, and
Versailles, Indiana. Copies from microfilm or microfiche may be printed
from the library's reader/printer at a cost of 10 cents per page.
The library has available on microfilm the Franklin County Federal census records from 1820 through 1920, and the Ripley County Federal census records from 1870 through 1920. We also have the following records on microfilm for Ripley County: Births, Death Certificates, Naturalizations, Declarations of Intent, Probate Order Books A & B, Wills, and Contagious Diseases records. Some records from other nearby Indiana counties, such as Dearborn and Decatur, are included.
The Tri-County Genealogical Society meets at the library on the second Wednesday evening of each month. Check the library's Meeting and Program Calendar for the date and time.