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Genealogy / Local & Indiana History

The 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 genealogy@ebatesville.com.  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.

You may also submit an online request for information by filling out this form: BMPL Genealogy Request.

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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 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.

Also 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.

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    Library Hours :
    Sunday (During school year) : 1:00 - 5:00 pm
    Monday - Thursday : 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Friday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday : 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Library District :
    The City of Batesville, Indiana, plus those parts of Laughery and Adams Townships in Ripley County that are in the Batesville School District, and all of Ray Township in Franklin County.

    Mission Statement :
    The mission of the Batesville Memorial Public Library is to help the people of the community in their pursuit of information and education, as well as vocational and recreational endeavors, by providing current materials, services, and programs.

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    Batesville Memorial Public Library
    131 N Walnut St
    Batesville, IN 47006
    812.934.6288 (fax)