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 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 US and world newspapers. Local Columbus newspapers are covered through 1963. In-library version with more local coverage is below.   

In INSPIRE, scroll down to find: (Includes Indy Star and North Vernon)

Hoosier State Chronicles newspapers

A searchable database of local obituaries from recent years.

This is a work in progress.  

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

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In-Library Only
Original landowner maps in 20 states. Placefinders and Topo Maps. 

Birth and death records, census records, much more. Temporarily available for home use.  

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

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.
Digitized Historical County Newspapers
From the Hoosier State Chronicles, see scanned images of historical newspapers in Bartholomew County.
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.