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The Brown County Public Library

Brown County Public Library

Brown County Public Library

Photo by Bob Oliger

The new Library was opened on 2 January 2001. It is a delightful airy building. The panels on the south side of the building honor the Hoosiers authors: Ernie Pyle, the World War II War Correspondent, Kin Hubbard, an Indianapolis journalist who wrote about the fictitious character, Abe Martin of Brown County, and James Whitcomb Riley, the famous poet who wrote his poems in the Hoosier dialect.

The Brown County Public Library, established in 1919 with support from local artists and members of the community, was one of the first county-wide libraries in the state.The library's primary source materials on the people, art, and history of Brown County are used extensively by community residents and visitors.

The genealogical collection contains significant material concerning Brown County and its neighboring counties. Many in-depth studies of Brown County families as well as copies of the voluminous correspondence of genealogist Helen Reeve are available on open shelving.

Library Catalogue


The Brown County Democrat is the weekly paper of the country. The library has microfilm copies of issues dating from 1918 to the present. .

Vital Records

The Library has published two books:

Vital Records of Brown County, Indiana 1882 - 2000

Volume 1: Births

Compiled by Sarah Clevenger, Pauline Hoover and Evelyn Gladding


This book contains over ten thousand birth records not only from the Brown County Health Department, but also records from Dr. Ralphy's day book and some delayed birth records from the Brown Circuit Court. It is fully indexed.

Vital Records of Brown County, Indiana 1882 - 2000

Volume 2: Deaths

Compiled by Sarah Clevenger and Pauline Hoover


This book contains over six thousand death records from the Brown County Health Department. A typical record contains the birth and death dates as well as the names of the parents and spouse along with the name of the cemetery and its address. It is fully indexed.

To order copies:

Other Libraries

The Monroe County Public Library

Monroe County Public Library

The Monroe County Public Library located in down town Bloomington has an outstanding genealogical collection. It is probably one of the best in the state for a library of its size. The collection emphasizes the surrounding counties and the states to the east and south from which many of the early settlers came.

The Indiana State Library

Indiana State Library

The Indiana State Library is located at 140 N. Senate Avenue in Indianapolis with an entrance on Ohio Street. It has an outstanding collection of Indiana genealogy which is on open shelving and is very easy to use. Across the street is a parking garage which usually has empty spaces if the legislature is not in session.

Check the hours that the library is open. At present the library is open Thursday evening and on Saturday, but this could change.

The Allen County Library

The Allen County Library

The Allen County Library located in Fort Wayne, Indiana has the second largest collection of genealogical material in the United States. The collection is extremely diverse and is now on open shelving.. However, some genealogists researching mainly Indiana genealogy prefer to work in the Indiana State Library


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