Our library gives you access to over 300 microfilms and thousands of historic records and newspapers online.

Below you will find some tips to help you get started with your own family history!

Genealogy Tips

Birth Records

Need to find where one of your ancestors was born?

– Index to Parke County Vital records
– Parke County Histories
– Parke County Vital Records, Census Records

Death Records

Looking for death records?

You could use:
– Parke County Cemeteries Records & Indexes
– Parke County Obituary Index
– Parke County Index to Veteran Burial Records

Marriage Records

Wondering if your ancestor was married?

– Parke County Marriage Index
– Parke County Newspaper Indexes
– Parke County Family Histories


Don’t know where to start with family history?

Ask a librarian to help!

We offer services that can help you complete your family history and genealogy! Simply send us a message online or come into the library and speak to one of our staff!

Microfilm Collections

More than 300 microfilms are housed in our genealogy and research room, which includes:

Parke County Newspapers
Quaker meeting records for Rush Creek and Bloomingdale on Microfilm (marriages, births, deaths and meeting minutes)
Parke County vital records
Census records for Parke from 1830-1930
Census records from other Indiana Counties

Index Collection

An index share where the location of various vital records are located to be used for vital record and research purposes. We have the following Index Collection at our library:

Index to Parke County Vital Records (corresponds to files on microfilm)
Parke County Cemeteries: records and indexes
Parke County Marriage Index
Parke County Obituary index (up to 2020)
Parke County Index to Veteran Burial Records
Parke County Wills Index
Various Parke County Newspaper Indexes
Parke County DAR Collection of Revolutionary War
Veterans buried in Parke County
Indexes of Parke County Veterans

Local History Collection

Find local family history records from right here in Parke County and history about the towns that were built!

Parke County Histories; Strouse, Beadle, Chapman Brothers, etc.
Town Histories Books: Rockville, Marshall, Montezuma, Rosedale, Portland Mills, Bridgeton
Parke Place Magazine Collection
Parke County Plat Books
Information on Parke County Covered Bridges, Wabash & Erie Canal, Church Histories, etc.
Collection of histories of surrounding counties; Vermillion, Fountain, Montgomery, Putnam, Clay, Vigo
Parke County Yearbooks: Primarily Rockville, but some Turkey Run, Rosedale, Montezuma, Tangier, Bellmore

Indiana Collection

Dive into Parke County’s very own piece of Indiana State History with our Indiana Collection:

State History from Pioneer to Civil War
W.H.H. Terrell’s Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana: Volumes Pertaining to Parke County
Indiana Author Collection

Parke County Family Histories

Family has long been part of Parke County’s heart, and we have these histories to share:

Parke County Genealogies
Parke County Family Histories

Additional Resources