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.

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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