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Local History & Genealogy at Carnegie Library
Free parking is available in our parking lot which can be entered from the west entrance on Jefferson St. or the south entrance on Adams St. Prints and copies may be made in black & white for $0.15 each or color for $0.30 each. Digital copies may be saved to a flash drive or emailed for free. Free computer lab and wireless Internet access is available.
Muncie/Delaware County Digital Resource Library
Muncie Public Library's digital collections of Delaware County court records, deeds, wills, obituary indexes, funeral home records, Beech Grove cemetery records, and more!
Submit a Research Request
Can't find the records you're looking for online? Muncie Public Library staff can research your requests for a fee.
Delaware County Probate Index
Index of the Delaware County probate records at Carnegie Library. Includes names, dates and cause numbers. To request a copy of any records in this index, submit a research request using the research request link above.
"What Middletown Read"
A searchable database of circulation records from Muncie Public Library circa 1891-1902, "What Middletown Read" is the result of a collaborative effort between MPL, the Center for Middletown Studies, and Ball State University Libraries.
Local History and Genealogy Links
List of helpful categorized local historical and genealogical links.
Become a Local History and Genealogy volunteer!
Ancestry Library - Worldwide genealogy databases (in-library access only)
MyHeritage Library Edition - Worldwide genealogy databases (at home or in-library access)
Muncie/Delaware County Digital Resource Library - Muncie Public Library's digital collection of Muncie and Delaware County databases including:
- Beech Grove Cemetery Records (Muncie)
- Delaware County Deeds
- Delaware County Court Records
- Delaware County Wills
- Funeral Home Records (Muncie)
- Obituary Index
Local History and Genealogy Resources
Carnegie Library has Delaware County census microfilm for years 1820 - 1930. Muncie Public Library provides access to all available census records for the entire country via the subscription databases AncestryLibrary and MyHeritage Library Edition.
Several books were written in the late 1800's and early 1900's on the history of Delaware County and its residents. An index to these books can be found inDelaware County, Indiana Index of Names of Persons and Firms. Carnegie Library owns many histories for Indiana counties and Muncie Public Library also offers an Indiana County Histories database online.
Available in the original format or on microfilm. Includes:
- Criminal Court
- Civil Court
- Tax Records
- Catholic Church Records
Records for the Delaware County Circuit and Superior Courts from the 1800's through the 1950's are available at Carnegie Library. The criminal records and many civil records have been digitized and are available on line. Check out the Muncie/Delaware County Digital Resource Library.
Telephone books and city directories can help pinpoint exactly when and where someone lived in the area. Carnegie Library has phone books going back to 1945 and city directories from 1876 to the present.
We maintain a file of Delaware County families (Donations are welcome!) and published family histories.
Funeral Home Records
Carnegie Library is in the process of building a large database of records from local funeral homes. Currently available are records from Meeks Mortuary, Parson Mortuary, and Faulkner Mortuary via the Muncie/Delaware County Digital Resource Library. Records of the Stephens, Piepho, Rhoradan and Parson-Rust (Albany, IN) funeral homes are also included.
(More funeral home records in the Muncie area may be available in the future.)
Various Muncie and Delaware County newspapers are available on microfilm from 1837 to the present.
Carnegie Library has a one-of-a-kind Obituary Index for local newspapers. The card index covers obituaries from 1943 - 2001. More recent indexing can be found via the Muncie/Delaware County Digital Resource Library and the Muncie Star Press newspaper. Carnegie is in the process of indexing obituaries from 1943 - 2001 and beyond. Also available is a Subject/Obituary newspaper index from 1837 - 1942. Many obituaries from this era will eventually be included in the online database.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
City of Muncie: 1883, 1887, 1889, 1892, 1896, 1902 and 1911 - 1950.
- Marriage Records in original and microfilm format with indexing available from 1827 - 1996.
- Birth Record indexing available from 1882 - 1920.
- Death Record indexing available from 1882 - 1920.