Genealogy Guides

Pendleton Community Library patrons have free access to within the library itself.

Are you looking for Mayflower ancestry? The 24 volume (and growing) collection of Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who Landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 1620, AKA "silver books," are listed on the website here. The library will interlibrary loan the volume(s) needed by researchers (no more than 4 volumes).  For a list of the silver books in numerical order, click here.

Our cabinet collection, in the Indiana Room, is comprised of archival items that are available upon request. Please read our Archives Policy & Use Procedures before requesting materials. These are also available in the Indiana Room.

Start with yourself: a printable list.pdf

Indiana State Digital Archives

Using the Census (considered a primary and secondary source):

with tips:

Search America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 - or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Search international newspapers through the Center for Research

Hoosier State Chronicles provides free access to some Indiana newspapers dating from 1840 to 1922. It's fun to browse!

"A One-Step Portal for Online  Genealogy"

Contents of Cabinet A: Genealogies.pdf

John L. Forkner (1844-1926) digital diary

For more information, click here, or on the box to the left.

Steps for difficult genealogical issues

The Digital Librarian's Genealogy Resources

The Indiana Memory collection

The Library of Congress American Memory Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

National Genealogical Society 

American Association for State and Local History

The Indiana Historical Society

To contact an expert: The Association of Professional Genealogists.

printable blank family group record1.pdf

printable blank ancestral chart 2.pdf

printable research log for genealogists.pdf