Reference/Local History Databases
Quick links to popular databases
||Onsite access only. Search for and request items for Interlibrary Loan.
||Indiana's Virtual Library. Search for academic and information resources.
||Onsite access only. Monringstar Investment Research Center.
Local History and Genealogy Databases
The library has its own databases for the local history and genealogy needs of its patrons and continues to develop these tools (listed below). In addition to the CDPL databases, we subscribe to two other databases. Note: Much information is also available on the Montgomery County GenWeb site.
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||Onsite access only. Note: In 1850 the abbreviation for Indiana was IA. Use "Iowa" in your census search drop-down list to retrieve Indiana results (which may have been placed in Iowa).
|Heritage Quest Online
||Onsite access only. Search Census records, books, and serials.
|Heritage Quest Online
||Offsite access for CDPL card holders only. Search Census records, books, and serials.
|Local History Collection
||Search the entire Local History collection for both catalogued and uncatalogued items in our three locations: 2nd floor, archives, basement. (7,468 records)
|Cemeteries of Montgomery County
|| Contains readings of county tombstones dating from the early 1800s to 1981. It also references the same readings found in our CDPL and DAR cemetery record books (which contain no further information). Resource: Cemetery Locator (find a Montgomery County cemetery) (47,061 records)
|Crawfordsville Masonic Cemetery records
|| Leads to abstracts of burial permits, cash receipts, foundation orders, miscellaneous papers, etc. from 1921-1982. This cemetery is now Oak Hill Grant Avenue Cemetery. (5,836 records)
|Waynetown Masonic Cemetery
||Contains records of 6,125 burials in this cemetery from 1862-2010. It also includes links to more than 4,000 obituaries and more than 1,000 burial/transit permits. (6,166 records)
Photographs and Manuscripts
||Leads to images (.jpg and .pdf) of our postcards, photos, letters, documents, etc. that we have scanned. It also references other images that we have not yet scanned but hold in storage. (45,129 records)
|Sheet music scores
||A compilation of sheet music or scores including patriotic and novelty songs from the early 1900s, soundtrack songs from popular films of the 1930s and 1940s, holiday carols from around the world, and an assortment of popular hits from the Twentieth Century. (2,453 records)
|Three Years in the Saddle
||A digitized diary of Henry Campbell's Journal of Events, Facts, and Incidents Connected with the 18th Indiana Battery (Civil War).
|Account book of a general store (Burk, M. L.) in Dunlapsville, Union County
||Images of an account book (.pdf) covering 1837-1839.
(What newspapers do we have?)
||An index to the births, marriages, deaths, and obituaries mentioned in local newspapers from 1834 to present day. Other items indexed include reunions, anniversaries, birthday notices, and special information. The library has an extensive collection of Montgomery County publications; however, not all publications have been indexed. You can consult the microfilm of papers on site. (317,965 records)
||An index of events mentioned in local newspapers. Examples of events include accidents, business openings, crimes, fires, etc. (mainly 1973-77, 1990, 1998-present). You can consult the microfilm of papers on site. (108,942 records)
|Wingate News Vital Statistics
||An index to the newpaper (.pdf) from 1943-1952, 1964-1968. You can consult the microfilm of this paper on site.
|Wingate News Events
||An index to the newpaper (.pdf) from 1943-1947, 1964-1968. You can consult the microfilm of this paper on site.
|Google News Archives
||Google News has a small selection of Crawfordsville papers online.
||This database contains information on more than 6,000 county veterans associated with Montgomery County, from the Revolutionary War to present day. (6,018 records)
|Confederate Veterans buried in Montgomery County
||A listing of 64 Confederate veterans buried in Montgomery County with unit and cemetery information (.pdf) compiled by Bill Boone.
|Marriage Affidavits, Records, and Licenses
||Leads to images (.pdf) of the actual pages for affidavits and records from 1883-2001. Licenses are not yet digitized. (118,017 records)
||Indexed by names of decedent, guardian, heirs, and sureties. Leads to images (.pdf) of the actual pages, covering 1825-1874. (7,377 records)
|Register of Negroes and Mulattoes
||Leads to images (.pdf) of the actual pages, covering 1851-1853. All Negroes and mulattoes who were inhabitants of the state of Indiana prior to November 1, 1851 and entitled to reside in the state were required to appear before the clerk of the Circuit Court for registry in 1853. (123 records)
|Index to Probate Records of Montgomery County
||An index to the probate records (.pdf) from 1822-1940. Indexed by names of decedents and estate administrators. Volume and page numbers refer to the original ledgers. The library owns microfilm copies of the ledgers, which may be consulted on site. (ORDER FORM)