The Genealogy/Local History Dept. will do research in response to personal and written inquiries.  Please limit your requests to 20 per mailing.

The Genealogy Department is located in the lower level of the library

 Hours   Mon.-Fri.   9:00-5:00                Saturday  12:00-5:00         Closed during lunch hour.

  Sullivan County Public Library Obituary Index  1929 - present

 Index to Obituaries, Obsequies, Notices of Death for Sullivan County, Indiana 1870 - 1905


World Vital Records

  Index to Sullivan County Marriage Returns from 1882 -1899 (inclusive)

Index to Birth Records - 1882-1941

Heritage Quest Genealogy Database

                            Coroners Inquest                                    7 January 1916 - 4 August 1917      J.H. Neff   M.D. 

 Index to Sullivan Co., Indiana Will Books 1-7  1850-1930

Sullivan County Cemetery Books Volumes 1-5 (inclusive)

NEW Fold3 (formally Footnote) has been made available through partnership with the National Archives.  It includes:  Revolutionary War Pension Files, Civil War Pension Index, FBI Files, Naturalization Petitions & Declarations, Confederate Soldier Service Records and much more.
Footnote is available from home with a current library card or any of the branch locations.

Genealogy & Local History Research

Email, Mail & Telephone Inquires

     The Genealogy/Local History Dept. will do research in response to personal and written inquiries.  Only a limited amount of time may be devoted to each request.  Letter, email & phone requests will be answered as soon as time allows depending on other staff demands and the number of inquires received.  Please limit your requests to 20 per mailing.

     Staff will do research in indexed, printed sources and will only search materials dealing with Sullivan and surrounding counties.  If a request includes sources beyond this geographic area, staff may recommend other libraries to contact.

      Request should be in the form of one or two briefly stated questions and should include specific names and dates to search, or a range of dates within a ten year period (example 1850 - 1860).  Your full name and mailing address MUST be included with your query.

     The Genealogy/Local History Dep. charges $3.00 plus postage per query.  This includes up to 12 copies of material.  After the 12 copies the charges are per page:  15cents for microfilm and 10 cents for Xerox copies.  Checks and or money orders should be made out to Sullivan County Public Library/Genealogy/Local History Dept.

For more information contact:


Sullivan County Public Library

Genealogy/Local History Dept.

Donna K. Adams

Sullivan County Historian

100 S. Crowder St.

Sullivan, IN 47882

(812) 268-4957 or Fax (812) 268-5730


The following are on Microfilm

  • marriage records

  • probate records

  • will records

  • Sullivan Co. newspapers

  • census records

  • deed records

  • delayed birth records

  • Dr. Maple's scrapbook

  • etc.

On the Shelf

  • census record indexes

  • war record indexes

  • county histories

  • church histories

  • birth records index

  • marriage records index

  • death records index

  • cemetery records index

  • obituaries

  • funeral home records will records index family histories

  • periodicals

  • etc.

In the file cabinets

  • family history files

  • Sullivan County history information

  • patron correspondence files


                ABC's of American Genealogical Research                              
        Historic In National Guard Records 1898-1940
                Sullivan County Historical Society
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