The B. Joan Keefer Genealogy & Local History Center is a collection of historic materials about or related to the history and people of Huntington County.
The Keefer Center also has many resources available for those wishing to dig into and map their family tree. The collection contains a vast range of material related to Huntington, its early settlers, and the areas from where Huntington’s original citizens came.
The Keefer Center’s staff is dedicated to its contents and research, and are here to help you get the information you need. If you’ve got questions, want advice, or need help with your projects related to local history or genealogy, we’re here to help and can tackle small projects on request.
Interested in our digital archives collection? Visit our page on Indiana Memory to see what we’ve got digitized.
Markle Branch Local History Room
The Markle Branch has a local history room with plenty of interesting things to explore. It houses a microfilm reader, and microfilm of the Huntington Herald Press from January 1944 to August 2007. Other notable things in our collection include HNHS yearbooks, histories of Markle, Zanesville, Andrews, local funeral records, and Polk City Directories. We also have family group sheets and other helpful handouts to get you started on your family history. The room is a nice place to study and can be used by anyone who visits the library.
Digital Genealogy Resources
Through your library card, you’ve got access to a variety of genealogy and history online resources, databases, and tools.
Ancestry.com Library Edition operates a network of genealogical and historical record websites, giving users access to billions of genealogy records including Census, SSDI & Military records. To use this database, simply click on the logo above while in either the Huntington or Markle libraries. This database cannot be accessed from home.
Family Search Wiki is a guide to Huntington County, Indiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
Fold3 Library Edition provides convenient access to a growing collection of US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3. To use this database, simply click on the logo above while in either the Huntington or Markle libraries. This database cannot be accessed from home.
HeritageQuest is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. 18th Century or 20th Century. European or Native American. Farm or Factory. East Coast or West Coast. Where does your American past begin?
Indiana History Online documents Indiana state history and provides access to a wide variety of original documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children’s books.
Internet Archive & Wayback Machine is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
Newspaper Archive is the world’s best resource for historical and genealogical information. Our unique archive spans more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more. To use this database, simply click on the logo above while in either the Huntington or Markle libraries. This database cannot be accessed from home.
Newspapers.com is the online home of 200+ million pages of historical newspapers from 100+ newspapers from around the United States and beyond. Newspapers provide a unique view of the past and can help us understand and connect with the people, events and attitudes of an earlier time. To use this database, simply click on the logo above while in either the Huntington or Markle libraries. This database cannot be accessed from home.