In recognition of approaching graduation ceremonies, the Republican will present a glimpse of ceremonies of the past, including this shot at the 1978 Rensselaer Central High School ceremony in the gymnasium. The school’s yearbook, Chaos, failed to provide identity for persons in the picture above. If you know who they are, please call us at 866-5111 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll provide the answer to this question in next week’s Peek at the Past. Photo from chaos. Rensselaer Republican 4/28/03
JCPL Genealogy & Local History
Welcome to the Jasper County Public Library Genealogy and Local History Department
The materials on these pages are presented by library staff to help you with your personal and local history inquiries.
Explore the index at left to see what is available on this site.
For more information, or to get help with your genealogy requests, please check out our online contact form and select the genealogy category that best matches the region of your inquiry.
About our Local History Collections Online
General Milroy Collection - Hundreds of original letters and documents from a noted figure of the U.S. Civil War.
Oral Histories - First-hand accounts of life in northern Jasper and Newton County at the start of the 20th century. Sponsored by DeMotte-Kankakee Valley Rotary Club - Oral History Project
News Files - Assorted records from our Microfilm and Vertical File Collection
Other Local History Collections available by request:
Catalogued from the KV Post-News and available at the DeMotte Library:
- Birth Announcements 1930s – present
- Marriage Announcements 1930s – present
- Obituaries 1930s – present
Catalogued from the Rensselaer Republican and available at the Rensselaer Library:
- Obituaries 1910-1939, selected years 1940-present
Newspapers on Microfilm
The DeMotte Library has all of the back issues on microfilm of the KV Post-News.
The Rensselaer Library contains several back issues on microfilm of various current and historical newspapers, including:
- Rensselaer Republican
- Jasper County Democrat
- Rensselaer Standard
These sites should be helpful in exploring your personal or local history.
Lanewood Jasper County Genealogy Resources. Award-winning site.
Jasper County Cemetery Records at Find a Grave.com Extensive records from the DeMotte area.
Genealogy Web Sites Hand-Picked Links from free, local, state and government websites (via Delicious.com)
Indiana Roots State geneaology records from Elkhart, Kosciusko, Lake and Porter counties