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Online Genealogy and Local History Resources

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Indiana Memory is a web site created by the Indiana State Library to bring together original source documents of the history of Indiana. There are collections from various groups, libraries, and organizations around Indiana.

Currently, this library is working on digitizing a wide range of items that the library owns. There are hundreds of items which include Civil War letter, store ledgers from the 1800s, judge docket ledgers from 1890-1920s, Korean War letters, local hotel ledgers, photographs, and much more. As work on these items is completed, they will be added to Indiana Memory web site. Currently available items can be seen via the links below.

Indiana Memory home page
Clark County Collection home page


Individual collections available for viewing:
A.E. Burkhardt & Co. Furs and Raw Skins Receipt c1870 (Charlestown, special collections)
About A Town In Southern Indiana, Theodore Eitel Photography (Charlestown, special collections)
Auditor's Annual Report of the Receipts and Disbursements Clark County, Indiana 1885, 1886
(Charlestown, special collections)
Barnett Academy Collection 1864-65 (Charlestown, special collections)
Bolly Flour Mill, Charlestown, Indiana, c1880
(Charlestown, special collections)
Charlestown Cemetery Plat Book, Charlestown, Indiana 1903 (Charlestown, special collections)
Charlestown Community Chautauqua, Charlestown, Indiana 19-23 Aug 1917 (Charlestown, special collections)
Charlestown High School Commencement Programs 1928, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1950 (Charlestown, special collections)
Charlestown House Ledger, Charlestown, Indiana 1953-1963 (Charlestown, special collections)
Charlestown Sesquicentennial Program, Charlestown, Indiana 8-13 Jul 1958 (Charlestown, special collections)
Chautauqua, Sellersburg, Indiana 1916 (Sellersburg, Indiana Room, Sellersburg files)
Clark County Central Agricultural Association 1887 (Charlestown, special collections)
The Crowning of The Gypsy Queen Program, Charlestown, Indiana 27 Apr 1906 (Charlestown, special collections)
Daughters of Pocahontas, No 259, Charlestown, Indiana 1907-1909 (Charlestown, special collections)
Earthquake of 1811 Poem (Sellersburg, Indiana Room, Hiestand collection)
Ernest Schleicher Civil War Letters (Charlestown, special collections)
Frank A. & Dorothy Smith Collection of World War II Letters (Charlestown, special collections)
Grange #1089 Letter to Fletcher Bottorff, New Washington, IN 12 Dec 1874 (Charlestown, special collections)
Greetings From Home Christmas 1943, Sellersburg, Indiana
Guernsey Family Collection (Charlestown, special collections)
Guernsey Store Ledger, Henryville, Indiana 1863-1872 (Charlestown, special collections)
Handy House, Charlestown, Indiana, c1940 (Charlestown, special collections)
Hiestand Family Collection (Sellersburg, Indiana Room)
Hiestand - Speed Hotel Ledger 1900-1904 (Sellersburg, Indiana Room)
Hiestand Autograph Album 1884 (Sellersburg, Indiana Room)
History of Charlestown Indiana and Program for Charlestown Police Benefit Jamboree, 1942 (Charlestown, Indiana Room, Charlestown history)
Holly & Mistletoe Waltz by Ella M. Guernsey, Henryville, Indiana c1880 (Charlestown, special collections)
Horse Breeding Postcard, New Washington, Indiana 1885 (Charlestown, special collections)
Indiana Ordnance Works - B&O Railroad - Eligah Strong Property Acquisition, Charlestown, Indiana 1945 (Charlestown, INAAP special collections)
Indiana Ordnance Works Real Estate Acquisition 1941, Charlestown, Indiana (Charlestown, INAAP special collections)
Indiana Ordnance Works Real Estate Acquisition Plant 2, 1945, Charlestown, Indiana (Charlestown, INAAP special collections)
Jennie E Green Photograph Album, c1860

Jesse G. Dorsey Korean War Correspondence (Sellersburg, Indiana Room)
Joe H. Graves Autograph Book, Charlestown, Indiana 1891 (Charlestown, special collections)
Judge Certificate to Ward H. Watson 26 Nov 1906 (Charlestown, special collections)
Karnes House Ledger, Charlestown, Indiana 1897-1902 (Charlestown, special collections)
Knights of Pythias Ledger, No 498, Bethlehem, Indiana 1902-1928 (Charlestown, special collections)
Letter from Court Clerk, Shepherdsville, KY to Justice of Peace Clark County, Indiana Territory 28 Apr 1818 (Charlestown, special collections)
Louisville & Northern Railway & Lighting Company Train Ticket Booklet 1914 (Sellersburg, Indiana Room)
McGee Family Letters, Charlestown, Indiana 1822, 1831 & 1832 (Charlestown, special collections)
McGee Letter from Civil War Soldier to Belle McGee 29 Jul 1862 (Charlestown, special collections)
Merchant of Venice Opera Leaflet, Charlestown, Indiana 22 Feb 1900 (Charlestown, special collections)
Middle Road Toll Gate Ledger, Charlestown, Indiana 1867-1890 (Charlestown, special collections)
Monroe Township Auditor Ledger, Clark County, Indiana 1884-1900
(Charlestown, special collections)
Monroe Township Court Docket Ledger, Clark County, Indiana 1896-1905 (Charlestown, special collections)
Monroe Township Election Poll Books for 1863, 1865 & 1867, Henryville, Indiana (Charlestown, special collections)
New House of Worship, Charlestown Presbyterian Church, Indiana 14 Jul 1878 (Charlestown, special collections)
New Washington High School Commencement Program, New Washington, Indiana 1912 (Charlestown, special collections)
Poor Farm Ledger, Clark County, Indiana 1923-1941 (Charlestown, special collections)
Recorder's Office Letter to Margaret Bower, Clark County, Indiana 17 Aug 1887 (Charlestown, special collections)
Recorder's Office Pages, Clark County, Indiana Territory 1816 (Charlestown, special collections)
Rose Island 14 Miles Above Louisville on the Beautiful Ohio, c1930 (Charlestown, Indiana Room, Rose Island file)
Sarah Jane Todd Harris Family Collection (Charlestown, special collections)
Sellersburg and Speed Schools Commencement Program, Sellersburg, Indiana 1898
(Sellersburg, Indiana Room)
Sellersburg, Indiana Criminal Docket Ledger 1900-1927 (Sellersburg, Indiana Room)
Sellersburg, Indiana Photo Album, 1890s (Sellersburg, Indiana Room)
Sharpe Fabric and Clothing Store Ledger, Charlestown, Indiana 1850-1851
(Charlestown, special collections)
Silver Creek Canning Stock, Sellersburg, Indiana 1894 (Sellersburg, Indiana Room)
Silver Creek Township & Sellersburg Schools Commencement Program, Sellersburg, IN 1893 (Sellersburg, Indiana Room)
The Speed Way 1957-1968 - Newsletter of the Louisville Cement Company, Speed, Indiana (Sellersburg, Indiana Room, Speed files) (The library now owns a complete set minus 2 of this newsletter. They will be scanned and added to the collection as soon as possible.)
The Speedometer 1921-1923, 1925-1929, 1941-1945, 1950, 1952, 1954, & 1955 - Newsletter of the Louisville Cement Company, Speed, Indiana (Sellersburg, Indiana Room, Speed files) (The library has a large collection of these newsletter and is currently working on getting all of them on Indiana Memory.)

Spicknall Funeral Notices 1883  (Charlestown, special collections)
Tulip Tree Festival Program, Charlestown, Indiana 1942 (Charlestown, special collections)
Turner Family Collection, Charlestown, Indiana 1833-1911 (Charlestown, special collections)
Twas Only Those Bright Eyes of Blue by Hamilton & Guernsey, Henryville, IN 1883 (Charlestown, special collections)
The Warning Star 1937 - Newsletter of the Louisville Cement Company, Speed, Indiana (Sellersburg, Indiana Room, Speed files)

U.S. 1940 Census Has Been Released

The 1940 census records were released by the US National Archives April 2, 2012, and brought online through a partnership with This website allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions. Go to

There are many free online genealogy web sites available. These are some of the more popular ones.

Clark County GenWeb
     Clark County, Indiana INGenWeb link

Indiana GenWeb
     Indiana County Links; part of USGenWeb Project

US GenWeb
     National Volunteer Genealogy Website; State Links

Indiana State Digital Archives
     The state of Indiana's Digital Collection
     Internet’s Oldest and Largest Genealogy Community

Vital Records
     Information on Vital Records in Every State
     facilitate effective searches for freely available birth, death, and burial information in the State of Indiana

Genealogy Spot
     Links to genealogy resources

     millions of images of original source documents

Cyndi's List
     Cyndi Howell’s List and Links to Hundreds of Genealogy Sites

Family Search
     National Volunteer Genealogy Website
Olive Tree Genealogy
    Free National Genealogy Website

Access Indiana
     About Indiana; Tourism and Information

Historic Landmarks Foundation
     Information on Historic Preservation in Indiana

National register of Historic Places
     Nomination Forms, Brochures, and Bulletins
Harvard Open collections Program
Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930

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