Local History & Genealogy

George Julian's 200th Birthday

Centerville CourthouseLocal History


History of the Great Lakes States is a free online library of over 1,300 items on 100+ pages of books, articles, maps, and more, about the lives of earlier generations, including the pioneers who first settled the Great Lakes states.

History of Centerville -The Birth of an American Town by Inezetta Stiver

Documents, objects, paintings, and photographs about Centerville, Indiana and the local area have been donated to the library for decades.  Now volunteers are hard at work indexing and archiving this treasure trove of Centerville, Indiana history.  If you would like to help with this effort or see the materials, please contact the library at (765)855-5223.  Additional donations are always welcome.

History of the Centerville Public Library Building

Sunny Day Original Doorway

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Ancestry.com Library Edition

By clicking the icon above when you're on library property, you can find out more about your own personal history, background, ethnicity, and cultural heritage ABSOLUTELY FREE! The Ancestry.com Library Edition is available for free on all library computers. You can also access this amazing resource (even when the library is closed) on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone any time you access the FREE Wi-Fi signal available anywhere on library grounds.

With the Ancestry.com Library Edition, you can look up genealogy records, historical documents, and other important family papers and then print them out for documentation or future research. You can even create a personalized family tree.

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Wayne County Genealogical Society

Wayne County GenWeb Project

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Our genealogy volunteers will search our Centerville and Wayne County collection for you. Request assistance in person or fill out the form provided by the link below.

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