Sunday, April 8, 2012

35. Hancock County Public Library

   There has been a consistent migration of residents from Indianapolis and Marion County to and from the county ring surrounding the city. Researchers should consider the area as a unit when looking for their families. Today, let's look to our eastern neighbor, Hancock County.
    When the Hancock County Public Library moved into their new Greenfield building not long ago, they included a nice Local History Room. [The old one was essentially a closet!]

Great new HCPL building; free parking but no food facility. You will need to drive several blocks east to Fast Food Row.

Two of the right side shelf units are devoted to Hancock County research materials. The rest is "all other." The lower shelf at left is a great collection, maybe 200 or so, of Hancock County high school yearbooks, a favorite of mine.  

The Local History Room has two film readers for using the collection of county newspapers on microfilm. The computer shown is internet-connected with Ancestry Library Edition. There is also a local clippings file and some county genealogies.

The HCPL is at 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield, 46140-1082; (317) 462-5141;

Event: Joe Skavarenina, the HC official historian, will hold an "Ask A History Expert" session in the Local History Room on Saturday, April 21, 10 to 2. Drop in and ask about your family!

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