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JCPL items at the Internet Archive

Genealogy and Local History Books

Find books, both online and in our reserved print collections, to help with your local history research needs. NEW! Jasper County Public Library has teamed up with the Internet Archive for selected local eBooks.

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Main Street DeMotte in the early 1900s

Jasper County Oral Histories

Step back into the early history of northern Jasper County with these oral histories sponsored by the DeMotte - Kankakee Valley Rotary Club.

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Local Obituaries Indexes

Looking for family members from Jasper County? Look through our online indexes to local obituaries. If you can't find the record you are searching for, you can contact the library for assistance.

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Vintage Views Index

The Rensselaer Genealogy department has copies of the Vintage Views local history magazine that can be read in the library.

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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.

Local History Collections Online

Vintage Views Index - An index of the articles written in each of the publications of the local history magazine Vintage Views. Issues are available for browsing only at the Rensselaer Library, or select issues can be purchased through Campbell Printing in Rensselaer.

Local History Collections available by request:

Catalogued from the KV Post-News and available at the DeMotte Library:

Catalogued from the Rensselaer Republican and available at the Rensselaer Library:

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 but not limited to: Rensselaer Republican, Jasper County Democrat, Rensselaer Standard.
  • For more details, browse our complete Microfilm Collection Index.

Recommended Links

These sites should be helpful in exploring your personal or local history.