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Research assistance

Research assistance

Reference staff can help you with the information you’re seeking, whether personal or for business use.

Obtaining newspaper articles or obituaries

Staff will answer written requests on a first come, first serve basis. Due to the volume of questions, we limit our time to 1.5 hours of research. Requests can be sent via email or mail.

The online form can be found here or a request can be made by calling 574-522-5669.

Cost: $5 for every 30 minutes of research for one name, event, article or photo or for one to three obituary requests.

Rules: Fees apply whether information can be located or not. Fees cover staff time, copies and/or scanning. Limit one request per month per person. No refunds are offered. Payment is requested in advance. Self-addressed stamped envelope must be included for mail response.

Research Assistance

For obituary, genealogy or newspaper research assistance. An initial fee of $5.00 will provide up to 30 minutes of research time for one article, name, event, obituary, photo, etc. Fees apply regardless of whether information is located or not. If desired, a person may pay up to $15.00 for a total of 1.5 hours of research. Fees cover staff time and any copies or scans. No refunds are available. Print and send completed form and payment with SASE (if applicable) to: Elkhart Public Library Reference Services - Local history/genealogy 300 S. Second St. Elkhart, IN 46516