The Marshall County Museum is all about stories from the past. But are you looking for clues to your own story? Our Research Library is a gold mine of information about people and events in Marshall County from before 1836 (when the county was formed) to the present. And we help you mine that information, thanks to our research specialists who are ready to assist you.

On Site Services
• Karin Rettinger – Archive Manager
• Anita Kopetski – Research Specialist
• Lynita Pollock – Assistant Research Librarian
NOTE: Our focus is on Marshall County history.

Staff and/or volunteers are available to assist visiting researchers. Donations are welcome but there is no charge for services rendered on-site, for online research requests please see fee schedule below.

To best plan your visit, use the searchable indexes at

Most of the indexes and databases on the Genweb site came from our resources. Visit or contact us for copies of the full documents.
Birth Indexes

Marriage Indexes

Death Indexes

Funeral Home Records




Adoptions (limited)


Federal Censuses of Marshall County (1840 -1940)

County Newspapers on microfilm 1844 – present

Cemetery Readings

Sanborn Insurance Maps for the business districts of Argos, Bourbon, Bremen, Culver, and Plymouth

Abstracts Index

City Directories

Telephone Books

Town Histories

County Histories

History Files by Topic

Church Records

Photo Collection exceeds 12,000 images, presently being digitized

Many original historic documents
Voter Registrations

Surname Index over 500,000 entries

Family Files/Histories

Deed Records


School Enrollments

Civil War: Draft Enrollments, Pension Applications, Enumerations of 1886, 1890, 1894, Letters, Recollections, G. A. R. Post records.

Enumerations of Males

Plat Maps 1872 – present (indexes for 1872, 1881, 1898, 1908, 1922, 1926, & 1943)

Genealogical Research: Adequate background information is needed for the search to succeed.
Historical Research: Provide as much background information as possible to help narrow the scope of the search. The staff will try to help you find documentation for historical events and/or places within Marshall County if it is available.

Research Requests: The professional staff of the museum offers a research service for those who cannot visit the museum in person. Both Genealogical and Historical searches require a signed request form before research can begin. Use separate forms if searching for more than one family or historical topic. A minimum fee of $10.00 (1 hour) must accompany the original request. A bill for the cost of copies, mailing and any additional authorized time spent will be enclosed with the completed research packet.

To contract research services use the Genealogical Request Form
This LINK gives access to thousands of searchable large and small databases not included in the Research Library’s master card file.

The following links are databases that include Marshall County residents:
The Brightside Orphanage sheltered children from many counties in Indiana from about 1900 – 1936. For more information on individual children at Brightside Orphanage a/k/a Julia Work Training School click HERE

To locate recent marriages search the Indiana State Library on-line database - click