Genealogy Center

Willennar Genealogy Center

A Service of Eckhart Public Library

Need help getting started?

Do you need some one-on-one assistance as you’re getting started? Would you like to utilize the Genealogy Center on Wednesdays or Fridays?

Either way, click “Schedule Appointment” below, and we’ll be in touch.

Family History

Are you interested in completing your family tree? Resources and databases are available at the Genealogy Center to get you started, including the Library Edition of

Equipment is also available to digitize photos, negatives, slides, and videos.

Local History

The Genealogy Center contains records, files, photographs, directories, yearbooks, archives, and family and local histories of DeKalb County and the surrounding areas. There is a wealth of information available and a staff of those trained to assist with your exploration into the past.


Geographic maps from throughout DeKalb County’s history, and the surrounding area, can be found at the Genealogy Center.

Newspaper Archives

Area newspapers are available to view on microfilm. These date back to the 1800s, and clippings can be saved in a digital format or printed for your convenience.

Online Photo Archives

An online archive of photos, documents, and artifacts that illuminate the rich, ongoing history of DeKalb County, Indiana and beyond.

Some of the images found in our photo archives contain sensitive material that may be upsetting or disturbing to view. These images are historically significant and products of the time in which they were taken. Views and actions portrayed in these photos are not condoned by Eckhart Public Library. Viewer discretion is advised.

Research Assistance

Are you getting started with history or genealogy resources, but you’re not sure how to start? We are happy to assist you. If you would like to book a one-on-one appointment, click the link below or call 260-925-2414 ext. 420.

Genealogy Forms

Are you getting started with tracking your family history? We recommend the following forms to keep track of what you find

Preserve your history for years to come.

The history of tomorrow is today.

Eckhart Public Library is proud to offer oral history recordings to our community. Those interested can sign-up by clicking the link below. Fill out our form, and we will get in touch with you to finalize the details of your recording. We encourage families to come together and share their memories through conversation and assistance from our staff. These recordings will be provided and not kept by Eckhart Public Library or Willennar Genealogy Center.