Knox County, formed out of the Northwest Territory in 1790, is the oldest county in the State of Indiana. Many of the county’s original records, some dating from the 1790’s, can be found at the McGrady-Brockman House. These include but aren’t limited to:
- Civil and Criminal Court Records
- Deed Records
- Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Records.
- Marriage Records
- Probate Files
- Will Records
- Birth Records
- Cemetery Records
- Church Records
- City Directories
- Death Records
- Funeral Home Records
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
- Orphanage Records
- High School Yearbooks
- Family Histories Including Published Genealogies
Collection also includes local newspapers on microfilm from 1807-Present and an online database of local newspapers from 1884-1955.
Valley Visions and Voices
Because of grants received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library, the very earliest files, up to the mid-1820s, can now be viewed on the Wabash Valley Visions & Voices web site at http://visions.indstate.edu Many researchers have taken advantage of the availability of these records online.
The Knox County Public Library’s regional history/genealogy center in the former Brockman Funeral Home at 614 N. 7th Street (corner of 7th and Hart across from the main library) opened to the public on March 18, 2002. The name was chosen in honor of Charles P McGrady who built the Carpenter Gothic Style House in 1859 as well as the Brockman Family, who owned the building for more than 60 years. The library became the seventh owner of this historic property in 2000. Other past owners were: Joseph Pollock (1866-1887), Joseph Swartzel (1887-1902), Dexter Aldrich (1902-1912), and George Ryan (1912-1937). Elmer Brockman converted the private residence into a funeral home in 1937 and sold it to his son, Dale Brockman, in 1984.
McGrady Brockman House Hours:
Hours Thru August
Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:30am-5:30pm
Alternating Saturdays: 8:30am-5:30pm [June 23; July 7; July 21; Aug. 4 and Aug. 18]