Local History and Genealogy Resources
Every day you face a lot of demands, from your family, your school, your community, perhaps even from your job. Let the Niles District Library help you accomplish everything you have to do. We can be your “go to” resource for all your research and learning needs.
The Niles District Library has put together a collection of articles from several area publications including The Niles Enquirer, Niles Gazette and Advisor, Niles Intelligencer, The Niles Republican Newspaper, Historic Postcards, and Trinity Episcopal Church. We hope you enjoy this great “blast from the past.”
If you are interested in requesting an obituary, please fill out the form on this page. We can email you the requested information for free, or send it to you by postal mail for a $2.00 fee. There is a limit of six obituary requests per person per month. Thank you for your interest in this service. Obituary Request Form
Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy research tool that provides library patrons instant access to a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research. Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the U. S. Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more! This tool is only available when you are at the library.
Founded in 1845, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the country’s leading resource for family history research. We help genealogists of all skill levels improve their knowledge and understanding of their family and its place in history. Although our name says New England, we provide expertise and research in nearly all aspects of family history, from 17th-century colonial New England through twentieth-century immigration research.
With over 500 million census records at your fingertips, Heritage Quest proves to be a powerful tool aimed at helping you find out more about your family’s history. This tool is only available when you are at the library.
Niles History- Fall Program Series
Gangster Fred “Killer” Burke, the Most Dangerous Man in 1929
Thursday, October 19
6:30-7:30 pm in the Rotunda
The Niles District Library and the Niles History Center welcome historian Chriss Lyon for a look at a notorious gangster Fred “Killer” Burke, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and his connections to Al Capone and southwestern Michigan. Admission is free; donations will be accepted.
First Saturday of each month, 10:30 am
Most genealogists find that their most valuable research tool is other genealogists. Join us to share your findings and support others in their own family quest! Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience. Treeclimbers meets the first Saturday of each month.
Monthly topics for 2017 are as follows:
February – The Next Generation – Passing the Passion On
March – Using your Android phone for Genealogy
April – Field trip to Allen County Library
May – War Veterans of 1812
June – CANCELLED
July – Finding those church records
August – DNA
September – Using Social Network Websites
October – Maps
October – Family History Fair at NDL hosted by Treeclimbers
November – Getting Through Handwritten Documents
December – Holiday Food and conversation.
You are welcome to come to one or all of our sessions held the first Saturday of each month!