Any genealogy and local history inquiries will be answered on a first come first serve basis. Your inquiries should be sent to Julie Schlesselman at the Brookville Library. You can email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a written request through the postal service for a lengthy inquiry, or call for questions concerning obituaries or our collection. We do not charge for review of in-house records; the only charges the requester will be billed for are hard copies (10 cents each) and any postage incurred for remittal of items. Concerning Franklin County information our collection at the Brookville library currently contains over 600 vertical files on various topics including surnames and local history topics. We also have 75 family histories in bound format as well as a small collection of family Bibles, high school annuals, indexes to county vital records and genealogical notes that reference items that were in the newspapers from 1827-1900, and a collection of local newspapers on microfilm from 1833 to the present day. Our genealogy and local history rooms are open the same hours as the library. We offer free of charge, to any patrons visiting either library facility, the opportunity to use Ancestry Library Edition or Heritage Quest. The sites are available on any computer in both libraries. The branch library at Laurel has duplicate copies of the family files located at Brookville as well as duplicate copies of the vital records indexes and a few editions of the microfilmed newspapers. Each library has a few unique items in their collection, so feel free to call ahead and see which library will best serve your needs if you plan to visit the area.
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