The JCHS Research Library and Archives, located in the Heritage Center building, is a “state-of-the-art” user friendly facility that makes available to researchers and visitors our extensive collections of documents, maps, photographs, books, and other resources. Most collections have been computer cataloged for easy reference, and volunteer staff members are available to assist in locating research materials. A computer terminal with internet access and scanning capabilities is also available without charge for the convenience of researchers.
Our collections provide a wealth of useful Jefferson County information for research on genealogy, land ownership, house history, Civil War, railroad history, Madison history, and many other subjects. To find out more about our collections and their content, click on the various “Library Resources” links at the left on this page.
Research Library Hours
Wednesdays and Fridays: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mondays and Saturdays: By Appointment
To make an appointment or to request more information about the Research Library collections, send an e-mail to the Research Library.
How to Request Copies by mail:
If you cannot visit the Research Library in person, copies of material listed in our genealogy indexes can be obtained by U.S. Mail. Copies can be obtained by mailing your request along with a check or money order (sorry, we do not take credit cards) to the Jefferson County Historical Society, 615 W. First St., Madison, IN 47250. Please address it to the attention of the Research Library.
The fees for obtaining material from the Family History Files and from the Fauna Mihalko Genealogy Collection are: a $5 search and handling charge, plus .25 per page copy fee. This fee includes mailing costs.
Copies of the City of Madison Death Records are $3 for the first name, and $1.50 for each additional name. This fee includes duplicating and mailing costs. Specify the name and death date of the person’s record you wish. Single requests may be emailed (scanned image) upon request, multiple copies need to be mailed.
Records are only sent upon receipt of payment. The fees collected are used solely to help defray the costs of maintaining our Research Library.