the Seibert Genealogy Library and Research Center

In 1998, benefactors Ruth M. Seibert, Sam Seibert, and Mark Seibert made the Seibert Library and Resource Center possible.   The Seibert family’s generous contribution has helped preserve the history of our community.

Ruth and Lillie 1923

Ruth Seibert and her Mother, Lillie in 1923.

Our Mission

The Seibert Library and Resource Center collects and preserves artifacts, documents, writings, photographs, oral histories, and videos relating to the people and history of the greater Elizabethtown area. It provides them for public viewing or consultation.

When you come to do your research, we have a genealogy librarian on hand to assist you in using library resources and a growing number of online databases.

Family Research

Researching the family tree has become a passion for increasing numbers of people. Many beginners are surprised to discover not only names and birth and death dates, but also anecdotes and historic events of their ancestors’ lives.

Bring as much information as you can find if you want to work on a family genealogy. Write down relatives’ names and the dates and locations of their births and deaths. (Sometimes grandparents, aunts, and uncles know more than they have volunteered and will gladly help if asked.) The more information you have, the more avenues you can explore. After you have acquired the basic information, the library staff will help you proceed through avenues unique to our library.

Local History Research

To assist you in researching local families, buildings, schools, churches, organizations, businesses, or general Elizabethtown history, the Seibert Library offers a diverse collection of early warrantee maps, other maps and atlases, family histories, tax and census records, history books, and decades of Elizabethtown directories.

Especially interesting is an Oral History Library with the recollections of 50 longtime Elizabethtown residents on tapes and in transcripts.

1875-ElizabethtownMap

1875 Atlas Map of Elizabethtown

If you would like to do research in our library, please contact the museum in advance so that we can be certain a librarian is on hand.

There is a $5 per day research fee for non-museum members. (members are free)

Emailed research requests or call-in research is done on a $10/hour basis. You are welcome to set a limit, and we charge nothing if we don’t have anything to help you.

Photo Preservation Services

The Seibert Genealogy Library can scan and preserve old photos for you digitally. Please call to make an appointment for and to learn more about this service.

The Seibert Library is open during museum hours and by appointment.