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Local History Resources

Discover your hometown and Dearborn County’s past with us!



Aurora and Dearborn County

Ancestry Library

Discover your family tree with this FREE genealogical resource. This site can only be visited on APLD WiFi.


This FREE resource allows for searching through the U.S. Census, city directories, high school yearbooks, including yearbooks from Aurora High School, and much more!

Family Histories

Explore our full list of our family histories on file at the Depot! These cannot be removed from the library. Library

As of 2023, all newspapers on microfilm at the Depot have been digitized and made searchable on! Search through 26 titles from 1836 to 2020. This resource is currently only available on library WiFi, unless the user has a paid subscription.


This resource expands beyond Dearborn County and across the globe! Click the link above to search news from 1968 to the present day covering a wide variety of topics. Want to stay local? Click this link to search through The Journal-Press from 2009 to 2022.

Newspaper Archive

Search through newspapers across the nation, including right here in Aurora! Log in with your library card number to get access from wherever you are.


The Local History Library is currently home to Aurora and South Dearborn High School yearbooks from 1912 to 2023, as well as a small collection of Moores Hill College yearbooks.

To view the Dillsboro High School yearbooks from 1912 to 1978, please visit the Dillsboro Public Library.

All yearbooks must be kept in-house. All Aurora and South Dearborn High School Yearbooks have been digitized and are available on FamilySearch.

We do not own any copies of SDHS yearbooks from the years 2019 through 2022. If you are willing to donate a copy, please email

Vertical Files


Look through every document we have on file at the Depot using our spreadsheet!