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Welcome to the James E. Casto Local History Room

Library staff can respond only to specific requests for information. Staff cannot compile family lineages, determine parentage, locate missing persons or undertake extensive photocopying projects from books or microfilm.



Free Genealogical Resources

Ancestry Database Heritage Quest Newsbank Newsbank Herald Dispatch Newsbank Logan Banner Sanborn Maps Remote Access Newsbank Remote Access HD Remote Access LB Remote Access to Sanborn Maps

Research Fees

  • Microfilm copy $0.25 per page
  • Photocopy $0.15 per page
  • Fax Pages Sent $1.00 for first page + $0.50 for each additional page
  • CD-R $1.00
  • For a $5.00 donation, written or electronic requests for customers living outside the library’s service area will receive a limited amount of staff research time, and up to 4 microfilm or 6 photocopies.

Types of Research Requests

Obituary/Death Notice Searches
The Reference Department staff will search the newspaper microfilm for a death notice or obituary. A complete date-of-death (MM/DD/YYYY) is required for this search. Staff will search a single newspaper over a span of five days if the exact date of the month is not known.

City Directory Searches
The Reference Department staff will search the Huntington City Directory for one individual name for a period of no more than five years. If an individual name is not found, staff will provide copies of the pages containing that particular surname.

Newspaper Article Search
The Herald-Dispatch newspaper is not indexed. Therefore, the Reference Department staff can only search for news articles when the exact date-of-publication is provided.
Please provide as much detailed information as possible to assist us in the search (i.e. names, dates, places, related-events, photo description, etc.).


WARNING: Photographs can appear darker on microfilm. You may want to contact the Herald-Dispatch photo archive for assistance in locating original photographic content.


Request a copy of an article and/or announcement.