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The McGrady Brockman House
The Knox County Public Library’s regional history/genealogy center in the former Brockman Funeral Home at 614 N. 7th Street (corner of 7th and Hart across from the library) opened to the public on March 18, 2002. McGrady-Brockman was chosen as the name of the new facility, recognizing Charles P. McGrady, who built the house in 1859, and the Brockman family, who owned the building for over 60 years. The library became the seventh owner of this historic property in 2000. Other past owners were: Joseph Pollock (1866-1887), Joseph Swartzel (1887- 1902), Dexter Aldrich (1902-1912), and George Ryan (1912-1937). Elmer Brockman converted the private residence into a funeral home in 1937.

Only written requests for very specific information can be answered. Paid researchers are available to help with more detailed queries. Contact:
  • Brian Spangle, Historical Collection Administrator
  • McGrady-Brockman House
  • Knox County Public Library
  • 502 N. 7th St. • Vincennes, IN 47591
  • Phone (812) 886-4380
  • E-mail:

The Knox County Public library gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Vincennes/Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Northwest Territory Genealogical Society. The Northwest Territory Genealogical Society meets on the third Monday of the month at the McGrady-Brockman House and can be contacted c/o Knox County Public Library. Individual dues are $15 per year and members receive the quarterly Northwest Trail Tracer.

Four separate library collections were consolidated in the Knox County Public Library’s McGrady-Brockman House. The building serves as the repository for the library’s own Historical Collection, the genealogy collection of the Byron R. Lewis Historical Library, the Francis Vigo Chapter DAR Library, and the Knox County Records Library. The consolidated collection is known as the Knox County Indiana Regional Historical and Genealogical Collection.
Knox County, formed out of the Northwest Territory in 1790, is the oldest county in the state of Indiana. Many of the county’s original records, some dating from the 1790s, can be found at the McGrady-Brockman House. These include the following:
  • Civil and Criminal Court Records, Files (1796-1860) and Order Books (1796-1950s)
  • Deed Records (1814-1909)
  • Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Records (1852-1951). Some earlier in court records.
  • Marriage Records (1807-Jan. 1991)
  • Probate Records, Files (1790s-1905) Order Books (1790-1950s)
  • Will Records (1806-1976)

Our Knox County collection also includes birth records, cemetery records, census records, church records, city directories, commissioners records, county histories, death records, funeral home records, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, orphanage records, high school yearbooks and much more. Vincennes newspapers on microfilm, dating from 1806, and Bicknell newspapers, from June 1918 - Dec. 1950, are housed at McGrady-Brockman.
Hundreds of books on other Indiana and Illinois counties can be found at the McGrady-Brockman House, as well as on those states such as Virginia, the Carolinas, Kentucky, and Tennessee that fed the migration to southern Indiana.
Our family history room contains over 600 published genealogies, along with over 70 boxes of family files.
The on-line genealogy sites Ancestry and Heritage Quest can both be accessed at the library.
  • HOURS:
  • Monday: 12:00-4:00 p.m., 5:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday through Saturday:
  • 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday

The McGrady-Brockman House is located on the corner of 7th and Hart Streets in Vincennes. Patrons traveling on Highway 41 to Vincennes, will find the facility easily accessible by using 6th Street or one of the Hart Street exits.
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