Friday, September 14, 2018

Pioneer Family Certificate

At the Tuesday, September 11, 2018 meeting of the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society, the Annual Residency Certificate awarding took place.  Chairperson of the Committee, Fern Eddy Schultz, and committee members, Anne Durrant and Alan Zeller, reviewed and approved the awarding of the following certificate:

Pioneer Family for documented ancestor in La Porte County during the period 1841 to 1860:
                Carol Lloyd, whose ancestor, Hiram McNett, appears in the 1850 Federal Census of La Porte County. Hiram died in 1865  and is buried in Union Mills Cemetery.

Please visit the Society’s FaceBook page or the website at for information regarding obtaining an application for this program.  Deadline for receipt of applications by the Society is July 31 of each year.  Certificates are awarded annually at the September meeting of the Society.  The primary purposes of the Residency Certificate program are (1) To identify and honor the memory of the earliest pioneers and veterans of la Porte County (IN) and (2) To show the proved pioneer’s and veteran’s lasting mark on the county they helped develop and serve by honoring their descendants.  

In addition to the Pioneer Family Certificates, the society also presents First Family, Settler Family, and Civil War Ancestor Family Certificates.

Monday, June 18, 2018

June 2018 Meeting of the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society

On Tuesday evening, June 12, the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society met at Lambs Chapel Cemetery, Fail Road and 600 North in Kankakee Township. Twenty-one members and guests were given a brief history of the cemetery by Alan Zeller. The details of the Stanton family, buried in the cemetery. was the subject of Ron Hyer's presentation.  Attendees examined the whole cemetery, and they uncovered some interesting tales suggested by the inscriptions.

Following the tour, many of the group congregated at the Little Tavern Too, in Rolling Prairie.

The next regular meeting  will be at the La Porte City Park Department building, at 250 Pine Lake Avenue. At 7 PM, Tuesday July 10, 2018,  The business meeting will be followed by  "Accessing Family Search's Digital Records", presented by Marlene Petty Pollster.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lambs Chapel Cemetery - June 12, 2018

Tuesday evening, June 12, will find a friendly group of genealogists touring one of La Porte County's historic cemeteries.

Annual event of the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society

Lambs Chapel Cemetery is in Kanakee Township, at 6006 North Fail Road, just a mile north of U. S. 20. There are burials dating back into the middle of the 19th Century. The cemetery is the resting place of many veterans as well as some of La Porte County's early settlers.

Guests are welcome to join us at 6 PM, Central time, and hear a brief presentation about a few of these people. A gathering will be held following the tour. We will proceed east to Rolling Prairie, and meet at the Little Tavern, at 201 W. Michigan Street. Food and /or refreshments can be ordered.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Meeting May 8, 2018

Report of the meeting of the La Porte County Indiana Genealogical Society
8 May 2018
Park Department Headquarters, La Porte
The meeting was called to order at 7:02 PM by the president, Ron Hyer.  Seventeen members were present. There was a short business meeting, with a report on the Allen County Public Library trip on April 18, 2018 from Patricia Gruse Harris.
Alan Zeller presented a map to guide the members and guests to Lambs Chapel Cemetery.  The June meeting will be a tour of this cemetery, located on Fail Road one mile north of US 20. The tour will be on  June 12, 2018, at 6 PM CDT. After the tour, the society plans an informal gathering at the Little Tavern, 210 W Michigan Street  in Rolling Prairie. Visitors are welcome at both phases of the tour.

After a recess for refreshments,  some members spoke about the research lessons which they had learned during the recent trip to Allen County Public Library. A discussion followed about the reason for this extensive collection and some of the lesser-known services which it offers.

Keep up with the society on Facebook, "La Porte County Genealogical Society".

Friday, April 20, 2018

Be sure to check the genetic testing companies. 

It seems that all of them are offering special values for "DNA Day". 
 They may be limited in time, so check it out soon!

20 April, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

February 13, 2018 Meeting

Eighteen members and guests enjoyed the program at the monthly meeting of the La Porte County Indiana Genealogical Society on February 13, 2018. The group met at the La Porte Park Department Headquarters.
President Ron Hyer conducted a business meeting. Afterward, all participated in "Stump the Society", with presentation of some genealogical  problems, usually known as "Brick Walls". A family group in New York in the 1840's is complicated by the fact that there are at least two Jacob Halters, two Peters, and two Elizabeths, all living in the Erie County at the same time. A question was presented of a probate filing and how long it might follow the death date. Another question was where to find the vital records for an island in the Baltic, which at times was governed by different nations. Opinions were exchanged on the best place to find early records from Kansas.
Dorothy Palmer reminded members that the Bus trip to Allen County Public Library is April 18, and the deadline for reservations is April 1st. Contact Patricia Harris.

The Next meeting will be Tuesday, March 14, at the Park Department facility, which is at 250 Pine Lake Avenue. Following the business portion of the meeting, La Porte County Historian Fern Eddy Schultz will present a program entitled “A Map for All Occasions.” Guests are always welcome.

An announcement at the meeting noted that RootsWeb servers are still mostly down, so the Society's Website is unavailable. The La Porte County site of INGenWeb is also dependent on this server, so be alert sor changes in these sites.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Save Those Memories!

An event is coming early next week at the La Porte County Public Library, Main Library (904 Indiana Avenue, La Porte.) I just heard it mentioned by two of the Library staff last Wednesday on the Breakfast Showcase show with Stan Maddux. Here is some copy from the Library website:

 Restoring & Digitizing Memories
 Main Library - Spark Labs
Monday, February 05: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Keep those irreplaceable memories alive!

 Main Library - Spark Labs
Monday, February 05: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Keep those irreplaceable memories alive!

They have some impressive hardware for patrons to use, and I believe they said they have a full complement of ADOBE software.