Saturday, April 2, 2016

Cemetery Vandalism

An ongoing problem, cemetery vandalism, has gained renewed interest with recent instances.
One group,  the La Porte County Pioneer Cemetery Commission, has contacted our State legislators with their concerns, and have received media coverage. Watch your local newspapers and media outlets, resolving to also express your concerns to local and State governments.

Monday, February 15, 2016

March Program

Don Glossinger, director of the Michigan City Public Library, will present a program "The Challenges of Irish Genealogy".

Join us at 7:00 PM, on March 8, 2016, at the City of La Porte Parks & Recreation Building, 250 Pine Lake Avenue

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial year, 2016, the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society and the Michigan City Public Library are, jointly, presenting five programs to celebrate the blending of peoples and cultures that became the foundation of our State and county.  All programs will be held at the Michigan City Public Library, 104 E. 4th St., Michigan City, IN. 
The first event is scheduled for Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 2:00p.m., when the film Black Robe is shown. There will be an introduction of the film, and Genealogical Society members will be available after the film to answer questions.

See our website for more information.

Monday, February 1, 2016

An Indiana Bicentennial Project

Allen County Library's "Who's a Hoosier? 

In the latest issue of the Indiana Genealogical Society's Newsletter,  I noted a project in which many of us could participate.
The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library has a project through December 11, 2016 to collect photos of "old and new images of daily life and the people of Indiana..." Click on this link to see a flyer.

To view the pictures already uploaded, click on this link to the album. (and then scroll down to "Who's a Hoosier?")

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


This Evening's scheduled meeting has been cancelled!
Predicted blowing snow and bitter cold dictated a decision to cancel the meeting scheduled for 12 January, 2016.
Plan to join us on 9 February. Gerry Jones, former director of Stepping Stones for Women, Will present "Generations of Firsts in our Black Community."

Monday, December 21, 2015

January 12, 2016 Meeting

The La Porte County (Indiana) Genealogical Society will meet at 7 PM, Tuesday, January 12, 2016. The meeting will be at the usual site, the La Porte Park Department building at 250 Pine Lake Avenue in La Porte. Guests are always welcome.

January meeting program will be a show-and-tell by the members and guests. The theme will be “Our Foremothers- Things we learned about them.” Often, they went through life leaving almost no trace, not even their names.  Each member will have a brief time to speak, sharing the fascinating facts which you uncovered; or the process which led to new discoveries - while pursuing those elusive female ancestors.  

For more information about the society, its purpose, aims and activities, visit our website at, or our Facebook page.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Genealogist of the Year!

Don Glossinger and Patricia Gruse Harris.
 On December 8, 2015, twenty-one members and guests of the La Porte County (Indiana) Genealogical Society enjoyed a holiday dinner at Round the Clock restaurant. Featured was the presentation of the Genealogist of the Year Award for 2015. The recipient was Don Glossinger. Patricia Gruse Harris, who nominated Don, gave permission to use this version of her nominating statement.

"This person has done extensive research using DNA to prove many of his ancestors and connect with fellow researchers.  He is always willing to share this knowledge with anyone seeking his advice and has given programs on how to use DNA to prove your relationships.  He is also very knowledgeable in Irish Genealogy and can guide you in this difficult research.  He is always supportive of our annual Genealogy Bus Trip to ACPL, even taking charge of part of the trip when I was unable to participate due to family situations.
"Because of his support the M.C. Public Library continues to have an excellent and growing Genealogy Collection that not only covers our local area, but other states and foreign countries, as well as internet programs.

"I am pleased to nominate this person who realizes the importance of knowing our past for our journey into the future – Don Glossinger, Library Director of the Michigan City Public Library who has been stricken with “Genealogy Fever.” an incurable. deadly and infectious disease."