Monday, March 23, 2020


The Covid-19 crisis has caused the cancellation of many planned events.

The regular meeting of the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society scheduled for April 14, with Harold Henderson telling us how to find and use Church records, has been cancelled.

The annual bus trip to the Allen County Public Library, organized by the society and supported by the Michigan City Public Library is on hold, hopefully subject to a revised schedule.

The next genealogical society meeting is to be held on May 12, 2020. Present plans are to hear Patricia Gruse Harris tell us about "Civil War Nurses of La Porte County."
The society has toured a local cemetery every June for over 25 years. This June 9, we will view the Miriam Benedict Cemetery, located on U.S. 6 east of Westville. Plan to be there at 6 PM. A gathering will follow at a restaurant in Westville.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


The closing of the Park Department office to the public  will mean that the April 14, 2020 meeting of the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society is cancelled.
Please pass the word on this, and keep yourself well.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Join the LPCIGS at Allen County Public Library!

Obviously, this event at this date is CANCELLED! Watch for rescheduling, or check the Website or FACEBOOK
 Here is a repeat of the press release from the
La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society:

Genealogy research bus trip planned

Reservations are now being accepted for the annual genealogy research bus trip to the Allen County Public Library co-sponsored by the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical society  and  the Michigan City Public Library on April 22.

The bus will leave Marquette Mall near the former movie theater at 7 am CDST with a pickup about 7:30 at the parking lot of Kabelin's Ace Hardware on west Indiana 2 in La Porte. Return will be approximately 6 pm  in La Porte and 6:30 in Michigan City.

Reservations of $22 per person are due and payable to the La Porte County Genelogical Society c/o 164 Riviera Drive, Michigan City, In 46360-6800 by  April 1.

All are welcome to join us and research their family history at Indiana's largest genealogy library. Call (219) 872-3273 for additional information.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

At the Christmas Party of the La Porte County (IN)
Genealogical Society
December 10, 2019

 Patricia Gruse Harris presents the Genealogist of the Year certificate to Dorothy Palmer

The La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society met at ‘Round the Clock restaurant on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. The annual holiday dinner was enjoyed by members.
Following the meal, the committee for the Genealogist of the Year Award was called upon. Chairperson Dorothy Palmer announced that there was no recipient . She was interrupted by committee member Gloria Arndt, who  explained that the award honors a recipient for service to the area of genealogy in La Porte CountyThe Genealogist of the Year Award is given to a living individual who has promoted genealogy in La Porte County, IN by publications, programs, and/or by assisting others in their search for source records. Arndt outlined Palmer's service to the society and to Genealogy, citing the offices she has held and the activities she has organized.
The 2019 recipient, Dorothy Palmer, has served as President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the society. She assisted with the participation by the society at the Pioneer Days at Creek Ridge County Park. As the society's contribution to the Indiana Bicentennial in 2016, she cooperated with the Michigan City Public Library to present "Indiana Through the Lens". She has been active in record indexing and transcription and the publication of these indices and transcriptions. A certificate honoring her selection was presented by Arndt and Patricia Gruse Harris, committee member.
For more information about the society, please visit, or follow us on Facebook. Letters or inquiries may be addressed to the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 365, La Porte, IN 46352.
The January meeting of the society, an opportunity for members and guests to share their new discoveries, is scheduled for 7 PM, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.  The meeting will be at the usual meeting place, the La Porte City Parks Department headquarters building at 250 Pine Lake Avenue, La Porte

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

La Porte County Residency Certificates

Our September meeting is the occasion of the awarding of La Porte County(IN) residency certificates.
The certificates are in four classifications:
         First Families - for proven ancestors before December 31, 1840
         Pioneer Families - Residents between 1841 and 1860
         Settler Families - Residents between 1860 and 1880
         Civil War Families - For ancestors who served from 1861 to April 1865, with residence requirements.

The  annual meeting is always interesting. Each of these figures from the past have a personal meaning to the recipients, and they will share with the members and guests.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 is Moving!

Seeking Michigan

Dick Eastman tells us that the abundant information available at this site will be at a new web address, beginning September 1, 2019. 
An announcement at  gives the details. The new address will be
Some of the features will not be moving, so check out the announcement yourself.

 Another site which could interest many of us is featured in the Family Tree Magazine's annual  list of the 101 Best Websites.
An ongoing project at the University of California is making available digitized images of California newspapers. It is worth the time to become familiar with this resource. Go to .

Monday, June 24, 2019

July 9, 2019

Join us on Tuesday, July 9!