Saturday, July 16, 2016


Next Saturday, July 23, 2016, join us at the Michigan City Public Library.
The La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society and the Library present the next in the series, "Indiana Through the Camera Lens", a participating event in Indiana's Bicentennial.

"The Magnificent Ambersons"

This film showcases some of the changes in our nation and our state brought about by the change from a simpler lifestyle to a more modern one. It stars a native of Michigan City, Ann Baxter.

The presentation starts at 2 PM, and the Library is located at 4th and Franklin Streets in Michigan City. Check out the related displays in the Library all this week.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Our regular July meeting is on Tuesday, July 12.

Join us -and bring your memories.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Quaker Cemetery Tour

Tuesday Evening, June 14, the members and guests of the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society  enjoyed a pleasant tour of the Quaker Cemetery on North Park Street in La Porte.

Members of the Program Committee, led by Laura Shields, told us about the history of the cemetery and of some of the lives and families memorialized there.

Join us for next month's meeting and program "Who Were the La Porte County People Who gave Us This Yummy Treat Over the Years?", in honor of National Ice Cream Month. We will be at the City of La Porte Parks and Recreation Department Building, at 250 Pine Lake Avenue, La Porte. As usual, the meeting will start at 7 PM Central Time.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

17 Million Records!

I was born 75 years ago. For the first 66 of those years, I regularly saw my brother, Richard. I didn't always know that he had a Birthday, and it was probably eight years before I realized that his Birthday was August 16, and even more until I knew or cared that he was born in Hammond, Lake county, Indiana, in the year 1936. Until Yesterday, I knew that date and place- but if you asked me for proof, all I could say was that he or my parents told me so. Out of all these sources, my parents are the only primary sources. I certainly wasn't there, and my brother, always reliable and truthful, was unable to form any real memories at the time of the event.

Now I can see an image of a primary source for that place and date, and for his parents' names and hometown. Ancestry has a new collection of records and images recorded in cooperation with the Indiana State Department of Health, 17 million (we are told) images of birth, marriage, and death certificates. These records are available to subscribers, of course, but also to those who visit ISDH in person. I have not yet tested the access to these records on the Library edition of Ancestry. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

The La Porte County (Indiana) Genealogical Society

Has changed its mail address:

La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 365
La Porte, IN 46352

Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Busy Month - May

This month will see two events for the La Porte County Indiana Genealogical Society

Our regular meeting, at the :La Porte City Parks Department Building,  250 Pine Lake Avenue, will be followed by a presentation by Mary Hedge, professional librarian at the La Porte County Public Library. Mary will help us meet

 "Prominent Jewish Citizens of La Porte County"
This meeting is 7 PM, on Tuesday, May 10.

The second event is scheduled for 1 PM, Saturday, May 21. It will be at the Michigan City Public Library, and will feature Michael Lacopo, DVM.

Michael is a nationally-known genealogist who will speak on "Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants"

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