Thursday, September 14, 2017

Residency Awards 2017

At our meeting Tuesday, September 12, 2017, The Society was happy to award residency certificates to three individuals. Above is a photograph of Residency Committee member Gloria Arndt and the recipients.

Bob Bernth was awarded a Pioneer Family Certificate for Johanna Maria Fredericke Rossow Krumm and Karl Friedrich Joachim Krumm, in La Porte County by 1855; and a Pioneer Family Certificate for Louisa J. Krumm Zahrt, in the county by 1857.

Carol Lloyd was awarded a First Family Certificate for Benjamin Turman Bryant, in La Porte County by 1832; and a Pioneer Family Certificate for John Lloyd, in the county by 1850.

Ron Hyer was awarded a Pioneer Family Certificate for George Walker, in La Porte County by 1856.

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Friday, August 18, 2017


On Tuesday,  September 12, 2017, the society will meet in its usual meeting  place, the Headquarters building of the La Porte City Parks Department. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM.

After our business meeting, the Residency Committee will present the awards for 2017.

First Family certificates are presented to individuals proving descent from someone who settled in the area which is now La Porte County before December 31, 1840.
Pioneer Family certificates go to those whose ancestors settled from 1841 to 1860; Settler certificates for 1861 through 1880; and Civil War certificates to descendants of  Civil War veterans who lived in the county before enlistment or who served in a local unit.

Guest are always welcome at our meetings. Refreshments are provided.
Find a form to apply for 2018 awards at

Friday, June 16, 2017

A Pioneer Cemetery

Part of the Crowd at our 2017 Cemetery Tour, June 13,2017.

The tombstone of Abram Judson Webster, one of the early La Porte County settlers in Webster Cemetery.

On Tuesday evening, June 13, 2017, the La Porte County, IN Genealogical Society toured Webster Cemetery, in Noble township. Surrounded by private property just South of Highway 6, this was a valuable opportunity to learn about the brave folk whose remains are interred here.
Laura Shields, Patricia Gruse Harris and Dorothy Germain Palmer told us of these people and their history. They include survivors or their descendants of the Wyoming Valley Massacre in Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War. Included is the Second Great Grandmother of U. S. President Warren G. Harding.
Thanks to the hospitality of the land owners, Mr. & Mrs. Edmon Karstens, about twenty-five people participated. Later, many of the group went to the Satellite Inn in Union Mills for a meal and fellowship.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Irish and Irish-Scots Genealogy

An Upcoming Event!

Contact the MCPL for more details


Friday, November 11, 2016

Who will be Genealogist of the Year?

Our Annual Christmas Party is coming!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

"A Piece of Eden"

On October 30, 2016 an audience of about thirty enjoyed a screening of "A Piece of Eden", a cinema filmed in La Porte County and nearby regions.The story concerned a family orchard and the difficulties and joys which several generations experienced there.
John D. Hancock and Dorothy Tristan

Comments before the screening from La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical society President Dorothy Palmer and The Beacher editor Drew Tallackson enhanced the viewing. A special treat was the insight given by the post-screening comments of the film's director, John D. Hancock, and of Dorothy Tristan, the screenwriter (and Mr. Hancock's wife).

Thursday, September 22, 2016

2016 Residency Awards

At the Tuesday, September 13, 2016 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, Gloria Arndt and Dottisue Gansemer reviewed and approved the awarding of the following certificates:
First Family for documented ancestor in La Porte County by December 31, 1840:
                Carol Lloyd, whose documented ancestor was Miriam Benedict.
                Barbara Lee Reuter Metzger, whose documented ancestor was James Titus.
Pioneer Family for documented ancestor in La Porte County during the period 1841 to 1860:
                Bryan D. Sisson, whose documented ancestor was Henry B. Dietz.
Settler Family for documented ancestor in La Porte Count during the period 1861 to 1880:
                Barbara Lee Reuter Metzger, whose documented ancestor was John F. Beal.
Civil War Ancestor Family for documented ancestor in La Porte County prior to or at the time of enlistment in the military during the Civil War, 1861-April 30, 1865:
                Barbara Lee Reuter Metzger, whose documented ancestor was Nelson James Titus.

Please visit the Society’s website,, 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.   

Relase text provided by Fern Eddy Schultz