Sunday, August 2, 2015

11 August 2015 La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society Meeting

When I was growing up in Springfield Township, La Porte County, this intersection had no road signs. If it did, we natives would expect them to read “Marsh Road” and “Moon Road”. (I never saw these names used in an address - our mail came to RR #1, Box 222.) Did the county roads have names before they had numbers? Why do some still have names? Whose names are/were attached to roads?
The program which follows the business portion of the regular monthly meeting of the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society is entitled “La Porte County Road Surnames, Genealogically Speaking,” presented by the La Porte County Historian, Fern Eddy Schultz. Guests are welcome to join us at 7 PM on Tuesday, August 11, at the La Porte Park Department Headquarters, 250 Pine Lake Avenue.
Learn more about the society at our website, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/, or like us on Facebook. [La Porte County Genealogical Society]

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

St. Mary's Cemetery, Otis, Indiana

We had excellent weather for our annual cemetery tour on June 9, 2015.



President Dorothy Palmer presented part of the program
with the monument to Rev. Urban Raszkiewicz
and the central Crucifix behind her.


Laura Shields told us some more about the sons of the parish who followed the priestly vocation.


Monica Nowatzke showed us the monumentof Michal Milcarek

Join us next month on July 14. KayLynn Mathews, past director of Valparaiso Family History Center, will present “An Overview of Family Search: what resources it provides and how it can help you in your research.” The meeting starts at 7 PM CDST, at the La Porte Park Department Headquarters at 250 Pine Lake Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.
For more about our society, look to the website, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/index.htm , our blog, http://lpcgs.blogspot.com/ , or like or follow us on Face Book.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Annual Cemetery Tour


Annual La Porte County Cemetery tour will be Tues. 9 June 2015 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Otis,IN.
Along with a history of the cemetery some of the family names to be presented will be Wozniak, Wroblewski, Janicki,
Kaizer (Kaiser), Nawrocki, Milcarek and Lewandowski.  Following the tour all are invited to join us at a restaurant, to be announced that evening,for food and sharing.

Directions from north:  U.S. Hwy 421 south to Snyder Rd. (next road past 50N) which is just before the railroad overpass.  Turn right on Snyder Road to Church St., at bottom of a hill.  Turn right on Church St. and follow it past the church to the cemetery.  Tour will begin at the crucifix in the first section.

Directions from south:  U.S. Hwy 421 north to Snyder Rd. which is just past the railroad overpass.  Turn left on Snyder Road to Church St., at bottom of a hill.  Turn right on Church St. and follow it past the church to the cemetery.  Tour will begin at the crucifix in the first section.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Patricia Harris, program chairman, with Barry J Veden



April 14, 2015 Meeting of the LPCIGS
Ninteen members and guests were present for the regular monthly meeting of the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society at the La Porte Parks Department Building at 250 Pine Lake Avenue in La Porte, Tuesday evening, April 14. President Dorothy Palmer called the meeting to order at 7 PM.
Following the business portion of the meeting, Barry Veden, president of Chapter XXX, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, spoke of the prelude and the strategic situation leading up to the last big German offensive effort in WWII. He helped us understand the tactical and environmental difficulties that faced the American soldiers opposing a desperate and larger German force. Barry’s father, Edward Veden, was on the front lines from the first day of that terrible battle. In 2004, Barry interviewed several of the veterans and wrote a book My Heroes:The Men of Northern Indiana Chapter XXX Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
 Next month, the society will tour St. Mary Cemetery in Otis, Indiana. The tour will begin at 6 PM on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.


More information about the society is available on our website, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/index.htm.  Also like us on Facebook at La Porte County Genealogical Society.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April 13 Meeting


April 14, 2015 Meeting of the LPCIGS
Twenty-two members and guests were present for the regular monthly meeting of the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society at the La Porte Parks Department Building at 250 Pine Lake Avenue in La Porte, Tuesday evening, April 14. President Dorothy Palmer called the meeting to order at 7:10pm.
Following the business portion of the meeting, local newspaper columnist Felicia Thomas presented “Scrapbooks and Stained Glass Windows- Family History Clues in items left behind by our ancestors”. Thomas told us of the treasured memories her family derived from the discovery of numerous scrapbook pages preserved by her mother-in-law. Thomas also described the intuitive connection she felt to a photograph of the stained –glass window of an abandoned Irish workhouse – and the tangible connection which she discovered to her family.
May 12, 2015, the Society will hear from Barry Veden, president of Chapter 30, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge. Barry will talk about the veterans and help us remember the events of December, 1944 and January 1945; and the heroes who endured unbelievable hardships.

More information about the society is available on our website, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/index.htm.  Also like us on Facebook at La Porte County Genealogical Society.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Scrapbooks and Stained Glass



14 April 2015

La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society


The regular monthly meeting of the LPCIGS will be at 7 pm, Tuesday, 14 April. The site will be the La Porte City Parks Building at 250 Pine Lake Avenue, in La Porte. Following a business meeting, refreshments will  be provided, and the members and guests will listen to a presentation by Felicia Thomas entitled “Scrapbooks and Stained Glass – Family History Clues in items left behind by our ancestors”
We hope that you will visit the society’s website, still at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/index.htm. The site has undergone a face lift, and we hope that it will be easier for everyone to find information on the Society, its officers, publications, objectives and programs.


Monday, March 16, 2015

March Meeting Report


10 March, 2015 Meeting of the LPCIGS

At 7 pm Tuesday, March 10, nineteen members of the La Porte County (IN) Genealogy Society met at the Headquarters building of the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department. President Dorothy Palmer led a business portion of the meeting, with minutes and financial reports, committee reports, and unfinished and new business. Genealogist-Historian Fern Eddy Schultz shared news of activity in our County, neighboring areas, and even other states.

Program Committee chair Patricia Gruse Harris introduced our program for the evening. “Polish Emigration from Prussia- How and Why” was presented by Laura Shields, an active society member, former Curator of the Lighthouse Museum in Michigan City, and a descendant of both Polish and German immigrants to the United States.

As introduction, Laura related that she had little idea of the origin of her Grandfather. She noted that many children of immigrants had de-emphasized the foreign background of their families, in their concentration upon American culture. She then presented an outline of some of the currents and trends which had moulded the area south and around the Baltic Sea, from prehistory up to the First and Second World Wars. Poland was a nation which was pushed and pulled throughout the centuries. It changed, in physical area and dimension, in cultural allegiances, and in its very existence.

Among the most significant periods of change was the nineteenth century rise of its neighbor, Prussia. Eventually, the Polish people were subjugated so intensely that many Poles saw no hope in staying in their homeland. A chance for freedom across the Atlantic, in the United States, seemed to beckon. Poles entered the United States, many drawn by promotional literature prepared by American industrialists. Emigrants found ever-larger vessels at the wharves in Europe. When they arrived in the American ports, growing miles of railroads waited to carry them onward.

Laura recommended that anyone with ancestors from this region search the internet book sites for histories. Sometimes you need an understanding of the changing geography and politics to know what your ancestors believed and claimed their nationality to be. Read and compare various viewpoints, looking for that elusive “truth”.