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!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Tour of Salem Cemetery June 11, 2019

More than twenty members and guests enjoyed great weather for a Cemetery tour.

This year, the Salem Chapel Cemetery,  south and east of La Porte on Indiana Hiway 4 was selected. A pamphlet listed early  burials and veterans buried there. Fern Eddy Schultz spoke about the history of the cemetery and Salem Chapel United Methodist Church. Members and guests told stories of other families.
Next month the Society will return to the usual meeting place, at 7 PM, in the headquarters of the La Porte City Park Department, 250 Pine Lake Avenue. The business meeting will be followed by "The Sons of the American Revolution", presented by Doug McGriff, Chaplain of the Duneland chapter of the Indiana Society of the American revolution. Guests are always welcome.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Cemetery Tour

The Cemetery Tour Tuesday, June 11, is at 3501 Hiway 4. This is adjacent to the church building which formerly was Salem Chapel U M Church.

The address earlier published was that of the new church building, located nearer to La Porte.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

LPCIGS Meeting March 12, 2019

The General Manager of the Hesston Steam Museum, Ted Rita,
will be our guest speaker on Tuesday evening, March 12. This operating collection of the machinery that moved our ancestors into the Twentieth Century can remind us of how they lived their lives.
The public is always welcome at our meetings. For more information, follow us on Facebook at La Porte County Genealogical Society.