Monday, April 18, 2011

Funeral Home Records

Sometimes we find key information about ancestors, not in cemeteries or obituaries or death certificates, but in the records of funeral homes. On May 10 Lynn Haverstock of Ott/Haverstock Funeral Home in Michigan City will speak at the monthly meeting of the La Porte County Genealogical Society, 7 pm at the Swanson Center for Older Adults, 910 State Street, La Porte. We'll learn about the history of this business and the records and search engines available to family researchers. There will be time for questions. The program will take place prior to our regular business meeting, so don't be late!

The society meets at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Swanson Center, weather permitting. The public is welcome at all meetings.

It's not too early to apply for one or more residency certificates for 2011. Our web site has information for those who believe they have La Porte County ancestors (and can prove it!). There's information on how to apply for First Families of La Porte (before December 1840), Pioneer Families (1841-1860), Settler Families (1861-1880), and Civil War Families (1861-1865). You can also read or search back issues of the society's newsletter, December 2005 through December 2009, including genealogical and historical information from members' research and abstracting work in local records, on our blog.

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