Seven people who have documented their early La Porte County ancestors were awarded eleven certificates at the April 12 meeting of the La Porte County Genealogical Society. To receive the certificates they had to provide good evidence of two things: that these people were their ancestors, and that they lived here at least 131 years ago.
Fern Eddy Schultz, Gloria Arndt, and Dottisue Gansemer of the society's Residency Certification Committee reviewed the proofs and made the presentations. The society has now made a total of 219 awards in four categories (First Family, Pioneer Family, Settler, and Civil War Ancestor) since the program began in 1987. All information provided is placed in the archives at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum and is available to anyone who may be researching the same surnames.
This year's successful applicants documented the following:
Timothy L. Harris is descended from David Stoner, who was living in La Porte County before December 31, 1840 (First Family Certificate).
Joan Lee Good McCoy, James M. A. McCoy, Alan Dean Good, and Jerry Lynn Good are descended from John Stoner, who was living in the county before December 31, 1840 (First Family Certificates).
Sandra Lee Rauschenbach Mafera is descended from Daniel L. Cain, who was living in the county between 1840 and 1860 (Pioneer Certificate).
William R. Hunsley is descended from Thomas Hunsley, who was living in the county between 1840 and 1860 (Pioneer Certificate).
Joan Lee Good McCoy, James M. A. McCoy, Alan Dean Good, and Jerry Lynn Good are descended from John Elmer Good, who was living in the county between 1861 and 1880 (Settler Certificates).
For more information about the program, contact the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society, Residency Certification Committee, 904 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, IN 46350, or visit the Society’s website at www.rootsweb.com/~inlcgs. The next presentation of awards will be at the September 20, 2011 meeting of the Society. Deadline for receipt of applications is July 30.