On Tuesday, September 13, you can meet folks who have proven their old-time La Porte County ancestors and learn how you might be able to join the club. The La Porte County Genealogical Society will meet at the Swanson Center for Older Adults, 710 State Street, at 7:15 pm to award new family certificates to applicants who succeeded in proving that they're descended from someone who lived here before 1880. In addition to awards, the gathering will include business meeting, refreshments, discussion, and a chance to view the evidence gathered to support the applications. The categories are:
"First Family"certificates for families that arrived in La Porte County on or before 31 December 1840,
"Pioneer Families" (1841-1860),
"Settler Families" (1861-1880), and
"Civil War Ancestors " (1861-30 April 1865). To qualify for a Civil War Ancestor certificate, the Civil War ancestor must have been a resident of La Porte County prior to or at the time of enlistment in the military.
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. You do not need to have old-settler ancestors to join and participate in the society!
Also at our web site, there's information on how to apply for next year's round of certificate awards. 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.