Tuesday, September 27, 2011

October meeting -- immigration and naturalization

Pat Harris and Harold Henderson will discuss immigration and naturalization records and research at the October 11 meeting of the La Porte County Genealogical Society, including illustrations of fantastic misspellings, why you shouldn't focus only on Ellis Island, how naturalization laws and forms changed over time, and other pitfalls and potentials of this important part of genealogy research. Bring your questions!

The society's business meeting will begin at 7:15 pm, followed by the immigration and naturalization program -- all at the Swanson Center for Older Adults, 910 State Street, La Porte. The society meets 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 2012. Our web site at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/ 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 at http://lpcgs.blogspot.com.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September meeting -- ancestor certificates awarded

At the September 13 meeting of the La Porte County Genealogical Society, fifteen people received a total of 27 residency certificates for proving eight different early La Porte County ancestors. The surnames of ancestors honored were Crosier, Freeman, Garwood, Gordon, Hay, Palmer, and Wilhelm. Different certificates are available depending on how early the ancestor is known to have lived in the county.

Those receiving First Family Certificates for documenting their ancestors, Ebenezer and Frances "Fanny" (Crosier) Palmer, in 1835 were Christina Germaine Palmer, Georgeann Elaine (Palmer) Quealy, Aidan Victoria Quealy, Kiera Palmer Quealy, Kevin Victor Palmer, Daniel Joseph Palmer, and Luke Joseph Palmer.

Cynthia Lee Blicher received First Family Certificates for documenting her ancestors, Avery D. Freeman (1839) and John Garwood (1838).

Those receiving First Family Certificates for documenting their ancestor, James Gordon (1834), were Patricia K. Gordon Kubik, Cecilia F. Gordon Granzo, Douglas Gordon, and Lucy A. Gordon Barden. They also received Civil War Families certificates for proving that their ancestor Jacob James Gordon resided here 1861-1865 and served in the Civil War (Co. B, 9th Indiana Volunteers).

Gene R. Hay and David L. Hay received Pioneer Certificates for documenting their ancestor, Daniel Nelson Hay (1855).

Connie Wilhelm Garrison received a Pioneer Certificate for documenting her ancestor, Ludwig Wilhelm (1852).

The Residency Committee of the Genealogical Society consists of Fern Eddy Schultz (chair), Gloria Arndt, and Dottisue Gansemer. They reviewed all materials submitted with the applications and made the presentations. They encourage others to apply before July 31, 2012 for the next annual presentation at the society's meeting September 11, 2012. Documentation is required, and it can take many forms, such as birth, death, and marriage certificates; obituaries; property deeds; and other original documents. Successful past applications are indexed and on file at the La Porte County Historical Society library. It's never too early to start!

The society meets the second Tuesday of every month, weather permitting, at 7:15 pm at the Senior Citizens Activity Center, 910 State Street, La Porte. Everyone is welcome. More information is available on our web site and our blog. Next month's meeting will feature immigration and naturalization research.

Photo captions, left to right:
Top photo:
Kiera Quealy, Georgeann Palmer Quealy, Daniel Palmer and Victor Palmer. In front, Luke Palmer.

Bottom photo: Back row, Connie Wilhelm Garrison, Patricia Kay Gordon Kubik, Douglas Gordon, and Cynthia Lee Blicher. Front row, Cecilia F. Gordon Granzo and Lucy A. Gordon Barden.