Monday, January 23, 2012

1940 census meeting February 14

Seventy-two years and one day after the 1940 US census was taken, its handwritten house-by-house returns will be made public on line April 2, 2012.

What questions were asked -- and answered -- by the 132 million Americans then living?

How can today's researchers find their families when there is no name index yet?

The La Porte County Genealogical Society will meet at 7 pm Tuesday, February 14, weather permitting, at the Swanson Center for Older Adults, 910 State Street. Following a short business meeting, Alan Zeller and Harold Henderson will answer these questions and more.

The society meets there on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. The public is welcome at all meetings. Membership dues are $10 individual, $12 family.

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.

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