Have you visited the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm and wondered about the families who lived there? Come hear Kathlyn Sonntag talk about them at the La Porte County Genealogical Society's meeting 7 pm Tuesday, April 10, at the Swanson Center for Older Adults, 910 State Street.
Weather permitting, 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.
The society's annual bus trip to the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne is Wednesday, April 18. Paid reservations are due by March 30 -- use the form on our web site at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/printable.pdf.
It's not too early to apply for one or more residency certificates for 2012. Our web site at 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.