A few seats are still available on the April 18 bus to the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, leaving Michigan City at 7 am and La Porte at 7:30, returning in time for supper. You can't drive there any cheaper or faster. The annual research trip is co-sponsored by the Michigan City Public Library and the La Porte County Genealogical Society. Details on the society web site, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/printable.pdf.
At the April 10 meeting, the members discussed 1940 census indexing, the bus trip, and the program provided by Kathlyn Sonntag of the Lake Station Historical Society on the Bailly families and their homestead. The program was well illustrated with old photographs and out-of-print books. At the May 8 meeting, David Nowicki will speak on Polish and Latin documents.
Weather permitting, the society meets at the Swanson Center for Older Adults, 910 State Street, La Porte, 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 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.