Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July genealogy meeting wrapup

The La Porte County Genealogy Society's July 9 meeting was all about cemeteries in both the business meeting and the program.

DNR intern Miranda Taubert, a Chesterton native now studying at Mississippi State University, reported on her work finding, photographing, and listing all cemeteries in Porter, La Porte, and Lake counties. The registry is part of the Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD), which can be found at

Fern Eddy Schultz invited all members to the dedication of heritage signs at Pine Lake Cemetery 1 pm Saturday. She reminded us that the deadline for applying for residency certificates this year is July 31. (See details below.)

In the program, Marc Chase of Crown Point spoke about an ongoing project to research the biographies and restore the grave markers of Civil War soldiers from the three counties in a web site and the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail. Learn more at

Next month's meeting, August 13, will be “Genealogy: If you've got questions, we've got answers.” All people with questions about their genealogy, in La Porte or elsewhere, beginners or old-timers, are welcome to come and share problems and solutions in their family history research.

The society meets at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of each month, weather permitting, at the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department building at 250 Pine Lake Avenue. The public is welcome at all meetings. For more information about the society's activities in awards, research, abstracting, transcribing, indexing, publishing, and records preservation, visit our web site at

Also at our web site, those who believe they have La Porte County ancestors (and can prove it!) can find 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). The deadline for completed 2013 applications is July 31. 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


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