Thursday, March 14, 2013

Genealogy meeting wrap-up and bus trip deadline March 21

Foreshadowing next month's bus trip to the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, at the La Porte County Genealogical Society meeting March 12 Harold Henderson explained the many ways to prepare to get the most out of this nationally famous library. There is no one single place where you can search to find everything they have.

The bus trip will be Wednesday, April 10, but would-be travelers should get their $21 payment and signup in to Patricia Harris by March 21 at 504 Greenwood Ave., Michigan City, IN 46360-5426. Departures from both Michigan City and La Porte; back in time for supper. Questions? Call 219-872-3273.

The society's next meeting will be April 9, the evening before the bus trip, when president Alan Zeller will describe his experiences with FamilySearch's new Family Tree.

The genealogy 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.

For those who believe they have early La Porte County ancestors (and can prove it!), July 31, 2013 is the deadline to apply for one or more residency certificates. Our web site at has information . 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