Monday, April 22, 2013

May meeting -- learn about the County Recorder's office

The County Recorder is responsible for preserving many important historical records, especially those involving property ownership. On Tuesday, May 14, the La Porte County Genealogical Society will hear from our county recorder Barbara Dean on record preservation, how it affects us, and what she is doing about it. According to the official web site, "The county recorder's function is to maintain permanent public records involving a wide variety of instruments. These documents detail transactions involving real estate, mining, personal property, mortgages, liens, leases, subdivision plats, military discharges, personal bonds, etc."

The society meets at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Swanson Center, weather permitting -- except that June will be our annual cemetery tour. The public is welcome at all meetings. For more information about the society's activities in awards, research, publication, 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). 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