Thursday, March 27, 2014

April Meeting to feature Genetic Genealogy
On Tuesday, April 8, the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society will hold its regular meeting at the La Porte Parks & Recreation Department Office Meeting room at 250 Pine Lake Avenue. Please note that this month our business meeting will follow the program.

Starting promptly at 7 PM, Jeffrey Bassett will speak on Genetic Genealogy, the latest technique being used as a tool in genealogical research. He will explain how he got started in genealogy, how DNA testing works, and then will present different case studies from the Bassett DNA project showing how DNA testing has helped in the research of different Bassett lines.

He has been working on Bassett Family genealogy for more than 32 years. His research includes more than 15,000 pages of text covering more than 490 different Bassett lines throughout the world. He started the Bassett DNA project in April of 2002. This project has grown to include more than 250 male Bassetts living in 7 countries around the world making it one of the largest projects of its kind.

The Bassett project was featured in the Spring 2004 issue of “The New England Ancestors” magazine published by the New England Historic and Genealogical Society and titled “A Comparison of Five Early Bassett immigrants”. He has presented the Bassett DNA project to more than two dozen different groups in several states, has appeared on the Milwaukee Wisconsin NBC nightly news, and has appeared on a segment dealing with genetic genealogy in an Illinois newspaper. He also publishes a free Bassett Family monthly newsletter.

Guests are always welcome at the society’s meetings. Check our website at For more information on the activities and services offered by the society.

Friday, March 21, 2014

March 2014 genealogy meeting wrapup

Note the change in the meeting time! A decision at the March meeting will slightly change the order of the meeting. The business meeting will start promptly at 7:00, and the social time and refreshment period will come between the business meeting and the program.


The deadline for reservations for the trip to the Allen County Public Library is coming up! Contact Patricia Harris or check the website before April 4!

Tuesday, March 11, the La Porte County Indiana Genealogical Society met at the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department Headquarters on Pine Lake Avenue in La Porte. Fifteen members and guests were in attendance.

After a business meeting presided over by President Dorothy Palmer, the group enjoyed a presentation by Marlene Polster, a genealogical librarian at Porter County Public Library and an active officer and committee member in local and state genealogical societies. She spoke on “What Will Happen to your Genealogical Research when You Die?” The talk outlined to whom to give it, how to make sure that your wishes are honored, what you should plan to pass on, and the preparation you should do in order to increase the value of your legacy. She gave the audience a suggested form for a “Genealogical Codicil to My Last Will and Testament.”

Next month, on Tuesday, April 8, the program will be “DNA for Genealogists”, presented by Jeffrey Bassett.

Remember that the website, at, has details and forms for Genealogist of the Year and Residency awards