Monday, September 29, 2014

La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society (LPCIGS)

October 14, 2014 Meeting

Where do you search for clues to the lives of your ancestors? What types of information can you find?  When did the records you seek begin? How can you find the exact records which will give you the answers? For many of these questions you must look to the records and ledgers in the local County Courthouse. The program featured at the November meeting of the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society will start you on the correct road to finding the records held in the La Porte County Courthouse(s). County Historian Fern Eddy Schultz will present the program after the business meeting, which begins at 7 PM, at the La Porte Parks Department Headquarters at 250 Pine Lake Avenue. Guests are always welcome at the meetings, and we’ll try to assist you with your quest for information about your ancestors.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

9 September 2014 Meeting

Of the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society

The La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society met at the La Porte Park Department Headquarters on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. The meeting was called to order by the President, Dorothy Palmer. A business meeting followed.

Following the business meeting residency certificates were awarded to three individuals who had documented their ancestry in accordance with the rules. A Settler residency certificate was awarded to Leslie Rankin of Monticello, IL who documented her ancestor, Carl Backhaus/Bachus as a resident of the County in 1870. Robert Warren Bowman, Jr., of new London, CT received a certificate for documenting his Civil War ancestor, George Culbertson Dorland. James Randall Steele of Richmond, CA received two First Family certificates (one documenting his descendancy from Miriam Waldron Benedict and one for descendancy from Henley Clyburn). Both were documented residents of the County in 1829.

Applications along with documentation must be received no later than July 31 each year to be considered for awarding at the September meeting of the society. Applications may be requested from the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society, 904 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, IN 46350 or from Committee Chair, Fern Eddy Schultz at

The Residency Committee, consisting of Fern Eddy Schultz, Chair, Gloria Arndt and Dottisue Gansmer, reviewed all materials submitted with the applications. Shultz thanked the committee and honorees for participating in the program and encourages others to also submit an application with documentation. The next awarding will be at the general meeting of the Society, September 8, 2015 at the La Porte City Parks and Recreation Department Building, 250 Pine Lake Avenue, La Porte. For more information about the project and the society, please visit

The next meeting of the society will be on October 14, 2014, at the La Porte Parks and Recreation Building, at 7 PM. The program will be “Research in the La Porte County, Indiana Court House”, presented by Fern Eddy Schultz, La Porte County Historian.