Some La Porte County, Indiana, Genealogy Resources

SOME LA PORTE COUNTY, INDIANA,

GENEALOGY RESOURCES

 

Harold Henderson, CG(sm) and La Porte County Genealogist, librarytraveler@gmail.com

12 June 2015work in progress, additions & corrections welcome

LOCAL REPOSITORIES AND SOCIETIES (9)

 Courthouse (CELL PHONES AND COMPUTERS NOT ALLOWED)

La Porte County Clerk, 813 Lincolnway, Suite 105, La Porte (219) 326-6808http://www.laportecounty.org/JudiciaryLaw/CircuitClerks

La Porte County Recorder of Deeds, 555 Michigan, Suite 201, La Porte (219) 326-6808 http://www.laportecounty.org/Recorder                                                   (CALL AHEAD — SEE “VAULT INFORMATION” ON WEB SITE)

La Porte County Health Department, 809 State, Suite 401A, La Porte (219) 326-6808 http://www.laportecounty.org/HealthSafety/HealthDepartment

 

Libraries, Archives, Museums

La Porte County Public Library Indiana Room, 904 Indiana, La Porte (219) 362-6156 http://www.laportelibrary.org/genealogy.php   City directories.

Michigan City Public Library Indiana Room, 100 E. 4th, Michigan City (219) 873-3044 http://www.mclib.org/genealogy/genealogy.html    City directories.

 La Porte County Historical Society Library (entry fee for non-members) 2405 Indiana, La Porte (219) 324-6767                                               http://www.laportecountyhistory.org/research.htm   City directories, marriages 1890-1938, and multi-volume historical scrapbooks.

Michigan City Historical Society, Old Lighthouse Museum (research by appointment) Washington Park, Michigan City   (219) 872-6133 http://www.oldlighthousemuseum.org/index.html

On Line Only

La Porte County Indiana Genealogical Society    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/

La Porte County Indiana GenWeb       http://www.dunelady.com/laporte/

 

PERIODICALS (4)

The Door, quarterly newsletter of the La Porte County Genealogical Society

The OldLetter, quarterly newsletter of the La Porte County Historical Society

Indiana Genealogist, quarterly publication of Indiana Genealogical Society http://www.indgensoc.org/publications/quarterly.php

The Hoosier Genealogist: Connections, twice-yearly publication of Indiana Historical Society  http://www.indianahistory.org/our-services/books-publications/magazines/em-thg-connections-em/connections#.U4H1bSi4OjI

 

INDEXES AND ABSTRACTS (81)

Birth Indexes and Abstracts (5)

Indiana Works Progress Administration, Index to Birth Records 1882-1920 (3 v.) and Index to Michigan City Birth Records, 1850 [1882]-1920 (2v.). N.p.: WPA, 1940.

La Porte County birth index 1922-1927 and 1960-1973 (not including Michigan City), microfilm, La Porte County Public Library roll no. 17.

McCoy, Joan, comp. Consolidated La Porte County, Indiana, Delayed Births Index. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlcigs/delayed_births/

Michigan City birth index 1930-1959, microfilm, La Porte County Public Library roll no. 17.

 

Cemetery Indexes and Abstracts by name of cemetery (18)

Flotow, Gertrude Davison. Index Greenwood Cemetery Burial Books, 1873-1950, Michigan City, La Porte County, Indiana. 2v. N.p: n.p., 1988.

Heckman aka Hesston Cemetery, Galena Township, La Porte County, Indiana. La Porte: Cemetery & Research Association of La Porte County, Indiana, n.d.         

 Pinhook Cemetery, New Durham Township. N.p: n.p., n.d.

Nelson, Donna M. and Gloria D. Arndt. Old Section, Rolling Prairie Cemetery : Kankakee Township, La Porte County, Indiana. La Porte: Cemetery & Research Association of La Porte County, Indiana, 2013.

Watson, William and Alice. St. Joseph’s Cemetery 1882-1984. La Porte: privately printed, 1984.

Harris, Patricia A. Gruse. St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery aka Polish Cemetery: 1015 Greenwood Avenue, Michigan City, Indiana. La Porte: Cemetery & Research Association of La Porte County, Indiana, 2007.

Anderson, Rev. Robert L. Salem United Church of Christ, Wanatah Cemetery Records 1888-1987. Wanatah: privately printed, 1988.

Springville Cemetery Records, Springville [Springfield] Township, “beginning to 1979.” N.p.: privately printed, 1980.

Teeter Cemetery: 700N between 425 & 500 East, Galena Township, La Porte County, Indiana. La Porte: Cemetery & Research Association of La Porte County,         Indiana, 2007.

West, Deanna Branson and Robert Ponda. Union Mills Cemetery: County Road W800S, Union Mills, Indiana. La Porte: Cemetery & Research Association of La Porte County, Indiana, 2013.

Jones, Barbara, and Glen Edward McGlothlin. Westville Cemetery: Westville, La Porte, Indiana. Privately printed, 1999.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Miriam Benedict Chapter. Wills Township Baptist Cemeteries, La Porte County. La Porte: privately printed, 1985.

Multiple cemeteries:

Arndt, Gloria D. and Patricia Gruse Harris. Abandoned/Destroyed Cemeteries of La Porte County, IN, vol . 1. La Porte: Cemetery & Research Association of La Porte County, Indiana, 2013.

Barlag, Martin F. La Porte County Veterans Roster Grave Registration. N.p.: privately printed, 1978.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Miriam Benedict Chapter. Cemetery Records, La Porte County, Indiana. 4 v. La Porte: privately printed, n.d.

La Porte County Cemeteries. Nine binders in La Porte County Historical Society Library.

Multiple cemetery readings (indexes) and images of the grave markers:

Cemetery & Research Association of La Porte County, Indiana. 85 cemeteries on line. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inlpccem/cems.htm

Find A Grave. 74 La Porte County cemeteries on line http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=17&CScnty=837

 

Court Indexes and Abstracts (6)

 La Porte County Clerk. Each order book for the Court of Common Pleas (1853-1873) and the Circuit Court contains a plaintiff index. Many of the complete record books have the same. The books are in chronological order and each covers only a few years.

Henderson, Harold. In Court In La Porte: An Every-Name Index to the First Legal Proceedings in La Porte County, Indiana, 1833-1836. Westminster MD: Heritage Books, 2013.

______ and Callie McCune. “La Porte County, New Durham Justice of the Peace Court Record Book Records, 1879-1906.” Indiana Historical Society On-Line Connections, 2013 (http://www.indianahistory.org/our-services/books-publications/magazines/onlineconnections/regional/LaPorteCoNewDurhamJPRecs.pdf).

Palmer, Dorothy J. Germain and Mary Leahy Wenzel. La Porte County Indiana Commitments to    Benevolent, Educational and Reformatory Institutions and Related Guardianships, 1848-1920. La Porte: La Porte County Indiana Genealogical Society, 2011.

Wenzel, Mary Leahy. La Porte County, Indiana Circuit Court Cases: State of Indiana vs. (defendant), March 10, 1851-October 30, 1872. La Porte: La Porte County Indiana Genealogical Society, 2010.

Wenzel, Mary Leahy and Donna M. Nelson. La Porte County, Indiana, Circuit Court Cases: State of Indiana vs. (defendant). La Porte: La Porte County Indiana Genealogical Society, 2006.

 

Death Indexes and Abstracts by dates (6)

Henderson, Harold. “Official Death Records from the 1830s?” Indiana Genealogist 25 (June 2014): 23-24. Burials of the poor paid for by La Porte County.

Indiana Works Progress Administration. Death Records La Porte County 1882-1920. N.p.: WPA, 1939.

_______. Death Records Michigan City. N.p.: WPA, 1939.

Schultz, Fern Eddy. Coroner’s Reports, La Porte County, Indiana, 1940-1960. Surnames H-M only. 4v. Binders, La Porte County Historical Society.

_______. Coroner’s Reports, La Porte County, Indiana, 1950s & 1960s. Surnames A-Har only. 5v. Binders, La Porte County Historical Society.

La Porte County death index 1960-1973 (not including Michigan City); microfilm,La Porte County Public Library roll no. 17.

 

Directories (4)

H. C. Chandler & Co.’s Business Directory and Shippers’ Guide for the State of Indiana (Indianapolis: H.C. Chandler & Co., 1868). Listings for Hanna, Kingsbury, La Porte, Michigan City, Rolling Prairie, Salem Crossing, and Wanatah. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uiug.30112049809814.

La Porte County, Indiana Directory, 1896. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5282. Requires payment or library access. Searchable index only. Cited to an 1892 publication, so should be checked against an original.

Michigan City, Indiana Directories, 1890-91, 1893-94. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5428. Requires payment or library access. Searchable index only.

 

Divorce Indexes and Abstracts (2)

Arndt, Gloria and Donna M. Nelson. Divorces 1833-1860 La Porte County, Indiana and 1861-1875. La Porte: La Porte County Genealogical Society, 2007 and 2008. [not including Court of Common Pleas, which operated 1853-1873]

 

Funeral Home Indexes and Abstracts (1)

Harris, Patricia A. Gruse. Funeral Homes & Undertakers of Michigan City, La Porte Co., Indiana.  La Porte: Cemetery & Research Association of La Porte County, Indiana, 2006.

 

Land Indexes and Abstracts (4)

La Porte County Recorder. Deeds are indexed by buyer (grantee) and seller (grantor) in chronologically ordered index books.

Schultz, Fern Eddy. Index La Porte County (Indiana) Tract Book. La Porte: privately printed, 1987. First land purchases (1830-1873).

_______. Index to the Illustrated Atlas of La Porte County (Indiana), 1874.  La Porte: privately printed, 1987.

_______. Index to 1892 Plat Book. La Porte: privately printed, 2001.

 

Maps (4)

Nash, J. D., Leamings & Cathcart. Map of La Porte Co., Indiana. Philadelphia: Geil, Leamings, & Cathcart, 1862. Includes landowners. Mislabeled as 1866. http://www.loc.gov/item/2013593171

Ruger, A. Bird’s Eye View of Michigan City, La Porte County, Indiana, 1869. Chicago: Merchants Lithographing Co., [1869?]. http://www.loc.gov/item/73693385

Higgins, Belden & Co. An Illustrated Historical Atlas of La Porte Co., Indiana. Chicago: Higgins, 1874. In print and at http://www.davidrumsey.com.

Andreas, A. T. Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Indiana. Chicago: Baskin, Forster, & Co., 1876. In print (p. 30 La Porte County, p. 36 La Porte and Michigan City) and at http://www.davidrumsey.com.

 

Marriage Indexes and Abstracts by years (8)

La Porte County Clerk. Each of the marriage and marriage application books covers a few years and has its own name index.

Schultz, Fern Eddy. La Porte County (IN) Marriage Records 1830s & 1840s: Affidavits & Comments. La Porte: La Porte County Historical Society, 2012.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Miriam Benedict Chapter. Marriage Records of La Porte County, Indiana . . . 1832-1850 Inclusive. Kokomo: Selby Publishing, 1986.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Abijah Bigelow Chapter. Marriages 1853-1865. Michigan City: DAR, 1984.

Indiana Works Progress Administration. Index to Marriage Records, La Porte County, Indiana, 1850-1920. 5 v. Michigan City: WPA, 1939.

 Indiana Works Progress Administration. Index to Supplemental Records: Marriage Applications 1850 [1882]-1920. 2v. N.p.: WPA, 1939.

Stephenson, Dorothy. Bethel Presbyterian Church, Union Mills, Indiana [abstract of church register including marriages, 1889-1993]. N.p.: privately printed, 1993.

Arndt, Gloria D., Donna M. Nelson, Dorothy Jean Germain Palmer, La Porte County,Indiana, Marriage Index 1921-1925 and 1926-1930. La Porte: La Porte County Genealogical Society, 2004 and 2005.

 

Military Indexes and Abstracts (1)

Arndt, Gloria D. Grand Army of the Republic, Members of the Gilbert Hathaway Post #110 of Rolling Prairie, Indiana (1882 to 1918). N.p.: privately printed, 2008.

 

Naturalization Indexes and Abstracts by dates (7)

Palmer, Dorothy J. Germain. Naturalization Records, Declaration of Intentionsand Final Papers: Abstractions from Civil Order Books A thru mid-H and Common Pleas Book A, 1833 thru July 1854, Several Later Dates Included. La Porte: La Porte County Indiana Genealogical Society, 2008.

Abstractions from Second Papers, La Porte County, Indiana, 1854-1903. La Porte: La Porte County Genealogical Society, 2005. Two sections.

Abstractions from Declarations of Intentions, La Porte County, Indiana, 1854-1870. LaPorte: La Porte County, Indiana, Genealogical Society, 2005. Three sections.

Abstractions from Declaration of Intentions, La Porte County, Indiana, 1870-1894.La Porte: La Porte County Genealogical Society, 2005. Three sections.

Abstractions from Declaration of Intentions, La Porte County, Indiana, 1894-1906,1908-1918. La Porte: La Porte County Genealogical Society, 1997. Four sections.

Abstractions from Declaration of Intentions, La Porte County, Indiana, 1918-1929, plus Superior Court, Michigan City, Indiana, 1912-1920. LaPorte: La Porte County Genealogical Society, 2005. Six sections.

Abstractions from Declaration of Intentions, Superior Court, Michigan City, LaPorte County, Indiana, 1913-1929. La Porte: La Porte County Genealogical Society, n.d. Five sections.

 

Newspaper Indexes and Abstracts (5)

McGlothlin, Glen Edward. Gleanings from La Porte Union & Herald, La Porte Daily Herald, 10 April 1869 through 9 July 1870, 11 July 1874 through 3 July 1875. La Porte: privately printed, n.d.

McGlothlin, Glen Edward. La Porte Newspaper Gleanings from 1836 through 1860. La Porte: privately printed, 1994. [No names or pages of sourced newspapers.]

Schultz, Fern Eddy. Genealogical Gleanings from La Porte Union 13 September 1854 through 25 July 1855, 30 July 1856 through 22 July 1857, 29 July 1857 through 22 July 1858. La Porte: privately printed, 1987.

______. Genealogical Gleanings from La Porte County Whig, 7 August 1847 through 30 July 1851. La Porte: privately printed, 1986.

As of 12 June 2015, the La Crosse Sentinel 1915-1921, La Crosse Tribune 1918-1921, La Porte Weekly Union 1863-1864, La Porte Weekly Herald 1904-1909, Michigan City Dispatch 1879-1880, Wanatah Mirror 1898-1923, and the Westville Indicator 1882-1921 have been digitized by the subscription site Newspaper Archive (http://newspaperarchive.com/us/indiana). The site claims La Porte coverage “1863-1909.” All Indiana holdings of Newspaper Archive can be viewed free at the library of the Indiana State Historical Society in Indianapolis.

 

Obituary Indexes and Abstracts from multiple compilers (5)

La Porte Herald Argus 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and individual years 1980, 1982-2010. 1920s and 1940s on line: http://www.usgwarchives.net/in/laporte/obits.html

Michigan City News Dispatch 1992, 1994-2012.

Michigan City Public Library, “Michigan City Obituary Index,” “1887 to date” http://www.mclib.org/genealogy/obituaryindex.html

 The Regional News 1980-1991 and 1992-1997.

Westville Indicator 2002 and 2003.

 

Periodical Indexes and Abstracts (1)

Donna Nelson, ed., La Porte County Genealogical Society Newsletter, December 2005-December 2009. Word-searchable at http://lpcgs.blogspot.com/2010/08/la-porte-county-genealogical-society.html

 

Probate and Will Indexes and Abstracts (3)

La Porte County Clerk. Each Will Book and each Probate Court order book and complete record book covers a few years and contains an index.

Rowley, Dorothy. La Porte County, Indiana, Abstract of Wills from Book A. La Porte:privately printed, n.d.

Henderson, Harold, Mary Leahy Wenzel, and Dorothy Germain Palmer. La Porte County, Indiana, Early Probate Records, 1833-1850 [abstracts and almost-every-name index] (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2015).

 

Professional Indexes and Abstracts (3)

Schultz, Fern Eddy. Dentist Licenses and Certificates. 2 v. La Porte: privately printed(binder), 2005.

_______. Nurse Register La Porte County, 1906 through 1949. La Porte: privately printed, n.d.

_______. Physicians Certificates and Licenses, La Porte County, Indiana 1897-1926. La Porte: privately printed, 1987.

 

School Indexes and Abstracts (1)

Rowley, Dorothy. La Porte County School Enumerations of Children between . . . 5 and 21 years, 1844-1849. La Porte: privately printed, n.d.

 

OTHER GUIDES (5)

Cyndi’s List.  37 links. http://www.cyndislist.com/us/in/counties/laporte/

FamilySearch Wiki. “La Porte County, Indiana.” [Very incomplete.] https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/La_Porte_County,_Indiana

Indiana Genealogical Society. “La Porte County, Indiana, Addresses for Genealogical  Research.”  http://www.indgensoc.org/counties/laporte.php

Inventory of the County Archives of Indiana, No. 46, La Porte. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Records Survey, 1939. Legal basis, custody, and location of all records.

Linkpendium. “La Porte County, Indiana: Family History & Genealogy, Census, Birth, Marriage, Death Vital Records & More.” 651 links. http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/La_Porte

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