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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 2015 – work 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 […]

Welcome to Midwest Roots!

I have been a professional writer since 1979, a genealogist since 1999, a professional genealogist since 2009, and a Board-certified professional genealogist since 1 June 2012. Use the “Contact Harold” box to get in touch. I hope this site will help your genealogy quest in at least one of the following ways: (1) Use free […]

Midwestern City Directories in Valparaiso

. . . in the second floor genealogy room, 103 Jefferson Street http://www.pcpls.lib.in.us/valparaiso.html ILLINOIS Champaign-Urbana 1904-12 Chicago 1861-66, 1868-73, 1876-77, 1880, 1885, 1887, 1890, 1893, 1895, 1900, 1905, 1910-11, 1915, 1917, 1923, 1928, 1973 Cicero 1913-27 Evanston 1882-89, 1937-39 Harvey 1907-22 Hyde Park 1883-89 Joliet 1901-1906 Kankakee 1904-25, 1927-35 La Salle/Peru 1905-26 scattered Oak Park […]

Some Private Laws of Indiana Relating to La Porte County

PRIVATE LAWS OF INDIANA RELATING TO LA PORTE COUNTY ON LINE 1843-1847 and 1850 available on GoogleBooks 28 July 2012 What follows is a sampling from one county of a little-used legal resource for genealogists and historians that is available in most states and counties. Six annual “local law” books for Indiana are available on […]

Free Lookup in Indiana Place Names

Ronald L. Baker and Marvin Carmony, Indiana Place Names (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975) More than 2,000 Hoosier places names and their origins. Email me with your query at librarytraveler  AT gmail DOT com.

Free Lookup in transcribed St. Joseph County Indiana marriage records 1830-1855, 1886-1906

Mrs. Carl F. Ott et al., comps., Marriage Records, Volumes 1-3, 1830-1855, St. Joseph County, South Bend, Indiana (South Bend: Schuyler Colfax Chapter DAR, 1957) Mrs. Robert A. Ball et al., comps., Marriage Records, Volume 10, 1886-1906. St. Joseph County, South Bend, Indiana (South Bend: Schuyler Colfax Chapter DAR, 1965) Indexes to the original records. […]

Indiana Genealogy: Where to Start, What to Do UPDATED 20 May 2012

Genealogy libraries and archives and other resources in Indiana Researching family history in Indiana is easier than it looks. Numerous resources are available for the Hoosier genealogist, and here’s a quick rundown of the best. The state genealogical society publishes the quarterly Indiana Genealogist and the state historical society the semi-annual Hoosier Genealogist:Connections, giving the […]

Free Lookup in Abstracts of Obituaries in the Western Christian Advocate 1834-1850

Margaret R. Waters, Dorothy Ruiker, and Doris Leistner, Abstracts of Obituaries in the Western Christian Advocate 1834-1850 (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1988). Nearly 8000 obituaries from this Methodist periodical which centered on the Old Northwest Territory states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Email me with your query at librarytraveler  AT gmail DOT com.

Free Lookup in A Guide to Manuscript Collections of the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library (1986)

Eric Pumroy with Paul Brockman, A Guide to Manuscript Collections of the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1986). Brief well-indexed finding aids to more than 800 manuscript collections in two of Indiana’s premier repositories — as of a quarter-century ago. These are NOT every-name indexes to the collections, but […]

Free Lookup in index to early La Porte court records (1830s)

Harold Henderson, comp., In Court In La Porte: An Every-Name Index to the First Legal Proceedings in La Porte County, Indiana [prior to 1836] (La Porte: Blurb.com, 2011). More than 800 distinct surnames of pioneers appear in the first minute record (order book), complete record, and judgment docket of this northern Indiana county. This book […]

Free Lookup in DePauw University 1910 Record of Alums

Charles Alexander Martin, ed., Alumnal Record DePauw University (Greencastle IN: DePauw, 1910). Short biographies of more than 2300 men and women who attended this Methodist school in Greencastle, Putnam County, Indiana, in the classes of 1840 through 1910. Email me with your query at librarytraveler  AT gmail DOT com.  

Free Lookup in pre-1979 genealogy articles from Indiana Magazine of History

Dorothy L. Riker, comp., Genealogical Sources Reprinted from the Genealogy Section of Indiana Magazine of History (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1979). Marriage, will, cemetery, church, cemetery, Bible, and miscellaneous records as well as some family genealogies. Email me with your query at librarytraveler  AT gmail DOT com.

Presentation: Beyond Fort Wayne, Madison, and the Newberry: Welcome to the Other Midwestern Archives

You’ve been to the biggest, now check out the rest. My personal sample of archives in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin — and a few suggestions of where to find the one YOU need! This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates. Presented at […]

Presentation: First Steps in Indiana Research

Find your Hoosiers in the state’s four big repositories and 92 county seats. Indiana’s wealth of resources may surprise you. There’s no substitute for being there! This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates. Presented at Lake County (Illinois) Genealogy Workshop November 2011.

Presentation: Orphans No More: Records of the Indianapolis Orphan Asylum 1851-1941

Overwhelmed parents left thousands of children to the Indianapolis Orphan Asylum 1851-1941. Their stories are at the Indiana Historical Society. Learn about the institution, the records, the children — many of whom came from other Indiana counties, and some of whom were sent out of state. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. […]

An Index Is a Treasure Map — Do You Dig?

Originally published in Indiana Genealogist 19, no. 3 (September 2008):147-150, with nice illustrations not shown here. Footnotes {1} have been converted into endnotes in this format. Copyright Indiana Genealogical Society. AN INDEX IS A TREASURE MAP — DO YOU DIG? Trying to do genealogical research without indexes would be like digging for buried treasure without […]

Indiana Small Cities Directories List and Index

The good news is that the following directories have been microfilmed and published commercially; I found them in the microtext collections of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne. The bad news is that they are only labeled “Indiana” and have no contents or index anywhere that I can find; there’s no […]

Indiana Newspapers in Mishawaka

MICROFILM IN MISHAWAKA! UNCATALOGUED INDIANA NEWSPAPERS The Indiana State Library has the best collection of Indiana newspapers in the world – check out their guide . What may well be the second most extensive such collection is in the Heritage Center at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library in St. Joseph County, much more conveniently located for […]