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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 […]

Presentation: Why We Don’t Write and How We Can

Genealogists need to write in order to prove our families, preserve our work, and propagate our information. How to make the time and make it fun. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced. Contact me for more information and open dates.

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 […]

Presentation: Probate Will Not Be the Death of You

Beginners look for wills. Experienced genealogists know that most people died without wills, and that their estates often left plenty of records in the probate courts. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates.

Presentation: Indirect Evidence: When Perry Mason Isn’t on Your Side

Genealogists can’t count on the full confessions Perry Mason got every week in the old TV series. Try the Sherlock Holmes model instead. Get a feel for indirect evidence with examples from actual research. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates. Presented at National […]

Presentation: Reading Genealogy: Why Not Follow the Best?

Learn from what the best genealogists read (and write). How to get the most from the five top US genealogy journals: the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, The American Genealogist, and The Genealogist. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. […]

Presentation: Ten Commandments to be a Good Genealogy Client

Face it: we all need genealogy help sometimes. Here are some common-sense suggestions to make it easier to hire the help you need and emerge smiling from the experience! (And if you take the first six commandments to heart, you may not even need to hire anyone.) This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 […]

Presentation: “Are We There Yet?” Proof and the Genealogy Police

Case study: Follow the Chilcote trail from the 1900 Chicago census to an unmarked Ohio grave– and decide when there’s enough evidence to prove that George and Edward are two men or one man with two names. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates. […]

Presentation: Finding Berrys in New York Probate and Property Records

How I turned off my computer and cell phone, left home, and found dozens of descendants of my wife’s Revolutionary War ancestor, William Berry 1753-1839 of Allegany County, New York. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates.

Can you find St. Charles in 1865?

The Illinois state census of 1865 can help place your family at the end of the Civil War, complete with the name of the household head, the family members’ ages and sexes, the value of their livestock (even in the city — “horsepower” was no metaphor in those days), and sometimes more. The portion for […]

Midwest Research Resources

A few books and web sites to make your Midwestern search easier . . . Books Baer, M. Teresa and Geneil Breeze, eds. Finding Indiana Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Research. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press, 2007. DuMelle, Grace. Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History in the City and Cook County. […]