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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 […]

Wisconsin Small City Directories and Indexes

held at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, Fort Wayne 4 films with 29 directories covering 24 towns and 7 counties in the early 20th century Published by City Directories of the United States, State of Indiana (Woodbridge CT: Primary Source Microfilm, n.d.) CDUS #0410249 = ACPLGC #1 “State of Wisconsin 1905-1930” 1. Wright’s […]

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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 […]

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 Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Directories 1949-1950

Directory 1949 and Directory 1950, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2825 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY. Students, addresses, and prior higher education. Email me with your query at librarytraveler  AT gmail DOT com.

Free Lookup in Flint-Thrall Family Letters 1870-1898 (mostly southern Illinois)

Harold Henderson, tr., Flint-Thrall family letters, 1870-1898, typescript with name, place, and subject indexes. Ninety-eight letters in the family of Methodists Rev. Leonidas W. Thrall and Edith M. (Flint) Thrall, mostly from southern Illinois, centering around McKendree College and Lebanon, St. Clair County. Genealogical value lies in the many names mentioned, often without sufficient identification. […]

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. […]

Free Lookup in Western New York Land Transactions, 1804-1824

Karen E. Livsey, Western New York Land Transactions, 1804-1824: Extracted from the Archives of the Holland Land Company (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing co., 1991) More than 36,000 transactions connecting names and places. Browseable on Ancestry.com if you can spare the time! Email me with your query at librarytraveler  AT gmail DOT com.

Free Lookup in 1971, 1986, 1987, 1990 La Porte, Indiana, Directories

Caron’s La Porte (La Porte County, Ind.) City Directory 1971 (Detroit: Caron Directory Co.) 1986 La Porte, Indiana, City Directory (Taylor MI: R. L. Polk & Co., 1986) 1987 La Porte, Indiana, City Directory (Taylor MI: R. L. Polk & Co.) 1990 La Porte, Indiana, City Directory (Taylor MI: R. L. Polk & Co.) Each […]

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: 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: Land and Property: The Records No Genealogist Can Do Without

Don’t fear land records — fear the brick walls you will build by not consulting them! Find out all the ways they can help. This presentation includes visuals and runs about 50 minutes. Beginner/Intermediate. Contact me for more information and open dates.

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. […]

Michigan Small City Directories and Indexes

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 “Michigan” and have no contents or index anywhere that I can find; there’s no […]

Illinois 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 “Illinois” and have no contents or index anywhere that I can find; there’s no […]

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 […]

State & Regional Genealogy Journals

Michael Hait and I have compiled a list of state and regional genealogy journals, with writers’ guidelines when available, and posted it on both of our web sites. We hope this will help in three ways: * encourage writers to submit their family histories (or portions thereof) for publication. * encourage editors to seek out, […]