Genealogical / Historical Resources
VETERAN GRAVE REGISTRATIONS: Card file of information about veterans buried in the county. Each card contains individual veteran records, including family and military service information as available, and name of the cemetery where buried.
FAMILY HISTORIES: bound and manuscript: Donated family history files may contain obituaries, family group sheets, photographs, and legal documents. Some of the collection is in file folders, and some is in book form. This collection will expand with current donations.
DIRECTORIES: Earliest La Porte city directory is 1859 and collection is considerable through current years for La Porte and County including Michigan City, earliest being 1890. Collection of telephone directories is also shelved.
PHOTOGRAPHS: Extensive collection of photographs of historical and genealogical interest such as buildings, schools, school groups, churches, houses, industries, individuals, retail stores, and much more. Most have been identified.
NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS: Private collection donated to the Society is topically arranged covering a broad spectrum of categories including agriculture, archaeology, biography, cemeteries, chronology, commerce, inventions, lakes, libraries, music, newspapers, schools, social clubs and lodges, townships, veterans, weather, and others. This collection enhances the Society's files which include these and many other topics.
LA PORTE COUNTY CENSUS INDICES: 1850 abstraction in book form. Indices to 1840, 1860, 1870 & 1880.
LA PORTE COUNTY MARRIAGE RECORDS & INDICES: 1832-1850 (DAR),
LA PORTE COUNTY BIRTH & DEATH RECORD INDICES: 1882-1920 (WPA), including Michigan City.
Index of Names of Persons and Firms in La Porte County, Indiana (WPA);
1927 History of the Lake and Calumet Region of Indiana, Counties of Lake, Porter, and
La Porte, Indiana and Its Environs, Schultz & Rodgers
Up Close and Personal, Arnold Bass
SCHOOL RECORDS: Photographs of schools and school groups, historical data, graduation announcements, teacher licenses and contract ledgers, county school yearbooks, collection of La Porte High School yearbooks including some before start of El-Pe, abstractions of enumerations (1840s), La Porte High School Alumnus Directory 1869-1947, collection from Michigan City schools (Elston, Rogers, Michigan City High School), Marquette High School, private schools.
OBITUARY FILE: Mostly from La Porte Herald-Argus mid-1930s to current. Indices 1989 through current. Michigan City News-Dispatch 1992 through current.
DAR LINEAGE BOOKS: Nos. 10-125, indices to volumes 1-120.
INFORMATION FILES: Topical files on such subjects as banks, houses & buildings, business & industry, doctors and hospitals, lakes, politics, riverboat casino, schools, theater, transportation, and much more.
CEMETERY INFORMATION: Maps of locations, Pioneer Cemetery Assn., records of burials in La Porte County cemeteries, history.
MAPS / ATLASES / PLAT BOOKS:
Atlases of La Porte County 1874 (indexed), 1892 (indexed), 1907 and 1921
SURNAME INDEX FILE: Card file of family names including all names contained in the applications of the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society's Residency Certificate project. This file continues to grow as the genealogical society's project grows.
LA PORTE COUNTY MISCELLANEOUS (all indexed):
Michigan City Headlight, 1894
Souvenir of Police & Fire Departments of Michigan City, Indiana
Grand Army of Republic records
"List of Hero Dead of La Porte County, Indiana"
Gold Star Honor Roll, 1914-1918
WWII "In Service."
Photograph clippings (from La Porte Herald-Argus) indexed
and much more.
RUMELY AND ALLIS-CHALMERS ARCHIVE
A collection of thousands of original factory drawings for individual parts that went into the manufacture of Rumely products, especially threshing machines. Three file cabinets of other drawings, factory brochures, parts catalogs, factory photographs, employee publications, etc. for both Rumely and Allis-Chalmers. Click here or the photograph below for more information.
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