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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.
See our virtual photo album online.

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.

1850-1920 (WPA), Supplemental Marriage Application Index, 1850-1920 (WPA), 1921-1930, La Porte Co. Gen. Soc.  Early marriage applications starting in 1890.  Marriage returns 1930 & beyond.

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, Vols. I & II, Cannon, etc.
    History of La Porte County, 1880, Chapman

    La Porte, Indiana and Its Environs, Schultz & Rodgers
    20th Century History and Biographical Record of La Porte County, 1904,
    Rev. E. D. Daniels
    Pictorial & Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake & Starke Counties, 1894, Goodspeed
    La Porte County, Indiana and Its Townships, Towns, and Cities, 1876, Packard
    La Porte, Indiana: First 100 Years, 1832-1932, Centennial Edition
    The Portable La Porte County, CETA

    Up Close and Personal, Arnold Bass
    Michigan City Illustrated, 1900, Evening News
    Michigan City's First 100 Years, Munger
    The Life of a Town, Michigan City, Indiana, Nicewarner
    History of Michigan City, Oglesbee & Hale
    La Porte Today, 1904, La Porte Prtg. Co.
    La Porte Now and Then, 1832-1982, Sesquicentennial Edition
    Michigan City: First 150 Years, 1833-1983, Michigan City News-Dispatch
    Inventory of the County Archives, 1939, WPA
    and, among others, centennial and sesquicentennial books of La Porte County towns, villages and townships of Stillwell, Wanatah, Westville, Lincoln Twp., La Porte, La Crosse, Hanna, Noble Twp. and Union Twp.

CHURCH RECORDS: Histories, minutes, list of members and photographs.

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.



NATURALIZATION INFORMATION:Index to La Porte County Naturalization Records in Order Books, Schultz; Index to Indiana Naturalization Records Found in Various Order Books of the 92 Local Courts Prior to 1907, IHS; the following abstractions by the La Porte County (IN) Genealogical Society: Books of Intentions 1854-1856, 1856-1858, 1858-1870, 1870-1876, 1876-1884, 1884-1894, 1894-1906, 1906-1910, 1910-1913, 1913-1918, Mar 1918-Sep 1918, Sep 1918-Nov 1922, Dec 1922-Jun 1929; Second Papers:  Oct 1854-Apr 1888, May 1888-Apr 1903.  Some from Superior Court.

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.


    Michigan City Headlight, 1894
    Our Heritage

    Souvenir of Police & Fire Departments of Michigan City, Indiana
    Roll Call Book of Westville School
    La Porte Fire Department History
    Impressions of La Porte, Indiana, 1893
    The City of Maples
    Leaves from the City of Maples
    La Porte County Churches
    Old Mills of La Porte County
    Did You Know?
    Pictorial La Porte: Homecoming 1929
    La Porte, Indiana, and Its Lakes
    Northern Indiana--La Porte and Vicinity
    Cruise of the (Michigan City) Zoo Board
    Washington Park (La Porte)
    Political History of La Porte
    Michigan City Fire Department
    Lake Shore Outlook
    Pioneer La Porte County
    Old Settlers, 1869-1894.

MILITARY/WAR RECORDS: Various military records/history:
    Civil, WWI, WWII, Vietnam and Gulf wars
    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
    La Porte County authors; various topics of historical interest, poetry, and also novels
    Records of organizations (Kiwanis, Lions, Little Theater, etc.)
    Journals, land sales, business treasurer's and account books, scrapbooks, slides, financial records of trustees, strays
    Ordinance of La Porte (1881, 1898 & 1916)
    "Kankakee River History"
    Abstracts from Physicians Certificates and Licenses (1897-1926), Schultz
    "La Porte Headlight" (1894)
    Will abstracts (1844-1871), Rowley
    Forgotten Towns
    History of La Porte City Parks
    Soil Survey (1944)

    and much more.                                                                                                                                              


    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. 

La Porte County Historical Society Museum
2405 Indiana Avenue, Suite 1
La Porte, IN 46350
Tel: 219/324-6767
Fax: 219/324-9029

Admission Charge: La Porte County Adult Residents $3
Out-of-county Adult Residents $6
Out-of-County Seniors 60 and over $5
Children/Students 12-17 $3
Commercial bus tour participants $3

Children under 12, La Porte County Historical Society, Inc. members
Time Traveler affiliates, School Tours FREE

Tuesday thru Saturday
10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M
Handicapped accessible

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