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Genealogy Databases

Track your family history and find your roots with the help of these tools dedicated to genealogy! You can also discover interesting information about the history of a specific region.

 

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This resource may only be used within the library Ancestry Library Edition

An easy-to-use genealogy tool that will help you trace your ancestors. Also includes downloadable charts to help you track your family!
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Genealogy Database

FamilySearch.org

A standard, free genealogy website that anyone may use from any location. More records may be available when connecting from LCPL locations.
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Fold3

Convenient access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Virtual bookshelf containing hundreds of e-textbooks on several topics. Search by keyword (ex: "genealogy") to narrow results
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Heritage Quest Online

Provides several searchable sources, including the U.S. Census, Freedman's Bank, and land grants from the Revolutionary War.

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Indiana Genealogy Online

Researches and documents genealogical data throughout the state. Includes requirements for participation, areas in need of work, and archives.

Historic 1913 Yearbook from Hobart, Indiana

Indiana Historical Society

Learn about the society's collections, exhibits and publications. Includes a Today in Indiana History feature and online copies of Hoosier Genealogist.

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Indiana State Digital Archives

Browse through the indexes to many of the most popular State Archives collections.

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Indiana State Library Genealogy Division

Contains searchable databases indexing Indiana cemeteries and Indiana marriages through 1850.

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INSPIRE

A searchable database of databases, free to all Indiana residents. INSPIRE works at any LCPL location, but you can also create an account confirming your Indiana residency for home access. More info on home access

Historic 1913 Yearbook from Hobart, Indiana

Lake County High School Yearbooks

Historic yearbooks from high schools in Lake County, Indiana

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LCPL Catalog

Our very own catalog contains helpful materials for getting started in your research. Find Indiana-specific records and indexes, encyclopedias, newspapers, and more!

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National Genealogical Society

Outlines services and publications of the NGS, offers tips for beginners, soundex history and methods, and links to other genealogy sites.

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NewspaperARCHIVE Library Edition

Browse through global and local newspaper articles dating back to 1607. Search by first and last name, dates, or regions.

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Northwest Indiana Genealogy Society

Genealogical information on Lake and Porter counties.

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Online Post Tribune or Gary Post Tribune Obituary Index (1921 - Current)

Search local obituaries by name, partial name, maiden name, date, city, and age. Once you've found the obituary, we'll be happy to pull a copy for your records. (Note: If you need an obituary that is missing, please use our Ask a Librarian form - we'll look it up for you!)

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Post-Tribune (1986 - Current)

Search more than 30 years of Indiana history with the Post-Tribune Collection. Coverage from 1986 through today, including full color pages, full-text and web-only content.

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ProQuest African American Heritage

Searchable records include the U.S. Census, Freedman's Bank, military service records, and more.

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ProQuest Historical Chicago Tribune

Every article of the Chicago Tribune's archive is available in this database.

Upcoming Events
Mon, Jun 17, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art.... more
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art. $20 cash fee paid at the time of class covers all materials.

Mon, Jun 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to... more
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to encourage interaction and foster language development. 

Mon, Jun 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Mon, Jun 17, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills.

Rescheduled
Mon, Jun 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
New date Monday, June 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on... more
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on important early pre-reading skills.

Mon, Jun 17, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Experienced dance instructor will teach Ballroom Dancing for 6 weeks.

Mon, Jun 17, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Bring your projects and join us. Chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Mon, Jun 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on... more
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on important early pre-reading skills.

Mon, Jun 17, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Picture books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, fingerplays and a craft bring language to life in this fun program.

Mon, Jun 17, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Mon, Jun 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Kids will make a space-themed sand painting and a layered sand bottle! All materials provided.
This event is full

Mon, Jun 17, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Enjoy a 'taste of California' in cool comfort on the library's big screen.

Mon, Jun 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Learn about these amazing birds as Humane Indiana details their work and rescue of birds large and small in our area and meet five of... more
Learn about these amazing birds as Humane Indiana details their work and rescue of birds large and small in our area and meet five of their animal ambassadors.

Mon, Jun 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Kids (K-5th grade) will use the library LEGO® blocks to build a space craft (shuttle, space ship, launcher, etc.) and take a picture of... more
Kids (K-5th grade) will use the library LEGO® blocks to build a space craft (shuttle, space ship, launcher, etc.) and take a picture of your creation with a space background.
This event is full

Mon, Jun 17, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in... more
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in your own sketchbook and projects to work on.

Mon, Jun 17, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Enjoy a 'taste of California' in cool comfort on the library's big screen.

Mon, Jun 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
All children and their families are invited to build with the library's LEGO® and DUPLO® blocks. Design something nifty for our... more
All children and their families are invited to build with the library's LEGO® and DUPLO® blocks. Design something nifty for our display case!

Mon, Jun 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Teens interested in being a volunteer this summer are required to attend one of our volunteer training sessions. All volunteers (ages... more
Teens interested in being a volunteer this summer are required to attend one of our volunteer training sessions. All volunteers (ages 11-18) must fill out an application and waiver form.

Mon, Jun 17, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Town hall meeting with Indiana House District 15 Representative Chris Chyung.

Mon, Jun 17, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
To celebrate Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we will be hosting a series of documentaries discussing... more
To celebrate Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we will be hosting a series of documentaries discussing Stonewall's effect on American history. Please Register.

Mon, Jun 17, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Cedar Lake - Public Tables
Bring yarn and a size H crochet hook or size 7 knitting needles and cotton yarn ... or bring along a project you're already working on!

Mon, Jun 17, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Dyer-Schererville Branch - Lake Central High School
Presentation to board.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
What are you doing to take care of your brain? Participants will enjoy fun and interactive activities in four sessions presented by... more
What are you doing to take care of your brain? Participants will enjoy fun and interactive activities in four sessions presented by Linda Curley from Purdue Extension Services. Registration Required.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to... more
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to encourage interaction and foster language development. 

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Where It Hurts by Reed Farrell Coleman

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
The Lake County Enviromobile is here! Kids will have fun playing a sorting game and learning more about recycling. This program is for... more
The Lake County Enviromobile is here! Kids will have fun playing a sorting game and learning more about recycling. This program is for kids 1st grade (6yrs old) and up.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
This ancient empire needs no introduction. From the Circus Maximus to the Colosseum, Rome's beauty still flourishes.

Tue, Jun 18, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Families are invited to join us for a 45-minute story time. We will read books, sing songs, and do fun activities!

Tue, Jun 18, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids ages 4-5.

Tue, Jun 18, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Make a cyanotype print using a chemical solution, found objects, and the sun's rays. Registration required. Please wear clothing that... more
Make a cyanotype print using a chemical solution, found objects, and the sun's rays. Registration required. Please wear clothing that can be stained!

Tue, Jun 18, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Come to the library for an open play session designed for children with sensory challenges. Children of all abilities are also welcome... more
Come to the library for an open play session designed for children with sensory challenges. Children of all abilities are also welcome to attend. Caregivers must accompany participants to the program.

Tue, Jun 18, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Picture books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, fingerplays and a craft bring language to life in this fun program.

Tue, Jun 18, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Join us as Humane Indiana brings 5 animals and discusses the natural history of each species. We will explore the history of the rehab... more
Join us as Humane Indiana brings 5 animals and discusses the natural history of each species. We will explore the history of the rehab center, and what they provide for the wildlife in need.

Tue, Jun 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us for green screen fun at the library! You will be able to write your own skits and perform, while learning how to use the green... more
Join us for green screen fun at the library! You will be able to write your own skits and perform, while learning how to use the green screen technology. Please register. Ages 10-18.

Tue, Jun 18, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Brain Fitness Camp is meant to engage aging adults in fun and interactive activities that challenge thinking and help participants... more
The Brain Fitness Camp is meant to engage aging adults in fun and interactive activities that challenge thinking and help participants stay mentally active.

Tue, Jun 18, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Children will determine which common household items should end up in a landfill as waste and which are actually resources that should... more
Children will determine which common household items should end up in a landfill as waste and which are actually resources that should be recovered by reusing or recycling.

Tue, Jun 18, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Come in and try Minecraft Pi. Play by yourself or with others. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
This event is full

Tue, Jun 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Preschoolers, ages 4, 5 & 6 will hear stories, enjoy music, games, STEM, finger plays and make a craft to take home.

Tue, Jun 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be... more
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be displayed in the library until the next LEGO® Club meeting.

Tue, Jun 18, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Join us for the screening of an anime movie or TV series. Ages 12-18. Please Register. Snacks will be served.

Tue, Jun 18, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Tue, Jun 18, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Play a friendly game of Chess or Go.

Can't Find It?

If you can't find what you're looking for in any of our databases, give your local library a call. They can help you figure out which databases would be most helpful to you to further research your topic.

If you'd like to ask a librarian, but it's after library hours, just head over to our Ask a Librarian page! This form lets you contact us at any time of day or night. We'll get you an answer within 24 business hours. Happy researching!