Genealogy and Local History

NEW! Genealogy Resource Guide & Genealogy Room Map

Genealogy at the Library

Griffith Elementary Class 1904

The Lake County Public Library Indiana Room and Genealogy Room (located at the Merrillville branch) include both local history and genealogy resources. The emphasis of the collection is on Lake County, but also includes nearby counties such as Porter and LaPorte.

Reference materials for states from which settlers migrated to Indiana and many general genealogy reference resources are also available. You will find the Genealogy Room on the main level behind the information desk, and the Indiana Room on the upper level.

The Indiana Room is a closed collection. Please contact the Merrillville Branch reference department (219-769-3541) to make a research appointment.

Griffith Railroad Crossing circa 1900

The Genealogy Room is open during regular library hours. We also offer a variety of genealogy classes throughout the year.

Historic High School Year Books

Lake County Public Library has a huge collection of yearbooks from all of the high schools in our district - some dating back to 1908! We're finally putting our historic yearbooks online for anyone to flip through.

Read historic newspapers and other documents in our Genealogy Room

Lake County Records

Some vital records relating to Lake County are available through Find marriage, WPA and church records, naturalization and citizenship indexes, voting registers, and much more. Gary Diocese records are available when searching United States, Indiana, Lake, Gary in the catalog. Sign in with a free FamilySearch account to view the records. Start here.

FamilySearch: Digital Records Access

FamilySearch is the world's largest repository of free genealogical records and manages the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. For many years, FamilySearch provided microfilm distribution to affiliate libraries and our patrons. Now, they are pleased to announce that they are in the process of digitizing their microfilm collection! Once digitized, most microfilm records can be viewed instantly, without any special equipment beyond your web browser. Visit FamilySearch and browse their catalog to see if the film you need has been digitized (or see other ways to access it).

Need more access? LCPL is an affiliate library; searching FamilySearch from any LCPL location will give you access to 25% more records than searching from home on a basic account!

For more information on finding and reading microfilm online, see FamilySearch's digital access FAQ.

Ready to research? Get started with our handy FamilySearch tips. If you have any questions, just give us a call or use our Ask a Librarian form.

Newspaper Obituary Page graphic

Online Obituary Index: Post Tribune/Gary Post Tribune Obituary Index (1921-current); Lake County Register and Star (1857 - 1938)

Now you can quickly and easily search local obituaries when tracing your family history! Our obituary search engine lets you search 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 and we will look it up for you! ) Give it a try.