Genealogy at the Library
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.
Online Obituary Index
Post Tribune/Gary Post Tribune Obituary Index (1921-current); Lake County Register and Star (1857 - 1938)
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.
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. Their digitzed microfilm records can be viewed instantly, without any special equipment beyond your web browser. Browse their catalog to see if the film you need has been digitized (or see other ways to access it).
LCPL is a FamilySearch 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 or try our handy FamilySearch tips. If you have any questions, just give us a call or use our Ask a Librarian form.