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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.

 Looking for local history? Try:

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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. View Tutorial

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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, Dec 16, 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, Dec 16, 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.

Mon, Dec 16, 11:00am - 1:00pm
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, Dec 16, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room A
Adults are invited to de-stress and relax with pencils and coloring sheets provided by the library. Or bring your own!

Mon, Dec 16, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
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, Dec 16, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Library foyer - Library foyer
The US Census Bureau is looking to hire 5,000 workers in our area. Roy Gillis will be here to answer your questions about working for... more
The US Census Bureau is looking to hire 5,000 workers in our area. Roy Gillis will be here to answer your questions about working for the Census Bureau and also to help you with the application.

Mon, Dec 16, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Mon, Dec 16, 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, Dec 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Two thousand years ago, the Colossus, one the ancient world's seven wonders, stood in the bay of Rhodes. View other amazing structures,... more
Two thousand years ago, the Colossus, one the ancient world's seven wonders, stood in the bay of Rhodes. View other amazing structures, beaches and more in this beautiful part of Greece.

Mon, Dec 16, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Hobart - Quiet Study Room
Every Monday in the Hobart Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are... more
Every Monday in the Hobart Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Mon, Dec 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Kids (K-5th grade) will make their own LEGO® creations using the library's LEGO® blocks.

Canceled
Mon, Dec 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
St. John
Would you like to help plan the St. John Library's future teen events? If so, join our Teen Advisory Board! You will earn volunteer... more
Would you like to help plan the St. John Library's future teen events? If so, join our Teen Advisory Board! You will earn volunteer hours while we discuss and plan future teen programs. Ages 11-17.

Mon, Dec 16, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
$35* is due at time of class. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a CPR Course completion card valid for 2... more
$35* is due at time of class. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a CPR Course completion card valid for 2 years. Taught by certified CPR instructor, Paula Thompson, RN.

Mon, Dec 16, 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, Dec 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
Hands-on learning for school-age children involving science and technology. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count... more
Hands-on learning for school-age children involving science and technology. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Mon, Dec 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Two thousand years ago, the Colossus, one the ancient world's seven wonders, stood in the bay of Rhodes. View other amazing structures,... more
Two thousand years ago, the Colossus, one the ancient world's seven wonders, stood in the bay of Rhodes. View other amazing structures, beaches and more in this beautiful part of Greece.

Mon, Dec 16, 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! Please Register.

Mon, Dec 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Children's area - Children's area
"Boss," a certified Therapy Dog, will be at the library for children to read to and interact with. Boss's handler, Chae, will answer... more
"Boss," a certified Therapy Dog, will be at the library for children to read to and interact with. Boss's handler, Chae, will answer questions about Boss and Therapy Dogs International.

Mon, Dec 16, 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!

Tue, Dec 17, 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 teaches early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teaches early literacy skills.

Tue, Dec 17, 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.
This event is full

Tue, Dec 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.

Tue, Dec 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal conversation about the town of St. John and its history. While you're here, grab a cup of coffee (or tea or... more
Join us for an informal conversation about the town of St. John and its history. While you're here, grab a cup of coffee (or tea or cocoa) on us! Registration required.

Tue, Dec 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
The Dry by Jane Harper

Tue, Dec 17, 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 have fun activities!

Tue, Dec 17, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Tue, Dec 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Adults can stop in and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and play a game of BINGO.

Tue, Dec 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.

Tue, Dec 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
All ages can stop in for a cup of hot chocolate and play a game of BINGO.

Tue, Dec 17, 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.

Tue, Dec 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Preschoolers will enjoy stories, music, games, STEM, finger plays and make a craft.

Tue, Dec 17, 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, Dec 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Join us for a book discussion focused on the selected book. Request a copy through your local branch or from Hoopla using your library... more
Join us for a book discussion focused on the selected book. Request a copy through your local branch or from Hoopla using your library card. Ages 12-18. Please register.

Tue, Dec 17, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this special "Just Dance" Party, which was suggested by our Teen Advisory Board members! We will be playing the Wii game... more
Join us for this special "Just Dance" Party, which was suggested by our Teen Advisory Board members! We will be playing the Wii game "Just Dance." There will be also be food and drinks. Ages 10-18.

Tue, Dec 17, 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.

Wed, Dec 18, 10:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various play stations. Playing helps children... more
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various play stations. Playing helps children learn language, literacy, social, and other skills.

Wed, Dec 18, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs,... more
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, stories and a craft.

Wed, Dec 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program 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.

Wed, Dec 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
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.
This event is full

Wed, Dec 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers accompanied by an adult caregiver, will gain early literacy skills and enjoy stories, music, finger plays, and a craft.
This event is full

Wed, Dec 18, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
New and expectant parents will learn how to care for their baby during the first 6 months of infancy. Class is geared towards anyone... more
New and expectant parents will learn how to care for their baby during the first 6 months of infancy. Class is geared towards anyone preparing for baby including mom, dad, and grandparents.

Wed, Dec 18, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs,... more
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, stories and a craft.

Wed, Dec 18, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft... more
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft you enjoy!

Wed, Dec 18, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
A young man with Down syndrome teams up with a scruffy outlaw to travel across the Southeast, encountering colorful characters along the... more
A young man with Down syndrome teams up with a scruffy outlaw to travel across the Southeast, encountering colorful characters along the way. PG-13; 97minutes

Wed, Dec 18, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Quiet Study Room #3
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are... more
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Wed, Dec 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Highland - Quiet Study Room
Each session includes a series of asanas (postures) & sequences of pranayam (breathing exercises) for good health. Please bring your own... more
Each session includes a series of asanas (postures) & sequences of pranayam (breathing exercises) for good health. Please bring your own mat to class.

Wed, Dec 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
This month we will be making gingerbread houses. Create your own unique house out of graham crackers, candy, sprinkles and more! All... more
This month we will be making gingerbread houses. Create your own unique house out of graham crackers, candy, sprinkles and more! All materials will be provided. Registration is required. Ages 6-15.

Wed, Dec 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Seating Area
Receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills.
This event is full

Wed, Dec 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Snacks will be served and plans will be made for upcoming projects. Bring your ideas and be prepared for a fun time.

Wed, Dec 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for preschoolers and their families. Enjoy an evening storytime with books, finger plays, and music. Feel free to wear pajamas!

Wed, Dec 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
During the Civil War, Heather discovers she is pregnant. She works as a laundress for the army, but when they get orders to march south,... more
During the Civil War, Heather discovers she is pregnant. She works as a laundress for the army, but when they get orders to march south, she goes home to have the child under safer conditions.

Wed, Dec 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Spain, a country on the Iberian peninsula, has a 2,000 year old history steeped in art. Join us as we explore Spain and enjoy a local... more
Spain, a country on the Iberian peninsula, has a 2,000 year old history steeped in art. Join us as we explore Spain and enjoy a local snack. Registration required.

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!