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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.

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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, Jul 22, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - 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.

Mon, Jul 22, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we... more
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Mon, Jul 22, 10:30am - 12:15pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Musical Monday presentation: Camp Rock. Refreshments will be provided. Registration Required.

Mon, Jul 22, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we... more
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Mon, Jul 22, 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, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake Library - Courtyard
This water filled program will take place outside in the library courtyard where there will be games, bubble play, and water balloons.... more
This water filled program will take place outside in the library courtyard where there will be games, bubble play, and water balloons. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.

Mon, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
School-aged children who have finished kindergarten can come take our egg-drop challenge. Can you build something to protect an egg in a... more
School-aged children who have finished kindergarten can come take our egg-drop challenge. Can you build something to protect an egg in a fall? If weather is bad, event will be inside. Please register.

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming 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.
This event is full

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Kids ages 6-12 are invited to decorate our patio with your chalk artwork and blow bubbles!

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Enjoy this science fiction classic on the big screen in the cool comfort of the library.

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Children in grades K-6th are welcome to join our cardboard challenge as we use our imaginations to create our own rocket ships using... more
Children in grades K-6th are welcome to join our cardboard challenge as we use our imaginations to create our own rocket ships using recyclable materials!

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Scrabble or other word games with friends and meet new ones. All games--as well as coffee and tea--will be provided. Join the fun!

Mon, Jul 22, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Do you want to be an astronaut? Go through space camp and learn more about what it takes to be an astronaut.
This event is full

Mon, Jul 22, 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, Jul 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Enjoy this science fiction classic on the big screen in the cool comfort of the library.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
This free seminar covers hiring a realtor, insurance coverage, and down payment assistance. The presenters are real estate... more
This free seminar covers hiring a realtor, insurance coverage, and down payment assistance. The presenters are real estate professionals Scott Orsi, Jennifer Podgorny, and Donna Holmer.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join the Calumet Astronomical Society, Inc. at the Library for an evening of space, science, & astronomical excitement! All welcome! A... more
Join the Calumet Astronomical Society, Inc. at the Library for an evening of space, science, & astronomical excitement! All welcome! A short business meeting precedes our speaker.

Mon, Jul 22, 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, Jul 23, 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.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Children who have completed kindergarten and older will explore the universe through stories and art.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this informative program about caring for seniors and their memories. Learn signs that could point toward memory problems,... more
Join us for this informative program about caring for seniors and their memories. Learn signs that could point toward memory problems, such as Alzheimer's and dementia. Please register.

Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:30am
Riverview Park
Join us at Riverview park for stories, songs, and games!

Canceled
Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago
Families are invited to join us for a 45-minute story time. We will read books, sing songs, and do fun activities!

Tue, Jul 23, 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.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 23, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Bring your projects and join us. Chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Tue, Jul 23, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Foyer
A Representative from NorthShore Health Center will be offering free blood pressure screenings in the foyer. First come, first served.

Tue, Jul 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.

Tue, Jul 23, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
This program will focus on the animals that live in the Indiana Dunes National Park. Park Ranger Kip Walton will bring animals furs to... more
This program will focus on the animals that live in the Indiana Dunes National Park. Park Ranger Kip Walton will bring animals furs to see and touch along with a live animal.

Tue, Jul 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Adults can try all kinds of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to... more
Adults can try all kinds of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to learn, and lots of fun! Registration required.

Tue, Jul 23, 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, Jul 23, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Back by Popular Demand! Rocks and paints provided, just bring your creativity! Registration required.

Tue, Jul 23, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
In this card game you are planetary researchers trying to escape a hostile planet. One member of the team is an alien entity and will... more
In this card game you are planetary researchers trying to escape a hostile planet. One member of the team is an alien entity and will sabotage the researchers as they try to contact mission control.

Tue, Jul 23, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Kids and their families will sing karaoke, eat snacks and have fun!

Tue, Jul 23, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Play a friendly game of Chess or Go.

Tue, Jul 23, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a social, support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. Teens... more
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a social, support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. Teens (12-18) are welcome. Parents/guardians can meet concurrently.

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!