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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 Room Online

Historic books, pamphlets, reports, newsletters, and other materials from Lake County, Indiana

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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
Tue, Feb 25, 9:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic... more
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic information to prepare for American citizenship.

Tue, Feb 25, 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, Feb 25, 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, Feb 25, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Learn how to turn your home into a "lifelong home" that's fit for everyone to live in regardless of age or ability.

Tue, Feb 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children will be making a clay narwhal in February.

Tue, Feb 25, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Fiction Addiction Book Club

Tue, Feb 25, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
School-age children, K-6th grade, are invited to the library for an hour of art exploration and fun. All supplies will be provided.... more
School-age children, K-6th grade, are invited to the library for an hour of art exploration and fun. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Please wear clothes you can get messy in.

Tue, Feb 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children will be making a clay narwhal for February
This event is full

Tue, Feb 25, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Hosted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).

Tue, Feb 25, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Stories, fingerplays, music, related activities and a craft are all included in this storytime for children and their family members.

Tue, Feb 25, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Discuss world affairs in this program designed by the Foreign Policy Association.

Wed, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Children birth - 23 mos. old, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy this 30 min. lap-sit program. Songs, stories, finger plays... more
Children birth - 23 mos. old, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy this 30 min. lap-sit program. Songs, stories, finger plays and rhymes will encourage interaction and language development.

Wed, Feb 26, 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, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Please register all attendees so we may... more
Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Wed, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Wed, Feb 26, 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, Feb 26, 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Homeschoolers in grades K-6th will make an art project with supplies provided by the library. Sign-ups are required and space is limited.

Wed, Feb 26, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Wed, Feb 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Explore China's capital city.

Wed, Feb 26, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Wii games, jam out on Guitar Hero or many other games!

Wed, Feb 26, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Quiet Study Room #3
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census Recruitment Advisors will be available to help you apply for Census employment. ... more
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census Recruitment Advisors will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Wed, Feb 26, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
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.
This event is full

Wed, Feb 26, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Learn more about the not-for-profit organization Habitat for Humanity and find out what it takes to apply for one of their homes.

Wed, Feb 26, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Wed, Feb 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Wed, Feb 26, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Parlez-vous francais? French speakers of all skill levels are welcome to join us for conversations in French.

Thu, Feb 27, 9:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic... more
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic information to prepare for American citizenship.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:15am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, and crafts.... more
Toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, and crafts. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:30am - 12:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Come join us for a movie and a snack as we watch the classic newsroom comedy The Maltese Falcon (1941), featuring legendary actors... more
Come join us for a movie and a snack as we watch the classic newsroom comedy The Maltese Falcon (1941), featuring legendary actors Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre. Running time: 100 min.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the... more
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the company of others.

Thu, Feb 27, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Highland - Quiet Study Room
Every Thursday, in our Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are... more
Every Thursday, in our Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!  

Thu, Feb 27, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for a relaxed, informal discussion of "I Will Always Write Back" by Caitlin Alifirenka. Limited copies available at the Munster... more
Join us for a relaxed, informal discussion of "I Will Always Write Back" by Caitlin Alifirenka. Limited copies available at the Munster Branch.

Thu, Feb 27, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Think you know pop culture and trivia? Come test your skills and win a SIP gift card! Topics include: Music, Sports, Food, Books, Video... more
Think you know pop culture and trivia? Come test your skills and win a SIP gift card! Topics include: Music, Sports, Food, Books, Video Games, History, and more!

Thu, Feb 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Join the green screen fun at Griffith-Calumet Twp Branch! Learn about green screen tech, write your own skit, or perform.

Thu, Feb 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Kids (6-10 years old) will learn about wind and participate in wind experiments and activities. Building science and literacy skills... more
Kids (6-10 years old) will learn about wind and participate in wind experiments and activities. Building science and literacy skills with the Leap into Science program and the Franklin Institute.

Thu, Feb 27, 6:00pm - 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.

Thu, Feb 27, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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.

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!