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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
Wed, Nov 20, All day
Griffith-Calumet Library
Kids, preschool to 5 grade, pick-up a turkey coloring sheet at Griffith-Calumet Twp. Branch and use your imagination to create the... more
Kids, preschool to 5 grade, pick-up a turkey coloring sheet at Griffith-Calumet Twp. Branch and use your imagination to create the perfect disguise for your turkey. Turn in entries by 11/22/19.

Wed, Nov 20, 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, Nov 20, 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, Nov 20, 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, Nov 20, 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, Nov 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count... more
Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Wed, Nov 20, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
An experienced labor nurse will help expectant parents prepare for labor by providing education and advice on the labor experience. She... more
An experienced labor nurse will help expectant parents prepare for labor by providing education and advice on the labor experience. She will help parents feel prepared for the birth of their baby. 

Wed, Nov 20, 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, Nov 20, 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, Nov 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Lobby Area
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.

Wed, Nov 20, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek... more
An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold. PG-13, 2h

Wed, Nov 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Come make a mug cake. It is simple with only a few ingredients. Just remember 3-2-1 and then enjoy your creation.

Wed, Nov 20, 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, Nov 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Come to the library to make your own paper airplane! We will test out different plane designs and we will have challenges for you to... more
Come to the library to make your own paper airplane! We will test out different plane designs and we will have challenges for you to complete with your plane. Registration is required. Ages 6-15.

Wed, Nov 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Each session includes a series of asanas (postures) & sequences of pranayam (breathing exercises) for good health. Please bring your... 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, Nov 20, 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, Nov 20, 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, Nov 20, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Wed, Nov 20, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Create body scrubs, bath salts and bath bombs. Bring 2 glass jars for your scrub and salts and a favorite essential oil to scent your... more
Create body scrubs, bath salts and bath bombs. Bring 2 glass jars for your scrub and salts and a favorite essential oil to scent your creations. All other materials provided. Registration required.
This event is full

Wed, Nov 20, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
The story of a man arriving in the US with little money and no English who makes his way through medical school and towards a life of... more
The story of a man arriving in the US with little money and no English who makes his way through medical school and towards a life of healing.

Wed, Nov 20, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Vietnam has had its own share of wars, so it is no wonder that the country appears on the map of international tourism. Join us as we... more
Vietnam has had its own share of wars, so it is no wonder that the country appears on the map of international tourism. Join us as we explore Vietnam and enjoy a local snack. Registration required.

Thu, Nov 21, 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, Nov 21, 10:30am - 12:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Classic Film Series selection: Sunset Boulevard. Run time: 110 minutes. Refreshments will be... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film Series selection: Sunset Boulevard. Run time: 110 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Thu, Nov 21, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
In a series of seven presentations, participants will explore how nutrition, exercise and other factors play important roles in the... more
In a series of seven presentations, participants will explore how nutrition, exercise and other factors play important roles in the health of your entire body.

Thu, Nov 21, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of "Beartown" by Fredrik Backman. Copies are available at the Munster branch.

Thu, Nov 21, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join our inspirational book discussion. Pick up a copy of the novel at the Highland Branch.

Thu, Nov 21, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all... more
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all materials. Registration is required.

Thu, Nov 21, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Highland - Quiet Study Room
Every Thursday, in the Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Thu, Nov 21, 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.

Thu, Nov 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Learn some common origami folds then practice folding beginner models. Please register: seats are limited. Ages 11-18.

Thu, Nov 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Every month, come to the library and make a different craft. This month we will be working with perler beads. All materials provided.... more
Every month, come to the library and make a different craft. This month we will be working with perler beads. All materials provided. Registration required.

Thu, Nov 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Library Seating Area
Receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills.

Thu, Nov 21, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all... more
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all materials. Registration is required.
This event is full

Thu, Nov 21, 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, Nov 21, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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.

Thu, Nov 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Join our Mystery Book Discussion Group, Once Upon a Crime as we discuss this new novel. Pick up a copy at the Highland Branch.

Fri, Nov 22, All day
Griffith-Calumet Library
Kids, preschool to 5 grade, pick-up a turkey coloring sheet at Griffith-Calumet Twp. Branch and use your imagination to create the... more
Kids, preschool to 5 grade, pick-up a turkey coloring sheet at Griffith-Calumet Twp. Branch and use your imagination to create the perfect disguise for your turkey. Turn in entries by 11/22/19.

Fri, Nov 22, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is... more
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is the program facilitator.

Fri, Nov 22, 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Cedar Lake - Quiet Study Room B
Every Friday, in Quiet Study Room B, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins 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!