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Welcome to the website for the Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society! We are glad you are here. We are an active society that is committed to preserving the history of Lake County and Porter County in Indiana. We have some great resources for you in your research. Many dedicated volunteers have made these available to you. If you are local, we encourage you to attend one of our monthly meetings. You can contact us directly here.

If you have any change of address, temporary or permanent, please provide it to our Treasurer/Membership board member. This is especially important to be able to receive the TWIGS newsletter if you have it mailed to you. You can email to , or send a note to:
  Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society
  PO Box 595
  Griffith, IN 46319

Our Newsletter Editor, Bill Schu, is always looking for articles for our TWIGS newsletter. If you think you have a possible topic, contact Bill. Click HERE for information on how to contact the Newsletter Editor.

HOMEPAGE BULLETIN

PLEASE NOTE

 A new item has been added to the forum section of the web site.  An entry under the DISCUSSIONS tab "AREA MEETINGS & EVENTS - not NWIGS Regular Meetings" is a place where other meetings of possible interests to NWIGS members can be listed by members.  You must be logged in as a paid member to make an entry here, or view the entries.

Post a new entry by entering it in the "Reply to Topic" box.


HOT ITEMS

Indiana Death Certificates

Marlene Polsteer has informed us that Ancestry.com has put Indiana Death Certificates up on their website from 1899 to 2011.
 

New Post Tribune Obituary Index

Lynn M. Jackson, MLS, Reference Librarian at the Lake County Public Library has shared the following:

We created a Post Tribune Obituary Index from 1921 to 2015.  1980's are incomplete, 1990, 2006 and 2008 are missing.   There are 244,378 entries in the database.

A link to access this can be found at tab RESEARCH / RESOURCES / LAKE COUNTY RESOURCES.


SOCIETY MEETINGS

The society normally meets each month in January-November from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in either the Valparaiso Branch of the Porter County Public Library or a Lake County Library. Check the schedule below for the location.  There is no fee to attend the regular monthly meetings.


UPCOMING SOCIETY MEETINGS

Saturday February 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
St. John Public Library at 9450 Wicker Ave, St. John, IN 46373
 * This is a new meeting location.  Click here for a google map.
Steve McShane will tell us "What's Happening at the Calumet Archives"

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Jane Haldeman will present "Colonial America Research"
The following Genealogical activities will also be held on this day at the Valparaiso Public Library:
 * Genealogy Book Sale.  Click here
 * Genealogy Lock In.  Click here

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Lake County Public Library, Central Branch, at 1919 West 81st. Avenue (Route 30), Merrillville, IN
Kris Rzepczynski will present "Seeking Michigan"

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Michael Lacopa will present "German Research"

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
location TBD
Marlene Polster will present "Backdooring the 1890 Census"


PREVIOUS SOCIETY MEETINGS

Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:00a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
This will be a Member Sharing meeting.

Click HERE to see a flyer for the meeting.

There was no scheduled meeting for December.

Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10:00a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
There was a Legacy Webinar on "War of 1812 Archives"

Click HERE to see a flyer for the meeting.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:00a.m.
Lake County Public Library, Central Branch, at 1919 West 81st. Avenue (Route 30), Merrillville, IN
KayLynn Mathews presented "Google Earth for Genealogists"
Click HERE to see a flyer for the meeting.

Saturday, September  17, 2016 at 10:00a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Gail Lukasic presented "My Mother's Story: Genealogy Roadshow Experience"
Click HERE to see a flyer for the meeting.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:00a.m.
Lake County Public Library, Central Branch, at 1919 West 81st. Avenue (Route 30), Merrillville, IN
Sally Phillips presented "Settling of Indiana" (In honor of Indiana's Bicentennial).
Click HERE to see a flyer for the meeting.

Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 10:00a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Networking
Member and guest sharing.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10:00a.m.
Lake County Public Library, Central Branch, at 1919 West 81st. Avenue (Route 30), Merrillville, IN
Donna Stokes-Lucas presented "African-American Genealogical Research: Getting Started and Making Progress".
Donna will introduce the basics of African American genealogical research and provide advice about how to proceed when you hit the "brick-wall" of inadequate records. Donna Stokes-Lucas, an Indianapolis bookstore owner, is a speaker with the Indiana Historical Society's Speakers Bureau specializing in African American History in Indiana and the Underground Railroad.
Through her research Donna has been able to substantiate family stories and discover new information. She also found surprises during her research."You're going to prove a great diversity in your family history that other people may not have known," said Stokes-Lucas.
Click HERE to see a flyer for the meeting.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Pushing Up Daisies: Cemetery Research
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG(SM) presented finding information about burials through online resources, books, property records, lot ownership cards, and onsite visits.
Jeanne is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, forensic genealogy, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. On behalf of the Department of the Army, Jeanne searches for and identifies family members of unaccounted for servicemen. Jeanne writes articles for scholarly journals and society publications. She is a frequent lecturer at conferences, workshops, and institutes. She is a Trustee and the president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  
Click HERE to see a flyer for the meeting.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Dyer-Schererville Branch Library, 1001 W Lincoln Hwy (US 30), Schererville, IN.
Ray Johnson  "Chicago's History Cop" presented  "Researching at the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Archives" How to most effectively use this wonderful, intimidating, and most often overlooked historical research gem. Covered topics include county naturalizations, divorces, civil and criminal case files, wills and probate files and even Chicago “Burnt Records” and juvenile records.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
"Getting Children interested in Genealogy: Intergenerational Projects"
Serena Sutliff and Susan Swarner

Serena Sutliff, Curator of the Westchester Township History Museum, and Susan Swarner, Museum Educator, presented ideas for projects to involve kids and even adult children in genealogy. These projects have the potential to develop that curiosity which leads to a lifelong active interest in genealogy.

Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
** New Location:  South Haven Library located at 403 W. 700 N., Valparaiso, IN**
Pat Mitchell presented "Cite Your Sources".
The why and how of source citation in your genealogical research. Once you have that record in hand, why bother writing out a source citation? Planning to publish- even just for the immediate family? Why sources for your information are important. How to write those citations in conventional format for genealogical use will be presented.

Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
OUR ANNUAL MEMBERSHARING MEETING.
Members and guests shared interesting experiences and activities related to their search for genealogical information.
Anyone interested in learning about genealogy was welcome to attend.  Members were invited to bring a friend.


 


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Free Membership

If you sign up for Free Membership, it will last for 1 year.  After 1 year your free membership will be terminated. 




Lake and Porter Counties
Lake and Porter Counties


NWIGS is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to collect, preserve and disseminate knowledge and information with reference to genealogy, history, biography and heraldry; to promote and sustain interest in the study of these fields; to pool interest and aid individual members of the Society; and to issue publications relating to genealogy.