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!!! Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society will continue to operate. !!!

Congratulations to our new and returning NWIGS Board members. Thank you for 
stepping forward to donate your time to NWIGS.
NWIGS Board 2017-2018
    President- Pat Mitchell 
    1st Vice President- Jean Gassoway 
    2nd Vice President- Lynn Jackson
    Secretary- Marlene Pajor
    Treasurer- Gerard Dupczak
    Historian- Laurie Kender  (Marlene Polster will fill-in 
    until Laurie is available.)

Also continuing are
    Webmaster- John Arvidson
    TWIGS Newsletter Editor- Bill Schu

Priority #1- Find a qualified successor to Gerard as treasurer. He has 
agreed to serve one more year.
			
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.

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 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.


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FYI from the NWIGS President
From: The Humble Area Genealogical Society <humbleareagen@gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, September 1, 2017 3:49 PM
To: 1vp@nwigs.org
Subject: 2017 THAGS eConference: Back to Research
 

Howdy Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society!

The Humble Area Genealogical Society is hosting an eConference and would appreciate if you could forward this information to any of your members that might be interested in participating.


THAGS eConference: Back to Research
Saturday, 23 September 2017 from 8:30am - 4pm CDT

Join us for an eConference! We’ve arranged for four great speakers to teach us about a variety of research topics. Registration costs $15 and you can watch the live webinar presentations or see the replay on your own schedule for up to 30 days after the eConference. During the eConference you’ll be able to ask questions through the webinar program’s chat features. After these four hours of instructions, the speakers will convene for a final panel discussion to answer questions not finished during the webinars or any additional questions you have. It will be a great day of education and entertainment.

How to Register:

Go to the conference page on our website http://www.humblegen.org/conference and click on the register button or click on this link to REGISTER NOW.

 
www.humblegen.org
The Humble Area Genealogical Society meets monthly to learn genealogy methodology, participates in research trips and manages a genealogy library.
 

After clicking the "Register Now" button, you'll be taken to PayPal, where you can pay using your PayPal account or with a credit card or eCheck. After payment is complete, you'll be directed to the "Finalize Registration" page. You'll enter your name and email (this doesn't have to be the same email as your PayPal account) to complete the registration process. An email will be sent to you with links and passwords for the eConference.

eConference Schedule:

TimeSpeakerTopic
8:30 amKaren Rasmussen / Andrew LeeWelcome
9:00 amAmy Johnson CrowDesperately Seeking Susan: Finding Female Ancestors
10:30 amMelissa FinlayWhich Charles is Which? Separating Same Name Individuals
12:00 pmDevon Noel LeeUsing FamilySearch More Effectively
1:30 pmMichael L StraussBankruptcy to Equity: Using Federal Court Records
3:00 pmPanel DiscussionFamily History Fanatics' "Genealogy Unscripted"

Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Female Ancestors - Amy Johnson Crow

How do you find female ancestors when they lived in a world where most of the records were written by and about men? Explore sources and strategies to help you fill in the female half of the family tree.

Which Charles is Which? Separating Same Name Individuals - Melissa Finlay

Some individuals with similar names have been combined, crossed and muddled over time. Learn how to differentiate between same-named people using a composite of time, place, family members, occupation and other unique identifiers.

Using FamilySearch More Effectively - Devon Noel Lee

FamilySearch.org has billions of names in the family tree and millions of records for genealogical research. This class discusses how to use this collaborative tree more effectively using indexed and unindexed records and leaving a trail of your research decisions along the way.

Bankruptcy to Equity: Using Federal Court Records - Michael L. Strauss

Was Grandma a bootlegger? Did Grandpa pay his taxes? Records of the Federal courts are among the National Archives’ largest holdings-and yet some of the least used records. Open a new chapter of your family history and discover little-known branches in your family tree as the records of the Federal Court system are discussed in detail.

We hope to see you online on the 23rd of September!

-The Humble Area Genealogical Society
 Humble, TX

This eConference is being produced by Family History Fanatics. 25% of the ticket price goes directly to The Humble Area Genealogical Society to support their preservation and education activities. If your society would like more information on hosting an eConference, email familyhistoryfanatics@gmail.com.









 
Indiana Death Certificates

Marlene Polsteer has informed us that Ancestry.com has put Indiana Death Certificates up on their website from 1899 to 2011.
 
 
Lynn M. Jackson from the Lake County Public Library has updated the following:


New Post Tribune Obituary Index

All years are now represented in our Post Tribune Obituary Index.  We have also added deaths and some marriages and births for the Lake County Star to our database.  Here is the new description for the NWIGS website - homepage.
 

Post Tribune or Gary Post Tribune Obituary Index (1921-2016)

Lake County Register and Star Obituary Index from 1857-1938

There are 14,864 names available to search in our database. Deaths and marriages are included.

The years 1931 to 1938 contain 1,953 names with deaths, births and marriages included.

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, September 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Serena Ard will present Preserving Memories
Serena Ard is the Curator of the Westchester History Museum and an avid amateur genealogist.  She will advise us on preserving artifacts that our family has passed on to us.  While she will remind us of safe storage of paper, she will also tell us best practices for storing fabric, photos, and other items.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Jim Nelson will present Scandinavian Research
Jim Nelson has done genealogical work - for himself, family members, and professionally for others - for Norway, Sweden, Denmark, England, Ireland, Poland and for the US.  He has done US research on Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey and New England -- including the pre-Revolutionary colonies in Massachusetts, Maine and on Long Island, NY.
He started doing professional translations of Scandinavian letters and documents over 40 years ago.


PREVIOUS SOCIETY MEETINGS

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10:00a.
Lake County Public Library, Central Branch, at 1919 West 81st. Avenue (Route 30), Merrillville, IN
KayLynn Mathews will present "What is a Reasonably Exhaustive Search?"
KayLynn Mathews, professional genealogist, will help us
understand the National Genealogical Society's "Genealogical Proof Standard" or GPS Element 1:Thorough Research. How many sources do I need? Are sources of equal value? And most of all, why should I care?

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Member Networking.  Ask Your 2017 Genealogical Questions.
Members will have the opportunity to ask questions and share sources of information. This is a chance to ask others members for help. As always members will be glad to share suggestions of where to search next for more information on your elusive ancestors.
Be sure to bring your tree; you may find a cousin at the meeting.

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Lake County Public Library, Central Branch, at 1919 West 81st. Avenue (Route 30), Merrillville, IN
Marlene Polster will present "Backdooring the 1890 Census"

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, 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, 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 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, 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.