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Our NORTHWEST INDIANA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY has several Board Members who have been serving for a long time and need a break. There is currently a vacancy for President that no one has stepped up to fill. If NWIGS is to continue, volunteers will need to step up and be on the Board.


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 [javascript protected email address], 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. If you could use some help writing up an article, our Historian, Laurie Kender can help with that. Click HERE for information on how to contact them.

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PLEASE NOTE

Barbara Nault, former member and a long-time supporter of NWIGS, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014. Her obituary was published in the NWI Times and can be seen at the following link.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nwitimes/obituary.aspx?n=Barbara-Nault&pid=171796678

Our sympathies go out to her family.
 


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NEW MEMBERSHIP PRICING

The Board of Directors of NWIGS has delayed the decision to increase yearly dues for as long as possible, but we were recently hit with a cost increase that forced our hands. Beginning on 1 July 2014, a yearly membership will be $20 per year. Additionally, if you prefer to receive a paper copy of our newsletter, the yearly $10 surcharge will remain unchanged (for a $30 total fee).

In calculating our budget for the upcoming year, we had hoped to avoid a dues increase. 100% of your dues go toward the membership. None of the officers receive a salary, therefore all monies we receive are used to support the programs that help you with your research. Our two largest expenses cover speaker fees and the printing of the newsletter.

The Board implemented the surcharge to offset the expense of printing and mailing of our newsletter. The option to receive an electronic copy was accepted by most of our membership. We anticipate that the offset will increase as the year goes along.

One of the major attractions for our meetings has been the speaker presentations. By seeking out subject matter experts, our members have received insights which have helped them advance their collection of family data. The Board had to weigh the fees that quality speakers charge against our budget. We felt that we would be able to get through another year but our liability insurance took a 66% increase. Because our meetings are open to the public (a condition necessary because we meet in public libraries), we have to protect ourselves with insurance. There are limited options available to us, and most insurance companies have instituted virtually the same minimum fee for the coverage necessary for us. That increase alone would take away at least two speakers from our budget.

Therefore, the Board made the decision to increase our membership fees as noted above. Our treasury is still healthy, and we will continue to monitor our finances to ensure you receive as much as possible. If you have any comments or concerns, we will be happy to address them at any meeting or via e-mail.  See the tab ABOUT US / CONTACT US for e-mail contact information.

Gerard Dupczak, Treasurer



SOCIETY MEETINGS

The society 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, August 16, 2014 at 10:00a.m.
Porter County Pubic Library, Valparaiso Branch at 103 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN.
"Researching Your English Ancestors"
Laurie Kender (Historian for the NWIGS) will give her updated presentation, beginning with a bit of background on English History to give an understanding of the available records and why they are created.  The records useful for your research will be outlined in detail, along with information on accessing them.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Crown Point Public library at 122 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN.
"Networking for Researchers"

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 10:00a.m.

Porter County Pubic Library, Valparaiso Branch at 103 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN.
ANCESTORS OF THE "FRIENDLY PERSUASION" - RESEARCHING THE QUAKERS IN YOUR FAMILY TREE.
Laurie Kender (Historian for NWiGS) will describe the amazingly rich collection of records the Quakers have left us.  While this might not seem to apply to you, there's a good possibility that there are Quaker ancestors in you family tree, "quietly" waiting to be discoveed.  This is especially the case here in Indiana, where it is said that Quakers represented as much as 50% of the population in 1850!

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 10:00a.m.
Crown Point Public library at 122 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN.
Juliana Szucs Smith will present COMING TO AMERICA. Finding your ancestor's arrival records.  Background on passenger arrival records as well as border crossings and ways to identify your ancestors in these records.

There is NO December meeting.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Lake County Public Library, Central Branch, at 1919 West 81st. Avenue (Route 30), Merrillville, IN
OUR ANNuAL MEMBERSHARING MEETING.
Pleae bring any success you have had, new discoveries, physical item you may want to share, new tool you have found to make research easier etc.  Whatever historical or genealogically related story or items that are important or exciting to you, we'd love to hear about at our January meeting.  This is fun, motivating, and informal.  This is a well attended meeting.
Anyone interested in learning about genealogy is welcome to attend.  Membes can bring a friend.



PREVIOUS SOCIETY MEETINGS

Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Crown Point Public library at 122 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN.
Linda Novotny and Marlene Polster will be discussing the genealogy resource of Find A Grave. They will show you how to navigate this FREE resource created to help find and record information about the final resting place of your loved one's from around the world. You may  find not only the dates of birth and death of your loved ones, but this contributor based site may also supply you with names of siblings, spouses and parents, as well as photos of the person and their headstone.
Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society welcomes everyone that is interested in researching their Family Tree.
Marlene Polster is the Lake County Genealogist, they are both clerks in the Genealogy Department of the Valparaiso Public Library.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 10:00a.m.
Porter County Pubic Library, Valparaiso Branch at 103 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN.
Tamara Hammerlein, "Preserving Your Pictures and Documents" (non digital).  She is from the Indiana Historical Society.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Lake County Public Library, Central Branch, at 1919 West 81st. Avenue (Route 30),
Merrillville, Indiana.
Sally Phillips will presented "Little Used Sources"
Ever wondered about your ancestors and those other relatives on your family tree beyond the vital statistics (birth, marriage, death)?  What did they do?  What were they like?  What were their interests?  The little used sources covered in this presentation can help you put more than just names, dates and relationships in your family history.

Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Lake County Public Library, Central Branch, at 1919 West 81st. Avenue (Route 30),
Merrillville, Indiana.
(Note that this was a change in the meeting location)
"Technology for Genealogists"
Marlene Petty Polster (Lake County Genealogist) and Linda Novonty showed interesting equipment that genealogists can use while doing their research.  Librarians can receive 2 LEU's for this presentation.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Crown Point Public library at 122 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN
Brick Wall Busting

Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Sue Caldwell on "Treasurers in the Cabinet" covering 3 things affecting women of Jasper Co. during WWI.  She will also cover researchh in Jasper County.


Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Lake County Public Library, Central Branch, at 1919 West 81st. Avenue (Route 30),
Merrillville, Indiana.
This was our annual sharing meeting.

There was no meeting in December due to the holidays.

Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Lou Szucs: Getting the most out of Ancestry.com. How to use this popular website to further your genealogy work.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Crown Point Public library at 122 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN
Eric Basir of Photografix presented:
1. Restoring Documents with your Computer and
2. Photo Restoration From Start to Finish
He demonstrated efficient techniques for restoring various types of documents. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Kay Lynn Mathews: In depth using FamilySearch to find and organize the photos and documents of your family to share with others.

Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Crown Point Public library at 122 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN.
Linda Swisher discussed Newspaper research, where to find historic newspapers and what you can find to help with genealogy research.

Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:00a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Margo L. Smith, PhD. the Slovak representative for CSAGSI, presented  on Slovak family history research:  use of parish records, application of tax records (1715, 1720, 1828, and 1770s), nobility investigations, reconstructing one's ancestral village, and pre-1900 Slovak social organization.


Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Crown Point Community Library:
Harold Henderson, professional researcher at midwestroots.net, local and national speaker, will presented  "Welcome to the Other Midwestern Archives".

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
KayLynn Mathews, former family history center director, taught us about the new and revised FamilySearch.org website.

We had a great meeting on how to use FamilySearch. However there were many who wanted more in depth instruction on certain features to be presented in our upcoming summer meetings. Please go to the Discussions page and add your suggestions to the FamilySearch topic so we can address them

Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Crown Point Public Library
Linda Herrick-Swisher on "Using directories in your family history research"


Saturday, March 16, 2013,  at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library
Jane Haldeman, president of Illinois Genealogy Society and president of Fox Valley Genealogy Society,  presented "Uncluttering your Family History Records: What Do I Do With the Data I Find?"  She showed how to extract information and put it into a spreadsheet.

Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Crown Point Public library at 122 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN
Sally Phillips spoke on the topic "Using timelines in your genealogy research". 

Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Branch of the Porter County Public Library
This was our annual sharing meeting. Problems, solutions and stories were shared along with several new scanning or photo copying devices.


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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.