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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. 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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 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

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, 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) will present 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, 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 will present "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, July 16, 2016 at 10:00a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Networking
Members will share websites and databases that have been helpful in their research.  Everyone will have a chance to recommend educational sources that help them develop skills in genealogy. Those who are taking a "genealogy vacation" or have a special project they are working on this summer will have a chance to share their plans.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10:00a.m.
Lake County Public Library, Central Branch, at 1919 West 81st. Avenue (Route 30), Merrillville, IN
Sally Philips will present "Settling of Indiana".


PREVIOUS SOCIETY MEETINGS

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 will present "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.

There was NO December meeting.

Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 10:00a.m.
Crown Point Community Library at 122 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN.
"Networking"

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Harold Henderson will presented "Land and Property Records".  Click Here for more information.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Lake County Public Library, Central Branch, at 1919 West 81st. Avenue (Route 30), Merrillville, IN
Lynn Jackson presenedt "Lake County Public Library Resources"
Clilck HERE for more information.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
"Networking"

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 10:00a.m.
Crown Point Community Library at 122 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN.
Jeanene Letcher presented "Oh, It's Just a Little Rain" ( a personal disaster plan).
Click HERE for more information.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Jeanne Bloom informed us about "Lost Children and related records".
Click HERE to see more information.


Saturday, May16, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Lake County Public Library, Central Branch, at 1919 West 81st. Avenue (Route 30), Merrillville, IN
Marlene Polster led a discussion on "Organizing your Genealogy".

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Michael Lacopo presented "Genealogy and DNA".
This was an extended presentation (about 2 hours).
See a flyer HERE for more information on Michael and DNA.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10:00a.m.
Crown Point Public library at 122 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN.
KayLynn Mathews gave a presentation on "Beyond the Search Box: Using FamilySearch"
Most beginning genealogical researchers type a name in the search box on the home page and when the results they want do not show up in the first four or five pages they get frustrated and think their ancestor's information is not on that website.  This seminar showed what additional resources are available on FamilySearch, and where to look in addition to the search boxes to find information on your ancestors.
KayLynn Mathews has been doing genealogy work for about 25 years. She is past family hiistory center director, and currently the Varga family research coordinator, and family history consultant at the Family History Center in Valparaiso. She has been researching professionally for five years and now is in the process of developing an Internet-based research log and family research coordination program and app. She is a member of NWIGS, APG, NGS and IGS.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Valparaiso Public Library at 105 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Larry Clark, who is in charge of the Genealoogy Department of the Valparaiso Library, talked about sources the library has acquired in the last few years.  He explained the databases the library has for a genealogist to use including the Historical Map collection. 
Larry is also the Porter County Historian and Porter County Genealogist.

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.
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.

There was NO December meeting.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 10:00a.m.
Crown Point Public library at 122 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN.
Juliana Szucs Smith presented 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.

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

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) gave 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 were  outlined in detail, along with information on accessing them.


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.








 


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Lake and Porter Counties
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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.