Genealogy and Local History 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.

Tutorials: How to Use These Resources

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This resource may only be used from 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! View Tutorial is a standard, free genealogy website that anyone may use from any location. Create a free account to view records. More records may be available when connecting from LCPL locations.
Tips for Using
Fold3 Convenient access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.
Gale Virtual Reference Library Visit a virtual bookshelf containing hundreds of e-textbooks on several topics. Use the search function to narrow your results to "genealogy." View Tutorial
Heritage Quest Online Provides several searchable sources, including the U.S. Census, Freedman's Bank, and land grants from the Revolutionary War.
High School Yearbooks LCPL is in the process of digitizing our local high school yearbook collection. The collection includes yearbooks from all high schools in our library district.
Indiana Genealogy Online Internet project for researching and documenting genealogical data throughout the state. Includes requirements for participation, areas in need of work, archives and related links.
Indiana Historical Society Learn about the society's collections, exhibits and publications. Check out the site's Today in Indiana History feature, read online copies of Hoosier Genealogist or surf the Hoosier Heritage links.
Indiana State Digital Archives Browse through the indexes to many of the most popular State Archives collections.
Indiana State Library Genealogy Division Contains searchable databases indexing Indiana cemeteries and Indiana marriages through 1850.
INSPIRE Free to Indiana residents: a searchable database of databases. Find hundreds of further resources for your genealogy and family tree research! Need home access?
LCPL Catalog Our very own catalog contains helpful materials for getting started in your genealogy research, as well as some Indiana-specific records and other indexes!
National Genealogical Society Outlines services and publications of the NGS, offers tips for beginners, soundex history and methods, and links to other genealogy sites.
NewspaperARCHIVE Library Edition Browse through global and local newspaper articles dating back to 1607. Search by first and last name, dates, or regions.
Northwest Indiana Genealogy Society Genealogical information on Lake and Porter counties.
Online Post Tribune or Gary Post Tribune Obituary Index (1921-current) Now you can quickly and easily search local obituaries when tracing your family history! Our brand new obituary search engine lets you search 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. (Please note: Indexing for 1987 - 1989 is incomplete. If you need an obituary from those years, please use our Ask a Librarian form).
Post Tribune (1986-current) Search all Post Tribune articles from November of 1986 onward by keyword or by date.
ProQuest African American Heritage Searchable records include the U.S. Census, Freedman's Bank, military service records, and more.
ProQuest Historical Chicago Tribune Every article of the Chicago Tribune's archive is available in this database.

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!