Genealogy Department

The Genealogy department at Valparaiso Library has an extensive collection of genealogy resources in print, on microfilm, and online.

Indexes and Resources - American Genealogical and Biographical Index, DAR Lineage Books, LDS Family Search CD-ROM Collection, World Family Tree, PERSI Index to Genealogical Periodicals, Tanguay's Dictionnaire, Genealogique-French Canadians, Pedigree Resource File

Town Records - Massachusetts Town Records Collection, Pennsylvania Archives Series, New England Historical and Genealogical Register

Immigration Records and Passenger Lists - Migration from the Russian Empire, Index to Passenger and Immigration Lists, Irish to America, Italians to America, Germans to America, Dutch Passenger Lists

War and Military Records - Index to Revolutionary War Pensions, War of 1812 Pension Index, Mexican War Pension Index, Roll of Honor (Civil War Burials - Union Soldiers). Roster of Union Soldiers, Roster of Confederate Soldiers

Microfilm Collections

Indiana - Marriage index 1958-1992, Gary Diocese Catholic Records (births, deaths, confirmations, marriages, christenings) 1850-1991, various courthouse records from Porter and LaPorte counties 1832-1920, Sanborn fire insurance maps 1880-1950
Newspapers - Valparaiso newspapers 1847-present, Chesterton Tribune 1882-1960, Kouts Times 1966-1990, Porter County Herald 1933-1951, Crown Point Register 1857-1890, Wanatah Mirror 1898-1969, Westville Indicator 1882-2005, LaCrosse Sentinal 1915-1988, and additional scattered newspaper holdings.

Illinois - Death record index 1916-1938, Cook County birth and death indexes 1871-1916, Illinois Sanborn fire insurance maps

Florida – Death record index 1877-1996

Kentucky – Vital records 1911-1995

South Carolina – death record index 1915-1944

Tennessee – death record index 1908-1946 and birth record index 1908-1912

Collections housed at Portage Library

Portage collections: Post-Tribune newspaper on microfilm from 1955-current (plus misc. early Vidette-Messenger microfilm); various newspaper clippings on Portage schools, early families, events, organizations, businesses, and history; and oral history transcripts of interviews with early Portage families and residents.