Genealogy

Porter County Library Genealogy
Discover Your History At The Larry J. Clark Genealogy Center
The Larry J. Clark Genealogy Center (Valparaiso Public Library) houses a variety of genealogical resources which include: printed material, yearbooks, microfilm, indexes, databases and online resources. In an effort to preserve documents of enduring historical value, the center collects, maintains, and makes accessible many official court records from Porter County. The Larry J. Clark Genealogy Center is open during regular library hours. Please visit the library program calendar for genealogy classes offered regularly throughout the year.
Porter County Library Genealogy
Discover Your History At The Larry J. Clark Genealogy Center
The Larry J. Clark Genealogy Center (Valparaiso Public Library) houses a variety of genealogical resources which include: printed material, yearbooks, microfilm, indexes, databases and online resources. In an effort to preserve documents of enduring historical value, the center collects, maintains, and makes accessible many official court records from Porter County. The Larry J. Clark Genealogy Center is open during regular library hours. Please visit the library program calendar for genealogy classes offered regularly throughout the year.
Research Your Family History

Explore Our Genealogy Resources

Databases & Resources

NOTE: Where you see the library icon (), note that you must be on library premises to use this resource.

Access Newspaper Archive

Search newspapers for historical and genealogical information.

Allen County Genealogy Center

Browse the ACPL Genealogy Center’s website and discover records from around the world.

American Ancestors

For genealogists of all experience levels; includes several hundred online databases.

Ancestry Library Edition

Search over 10 billion genealogical records and discover your family history.

Bureau of Land Management – GLO

Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office, Records Automation

Cindi’s List

Comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of genealogical sites.

DAR Online Catalog

The Daughters of the American Revolution.

Death Indexes

Death records, certificates, notices & registers; obituaries, probates, & cemetery/burial records.

Family Search

Connects families across generations.

Find A Grave

Find graves of ancestors & create virtual memorials.

Fold3

Fold3 Library Edition provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Use this link if you are outside the library.

Heritage Quest Online

An essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s.

Historic Map Works

Full color historic maps detailing the history of the United States over several hundred years. Use this link if you are outside the library.

Indiana State Library

The Genealogy Collection is one of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest.

Internet Archive

The Internet Archives hosts some of Porter County Public Library System’s genealogical digital content. View select yearbook collections from Porter County, Indiana, various contracts, books, and other items of historical significance. New content will be added regularly.

Newspapers U.S. & Worldwide

An index to the newspapers published all over the world.

Political Family Tree

Thousands of family trees of prominent American political leaders. Includes chronologies and maps.

ProQuest Obituaries

Search obituaries and death notices from prominent newspapers. Use this link if you are outside the library.

Seeking Michigan

Michigan research guides, indexes, and more.

The USGenWeb Project

Links to state genealogy websites & gateways to counties.

Porter County Indexes

Divorce Records

Divorce cases filed in Porter County, Indiana, 1914-1963.

Enumeration of Males

1937 Liberty Township & 1943 Morgan Township.

Guardianship Court Cases

Filed in Porter County 1914-1963.

Filed in Porter County from 1921-1953.

Military Service: 1940-1945 (Coming Soon!)

Military service index honor roll. Men who filed with the Porter County courthouse during World War II.

Military Service: 1941-1945 (Coming Soon!)

Men in service index, who filed with the courthouse during World War II.

Military Service: Vietnam (Coming Soon!)

Index of names from the article, “With the Service,” from the Vidette Messenger.

Milk Producers

1920-1921 Milk Producers Association in Porter County.

Miscellaneous Contracts

Partial Porter County janitors, nurses, and clerk contracts.

Obituaries

Vidette-Messenger 1938-1995 and Times 1995-present.

Index to the 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census of Porter County, Indiana.

Porter County Herald

Herald newspaper from 1933-1937.

Probate Estates

Probate cases filed between 1914 and 1963.

Teacher’s Contracts (Coming Soon!)

Contracts signed by teachers from the Porter County school system.

Historical Resources

Indiana History Online

With state and regional histories, travel guides, biographies, speeches and more, the collection provides a range of primary documents.

Indiana Memory

Indiana’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, and other media.

Valparaiso History

Historical information about the city of Valparaiso.

American Memory

Provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

Digital Public Library of America

Bringing together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.

Valparaiso University Archives & Special Collections

Several collections of interest to genealogists; includes online yearbooks.

Porter County Museum of History

The Porter County Museum features permanent as well as temporary exhibits relating to Porter County. Visit the webpage to browse the archives, upcoming events, and projects.

Request Genealogy Materials

Are you looking for an obituary? We can email you a free digital copy. If you would like to purchase a hard copy of an obituary or other document, please use one of the forms below. If needed, click here to contact the library.

Genealogy Classes at Valparaiso Public Library

Valparaiso Public Library holds genealogy classes! Click the button below to view our events calendar, and search ‘Genealogy Event Types’ to see if there is an event coming up at one of our branches close by.

Porter County Public Library System Genealogy Center
Visit the Center
Address

103 Jefferson Street Valparaiso IN 46383

Have a Special Genealogy Request?

The PCPLS staff is happy to help with your genealogy project anyway we can!