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Search newspapers for historical and genealogical information.
Primary sources devoted specifically to African American family history, including census records, vital records, freedman and slave records, church records, legal records, and more.
For genealogists of all experience levels; includes several hundred online databases.
An essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s.
Full color historic maps detailing the history of the United States over several hundred years. Use this link if you are outside the library.
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.
6,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
Thousands of family trees of prominent American political leaders. Includes chronologies and maps.
This book contains minutes of meetings from the Big Four Telephone Company. The first meeting was held December 30, 1915. The Board’s elected officials probably lived in or around Boone Grove, Indiana between 1915-1935. People listed in the book include Board members, line workers, or fee collectors. To view the original scanned images of these documents, please visit the PCPLS page on the Internet Archive.
Coroner’s inquests reports from 1871-1912.
Divorce cases filed in Porter County, Indiana, 1914-1963.
1937 Liberty Township & 1943 Morgan Township.
Filed in Porter County 1914-1963.
Insanity Cases from Porter County, Indiana 1854-1911
This book explains what actions were taken by the Liberty Township Advisory Board between 1907 and 1919. The minutes do mention board members by name. To view the original scanned images of these documents, please visit the PCPLS page on the Internet Archive.
This book contains school enumerations from 1919 for Liberty Township, Porter County, Indiana. To view the original scanned images of these documents, please visit the PCPLS page on the Internet Archive.
Filed in Porter County from 1836-1976
These are selective miscellaneous licenses filed with the Porter County, Indiana Clerk’s Office from 1838 to 1911. Licenses include dentistry, hunters, grocery, fishermen, junk dealers, physicians, taverns, vending and sire. To view the original scanned images of these documents, please visit the PCPLS page on the Internet Archive.
Military service index honor roll. Men who filed with the Porter County courthouse during World War II.
Men in service index, who filed with the courthouse during World War II.
Index of names from the article, “With the Service,” from the Vidette Messenger.
Herald newspaper from 1933-1937.
Browse the ACPL Genealogy Center’s website and discover records from around the world.
Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office, Records Automation
Comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of genealogical sites.
The Daughters of the American Revolution.
Death records, certificates, notices & registers; obituaries, probates, & cemetery/burial records.
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.
Connects families across generations.
Find graves of ancestors & create virtual memorials.
Partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
Indiana’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, and other media.
The Genealogy Collection is one of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest.
An index to the newspapers published all over the world.
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.
Michigan research guides, indexes, and more.
Links to state genealogy websites & gateways to counties.
Historical information about the city of Valparaiso.
Several collections of interest to genealogists; includes online yearbooks.
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.
103 Jefferson Street Valparaiso IN 46383