Index of obituaries that appeared in the Michigan City News Dispatch and earlier Michigan City newspapers. Covers 1887-present. Includes name of deceased, obituary date, newspaper name and page/column number. The text of the obituary is available on microfilm at the library.


Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry -- Library Edition

Contains billions of records, including U.S. census images and indexes, military records, immigration records, directories, vital records, and international collections. Available only for use within the library.



A comprehensive treasury of resources, including U.S. federal census images, periodical resources, genealogy and local history books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, and the LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set. Log in with your library card number.

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A place for people to share photos and stories, telling the histories of their local communities. Includes many of Michigan City Public Library’s historic images.

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American Memory

More than five million historical images, books, exhibits and more from the Library of Congress.


Cemetery & Research Association Of La Porte County, Indiana

Volunteer organization that researches and documents La Porte County cemetery listings.

Chronicling America

Chronicling America

Historic American newspapers. Search newspaper pages from 1836-1922. A project of the National Endowment for the Humanities & the Library of Congress.

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Cyndi's List

A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

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Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

Online genealogical resources from the Daughters of the American Revolution, including an ancestor search and descendants database.

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The largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world, including records for billions of names. A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hoosier State Chronicles

Hoosier State Chronicles

Indiana’s digital historic newspaper program. Free, online access to Indiana’s historic newspapers. Operated by the Indiana State Library.

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Indiana Historical Society

Collections, exhibitions, publications, and programs about Indiana history and genealogy.

Indiana History Online

Indiana History Online

Digital archive of state history, including histories, personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children’s books. Log in with your library card number.

Indiana Memory

Indiana Memory

A free digital library of Indiana’s unique cultural and historical heritage, including digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, and other media. Created through a collaboration of Indiana libraries, museums, and cultural organizations. Logo

Indiana State Department of Health Vital Records Department

Get copies of Indiana birth records beginning with October 1907, and Indiana death records beginning with 1900.

Indiana State Digital Archives

Indiana State Digital Archives

Access nearly three million records, including death, institutional, military, naturalization, and other historical records. Fully indexed and searchable. Named a “Best State Website” by Family Tree Magazine.

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Indiana State Library Databases

Indiana Biography Index, Indiana Cemetery Locator Index, Indiana Marriages, Indiana World War II Servicemen, newspaper indexes, and more.

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La Porte County Historical Society

Find information about the history of La Porte County.

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LaPorte County INGenWeb

Information on the history and ancestors of LaPorte County, Indiana.

Michigan City Old Lighthouse Museum

Michigan City Historical Society & Old Lighthouse Museum

Find information about Michigan City history, the old lighthouse, Harriet Colfax, and more.

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Society of Indiana Pioneers

Preserves the memory and history of the early pioneers to the territory of Indiana. Includes a database of Indiana pioneer proven ancestors.

Genealogy How-To Materials

Check out these library resources for genealogists from beginners to experienced researchers:

In-Person Assistance

Genealogist and volunteer Patricia Gruse Harris is available to assist you with questions on Tuesdays between 1-4 pm. Help is also available at the Reference Desk whenever the library is open. Please call 219-873-3044, e-mail, or stop by in person.

Get Genealogy Records by Mail

Copies of obituaries and other records can be sent to you through the mail for a fee. Please mail your request to:

Michigan City Public Library
Reference Department
100 E. 4th Street
Michigan City, IN 46360

Please include:

–The details of your request
–A self-addressed stamped envelope
–Check or money order payable to Michigan City Public Library

Research Fees

Obituary search of the local paper: $5.00 for up to two obituaries
(maximum of 2 obituary requests per envelope)

Surname search in all three W.P.A. Indexes for LaPorte County: $10.00 per surname
(Birth, marriage, and death indexes, 1850 – 1920)

Surname search in any one W.P.A. Index: $5.00 per surname
(Birth, marriage, and death indexes, 1850 – 1920)

Surname search of local cemetery indexes: $5.00 per surname
(See cemetery lists)

Non-obituary search of the local newspaper: $5.00 per each day of the paper searched
(See newspaper holdings)

Surname search of yearbooks : $5.00 per surname per yearbook
(See yearbook holdings)

City directory search: $5.00 per surname or business name
(See city directory holdings)

Historic Slide Collection: $5.00 per slide-to-photo reproduction
(Get more information about the historic slide collection)

Pamphlet File: $5.00 per file searched
(See the list of pamphlet files)

Genealogists for Hire

These genealogists may be hired to research local genealogy. Please contact them directly for more information.

Patricia Gruse Harris

Mike Mills

Fern Eddy Schultz