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(219) 873-3042 | 100 E. 4th Street, Michigan City, IN 46360 | Open Monday-Saturday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The LaPorte County Health Department and State of Indiana have issued mandates requiring face coverings in public areas. Click here to find out more about the library's COVID-19 precautions and temporary service limitations.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, appointments to use the microfilm readers must be scheduled in advance.

  • Please call 219-873-3044 to schedule an appointment. Appointments must be made at least one day in advance. No same-day appointments will be accepted.
  • Appointments are limited to one session (of up to one hour) per person per day.
  • Due to social distancing guidelines, only one person is allowed to use the microfilm readers at a time, and only one appointment is allowed per slot.
  • Masks are required in the library, including at the microfilm readers.
  • Microfilm reels will be quarantined for three days following use. We cannot guarantee that a specific reel will be available at the time of your appointment.

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.


 

 

Get Obituaries by Mail/E-Mail

Copies of obituaries and other records can be sent to you through the mail or email. There is a $5.00 fee that covers up to two (2) obituaries. Please call 219-873-3044 or mail your request to:

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

If requesting obituaries by mail, please include:

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

Ancestry -- Library Edition

Ancestry -- Library Edition

In-library use only.

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.

FamilySearch

FamilySearch

The largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world, including records for billions of names. Users can access additional FamilySearch content from within the library building. To access FamilySearch within the library, please click on the FamilySearch icon on any of our Internet computers, or ask at the Reference Desk for additional assistance. FamilySearch is a service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Fold3

Fold3

Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

The records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.

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HeritageQuest

HeritageQuest

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. Don’t have a library card? Sign up now to get an eCard.

JSTOR

JSTOR

JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. Find resources in Area Studies (African American, Irish, Latin American,etc.), Arts, Business & Economics, History, Humanities, Medicine & Health, Science & Mathematics, and Social Sciences. Only available within the library or through off-site browser pairing. Want off-site access to JSTOR? First, visit the library and go to JSTOR on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.). You’ll have access to JSTOR outside of the library for the next 30 days using the same device and browser.

Newspapers.com World Collection

Newspapers.com World Collection

Historical newspapers archive from the 1700s – 2000s containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries. Log in with your library card number. Don’t have a library card? Sign up now to get an eCard.

American Memory

American Memory

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

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.

Cyndi's List

Cyndi's List

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

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

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

Digital Public Library of America

Digital Public Library of America

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. Many items related to Michigan City, LaPorte County, and Indiana history are available in the collections. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

Cemetery & Research Association Of La Porte County, Indiana

Cemetery & Research Association Of La Porte County, Indiana

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

LaPorte County INGenWeb

LaPorte County INGenWeb

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

Michigan City Historical Society & Old Lighthouse Museum

Michigan City Historical Society & Old Lighthouse Museum

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

La Porte County Historical Society

La Porte County Historical Society

Find information about the history of La Porte County.

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.

Indiana Historical Society

Indiana Historical Society

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

Indiana Legacy

Indiana Legacy

Indiana Legacy combines existing Indiana State Library databases with the Vital INformation Exchange (VINE), a collaborative statewide database composed of Indiana local history and vital records from Indiana libraries, historical societies, genealogy societies, and related organizations. Search for birth, marriage, death, divorce, obituaries, court records, newspapers, scrapbooks, yearbooks, military records, and many other record types.

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.

Indiana State Department of Health Vital Records Department

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.

Indiana State Library Databases

Indiana State Library Databases

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

Society of Indiana Pioneers

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:

Get Genealogy Records by Mail or E-mail

Copies of obituaries and other records can be sent to you through the mail or e-mail. Please call 219‑873‑3044 or mail your request to:

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

If requesting obituaries or records by mail, please include:

–The details of your request
–A self-addressed stamped envelope for every two requests
–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)

Church records: $10.00 per surname per church per record type
(See the list of church records)

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

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

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