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(219) 873-3042 | 100 E. 4th Street, Michigan City, IN 46360 | Hours: Mon-Thurs 9 AM-8 PM, Fri-Sat 9 AM-6 PM, Sun 1-5 PM

Phase Two of the library renovation project begins September 3! During construction, many services for adults will be limited. The Indiana Room, microfilm, and genealogy/local history collections will be unavailable until construction is concluded. Our genealogy databases will be available via library Wi-Fi. Please feel free to explore our online resources for genealogy/local history at https://www.mclib.org/explore-topics/genealogy/ and https://www.mclib.org/explore-topics/local-history/

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

Phase Two of the library renovation project begins September 3! During construction, many services for adults will be limited. Obituaries will not be available by mail or e-mail during the construction process. Please check back later for more information on when the obituary service will resume. The Indiana Room, microfilm, and genealogy/local history collections will be unavailable until construction is concluded. Our genealogy databases will be available via library Wi-Fi. Please feel free to explore our online resources for genealogy/local history at https://www.mclib.org/explore-topics/genealogy/ and https://www.mclib.org/explore-topics/local-history/

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.

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.

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.

Find My Past

Find My Past

In-library use only.

Discover more about your family tree with Find My Past. Contains millions of records that aren’t available elsewhere, with a focus on British, Irish, U.S., and Australian genealogical records. It includes a Family Tree maker. You can also import your existing family tree into the site to find record matches. Go to https://www.findmypast.com on any library computer or using library Wi-Fi to check it out.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Indiana Historical Society

Indiana Historical Society

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

HistoryPin

HistoryPin

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.

Cyndi's List

Cyndi's List

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

American Memory

American Memory

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

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.

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 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Help is also available at the Reference Desk whenever the library is open. Please call 219-873-3044, e-mail refdesk@mclib.org, or stop by in person.

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)

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
pagharris@sbcglobal.net

Mike Mills
219-221-6383
gear_jamer69@yahoo.com

Fern Eddy Schultz
netster@csinet.net

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