Michigan City Public Library
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100 E. 4th Street, Michigan City, IN 46360, phone 219 - 873 - 3044 fax 219 - 873 - 3067



Online Databases | Resources by Topic | Research Help | Other Organizations

Upcoming Events

Genealogy Bus Trip to Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, IN)researchers at Genealogy Center
Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 am

Register by April 1 to attend the bus trip to The Genealogy Center at Allen County Public Library, one of the largest genealogical collections in the country. All books are available in open stacks. This event is co-sponsored with the LaPorte County Genealogical Society. The cost of the trip is $21.00 per person. The bus will leave at 7:00 am from the former Marquette Theatre at Marquette Mall. The bus will leave Allen County Public Library at 4:00 pm for the return trip to Michigan City. Send reservation form and payment to Patricia Harris, 504 Greenwood Avenue, Michigan City, IN 46360-5426. Please make checks payable to LaPorte County Genealogy Society.

Online Databases and Resources

Michigan City obituary indexObituary Index - Index of obituaries that appeared in the Michigan City News Dispatch and earlier Michigan City newspapers. Covers 1887-present. Includes name, obituary date, newspaper name and page/column number.

AncestryAncestry Library (available only within the library)
Contains billions of records for genealogical research, including U.S. census images and indexes, military records, immigration records, directories, vital records, and international collections.

HeritageQuestHeritage Quest (Log in from home with your library card number)
A comprehensive treasury of U.S. genealogical 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.

Indiana MemoryIndiana 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 Digital ArchivesIndiana 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 Indiana State Library Databases
Indiana Biography Index, Indiana Cemetery Locator Index, Indiana Marriages, Indiana World War II Servicemen, newspaper indexes, and more.

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

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

Indiana HistoryIndiana 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.

Library Resources by Topic

Find records, books, microfilm, online sources and more for the following areas:

Birth records
Cemetery lists
Census records
Church records
City directories
Court records
Death records
Marriage records
Land records, Sanborn maps & property information
Military records
Naturalization records / Passenger lists
Obituary index
Photographs - Historic slide collection
Oral histories

Research Help

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 any time the library is open. Please call 219-873-3044, e-mail, or stop by in person.

Record Searches by Mail

Copies of obituaries and other records can be sent to you through the mail for a fee. Requests must be submitted in writing to:

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

Please include:

--Details of your request
--SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope)
--Check or money order payable to Michigan City Public Library


Obituary search of the local paper: $5.00 (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
(click here for cemetery listings)

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

Surname search of yearbooks : $5.00 per surname per yearbook
(click here for yearbook listing)

Church records: $5.00 per record
(click here for church records overview)

City Directory search: $5.00 per surname or business name
(click here for list of city directories)

Historic Slide Collection: $5.00 per slide-to-photo reproduction
(click here for historic slide collection index)

Pamphlet File: $5.00 per file searched
(click here for pamphlet file list)

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

Other Organizations

The following organizations can provide additional resources and assistance with genealogy:

LaPorte County

LaPorte County Genealogical Society
904 Indiana Avenue
LaPorte, IN 46350

Cemetery & Research Association of La Porte County

LaPorte County Historical Society
2405 Indiana Ave., Suite 1
La Porte, IN 46350
(219) 324-6767

Michigan City Historical Society
Old Lighthouse Museum
Heisman Harbor Road, Washington Park
P.O. Box 512
Michigan City, IN 46361-0512
(219) 872-6133
Email: mchistorical@att.net

La Porte County Public Library
Main Library: 904 Indiana Avenue
La Porte, IN
Coolspring Branch: 7089 West 400 North
Michigan City, IN
(219) 879-3272

Indiana State

Indiana Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10507
Fort Wayne, IN 46852-0507

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 421.1225

Indiana State Library
315 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3210
Genealogy Collection: 317-232-3689

Indiana Historical Society
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 232-1882

Indiana State Archives
6440 East 30th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219-1007

InGenWeb Project

Porter County Public Library
(219) 462-0524 103 Jefferson St.
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-0524

Valparaiso Family History Center
503 Burlington Beach Rd.
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 476-7641

The Society of Indiana Pioneers
140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-6588