Genealogy Databases

Getting Started

To start your research, peruse our alphabetized list of databases. If you see a database you’d like to explore, click the button. Our online databases are accessible to customers, so you’ll need to log in to view the information that the database offers. Questions? Contact us if you need anyhelp!

 Ancestry Library Edition

Find census records; birth, marriage, and death records; genealogical records from other countries; old phone directories and public records; plus 1,000s of additional sources. This is the most comprehensive genealogical database available. New collections are added daily. This database is available to use at any of our library locations during operating hours.

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Biography In Context

Biography in Context, a next-generation online portal, is built on a foundation of more than 600,000 biographies on more than 500,000 people gathered from more than 170 award-winning Gale reference sources.

Biography in Context (based on the acclaimed Biography Resource Center) delivers Gale’s authoritative reference content integrated with the most in-demand resources – video, audio, podcasts, interactives and more – through a Web-like experience that meets the needs of today’s Internet-savvy users.

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Genealogy and Local History

The Library’s goal is to help you easily find the information you want. If you have additional questions not answered here, please call the Information Desk at 219-362-6156 or email us at help@laportelibrary.org.

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Heritage Quest

Find census records; information about people and places in family history and local history books and articles; Revolutionary War records; Freedman’s Bank, serving African Americans; and individuals mentioned in Memorials, Petitions, and Relief Acts of the U.S. Congress; and more. Access this database 24/7 from wherever you have Internet access, at no cost, as long as you have your library card barcode number and PIN.

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