Genealogy at Home

Posted on April 23, 2020

by Mary Hedge

If you have extra time these days or are just interested in family history and want to learn some fascinating facts about your relatives, consider using the Library’s free online sources for genealogy while you’re at home.

To get started, visit Under History and Genealogy, you can choose from various websites such as Family Search, databases like HeritageQuest which includes federal census listings, plus our own digital collection which includes local area high school yearbooks.

If you want the complete record for something you find in an index only, staff are still available to find documents for you, even while the library is closed to the public. People anywhere may request this information. To submit a request, the Library’s Local History page. Scroll down to Research Your Family History and then choose the online form for Genealogy Services. You can submit the form along with a $5 payment for each document you’d like sent to you. A Herald-Argus obituary index for 1930-1979 is also conveniently located under Local History so you can easily submit requests for obituaries you find in the index.

Genealogy is our nation’s second most popular hobby, so I hope you can join in or continue on it! If you need more information, please call 219-362-6156, option 1 or email us at


Mary Hedge

Mary Hedge

Mary is a Public Services Librarian. She enjoys helping people find the information they need, including family and local history searches. Also, she serves as the director of READ La Porte County, Inc., plays the organ for a church, and enjoys traveling.
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