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History & Genealogy

Gain access to both family and local history.

Remote Access

Start searching billions of records and discover your family’s story. You must go through your library account. Once logged in to your account on our catalog, click your name in the upper right-hand corner. Ancestry will be listed as an option. You can follow the link here by clicking Access. The Remote Access will be available until the end of December 2021.

At the Library

Start searching billions of records and discover your family’s story. While searching at the library, simply click the Access button in this box. If you are searching outside of the library, use the Ancestry Library Edition Remote Access.

Black Freedom Struggle

The Black Freedom Struggle website is freely available to students, educators and patrons. This curated selection of primary sources is designed for teaching and learning about the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans. Developed with input from Black history scholars, its easily discoverable materials are ideal for assignments and special projects. 

Cyndi's List

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

Family Search

Discover your family’s story through historical records.​


At the Library

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

At the Library is the largest online newspaper archive consisting of 151 million+ pages of historical newspapers from 14,200+ newspapers from around the United States and beyond. Only available while at the Library.

Heritage Quest

Enjoy home access to census records; 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.

History Reference Center

Designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research, this database features full text for thousands of primary source documents and informational texts.

Hoosier State Chronicles

Hoosier State Chronicles is operated by the Indiana State Library and funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. We seek to provide free, online access to high quality digital images of Indiana’s historic newspapers by digitizing our collection, and assisting other organizations in making their collections digitally available.

Indiana Memory

Indiana Memory is a collaborative effort to provide access to the wealth of primary sources in Indiana libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions. It is a gateway to Indiana’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps and other media. As a portal to the collections, Indiana Memory assists individuals to locate materials relevant to their interests and to better appreciate the connections between those materials.


This resource is Indiana’s Virtual Library. It offers access to over 40 databases covering subjects like biographies, magazine and scholarly journal articles, newspapers articles (most recent 30 days), poetry, and short stories. 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.

LPCPL Digital Collection

La Porte County Public Library’s Digital Collection was launched for public access December 2016 and contains historical documents and images from La Porte County, Indiana. New items are added regularly. This resource is maintained by library staff and volunteers as part of our strategic plan to expand access to information, ideas, and stories.The electronic versions of these documents are provided by LPCPL and/or the transcribers for nonprofit or personal use. Commercial use requires express written consent.

USGenWeb Archives

A digital collection of census, wills, deeds, and genealogy broken down by state. 

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