Library Resources: Genealogy

Posted on January 29, 2021

by Michael Sheehan

Do you want to make the most of your library card? Follow this series of articles that will provide an overview of  information on the various digital resources and databases the La Porte County Public Library offers the community. In this article, learn where to find military records, research family history, gather census information, look up newspaper articles, and so much more. All of which can all be done through the Library’s genealogical package.


The La Porte County Public Library subscribes to four databases as part of genealogical package for users interested in creating family trees and building on their research. Below you will find information on each database and usage numbers supporting the success of these offerings to community members.


Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry is the global leader in family history and consumer genomics by operating a network of genealogical, historical records, and related genetic genealogy websites.

In-house library users can access the resource from the Research and Online Learning page on the Library website. Remote access is available through the catalog borrower account until March 31, 2021.

LPCPL has offered Ancestry library services since before 2003.



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

LPCPL has offered Fold3 since October 2019.


HeritageQuest Online

With HeritageQuest Online, 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.

LPCPL has offered HeritageQuest Online since December 2003. 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. This resource is only available while at the Library. 

LPCPL has offered since October 2019.


2020 Usage Numbers

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused waves of erratic user activity on many resources. The light use of Fold3 and are representative of this. Ancestry and HeritageQuest, being more familiar databases to our community also help show the higher usage numbers last year. 


Next week we will focus on Scholastic’s BookFlix and ScienceFlix resources.

Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan

Michael joined the library staff in August of 2017. He is a member of the Library Admin Team. He has spent much of his adult work life swimming in seas of metadata, bench-pressing card catalogs, and bartering with information system vendors, but those activities have done more to tone his head muscle and less to develop those desirable six-pack abs. These cataloging skills have taken him through Illinois, Wisconsin, and back home to Indiana (queue the Soggy Bottom Boys: “the place where he was born and bred”). In his spare time, he attempts to stay out of family arguments, binge watches British comedy, drama, and mystery programs, and subjects his two cats to the latest in Indie/Alternative music.
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