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The Daily Genealogist: Porter County Public Library, Indiana

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Porter County Public Library, Indiana

Porter County is located in northwestern Indiana. Valparaiso is its county seat. The Porter County Public Library has made a number of genealogy resources available online.

Obituary Index
The Obituary Index, which covers 1938 through January 2011, is searchable by first and last name. Names must be entered in both search boxes to perform a search. The information has been extracted from the Vidette-Messenger and Vidette Times newspapers. The data fields are last name, first name, middle initial, maiden name, age, death date, paper (date published in the newspaper), from (where the deceased is from), and index number.

Marriage Index
The Marriage Index, which covers 1921 through 1946, is searchable by first and last name. Names must be entered in both search boxes to perform a search. The data fields are bride or groom, last name, first name, marriage date, and book and page numbers

Porter County Herald Index
The Porter County Herald was published in Hebron, Indiana. Vital records and articles for 1933 through 1938 are included in this database. (Issues for some dates are missing.) It is searchable by first and last name, both of which are required to perform a search. The data fields are last name, first name, newspaper date, and page number.

1920–21 Milk Producers Association in Porter County
This alphabetical database contains a list of members of the association. The data fields are first name, last name, and page number.

Index to Divorces
The Index to Divorce contains more than 8,000 records. They are organized alphabetically by surname. The data fields are last name, first name, entity, dependents, court, case number, and case type. The entity field contains information about whether the individual in the record is the plaintiff or the defendant.

Guardianship Court Cases
There are over 5,000 records in the Guardianship Court Cases index. The data fields in this alphabetical index are surname, given name, entity, “guardianship for,” court, case number and case type. Data in the entity field lists the status of the named individual – guardian, person, decedent, defendant, or respondent.

Combined Probate Estates
There are nearly 12,500 records in this database, which is organized alphabetically by surname and covers from the early twentieth century to the early 1960s. The data fields are surname, given name, date of death, entity, court, case number, and date filed. “Entity” refers to whether the individual is the administrator or the decedent.

Genealogy Digital Library
Click on the Genealogy Digital Library on the homepage, then click the Enter Here link, which will bring you to the search page. The Genealogy Digital Library contains two volumes — The City of Homes, Schools and Churches: a Pictorial Story of Valparaiso, Its People and Its Environs (1905) and Souvenir Book of Valparaiso, Indiana (1911). Search the database by entering a keyword or browse by subject or title. Clicking on the browse by subjects link will provide you with an alphabetical subject list. Clicking on the browse by titles link will give you access to the two digitized volumes. Click the book's image to the left of the title to select individual pages


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