Current Month Updates
December - 2013 - Oh no a brickwall! We've added a brickwall page for folks to
post those ancestors that they just can't seem to locate. http://www.dunelady.com/laporte/BrickWall.html
Send us your brickwall and email address and we'll post it right away!
Cemeteries of La Porte Co., IN Vol . I
locations of Union Church, Dysard, Beatty Farm, Bowell, Jessup, Learn,
Willvale & Shaw cemeteries by maps, photos & documents
along with known & possible burials therein. by Gloria D. Arndt
& Patricia Gruse Harris, 62 pp.
Rolling Prairie Cemetery Old Section -
Indexed by Surname, also indexed by Location of Tombstone/grave,
History of the Cemetery, Obituaries and other documents pertaining to
the interred, and Evidence of other Older Burials.
by Gloria Arndt -85 pp.
Union Mills Cemetery - A cemetery
study, comprised of older readings, newer readings, donated family
files and current cemetery additions laid out in lot and block order.
Older obituaries and histories of many of the families that developed
the area. Compiled by Deanna Branson West with assistance from Robert
Ponda Sr. -208 pp
See our Publications
Updated our Cemetery Volunteer
Listing which can be viewed here:
Projects In Progress
Patton Cemetery - Work continues
on expanding this site.
We are working on improving and adding to the burial listing.
general map of the cemetery, along with individual numbered burial plot
maps for each section and garden now on line.
Please take a moment to go through the site and note the updates and
information we have uncovered during our research of Patton. We already
have over 8,300 burials and our next update will be some time this
winter, with yet more burials. Also, note the two newer areas shown on
the general map as being Brady Section and The Garden of Gethsemane.
Sharon Snow is our volunteer historian/liaison for this cemetery.
Coming soon - County Home residents appearing in the 1910 to 1940
Federal Census report for La Porte County. With added facts about many of the residents from its inception to the 1950's.
Associated families is being worked on at this time.
Old Villages That Disappeared -
continued - In the 1970's Jim Landing wrote some
wonderful articles for the News Dispatch concerning many of the "Lost
and Vanishing" County Villages.
When the county was established in 1832, there were
villages and hamlets dotting the landscape. A few survived but other
remain only as a vague memory.
We break these down into categories.
1. Indian villages that were here during the early pioneers days.
2. Rural villages had their day when they were along well travel
routes. And example would be Door Village on the old Sauk Trail. Many
of these prospered for a period of time but then disappeared and no
3. Commercial villages, who were established by
proprietors who sold lots. A prime example of this would be Michigan
4. Villages come into existence from the Railroad. The railroads were
good and bad for the smaller villages. Those lucky enough to have a
rail station in their village fared much better than those on old foot
trails or wagon routes.
So what were some of the Villages that came and then all but vanished?
is located in the western section of Hudson Lake in Hudson Twp., in
sections 29 & 30. The name comes from George M Spry, an early
resident, who first described it , although the name never really
was a term of derision given to the residents of Flood's Grove by the
villagers of New Durham in the very early history of the county.
for more on this topic.
- referred to the area in northern Springfield Twp and owned by many
members of the Stites family. Located now on route 39 just south of the
Michiagn state line. At one time the old Stite's school was
converted to a convalescent home.
all of the previously listed villages and towns HERE
Achievements and Goals"
The Cemetery &
Research Association of LaPorte
Our 2013 Bi-Monthly
Meeting Schedule is:
Monday, December 9, 2013
Location - Home of LaPorte County
Genweb Coordinator, Deanna West, 8074 W 200 North. LaPorte
County Genweb Meeting starts at 1:00 P.M.
sharp. Our meetings are held every other month on the 2nd Monday of the
month listed. Anyone interested in attending, please let me
know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Genealogical Society Calendar:
proud to announce that Sharon Snow was asked and accepted the volunteer
position of liaison/historian for Patton Cemetery. Sharon has
the extensive task of reorganinzing, alphebetizing and adding to our on
On October 1, 2013, I restructured the Oak Grove Cemetery, Wills
for both the Old Section and the Golda Fuller Addition (GFA) were
organized alphabetically and the latest known burials added. This was
necessary due to the size of the files. Oak Grove Cemetery
random readings and photos of various stones were added for Greenwood,
Pine Lake, Door Village and Salem Chapel now available on line for
view. Our thanks to Cindy Hester.
- A New Master listing for obituaries available for Kingsbury cemetery
(which have been collected of the years, is now shown on line.
Sorry, we are no longer taking links to private family and personal
pages that are off site. We are continuing to place family histories on
site, but there has been a reoccurring problem when connecting to
private family pages. For what ever reason, researchers discontinue
their sites and that leaves us with a whole bunch of broken links and
us having to make adjustments to this site. It is very time consuming
when updating the pages to remove the surnames that go to "broken
Need a little help?
Try our Research Guides
Look Up Fees
We have people willing to do
obituary look ups. Initial fee is $5.00 for fuel cost and 1.00 for each
obit look up and email to the requester. Obits will be looked up and an
email sent with the content of what was in obituary.
If hard copy is desired of original newspaper article, then please
include going rate for postage at time of look up.
Deanna West at
Porte Co., GenWeb Index Page
County - Indiana Cemeteries
articles found on our - ARCHIVE
Research Association of La Porte County News" disclaimer for cemetery
"This website was developed and is sustained by volunteers who donate
their time and personal resources for the purpose of providing valuable
research information to fellow researchers. We are dedicated to
providing free access to La Porte County cemetery
listings. If you have documentation of a burial which does not appear
on the cemetery list, we are pleased to receive that information from
Please keep in mind that some of the cemetery
listings that are being placed on the WWW were done more than 30 or 40
Every cemetery that you view through your genealogical research should
be considered a "Partial" listing for various reasons, such as errors
in spelling occurring at the time of burial., some burial locations
were known only to the cemetery sexton and information was lost when he
moved, resigned or died. And many written logs were destroyed by
We are not responsible for errors, misspellings or incorrect
information. Every attempt to correct misinformation is entered onto
our listing(s) upon being notified of a burial with source and/or
1. Readings done by the D.A.R. Ind. Miriam Benedict Chapter of LaPorte
2. Older LaPorte County Pioneer Cemetery Readings
3. Current readings
4. Individuals who have donated obituaries, family histories and burial
6. Church records
7. Cemetery burial records; handwritten, typed or computerized
Donating Information & Photos
Family & Tombstone Photos
On-going request (Photos and Obits must
We always welcome family
information on the ancestors of La Porte County. Donated
information will always remain free to our viewers.
We are also looking for old school graduating classes before 1950. Can
you help? Have something in the attic?
Among items being collected are: Pre 1950 - burial records, obituaries,
newspaper clippings, cemetery information, ancestor' stories, diaries,
photos, old family bible information, School info & photos
along with early marriages.
Histories & Biographies
Please - No ged coms from family tree maker or any
other genealogy based programs. Please submit family information either
in biographical or story form. I and other volunteers have done quite a
few of the ged com revisions and it really takes a lot of time to alter
and remove the repeated information within.
Photo Request Fees
1. All photos already on site are
free and may be printed for family files you are researching. However
they may not be used on another commercial or nationally based site
without the implicit permission of The LaPorte County Cemetery
& Research Association
2. Fees for going out and photographing stones in a cemetery start at
$5.00 to cover gas fees due to the increasing cost of fuel. Each photo
taken will be $1.00 for each stone photographed. Digital photos will be
taken and emailed to requester. If hard copy is desired, then please
add $1.00 for paper and postage. Additional postage will be charged
only if several hard copies are requested and postage increases due to
weight of package.
3. You must know where the deceased is buried at or a general location
before we can fulfill your request. Please, do not ask our researchers
to hunt for a stone.