"Cemetery & Research Association of La Porte County News"

March 20, 2014

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Current Projects Completed
In March we added to our history data with some of the old time hotels of Michigan City and the people that built and/or operated them. Check it out at
Michigan City Hotels

In December - 2013 - Oh no a brickwall! We added a brickwall page for folks to
post those ancestors that they just can't seem to locate.
Send us your brickwall and email address and we'll post it right away!

Bits and pieces of county and cemetery burials were added in the last few months.

You may also want to check out our They Went That Away for a few new stories added in early February, 2014.

Updated our Cemetery Volunteer Listing which can be viewed here:
Cemetery Volunteers

                                             Projects In Progress

Patton Cemetery - Work continues on expanding this site. We are working on improving and adding to the burial listing.  A 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.

Addtional - Abandoned/Destroyed Cemeteries of La Porte Co
being studied and accrued at this time.

News from Yesteryear

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 longer exist.

3. Commercial villages, who were established by proprietors who sold lots. A prime example of this would be Michigan City.
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?

Spry's Island 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 became popular.

Squatham 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.
see http://www.dunelady.com/laporte/towns.htm for more on this topic.

Stitesville - 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.

See all of the previously listed villages and towns HERE

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Old articles found on our - ARCHIVE PAGE

   Calendar Of Events

The Cemetery & Research Association of LaPorte
Our 2014 Bi-Monthly Meeting Schedule is:

Monday, April 14, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
Moncey, December 8, 2014

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 laportecountyin@yahoo.com

LaPorte County Genealogical Society Calendar:

Previous Updates -
New  Publications available!!!  new

Abandoned/Destroyed Cemeteries of La Porte Co., IN Vol . I 
Shows 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 Page.

NOTICE -  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 this 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 links".

Need a little help? Try our Research Guides

Obituary Request
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.

Contact Information:
Deanna West at

La Porte Co., GenWeb Index Page

LaPorte County - Indiana Cemeteries

On-Line Cemetery
Transcribing Disclaimer

"Cemetery & Research Association of La Porte County News" disclaimer for cemetery readings:
"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 you."

Please keep in mind that some of the cemetery listings that are being placed on the WWW were done more than 30 or 40 years ago.
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 accidental fires.
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 family history.

1. Readings done by the D.A.R. Ind. Miriam Benedict Chapter of LaPorte County, Indiana.
2. Older LaPorte County Pioneer Cemetery Readings
3. Current readings
4. Individuals who have donated obituaries, family histories and burial locations.
5. Obituary
6. Church records
7. Cemetery burial records; handwritten, typed or computerized  

Donating Information & Photos

Obituaries, Family & Tombstone Photos
On-going request  (Photos and Obits must pre-date 1950)

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.

Family 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.

Tombstone 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.

This site updated and maintained by Deanna West