"Cemetery & Research Association of La Porte County News"
August 3, 2015

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Our deepest condolences to the family of George VanDierendonck,
husband of one of our volunteer researchers,
Pat VanDierendonck. George passed away in  May 2015
And the family of William Harris  husband of Patricia Harris
our Media announcements officer. Bill passed in June 2015.

Current Projects Completed

La Porte County Veterans - Updated and added to many of our Veteran listings. Donna Nelson has taken the lead in organizing this project for us. You can see which active cemetery veteran lists have been updated by going here.  Veteran's Index

Swan Lake
- Over-hauled and added to the burials in Swan Lake Memorial Gardens. Our list now consists of more than 4500 interments.  By doing this, we also increased the Veterans that served our country and are laid to rest there.

Bowell Cemetery - The cemetery is abandoned and much of the history and burials with relocation of same was contributed by Donna M. Nelson.
Publication on Bowell and abandoned Cemeteries also available

                                         Projects In Progress - continuing on.....

Veterans - Updating of our active cemetery veteran listings continues. This is a huge undertaking and may take over a year to complete.

Carmel Cemetery - We are in the process of  enhancing and updating  our Carmel Cemetery burials and maps. .

Additional - Abandoned/Destroyed Cemeteries of La Porte Co
being studied and information being accumulated at this time.

Phase III for Patton Cemetery continues with Sharon Snow examining the stones and conferring with the cemetery sextons.

Projects seeking photographers:

Apostolic Christian Cemetery
- Dewey Township -
(875 W Between 1800S and 1850S)
Oak Grove Cemetery - Dewey Township
(Hwy 421 turn West County Rd 8
Turn South on S1100W and go 1/2 mile -
Cemetery is on the West side of road)

"Mission Statement, Achievements and Goals"

Contact Information:
Deanna West at

La Porte Co., GenWeb Index Page

LaPorte County - Indiana Cemeteries

   Calendar Of Events

The Cemetery & Research Association of LaPorte
Our 2015 Bi-Monthly Meeting Schedule is:

Monday, June 8, 2015 - regular meeting

Monday, August 10, 2015
- regular meeting-  meeting cancelled.

Monday, October 12th, 2015 - corrections and recent burial listings welcomed

Monday, December 14, 2015 - potluck & gift exchange
(brief meeting with social event following)

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 -

Pine Lake Cemetery -  Pine Lake Cemetery Burials from early records up to and including 2014 now on line. We have well over 15,000 burials from various records.
The goal was to give credit to those who have donated burial info and combine the listings alphabetically to eliminate some of the repetition that was on site.
This also allows us to see which family surnames we may be missing and add them to this great index. 
Pine Lake Cemetery Link

Many of the newer burials in Oak Grove Cemetery in Wills Township now added.
Oak Grove Cemetery in Wills Link

New  Publications available!!!  new
See our Publications Page.

Need a little help? Try our Research Guides

Old articles found on our -

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  

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".

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.

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.

This site updated and maintained by Deanna Branson West