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Genealogy Page

  • The home page for the American Memory Historical Collections from the Library of Congress. American Memory provides free access to historical images, maps, sound recordings, and motion pictures that document the American experience. American Memory offers primary source materials that chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America.
  • Discover your ancestors with the world's largest family history website. Start a family tree, browse census records and more online at
  • More than 267,130 links! 257,600 links, categorized & cross-referenced, in over 180 categories. Another 9,520+ uncategorized new links in the works.
  • FREE Port of New York Passenger Records Search
  • Search for family ancestors. Billions of free family tree, family history, ancestry, genealogy and census records.
  • Search over 6 billion names online with these free genealogy search engines, including Mormon,Castle Garden, Ellis Island,and other free geneology databases.
  • A wonderful resource for Porter County residents.
  • ProGenealogists® is a consortium of professional genealogists who specialize in genealogical, forensic, and family history research. ProGenealogists researchers are highly skilled and well-trained, having logged over 120 years cumulative research experience.
  • A nice guide to getting started in family research.
  • Heraldic Research on the Internet. Related topics: Heraldic research, charges, dictionary of heraldry, coats of arms, surnames, genealogy, clip art.
  • There are some pretty interesting postings on this personal website.
  • Links to some nice resources.
  • Genealogy guide to Indiana resources on the internet. We have links to surnames, cemeteries, census records, and much more! We offer free look ups, and free listings for societies' and individuals' books for sale, newsletters, and more!
  • This directory lists all of the genealogical organizations in Indiana known to the Local History Services Department of the Indiana Historical Society.
  • Search for Genealogy in Indiana State. The StateGenSites database gives visitors websites in 27 different categories.
  • The Genealogy Collection has developed over time to become one of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest. The collection includes 40,000 printed items (family histories, indexes to records, how-to books, cemetery transcriptions, family history magazines, and more) as well as microfilmed federal census records, Indiana county records, passenger lists, and military pension information. The collection includes hundreds of CDs with family history information. The emphasis of the collection is on Indiana and bordering states, as well as eastern and southern states.
  • County by county genealogy collections throughout the state.
  • State of Indiana Home Page: A Free genealogical information on records and links fo Indiana Including information on courthouse records, churches, cemeteries, societies, vital records information and much more.
  • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.
  • The online presence of the Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society, Serving Lake and Porter Counties
  • A good guide to getting started in genealogy.
  • RootsWeb - the Internet's oldest and largest FREE genealogical community. An award winning genealogical resource with searchable databases, free Web space, mailing lists, message boards, and more.
  • Free genealogy and family history online made possible by the USGenWeb Project volunteers. Search free genealogy websites for your ancestors.
  • The Vital Information Exchange, (VINE), is a collaborative state wide database that is composed of Indiana local history and vital records from Indiana libraries, historical societies, genealogy societies, and related organizations. The database is designed to allow participants and users to obtain access to Indiana local history and vital records through an Internet searchable database.
  • An educational service provided by our library. Visit a historic home, view our exhibits and research local history.

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Learn about our programs and services for children.


Westchester Township History Museum
Local history is our specialty. Learn about the programs, displays, and archives we have in a historic home.


A Day in the Life of Westchester Township
On June 15, 2007 we sent teams into our community to visually document a day in the life. View the slideshow here.

imageAnother Day in the Life of Westchester Township
On October 9, 2010 we sent out teams again to document our community. The photo galleries can be viewed here.

Porter County Public Library Catalog 

Porter County Public Library Catalog
All of the residents of Porter County can use any county library through a reciprocal borrowing agreement. Use this link to search the county system for the titles you want.

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Inspire is a collection of premium resources provided to the citizens of Indiana by the Indiana State Library. The site contains full text journal articles, encyclopedias, and even a Testing and Education Reference Center where you can study and take practice tests for many fields of study. Explore Inspire today.