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Lake County, Indiana
Genealogy and History




Welcome to this Lake County, Indiana Genealogy Trails website.
My name is
Kim and I will be your host for this website.

I do regret that I am super-busy and just don't have enough hours in a day to perform personal research for anybody.
Our group's goal is to transcribe data and add it to our sites and any Lake County data I come across will eventually be put on this site, so please continue to check back here.



Lake County is a big place, with lots of people, making it a daunting place to research. In fact, it's the second most populated county in Indiana and is loosely considered a suburb of Chicago. Before its proximity to Chicago and its relatively low taxes made it a popular place to live and commute to Chicago from, the big draw to the area were the steel mills. From the early 1900's and on, the steel mills lured many immigrants to the area. The city of Gary was actually founded by the United States Steel Corporation as the home for its new plant in 1906 and was named after the chairman of U.S. Steel, Elbert H. Gary. They employed thousands and paid well, attracting a big melting pot of nationalities throughout "The Region". Though e thnically diverse, it has always been racially divided, with middle class and more affluent residents having long left Gary for the surrounding towns.

Crown Point's courthouse had the early reputation of being a "marriage mill". If you're looking for your Cook County, IL ancestors, make sure to check Lake County, Indiana's marriage records.

Lake County was formally organized February 15, 1837, and was named for its location on Lake Michigan.
It is divided into 10 Civil Townships:


Calumet ~ Cedar Creek ~ Center ~ Eagle Creek ~ Hanover
Hobart ~ North ~ Ross ~ St. John ~ West Creek ~ Winfield

Cities and Towns

Cedar Lake ~ Crown Point ~ Dyer ~ East Chicago ~ Gary ~ Griffith
Hammond ~ Highland ~ Hobart ~ Lake Dalecarlia ~ Lake Station
Lakes of the Four Seasons ~ Lowell ~ Merrillville ~ Munster ~ New Chicago
Schererville ~ Schneider ~ St. John ~ Whiting ~ Winfield

Other Populated Areas

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Crown Point is the County Seat.
Prior to establishing the County Seat, court was conducted in the home of Milo Robinson,
as nearly all the lands within the limits of Lake County were still the property of the government. 
Liverpool was selected the first County Seat.
The County Seat was moved back to the location of Milo Robinson's home   and was originally to be called "Lake County Courthouse".
The name was latter changed to Crown Point.
First settled in 1835, by Solon Robinson, Esq., by 1849, Crown Point contained three stores, one hotel, Presbyterian and Methodist churches, a good High School kept by the Rev. Wm. Townley, and about thirty-five dwelling houses.

Where To Find Information In Lake County

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Lake County Data

We'd appreciate any contributions of "raw d ata" from marriage, birth, death, burial and census records
 

BIOGRAPHIES

BIRTHS

CEMETERIES

CENSUS

COUNTY RECORDS

COURT RECORDS

DEATH RECORDS

HISTORY

MARRIAGES

MILITARY RECORDS

MISCELLANEOUS DATA

1850 MORTALITY SCHEDULE

NATURALIZATIONS

NATIVE AMERICAN DATA

NEWSPAPER GLEANINGS

OBITUARIES

OLD SETTLERS MEETINGS

POST CARDS 

SCHOOLS AND EARLY EDUCATION

TOWNSHIPS

Website Updates:
Feb 2015:  Novakowski death certificate information; obit for CHAPMAN;  go ssip news for FREEZE
Jan 2015:  1906-1908 Old Settlers Meeting; obit for SPENCER; "Gary, the Magic City"

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