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Gary in 1910
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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 ethnically 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




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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Website Updates:
Sep 2014:  List of Postmasters, 1832-1971; Obits for PLUMMER, TERPSTRA, KRUGER, MEYERS, FITZGERALD, HUTH, TOBIN, SHOLTIS, RHONE
Dec 2013:  1840 Federal Census;  obits for MELTZER, HICKS, FRIEDMAN;  Sicklist news for HOYT, WINKLER, DARULLA, MELIKSON, PORTER, IRELAND, JASPER, MOORE, COLROWSKI, CECIL, MILLS, FITZPATRICK, MILLNES, MEARS;  Marriage Announcements for HUDAK-PECHTEL, TAYLOR-HUPPENTHAL, O'NEILL-BOUSE, DIAMOND-VNSTEIN;  Marriage Licenses applied for from Oct 10, 1937;  crime news for MASON; birth announcement for GETTINGER

Sept 2013:  1883 Pensioners; picture of 1st schoolhouse in Gary; 1906 Souvenir Album of Lake County
June 2013: obits for KHAUMSTEADT, SORG; marriage announcement for EVANS-CASH; new POSTCARDS
Apr 2013: obit for GYURE, LOWELL fire news story; sicklist involving fighter Jack Johnson; crime news involving fighters O'Malley, Costello; divorce notice for MICHAEL

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Jasper County (southeast)
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