View of Gary, Indiana in 1910.
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Lake County, Indiana Genealogy and History
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Genealogy Trails website. My name is Kim and
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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
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
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.
Website Updates: Dec 2015: Sicklist news: HENDERSON; Early crime news; fire news re: SPENCER, COBB; obits for HOOVER, HENDERSON; Court news for will of RICE
Sept 2015: Obits for LAFOND, PROHL, CAUSE, NOWAK, DUNKELBERGER, BROWN; Marriage Announcement for HINSLEY-BROWN; Crime news: RUSSELL, JOHNSON, O'BRIEN. Sicklist news for CANNON, DAVIS
May 2015: 1909 Old Settlers Meeting Notes.
Feb 2015: Novakowski death certificate information; obit for CHAPMAN;
gossip news for FREEZE
Jan 2015: 1906-1908 Old Settlers Meeting; obit for SPENCER; "Gary,
the Magic City"