County genealogical society awards residency certificates


In 1987, the La Porte County Genealogical Society approved Fern Eddy Schultz’s request to establish an award recognizing the First Families of La Porte County. In 2005, three new categories were added: Pioneer Families, Settler Families and Civil War Ancestor Families.

Almost 300 certificates have been awarded in the 35 ceremonies since 1987. For details on these categories, check the society’s website, La Porte County Genealogical Society Home Page (

In a regular meeting of the society on Sept. 14, 2021, two Settler Family Certificates were awarded:

To Susan Flischel in recognition of her ancestor, John Laskowski. Susan was not able to attend the ceremony.

To Arlene Hudgens in recognition of her ancestor, Jacob Lewendowski. Jacob was an early settler in Otis, Ind. Arlene told about some of the early history of Jacob and of the Catholic church in Otis, with many interested comments from the audience.

The next meeting of the society is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at the main location of the La Porte County Public Library. Dorothy Palmer and Gloria Arndt will discuss their book, “Michigan City, Indiana, Businesses & the People That Made Them Prosper, 1832-1890.”

The public is invited to attend.

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