The Porter County Public Library System has added another Genealogy resource
that uses technology to make tracing family trees easier. ProQuest
Obituaries™ , available at branch libraries in Hebron, Kouts, Portage, South
Haven and Valparaiso and from home, offers more than 10 million obituaries
and death notices in full-image format. An obituary is often the only
biographical sketch that was ever devoted to an individual and can provide
valuable clues that significantly advance genealogical research.
This database provides patrons and library users with content dating as far
back as 1851 from national newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago
Defender, The New York Times and more. Researchers can discover valuable
clues about their ancestors, including proper full name, maiden name,
spousal information, relatives’ names, occupation, religion, cause of death,
Additional Genealogy resources include HeritageQuest Online™ and Ancestry®
Library Editions. HeritageQuest allows patrons to search the U.S. Federal
Census collection, over 20,000 family and local history books, an index to
nearly 2 million magazine articles with genealogical information and a
database of Revolutionary War era records. Ancestry® Library provides access
to a searchable database of U.S. census data, birth, marriage, and death
records, World War I draft registration information, Social Security death
records, and immigration lists and probate records.
Visit your local Porter County Public Library Branch in Hebron, Kouts,
Portage, South Haven or Valparaiso. For more information about ProQuest
Obituaries™ call the Genealogy Department at 462-0524, or visit PCPLS on the
Web at www.pcpls.lib.in.us .
To access ProQuest Obituaries™ and all PCPLS databases, go to the Online
Reference Resources page on the PCPLS website. If you are accessing the
database remotely (from outside a library), you will need to enter your
14-digit library barcode number.
This resource is just one more way that PCPLS is meeting the information
needs of our patrons. Other online resources include the following: AllData,
Ancestry Library, Antiques Reference Database, Books in Print, Dun &
Bradstreet and Heritage Quest Online.
Also, INSPIRE and INSPIRE Kids, LearningExpress Library, NewsBank, New
England Ancestors.org, ProQuest Obituaries, Reference USA, SIRS ,
TumbleBooks and TumblePuzzles.