Valparaiso Indiana Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.


The Valparaiso Family History Center welcomes all who want to find their ancestors.  Please come and view our collection of extended loan films.

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map:

Address:

  • 503 Burlington Beach Rd, Valparaiso, IN 46383, United States
  • Please use the East entrance. It is the only door on that side of the building.
  • Language: English

Phone:

  • 1-219-476-7641 Family History Center Phone, please leave a message, messages will be answered when center is open.
  • For appointments please Call Joyce Kelley 219-263-3236 or Jim Davis 219-313-0405

E-mail: IN_Valparaiso@familyhistorymail.org

Open Hours: 1st & 3rd Wednesday:  6:30pm-9:00pm[edit | edit source]

Appointments to use the Family History Center can be arranged at your convenience by

Calling: Joyce Kelley 219-263-3236 or Bryce Law 989-621-8909[edit | edit source]

Holidays the Center Will be Closed -

Closed during Bad Weather:



Calendar and Events  [edit | edit source]

Upcoming Events[edit | edit source]

Sept yet to be determined - Family History Discovery Day at Stake Center - 505 Bldg Burlington Beach Road Valparaiso.[edit | edit source]

Register at eventbrite.com.[edit | edit source]

Classes include DNA testing, US Census, FamilySearch, Getting Started, and more. Class syllabus to come... [edit | edit source]

Class Schedule[edit | edit source]

Sept 28: 9am-12:30pm - Family History Discovery Day at Stake Center - 505 Bldg Burlington Beach Road Valparaiso. Register at eventbrite.com. Classes include DNA testing, US Census, FamilySearch, Getting Started, and more. Class syllabus to come...

Staff Training Meetings[edit | edit source]


Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Databases and Software - FHC Portal[edit | edit source]

This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for such subscriptions

Free premium .com websites include: Ancestry, MyHeritage, FindMyPast, and American Ancestors, and others

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

We have computers and printers, microfilm readers.[edit | edit source]

Center Services[edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

We also offer training in Family Search Indexing and help with using other genealogy websites.


Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

Northwest Indiana Genealogy Society meets the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in either the Valparaiso Branch of the Porter County Public Library or the Merrillville brand of the Lake County Library.  Their website www.nwigs.org has the details.

The Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library also has an extensive genealogy collection as well as readers and other materials. 


Links [edit | edit source]

City of Valparaiso

State of Indiana


Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

We love those who volunteer their time to staff the center or to teach patrons how to search!  Please contact 219-476-7641 if you would like to help.