Friday, July 29, 2011

La Porte County Court Records Index Published

Harold Henderson, author of the Midwestern Microhistory blog, has published In Court In La Porte, which is an every-name index to the earliest court records of La Porte County, Indiana. Specifically, it is an index to the people, places and businesses mentioned in Complete Record Book A (June 1833 to April 1837), Judgment Docket A (June 1833 to June 1838) and Minute Record A (June 1833 to October 1836).

This book is a finding aid to the original handwritten books, which are in the La Porte County Clerk's office. The court records offer mentions of fights, liquor sales, gambling parties, road building, timber cutting, slander, divorce, death, murder and – above all – debt and the repayment of debt. They may also provide unique information on the whereabouts of early settlers who do not appear in census or property records.

This soft-cover book is $20 (Indiana sales tax is included), with $5 for shipping & handling. 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the La Porte County, Indiana Genealogical Society. It can be purchased directly from the author at hhsh@earthlink.net.

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