Place:Gary, Lake, Indiana, United States

Coordinates41.581°N 87.346°W
Located inLake, Indiana, United States     (1850 - )
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Gary is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States, located in the southeastern portion of the Chicago metropolitan area. Gary is located from downtown Chicago, Illinois and from Crown Point, Indiana, the county seat of Lake County.

The population of Gary was 80,294 at the time of the 2010 census, making it the ninth-largest city in the state of Indiana. Gary's population has fallen by 55 percent from a peak of 178,320 in 1960.

Gary is located adjacent to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and borders Lake Michigan. Many citizens and politicians have helped to preserve parts of the Indiana Dunes. The city is known for its large steel mills, and for being the birthplace of the The Jackson 5 music group.


For a general history, see Gary, Indiana at Wikipedia, from which some of the following was extracted.

The city was founded in 1906 by the United States Steel Corporation as the home for its new plant. The city was named after the chairman of U.S. Steel, Elbert H. Gary.

Research Tips

  • List of parishes (current and closed).
  • Gary city directories from the 1950s are available both at Gary Public Library (easily accessible by train or car) and at Lake County Public Library in Merrillville (easily accessible by car).
  • The Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society is prodigiously active, and among their activities is transcribing and proofreading marriage books.
  • If you have an exact marriage date, try microfilms of the Gary Post-Tribune (at Lake County Public Library and others).
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