LaGrange County, Indiana Genealogy

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Guide to LaGrange County, Indiana ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: LaGrange
Organized: February 2, 1832
Parent County(s): Unorganized Territory (Allen/Elkhart)[1]
Neighboring Counties
Elkhart  • Noble  • DeKalb  • Steuben  • Branch (MI)  • St. Joseph (MI)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

LaGrange County was named in respect to the residence of General LaFayette, in France.[2] It is located in the northeastern area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

LaGrange County Courthouse
105 N Detroit Street
LaGrange, IN 46761-1853
Phone: 219-463-6371
County Website

LaGrange County Health Department
304 North Townline Road, Ste#1
LaGrange, IN, 46761
Health Officer: Thomas Anthony Pechin, MD
Phone Number: 260-499-4182
Fax: 260-499-4189
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1832.
County Recorder has land records from 1832. [4]
Health Department has birth records and death records.
Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

LaGrange County, Indiana Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1832 1882 1832 1832 1832 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[8]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of LaGrange County, Indiana online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.


Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing LaGrange County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 3,664
1850 8,387 128.9%
1860 11,366 35.5%
1870 14,148 24.5%
1880 15,630 10.5%
1890 15,615 −0.1%
1900 15,284 −2.1%
1910 15,148 −0.9%
1920 14,009 −7.5%
1930 13,780 −1.6%
1940 14,352 4.2%
1950 15,347 6.9%
1960 17,380 13.2%
1970 20,890 20.2%
1980 25,550 22.3%
1990 29,477 15.4%
2000 34,909 18.4%
2010 37,128 6.4%
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Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents. See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the LaGrange County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for LaGrange County. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information. For more information about local histories, see Indiana Local Histories.

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from LaGrange County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from La Grange County.

Civil War Books:

  • The Call to Arms; Chapter 4 in 1882 History of LaGrange County, Indiana: from the original History of LaGrange and Noble county. 1979. Knightstown, IN: The Bookmark. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Internet Archive

Civil War Databases

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Indiana newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

For more Indiana newspaper information see the wiki page Indiana Newspapers.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Indiana, probate records have been kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the LaGrange County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Indiana tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Indiana law in 1882 required registration of births and deaths in counties. The Indiana Department of Health has birth records filed after October 1907 and death records filed after January 1900 for deaths. Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in LaGrange County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Barb Mulholland, County Genealogist
5250 E. 580 S
Wolcottville, IN 46795
Phone (260) 854-4311

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in LaGrange County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

LaGrange County Public Library
203 West Spring Street
LaGrange, IN 46761
Phone: 260-463-2841

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in LaGrange County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Societies.

LaGrange County Historical Society
P.O. Box 134
109 South High St.
LaGrange, IN 46761
Phone: 260-350-8561

Topeka Area Historical Society
P.O. Box 33
123 Indiana St
Topeka, IN 46571

Shipshewana Area Historical Society
P.O. Box 929
315 Morton Street
Shipshewana, IN 46565
Phone: 260-768-3030

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “LaGrange County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, 3/29/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "LaGrange County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "LaGrange County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "LaGrange County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 18 Decembere 2019.