LaPorte County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: La Porte
Organized: January 9, 1832
Parent County(s): St. Joseph and unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Porter  • Jasper  • Starke  • St. Joseph  • Berrien (MI)
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Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named LaPorte, which means "the door" or "the port" in French. It is located in the north-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

LaPorte County Courthouse
813 Lincoln Way
LaPorte, IN 46350
Phone: 219-326-6808
County Website

LaPorte County Health Department
809 State Street, Suite 401A
La Porte, IN, 46350
Health Officer: Sandra Deausy, MD
Phone Number: 219-326-6808
Fax: 219-325-8628
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage records from 1832, divorce, probate and court records from 1834.
County Recorder has land records.
County Health Department has birth, death and burial records. [3]
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.

LaPorte 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1832 1882 1834 1831 1834 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:[7]

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 LaPorte 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.

The following may hold valuable information:

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 8,184
1850 12,145 48.4%
1860 22,919 88.7%
1870 27,062 18.1%
1880 30,985 14.5%
1890 34,445 11.2%
1900 38,386 11.4%
1910 45,797 19.3%
1920 50,443 10.1%
1930 60,490 19.9%
1940 63,660 5.2%
1950 76,808 20.7%
1960 95,111 23.8%
1970 105,342 10.8%
1980 108,632 3.1%
1990 107,066 −1.4%
2000 110,106 2.8%
2010 111,467 1.2%
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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]

LaPorte County is the only county in Indiana that has 2 courthouses. One is located in Michigan City and the other is in the county seat of the City of La Porte.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

African American

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 LaPorte County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from LaPorte County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in LaPorte County.

Civil War Books:

  • History of LaPorte County, Indiana, and its townships, towns and cities. 1976. By Jasper Packard. Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library. Military Record, Chapter 25.
  • The War For The Union in History of LaPorte County, Indiana: together with sketches of its cities, villages, and townships, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history; portraits of prominent persons and biographies of representative citizens. History of Indiana embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, aborigines, French, English and American conquests, and a general review of its civil, political and military history. 1880. Chicago, Illinois : Chas. C. Chapman & Co. FHL film 934912, item 1. Online at: 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 LaPorte 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 LaPorte County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Harold Henderson, CG (SM), County Genealogist
1355 W. Springville Rd
La Porte, IN 46350-8344
Phone: 219-324-2620

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 LaPorte County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

LaPorte County Public Library
904 Indiana Ave
La Porte, IN 46350
Phone: 219-362-6156

Michigan City Public Library
100 E. 4th Street
Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: 219-873-3044

Museums[edit | edit source]

LaPorte County Historical Society Museum
2405 Indiana Ave, Suite 1
La Porte, IN 46350
Phone: 219-324-6767

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

LaPorte County Indiana Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 365
904 Indiana Ave
La Porte, IN 46352

Wanatah Historical Society
P.O. Box 156
West Cross Street
Wanatah, IN 46390-0156
Phone: 219-733-2822, 219-733-2865 or 219-733-2927

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "LaPorte County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "LaPorte County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "LaPorte County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 18 December 2019.