Lake County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Crown Point
Organized: February 16, 1837
Parent County(s): Elkhart, Porter[1]
Neighboring Counties
Porter  • Jasper  • Newton  • Kankakee (IL)  • Will (IL)  • Cook (IL)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Lake County was named for its location on Lake Michigan.[2] It is located in the northwestern corner of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lake County Courthouse
2293 N Main Street
Crown Point, IN 46307
Phone: 219-755-3000
County Website

Lake County Health Department
2900 West 93rd Ave.
Crown Point, IN, 46307
Health Officer: Chandana Vavilala, MD
Phone Number: 219-755-3655
Fax: 219-755-3668
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records.
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1837.
County Recorder has land Records. [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.

Lake 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 1837 1882 1837 1837 1837 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 Lake 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 Lake County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,468
1850 3,991 171.9%
1860 9,145 129.1%
1870 12,339 34.9%
1880 15,091 22.3%
1890 23,886 58.3%
1900 37,892 58.6%
1910 82,864 118.7%
1920 159,957 93.0%
1930 261,310 63.4%
1940 293,195 12.2%
1950 368,152 25.6%
1960 513,269 39.4%
1970 546,253 6.4%
1980 522,965 −4.3%
1990 475,594 −9.1%
2000 484,564 1.9%
2010 496,005 2.4%
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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

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Gary
  • South Shore

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 Lake County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lake 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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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Lake 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 Lake County.

Civil War Books:

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]

Voting Records

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 Lake 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 Lake County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Marlene Polster, County Genealogist
1437 W. 97th Ave
Crown Point, IN 46307
Phone: 219-776-4997

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Lake County Public Library
1919 West 81st Avenue
Merrillville, IN 46410-5488
Phone: 219-769-3541
Multiple branch locations

Hammond Public Library
564 State Street
Hammond, IN 46320
Phone: 219-31-5100

Museums[edit | edit source]

Lake County Historical Museum
Old Lake County Courthouse
Courthouse Square, Suite 202
Crown Point, IN 46307
Phone: 219-662-3965

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Gary Historical & Cultural Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 64603
Gary, IN 46401
Phone: 219-985-1315

Griffith Historical Society
201 South Broad Street
Griffith, IN 46319
Phone: 219-924-9701

Highland Indiana Historical Society
2450 Lincoln Street
Highland, IN 46322

Hobart Historical Society
706 East 4th Street
Hobart, IN 46342
Phone: 219-942-0970

Merrillville Ross Township Historical Society
13 West 73rd Avenue
Merrillville, IN 6410
Phone: 219-756-2042

Lake Station Historical Society
2400 Central Avenue
Lake Station, IN 46405-2233
Phone: 219-962-2001

Miller Historical Society
264 N Lake Street
Miller, IN 46403

Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 595
Griffith, IN 46319

Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society
1610 119th Street
Whiting, IN 46394

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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Lake County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, 3/29/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Lake 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, "Lake County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Lake County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 18 December 2019.