Tippecanoe County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Lafayette
Organized: March 1, 1826
Parent County(s): Parke, Unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Tippecanoe County was named for the Anglicization of "Kethtippecanoogi", a Miami people term meaning "place of the succor fish people." The county is located in the west-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Tippecanoe County Courthouse
301 Main Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
Phone: 765-423-9326
County Website

Tippecanoe County Health Department
629 N 6th St
Lafayette, IN 47901
Health Officer: Dr. Jeremy Adler
Phone: 765-423-9221
Fax: 765-423-9797
Email: crich@tippecanoe.in.gov
Health Department

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1830, divorce records from 1850, probate and court records from 1832 and naturalization records on microfilm.
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.

Tippecanoe 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1826 1850 1832 1826 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:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

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 Tippecanoe 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 Tippecanoe County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 7,187
1840 13,724 91.0%
1850 19,377 41.2%
1860 25,726 32.8%
1870 33,515 30.3%
1880 35,966 7.3%
1890 35,078 −2.5%
1900 38,659 10.2%
1910 40,063 3.6%
1920 42,813 6.9%
1930 47,535 11.0%
1940 51,020 7.3%
1950 74,473 46.0%
1960 89,122 19.7%
1970 109,378 22.7%
1980 121,702 11.3%
1990 130,598 7.3%
2000 148,955 14.1%
2010 172,780 16.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

  • West Lafayette

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 Tippecanoe County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Tippecanoe 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]

Revolutionary War

Civil War
Civil War service men from Tippecanoe 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 Tippecanoe County.

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Tippecanoe County Public Library
Downtown Branch
627 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
Phone: 765-429-0100

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Tippecanoe County Area Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2464
West Lafayette, IN 47996
Phone: 765-427-6459
Email: tipcoasoc@gmail.com

Tippecanoe County Historical Association
1001 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
Phone: 765-467-8411, ext. 2
Email: library@tippecanoehistory.org

Shelby Township Historical Association
906 Hillcrest Road
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: 765-583-2165

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. Wikipedia contributors, "Tippecanoe County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tippecanoe_County,_Indiana accessed 04/04/2017.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Tippecanoe County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tippecanoe_County%2C_Indiana, accessed 11 January 2020.