LaGrange County, Indiana Genealogy

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

LaGrange County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded February 2, 1832
County Seat LaGrange
Courthouse
Address LaGrange County Courthouse
105 N Detroit Street
LaGrange, IN 46761-1853
Phone: 219-463-6371
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Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
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.
  • Parent Counties: Formed from unorganized territory (Allen/Elkhart) in 1832[2]
  • County Seat: La Grange [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named in respect to the residence of General La Fayette, in France.[4] The County Seat is LaGrange and was founded 1832. It is located in the Northeast area of the state.[5]

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]

Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Elkhart  • Noble  • DeKalb  • Steuben  • Branch  • St. Joseph

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps" (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business Records[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
INGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
INGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

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.

For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.


Finding More Church Records[edit source]

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as LaGrange County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:


Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Histories[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[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.

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


See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.


Finding More Land Records[edit source]

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as LaGrange County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Maps[edit | edit source]

St. Joseph CountyBranch CountyElkhart CountyNoble CountyDeKalb CountySteuben CountyIN LAGRANGE.PNG
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for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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. Pages 84-110 (Regiment, Companies). Online at: FHL Collection; Internet Archive; Other Libraries

Civil War Databases

World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[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. Online Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as LaGrange County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Public Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]
Voter Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

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

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. [7]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Taxation[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.

For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

Finding More Tax Records[edit source]

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as LaGrange County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:


Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as LaGrange County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:


Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), LaGrange County, Indiana. Page 211-218 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 208-211.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "LaGrange County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaGrange_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “LaGrange County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lagrange/ 3/29/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "LaGrange County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaGrange_County,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "LaGrange County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaGrange_County%2C_Indiana, accessed 18 Decembere 2019.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), La Grange County, Indiana 214 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.