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Tippecanoe County

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


Tippecanoe County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded January 20, 1826
County Seat Lafayette
Address Tippecanoe County Courthouse
301 Main Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
Phone: 765.423.9326
County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

  • Parent Counties: Formed 20 January 1826 from Parke County and unorganized territory.
  • County Seat: Lafayette[2]


The county was named for the anglicization of "Kethtippecanoogi", a Miami people term meaning "place of the succor fish people." The county seat is Lafayette and the county was organized on March 1, 1826. The County is located in the West Central part of the state.[3]

Neighboring Counties

White  • Carroll  • Clinton  • Montgomery  • Fountain  • Warren  • Benton

Boundary Changes

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

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

Tippecanoe County Resources

Bible records


Business records


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.

Tippecanoe County, Indiana Cemetery List

Tippecanoe County Cemetery Restoration

Tippecanoe County - INPCRP - RootsWeb

Tippecanoe County Cemetery Book by Area Plan Comm. Tippecanoe, Indiana Government Documents PDF file

Census Records

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

Church Records

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

Alameda McCollough Research Library. File system on Churches in Tippecanoe County
Alameda McCollough Research Library

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

Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records

Alameda McCollough Research Library Indexes to early Court books held in this library.


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and religious Groups




Local Histories

Land and Property

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.

Alameda McCollough Research Library Indexes, plat books and maps. Misc boxes of original deeds donated.

Recorder Office of Tippecanoe County Holds original books.

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

Finding More Land Records

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


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Alameda McCollough Research Library


Military Records

War of 1812

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

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship


Newspapers on Microfilm at the Tippecanoe Co., Indiana Public Library




Probate Records

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 county courthouse.

Online Records

Alameda McCollough Research Library Original Will/Estate files and probate books held in this library

Finding More Probate Records

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

Public records

School Records

Alameda McCollough Research Library Some original materials. School 1848 census, Yearbook collection from this County and other misc collections.

Voting Registration


County Courthouse

Tippecanoe County Courthouse
301 Main Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
Phone: 765.423.9326
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1830 divorce records from 1850, probate and court records from 1832 and naturalization records on microfilm.

Tippecanoe County Government offices

Family History Centers

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the family history center directory.


Tippecanoe County Public Library
Downtown Branch
627 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
Phone: 765-429-0100
Website (and other branch locations)


Tippecanoe County Area Genealogical Society
PO Box 2464
West Lafayette, IN 47996-2464
Telephone Number: 765-427-6459
E-mail: tipcoasoc@gmail.com

Tippecanoe County Historical Association
1001 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
Telephone Number: 765-467-8411 ext #2
Fax: 765-467-8414

Shelby Township Historical Association
7537 U.S. Highway 52 W.
West Lafayette, IN 47906-8533
Telephone Number: 765-583-2165


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.

Early indexes, books and microfilm held at the Alameda McCollough Research Library

For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

Finding More Tax Records

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

Vital Records

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. See also How to order Indiana Vital Records or order electronically online.

Marriage licenses were required by counties beginning in 1800. Original marriage records are held at the office of the Tippecanoe County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Tippecanoe County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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




  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Tippecanoe County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tippecanoe_County,_Indiana accessed 04/04/2017.