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La Porte County, Indiana Genealogy

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

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La Porte County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 9, 1832
County Seat La Porte
Courthouse
Address La Porte County Courthouse
813 Lincoln Way
La Porte, IN 46350
Phone: 219.326.6808
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Historical FactsEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
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.
  • Parent Counties: Formed from St. Joseph county, and unorganized territory in 1832[2]
  • County Seat: La Porte [3]

DescriptionEdit

The county was named La porte means "the door" or "the port" in French. The County Seat is La Porte and was founded April 1, 1832. It is located in the North-central area of the state.[4]

Neighboring CountiesEdit

Porter  • Jasper  • Starke  • St. Joseph  • Berrien

Boundary ChangesEdit

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 LossEdit

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

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business RecordsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

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.
  • LaPorte County INGenWeb
  • Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City
  • Springville Cemetery, Springville
  • Rolling Prarie Cemetery, Rolling Prarie
  • St John Kanty Cemetery, Galena Township
  • Pine Lake Cemetery, Laporte
  • St Stanislaus, Michigan City
  • Swan Lake, Michigan City

Census RecordsEdit

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

Church RecordsEdit

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.


Finding More Church RecordsEdit

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


Court RecordsEdit

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 LaPorte.

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic and Religious GroupsEdit

GazetteersEdit

GenealogiesEdit

HistoriesEdit

Local HistoriesEdit
  • History of La Porte 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, an a general review of its civil, political and military history. (2004. La Crosse, WI: Brookhaven Press.)  977.291 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection other libraries Google Books.

Land and PropertyEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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


MapsEdit

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Military RecordsEdit

Civil War Edit

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

  • "Military Record" Chapter 25 in Packard, Jasper. 1976. History of LaPorte County, Indiana, and its townships, towns and cities. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic.), (page 195-400; Regiment, Companies, Name's)  977.291 H2p FHL US/CAN Book  FHL Collection  other libraries   Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online
  • "The War For The Union" in History of La Porte 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, an a general review of its civil, political and military history. (2004. La Crosse, WI: Brookhaven Press.), (page 198-246; history of Regiment),977.291 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection other libraries   Google books   INTERNET ARCHIVE

Civil War Databases

World War IEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

The Herald Argus, City of LaPorte and surrounding area

Michigan City News Dispatch, Michigan City and surrounding area

ObituariesEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

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


Finding More Probate RecordsEdit

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

Public RecordsEdit

RepositoriesEdit

CourthouseEdit

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

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. [5]

ArchivesEdit
LibrariesEdit
  • LaPorte County Public Library, City of LaPorte (Branch locations throughout county)
  • Michigan City Public Library, Michigan City
MuseumsEdit
SocietiesEdit

LaPorte County Genealogical Society members have indexed and abstracted a variety of local records, which may be available for purchase ($) at their website Facebook Home

Marriage Index, LaPorte Co., IN 1921 - 1925
Marriage Index, LaPorte Co., IN 1926 - 1930
Index to 1870 Census, La Porte Co., IN Compiled by Betty Newland Warner
Index to 1880 Census, LaPorte Co., IN
Declaration of Intentions & Final Papers 1833 thru July 1854
Declaration of Intentions 22 Aug 1854 – 02 May 1870
Declaration of Intentions 02 May 1870 – April 1894
Declaration of Intentions 27 April 1894 – March 1918
Declaration of Intentions Aug 29 1913 – 29 June 1929
Superior Ct., Michigan City Declaration of Intentions March 1918 – June 1929
Superior Ct., Michigan City 12 April 1912 – 23 December 1920
Second Papers Oct 1854 – Apr 1903
State of Indiana vs. (Defendants) 1837-1850 LaPorte County Circuit Court Cases
State of Indiana vs. Defendants 1851-1872
Divorce Book #1 - 1833-1860
Divorce Book #2 - 1861-1875

Family History CentersEdit

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.

School RecordsEdit

TaxationEdit

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.

Finding More Tax Records

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

Vital RecordsEdit

Birth RecordsEdit
Marriage RecordsEdit
Death RecordsEdit


Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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


WebsitesEdit

PlacesEdit

  • City of LaPorte
  • Rolling Prairie
  • Michigan City
  • Otis
  • Westville

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), La Porte 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, "La Porte County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaPorte_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "LaPorte County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaPorte_County,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), LaPorte County, Indiana 214 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.