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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[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1830 1850 1832 1826 1832 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed 20 January 1826 from Parke County and unorganized territory.
  • County Seat: Lafayette[3]

Description[edit | edit source]

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.[4]

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

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

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.

Tippecanoe 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.

Tippecanoe County Cemetery Restoration[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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".

For tips on accessing Tippecanoe 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.

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

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[edit source]

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

Court Records[edit | edit source]

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

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.

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

Recorder's 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[edit source]

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

Maps[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Alameda McCollough Research Library

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Occupations[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. Online Records

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

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

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

Public records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]

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

Voting Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

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[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.

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

Libraries[edit | edit source]
  • Tippecanoe County Public Library
    Downtown Branch
    627 South Street
    Lafayette, IN 47901
    Phone: 765-429-0100
    Website (and other branch locations)
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
  • 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

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