LibraryGenealogy Research at the Tippecanoe County Historical Association

Alameda McCollough Research Library
1001 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
765-476-8411 ext, #2

Alameda McCollough was a long time TCHA curator and county historian. Her ancestors were early residents of Tippecanoe County. Alameda was passionate about genealogy and was instrumental in establishing the first genealogical record collections and indexes housed at TCHA.


Library-2Library hours, Admission: $2.00 per researcher
Free entry to TCHA Members

Thursdays 1-5pm, the 3rd Thursday of the month open until 7:00 pm.
Fridays 1- 5 p.m.

Appointments can be made for other times by calling the library at 765-476-8411 ext. 2 or emailed

The library is closed during the month of January, holidays and Feast of the Hunters’ Moon weekend.

Alameda-McColloughThe Library Collection

The non- circulating library collection includes books, vertical files, court books, microfilm, CD-ROMs, and has patron access to the Internet. The subject collection of books and materials focus on Tippecanoe County history. Other materials include family history, general state history, and reference materials on antiques and subjects that support the mission of the Association. A significant collection of books and materials on Native American and early trading in the area, especially the history of Fort Ouiatenon, add to the broad scope of materials included in the collection.

An extensive collection of materials for use in Tippecanoe County genealogical research is maintained and collected in the Library. Staff and volunteers have compiled surname files for families who lived in the county. The library has an extensive collection of books that have been written by individuals detailing family history. Materials such as cemetery records, WPA indices, census records and indices, obituary notices from the local newspaper, marriage, estate and probate records are all available.

Records and books that were once part of the county courthouse collection have also been amassed in the Library. Marriage applications and marriage records, probate and estate files and books, naturalization records, and mortgage books are all available for searching. Specialized papers such as guardianship books, funeral home records, Civil War enlistment data, and death record indices have also been collected. All of these materials have been indexed and arranged for use by the researcher.

Please see the list of other Genealogy resources at the bottom of this page.

Before visiting the library, please read our reference and research policy.

Fee-based Research

The TCHA is a private not-for-profit organization that collects, maintains and makes available to the public a wealth of information about the people who lived in Tippecanoe County and local businesses.
Library research assistance is provided by Staff and Library Volunteers; requests may be submitted by mail or email. Please use the form.  Request Form [PDF]. $15.00 per hour, one-hour pre-payment required, with no guarantee that we will find requested information.  Additional research time is billable in half-hour increments. 
Please include your complete mailing address with your payment.   Requests are answered in order of receipt and may take a few weeks.

Photocopies Fees (in addition to the Research Fees listed above): 
8 ½” x 11”; $.35 – Single Side            $.60 -Double Sided
8 ½” x 14”; $.40 – Single Side            $.70 Double Sided
Ledger        $.50

Marriage Records:   $2.00 each
Naturalization Records:  $2.00 each
Funeral Home Records $2.00 each

Plus, postage and handling per order: $2.50 minimum  

Examples of items in the Research Library:

Original Marriage Records Books
and Returns 1825 to 1993

Original Wills & Estates
1825 to 1995

Vertical Files collection
Buildings, homes, business
and organizations

Original loose papers of the
County Offices. Misc. Court cases
and more

Original Court Books
Mainly to early 1900’s

Court Record Indexes
1830’s – early 1900’s

Obituary Indexes
1830 to 2016

Tippecanoe County Cemetery
Indexes up to the 1980’s 

Soldier Burials 1889- 1894

Death Record Indexes
Selected 1830s to 1960

Funeral Home Records
Selected Misc. 1870-1940’s

Over 3000 Family Files

Over 500 Family History Books

Land Records & misc.
original deeds indexed.

Lafayette City Directories
1858 to 2002

Early Guardianship & Adoptions indexes

Personal collections in our Archive call for appointment

Genealogy research assisted by volunteers from the Tippecanoe County Area Genealogical Society (TIPCOA). For more information about TIPCOA, visit their website.



Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse Open @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park
Jun 10 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 27 @ 5:00 pm
Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse Open @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park

Step back in time to the 1700’s- era fur trading post. Encounter characters from this historic fort and learn about the current research being done to help preserve this important site.

The Blockhouse Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

Indiana Through the Mapmaker’s Eye @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – Jul 25 @ 5:00 pm
Indiana Through the Mapmaker's Eye @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store

The ways maps can be viewed, both as documents and as mirrors of their times, are explored in one of the Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS’s) traveling exhibits, Indiana Through the Mapmaker’s Eye. The Tippecanoe County Historical Association will host the exhibit at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum located at 200 Battleground Ave, Battle Ground, IN from June 15 to July 25, 2017.

The exhibit is drawn from IHS’s collection of about 1,700 maps and atlases of Indiana and the Midwest dating from the 16th century to the present. It examines four ways people have used maps through the years: as documentation, as tools, as political images and as art.

Some of the maps displayed in the exhibition include an 1833 tourist’s Indiana pocket map; a 1913 Sanborn Company fire insurance map for Bloomington; Thomas Kitchin’s 1747 map of French settlements in North America; an 1881 bird’s-eye view of Mount Vernon, Ind.; and a circa 1880 scale-model map of the University of Notre Dame.

Special Exhibit is included with regular museum admission. Free for TCHA members.

Civil War Living History Event @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – Jul 23 @ 9:00 am
Civil War Living History Event @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store

The Camp Tippecanoe Civil War living history event will take place the weekend of July 22 & 23 at the Tippecanoe Battlefield. More than 30 Civil War reenators will be portraying a company of the 72nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry. The regiment was mustered in at Camp Tippecanoe in Lafayette in July of 1862. Reenactors will replicate camp life at Camp Tippecanoe as they muster in and learn the basics of drill and musket firings. Inside the Tippecanoe Battlefield museum, there will be special presentations on aspects of the Civil War scheduled for every other hour. 

Program Schedule:

SATURDAY – July 22

10:00 AM – Recruits march into camp and then election of officers and NCOs

11:00 AM – (Camp Kitchen): “They Marched on their Stomachs: An Intro to Civil War Food and Rationing” – D.J. Tucker, Programs Director, TCHA

12:00 Noon – Issue of weapons followed by drill and instruction of load in nine times; bring everyone together for load in nine times; then firing demonstrations/instruction

1:00 PM – (Museum Program Room): – The life of a Union Civil War soldier – Craig Hadley, Executive Director, TCHA

1:00 PM – Period food mess call for the soldiers

2:00 PM – Close order drill and manual of arms

3:00 PM (Museum Program Room):– Camp Tippecanoe – Craig Hadley, Executive Director, TCHA

4:00 PM – Bayonet Drill”

SUNDAY – July 23

10:00 AM – Inspection of troops

11:00 AM – Period Church Service

NOON – Event over

Ouiatenon Preserve Walking Tour @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ouiatenon Preserve Walking Tour @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park

Get a rare look at the archaeological site of historic Fort Ouiatenon with a walking tour of the Ouiatenon Preserve: A Roy Whistler Foundation Project. Join archaeologists and historians to learn about the layout of the site, the archaeological work that has been done there and the plans for the site’s future as an archaeological preserve.

Located on a hidden drive near 3900 South River Road, look for signs to direct you where to enter and park.

This is an outdoor experience on unlevel ground. Please wear walking shoes and appropriate clothing. We recommend you bring a water bottle, sunscreen and bug spray. An umbrella may also be helpful to block the sun. The walk is not far, but the location is an open field with no shade or seating.

In the event of severe weather or heavy rains, the event may be canceled. 



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