Genealogy

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 OPEN HOURS:

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 library@tippecanoehistory.org

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.

 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sep
30
Sat
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Feast of the Hunters' Moon @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park

The 50th Annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon and the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon will take place Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid – 1700s. It is held annually in early autumn on the banks of the Wabash River, four miles southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana.

Thousands of participants re-enact this event creating a feast for your senses. Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, savor authentic food and more. Further details can be found on this web site beginning March 1st.

We hope to see you there!

feastofthehuntersmoon.org

Oct
1
Sun
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Feast of the Hunters' Moon @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park

The 50th Annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon and the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon will take place Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid – 1700s. It is held annually in early autumn on the banks of the Wabash River, four miles southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana.

Thousands of participants re-enact this event creating a feast for your senses. Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, savor authentic food and more. Further details can be found on this web site beginning March 1st.

We hope to see you there!

feastofthehuntersmoon.org

Oct
13
Fri
13th Annual Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference @ Purdue University Stewart Center
Oct 13 – Oct 15 all-day
13th Annual Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference @ Purdue University Stewart Center

13th Annual Midwest Historical Archaeology Conference
West Lafayette, Indiana, October 13th-15th, 2017  

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association (TCHA) and Purdue University (Anthropology, History, Language and Culture) will host MHAC 13 October 13th-15th, 2017 on the campus of Purdue University. The MHAC will be held in conjunction with a symposium marking the 300th anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon and the 50th anniversary of the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon.

The year 2017 marks both the 300th anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon, a French fur trade post on the bank of the Wabash River in Tippecanoe County, and the 50th anniversary of the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, one of the largest annual re-enactments of the 18th century fur trade in the United States. The TCHA has recently acquired several acres of land surrounding the fort site in anticipation of creating an archaeological park. The timing of these milestone anniversaries and creation of the Ouiatenon preserve provides an excellent opportunity for reflecting on the ways in which archaeology and material culture can be used to educate the public about history, both the day-to-day experiences of people in the past and events of regional, national, or international significance.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Purdue Memorial Union (PMU) Union Club Hotel. The PMU hotel is on campus and a very short walk to the conference in Stewart Center (STEW) and evening reception in PMU on Saturday. The discounted group conference rate ranges from $99 to $125 a night depending on the room. Other hotels are located nearby at the Wabash Landing in West Lafayette or across the Wabash River in downtown Lafayette, both of which are a short drive or bus ride to campus. Public parking is available in the Grant Street parking garage across Grant St. from the PMU and Union Club Hotel.  To make a room reservation, please call 800-320-6291 and ask for the MMHAC room block.

Nov
11
Sat
Battle of Tippecanoe Annual Commemoration @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Battle of Tippecanoe Annual Commemoration @ Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store

Join us to commemorate the Battle of Tippecanoe with special programs and opportunities that honor veterans from all American conflicts.

Check back later for more details!

 

 

 

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