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.

LIBRARY OPEN HOURS:

Public Research
Materials in the Alameda McCollough Research Library are accessible to the public during

Library 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. 

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  

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

Apr
1
Sat
A Great Gatsby Gala @ Moses-fowler Mansion
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A Great Gatsby Gala @ Moses-fowler Mansion

A benefit to aid and support the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and its core mission to educate the public while preserving and interpreting our county’s rich and diverse history!

Gentlemen dress is black-tie; ladies can come as a flapper, a silent screen star or just be elegant and come as you are!

Tickets to the event include an open bar with 1920s cocktails, three courses of heavy hors d’ Oeuvers, live New Orleans Jazz band, period dance demonstration, silent & live auction, period exhibits and much more!

You can purchase tickets online here or come by the Arganbright Genealogy Library and purchase them in person!  For more information contact:

Executive Director Craig Hadley at
765-476-8411 Ext. 1
director@tippecanoehistory.org

The Razzmatazz & Jazz Band from Ohio have played in venues all across the United States.   They will be playing Dixieland Jazz music of the 1920s. Dancers from the Purdue Ballroom Dance Club will demonstrate some of the dances of the period with the band from the Charleston and Lindy to the Foxtrot.

A complete list of our silent and live auction items will be posted here in March.  Items will include such things as a one-year membership at the Lafayette Country Club, works of art, various entertainment and sports packages, and much more!

 

 

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