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

Jun
3
Sat
Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse Opening Celebration @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse Opening Celebration @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park

Celebrate the opening of the Blockhouse Museum at Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park with games and activities for the whole family. 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.

Jun
10
Sat
Woodland Native American Life @ TCHA History Center (Former Masonic Lodge)
Jun 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Woodland Native American Life @ TCHA History Center (Former Masonic Lodge)

“Their Bearing is Noble and Proud.” presentation by James F. O’Neil. It will be a look at what clothing Native Americans of the 18th Century actually wore.  The talk will be based on period quotes, slides of period paintings, engravings, and sketches, and slides of items that are in museums from around the world.  We will see that the image presented to the world is far from what the Native Americans looked like in this time period.  We will also look at the effect of the fur trade upon the appearance of Native Americans.

James F. O’Neil has a Bachelors in history and masters in education from the University of Dayton. He compiled and edited “Their Bearing is Noble and Proud Vol. I & II”, A collection of narratives regarding the appearance of Native Americans from 1740-1815.

Jul
1
Sat
Firearms at the Fort @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park, River Shelter
Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Firearms at the Fort @ Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park, River Shelter

The program, entitled Firearms at the Fort will be a discussion and live – fire demonstration of historic firearms of the 18th century frontier.  The program will be led by Rick Conwell, manager of the Tippecanoe Battlefield Interpretive Center and History Store, with the support and cooperation of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.

Visitors will have the chance to:

  • Examine and handle, (with supervision), several original and reproduction arms.
  • View firearms related artifacts from TCHA’s collections which were excavated at the site of Fort Ouiatenon during the 1970’s.
  • Learn how a flintlock works, both from the inside and out, and, btw, why do they call it a “lock”, anyway?
  • Learn the differences and similarities between a musket, a rifle, and a “trade gun”, and the military, social, and economic rolls each played in daily life at the fort.
  • Examine the equipment and accessories peculiar to each type of arm, along with how each is safely loaded, fired, and maintained.
  • Discuss the technological progress that led to the development of modern firearms as we know them today.
  • Find out what a ”Kentucky” rifle is, how it got the name, why the barrel is so long, and how far it will shoot.
  • Learn what we mean by “guage” and “caliber”.
  • Find out how to tell if it’s loaded, and how to safely extract a load.

The program will be held at the west picnic shelter near the boat ramp. The Ouiatenon  blockhouse will also be open, set up to resemble an early French trading post and staffed with historical interpreters in period clothing. So bring a picnic lunch, if you like, and make it an afternoon of historical fun and education. 

 

 

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