Genealogy 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The library is closed during the month of January, holidays and Feast of the Hunters’ Moon weekend.
The 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.
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
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
Original Wills & Estates
Vertical Files collection
Original loose papers of the
Original Court Books
Court Record Indexes
Tippecanoe County Cemetery
Death Record Indexes
Funeral Home Records
Over 500 Family History Books
Land Records & misc.
Lafayette City Directories
Early Guardianship & Adoptions indexes
Genealogy research assisted by volunteers from the Tippecanoe County Area Genealogical Society (TIPCOA). For more information about TIPCOA, visit their website.