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LaPorte County, Indiana
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LaPorte County, Indiana Facts

LaPorte County

When was LaPorte County, IN Created?
LaPorte County was established on January 9,1832 from St. Joseph County and Unorganized Land This county was name means the port in French, which refers to the county's harbors on Lake Michigan.

What is the County Seat of LaPorte County, IN?
The County Seat is located in LaPorte also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to LaPorte County, IN?
Bordering Counties are  Berrien County, Michigan (north), St. Joseph County (east), Starke County (south), Jasper County (southwest), Porter County (west).

What cities and towns are in LaPorte County, IN?
Cities and towns located in the County include  La Porte, Michigan City, Kingsbury, Kingsford Heights, LaCrosse, Long Beach, Michiana Shores, Pottawattamie Park, Trail Creek, Wanatah, Westville.

What Townships are in LaPorte County, IN?
Townships located in the County include  Cass, Center, Clinton, Coolspring, Dewey, Galena, Hanna, Hudson, Johnson, Kankakee, Lincoln, Michigan, New Durham, Noble, Pleasant, Prairie, Scipio, Springfield, Union, Washington, Wills.

LaPorte County, IN Vital Records

Where can find LaPorte County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
LaPorte County vital records can be found at the Indiana Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Indiana for current fees and application process.

You can search online for LaPorte County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Indiana Birth Certificate or Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the LaPorte County Department of Health, 809 State St., Suite 401 A, LaPorte, IN 46350; Phone: (219) 326-6808 or (219) 874-5611 ext 2200; maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records. They have Birth & Death Records from 1882.

LaPorte County, IN Census Records

What LaPorte County, IN census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Adams County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

LaPorte Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. LaPorte Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. LaPorte Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Indiana Census Records Research Guide

LaPorte County, IN Courthouse and Government Records

LaPorte County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the LaPorte County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in LaPorte County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Indiana Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • LaPorte County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • LaPorte County Clerk responsiblities include administering Court Records of all Court Cases, prepares the Court's permanent historical record, performs marriage ceremonies, process marriage applications and issue marriage licenses, processes and distributes documents for court cases, and keeps a record of all wills and matters of trust in probate proceedings. The County Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  The staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
    • Address: 813 Lincolnway Suite 105, La Porte, Indiana 46350
    • Phone: 219-326-6808
    • Marriage Records: 1832
    • Probate Records: 1832
    • Court Records: 1832
  • LaPorte County Recorder maintains, preserves and Records Deeds, Mortgages, Assignments, Releases, Powers of Attorney, Real Estate Contracts, Annexations, Trustee Elections, Affidavits, Final Decrees, Surveys, Federal Tax Liens, Mechanics Liens, Military Discharges, Articles of Incorporation, Cemetery Deeds, Bonds, Plats, Condominiums, Firms Doing Business Under Assumed Names, Delinquent Sewer Liens, and Miscellaneous Instruments.
    • Address: 555 Michigan Avenue, Suite 201 La Porte 46350
    • Phone: 219-326-2209 ext 2234
    • Land Records: 1831
  • LaPorte County Treasurer's Office is responsible for collecting taxes. The treasurer also receives distributions of local income and other taxes that are collected by the state such as real estate tax, personal property tax, mobile home tax, state assessed tax, and the following miscellaneous taxes: auto excise tax, inheritance tax, and innkeeper's tax.
  • BLM Land Records

LaPorte County, IN Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for LaPorte County, IN?
A list of LaPorte County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Indiana Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other LaPorte County, IN Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in LaPorte County, IN?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to LaPorte County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

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LaPorte Co. IN Military Records

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