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Tippecanoe County, Indiana

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Tippecanoe County

Tippecanoe County was founded on March 1, 1826 from Wabash New Purchase and Unorganized Land. This county was named for the Tippecanoe River and the Battle of Tippecanoe.

The Tippecanoe County Seat is located in Lafayette also, the county government website is .

Counties bordering Tippecanoe County are  White County (north), Carroll County (northeast), Clinton County (east), Montgomery County (south), Fountain County (southwest), Warren County (west), Benton County (northwest).

Cities, Towns & Communities located in Tippecanoe County include  Battle Ground, Clarks Hill, Dayton, Lafayette, Shadeland, Otterbein, West Lafayette.

Townships located in Tippecanoe County include  Fairfield, Jackson, Lauramie, Perry, Randolph, Sheffield, Shelby, Tippecanoe, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Wea.

Tippecanoe 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 Tippecanoe 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 Application to mail.

Tippecanoe County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Tippecanoe Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Tippecanoe Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Tippecanoe Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Tippecanoe County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Tippecanoe County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Tippecanoe County Courthouse and Government Records

Tippecanoe County Courthouse

Genealogist typically overlook the importance of Tippecanoe County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of genealogical information and facts. Buried away in Indiana courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the desires and frustrations of many Indiana inhabitants.

The odds are great that your chosen ancestors have left a comprehensive record of at least quite a few facets of their lives in the Tippecanoe County court records. Even if your forefathers is not brought up in a Court case, consider all of the other methods which may have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

The below details shows what birth, death, marriage, land, wills, and legal records are typically in Tippecanoe County. The dates indicated listed below are the first widely known records for this particular county.

You need to speak to the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other facts in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are accessible to interested parties, barring private issues. The majority of staff will assist people in obtaining the materials, but it is up to the person to do the research.
  • Tippecanoe County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 301 Main Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
  • Tippecanoe 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.
    • Phone: 765-423-9326
    • Marriage Records: 1826
    • Probate Records: 1825
    • Court Records: 1827
  • Tippecanoe 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: 20 North 3rd Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
    • Phone: 765-423-9352
    • Land Records: 1826
  • Tippecanoe 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.
  • Tippecanoe County Department of Health maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records
    • Address:20 North 3rd Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
    • Phone: (765) 423-9221 ext. 2
    • Birth & Death Records: 1882

Tippecanoe County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Tippecanoe County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a directory which has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to provide your own most liked Tippecanoe County genealogy or family history related sites.

Tippecanoe Co. IN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Tippecanoe Co. IN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Tippecanoe Co. IN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Tippecanoe Co. IN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Tippecanoe Co. IN Census Records

Tippecanoe Co. IN Cemeteries & Graveyards

Tippecanoe Co. IN Church & Bible Records

Tippecanoe Co. IN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Tippecanoe Co. IN General and History Websites

Tippecanoe Co. IN Military Records

Tippecanoe Co. IN Schools & Directories

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