Putting Things in Perspective

Open Hours:

The library is closed during the month of January.
Thursdays - 1st and 3rd of the month 1-7pm, other Thursdays 1-5pm
Fridays - 1- 5 p.m.
Saturdays - 1st of each month* 10am-2pm
*Closed holiday and Feast of the Hunters’ Moon weekends.
(Please note that as of June 1, 2015 the Library is no longer open the 3rd Saturday of the month.)

Genealogy research assisted by volunteers from the Tippecanoe County Area Genealogical Society.

Archives open by appointment. If you are coming from out of town, please call to confirm open hours, 765-476-8411, ext. 205.

$4.00 adults
$3.00 seniors, AAA, Active Military
$1.00 children
Free TCHA Members

Research Requests:

Alameda McCollough Research Library

The Library consists of 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 history of Fort Ouiatenon, add to the broad scope of materials included in the collection.

An extensive collection of materials for use in genealogical searching 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 obituary indices have also been collected. All of these materials have been indexed and arranged for easy searching by the user.

The Library does not have death or birth certificates.  Please see the list of other Genealogy resources at the bottom of this page.

Fee-based Research

The TCHA; 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. Request Form [PDF]. Please include your complete mailing address with your payment.   Requests are answered in order of receipt and may take up to three weeks. 

Research fees;
$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.
Materials in the Alameda McCollough Research Library are accessible to the public during Library hours, Thursdays and Fridays, 1-5pm and the first and third Saturdays of the month 10am to 2pm.
Examples of the items held include in the TCHA Research Library:       

Original Marriage Records Index 1825 to 1993
Persons & Firms Book Indexes Tippecanoe County history books & biographies
Cemetery Indexes           Tippecanoe County up to the 1980’s
Obituary Indexes 1850—2011
Court Record Indexes 1830’s - 1899
Death Record Indexes 1882-1969
Funeral Home Records Selected Misc.
Family Files Over 3000
Family History Books Over 500 donated
Original Wills & Estates 1825-1995
Scrapbooks Misc.
Land Indexes First Track books
Original Deeds Misc. collections of originals
City Directories 1858-2002 mainly Lafayette, Indiana

Photocopies Fees (in addition to the Research Fees listed above):
Marriage Records:   $2.00
Naturalization Records:  $2.00
8 ½” x 11”; $.35 - Single Side           $.60 -Double Sided
8 ½” x 14”; $40 - Single Side            $.70 - Double Sided
TCHA Member’s Discount:  10%

Postage and handling:
$2.50 per shipment

Materials in the TCHA Archive and Photograph Collections are available by appointment only.   Please call 765-476-8411 ext. 208 or 212.                  
Thank you for your interest in our collections.  We look forward to helping you with your Tippecanoe County, Indiana research.

Library Volunteer
Tippecanoe County Historical Association
1001 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

Other Area Genealogy Resources

Tippecanoe County Board of Health
765) 423-9221
20 North Third Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

Tippecanoe County and Lafayette City records are now located here
Fee for certificates: Death -$5.00; Birth - $5.00

Division of Vital Records
2 North Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Fee for certificates:
Birth - $6.00; Death - $4.00

Tippecanoe County Office Building
20 North Third Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

Recorder’s Office - (765) 423-9352
Auditor - (765) 423-9207
Area Plan - (765) 423-9242

Cemetery location maps $5.00;
other miscellaneous county maps are also available.

Tippecanoe County Public Library
627 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

(765) 429-0100

Lafayette newspapers and Indiana Census are available on microfilm.

Family History Center (L.D.S.)
3224 Jasper Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 463-5097