Putting Things in Perspective

Open Hours:

Thursdays and Fridays: 1 - 5 PM
1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month: 10 AM - 2 PM

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.

Admission:
$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 Library has a fee-based research service that is available for those unable to use the resources themselves.  Photo reproductions can be purchased for individual and business uses.

Please call to schedule an appointment.

To Request Research Assistance

Send your written request to the address below. Include as much background information that will assist in the research, the information desired, and your name, address, and phone number. The cost for research is $15 per hour plus photocopy costs. Research requests that require less than ½ hour of research generally only incur photocopy charges. You do not need to include stamps or your own envelopes. You will be billed.

Photocopy Fees:
Marriage Certificates: $2.00
8 1/2 x 11, 8 1/2 x 14: $0.30 per page
Oversized pages: $0.60 per page
Acid-free paper copies available at higher cost.
TCHA members pay reduced fees.

Contact Information
1001 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
Library: (765) 476-8411 Ext. 205
General Information: (765) 476-8411
Fax: (765) 476-8414
email: library@tcha.mus.in.us

Books in the TCHA Library for Building Histories

Lafayette Illustrated, 1889
Tippecanoe County Historical Atlas, 1878
A Glimpse of Lafayette, 1890
Pictorial Lafayette, 1910
Lafayette: Her Trade, Commerce and Industries, 1896
Lafayette, 1905
Greater Lafayette Pictorial and Historical Souvenir, 1949
Art Work of Central Indiana, 1908
The Lafayette Preservation Notebook, 1982
Tippecanoe County Interim Report, 1990
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, 1888
Recollection of Early Settlers, 1860
Past and Present of Tippecanoe County, 1909

Other TCHA Library Resources

Sanborn Insurance Maps, 1875-1941
Local city, county maps, 1830's-current
City Directories, 1858-current
Census Records, 1820-1920
Cemetery Records
Newspaper and Obituary Indices
Vertical Subject and Family files
Wills and Estates Files, 1830-current

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