Wells Library 1930s


  • Residents of Tippecanoe County are expected to come to the downtown library and do their own research. When questions involve extensive research, please contact the Alameda McCollough Library. Research by mail is provided for a fee.
  • Non-residents may submit requests by mail. We appreciate receiving payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope at the time of the initial request. Responses are returned by regular mail, or via e-mail if possible. Our street address is: Reference Department, Tippecanoe County Public Library, 627 South Street, Lafayette, IN 47901.
  • Newspaper searches for births, marriages, and deaths require full names and exact dates (day, month, year). Time will be saved if you check with the Alameda McCollough Library for full names and exact dates before you contact us.
  • Fees: Our standard fee is $10.00 per name searched. Checks should be made payable to the Tippecanoe County Public Library. If over 5 pages are found, extra copying fees may be charged. There is no guarantee of a date of completion, but we strive to answer each letter within two weeks.
  • Interlibrary Loan: We do not lend microfilm reels of newspapers or census records. The Indiana State Library will do such loans. Arrangements for Interlibrary Loans with the State Library should be made through the individual's local library.
  • Local History and Census Research: In general, unless the research involves the use of our microfilmed newspapers, we refer local history questions to the Alameda McCollough Library.


  • HeritageQuest Online - Resource for census data, family records, and local histories.
  • Ancestry Library Edition - Available for use in the Library on the ER terminals.
  • Access Newspaper Archive - Digitized and searchable versions of newspapers from around Indiana, including many old and small publications.


  • Local newspapers available on microfilm from 1833 to present. There is usually a three to four month delay on their arrival, but these dates are available electronically. Please note that newspapers frequently changed names, printing schedules, and opened and closed during the 1800s.
  • 2006 - present Lafayette Journal and Courier Article Database
  • Headline History of Tippecanoe County (1824 - 1999) by Robert C. Kriebel
    REF IND 977.295 K92 1998.






  • Barcus, Conarroe (Conroe), Concord, Coby & Stingley, Farmers Institute, Fink, Hickory Grove, Kenny, O'Neall, Pinhook, Greenbush (1848 - 1860), Sickler, Spencer, Spring Grove, West Point, Wildcat, Jackson Township index, Union Township index, Wayne Township index, Wea Township index.


  • Indiana Census on microfilm
    1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, (no 1890), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930
  • Soundex to Indiana census
    1880, 1900, 1920
  • Indexes to census (book form)
    Indiana: 1807, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850
    Tippecanoe County: 1860, 1870


  • 1858 - present
    (Missing 1868, 1870, 1890, 1892, 1917, 1919, 1922, 1925, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1956)

HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS (some issues missing)

  • Central Catholic 1958 - 2001
  • Jefferson High 1913 - 2003, 2010
  • McCutcheon High 1981 - 2008
  • Southwestern High 1968
  • West Lafayette High 1920 - 1996, 2001
  • Harrison High 1986 - 2006


  • Debris 1893 - 2003


  • TCPL has a number of Indiana County Histories in book form, and most County Histories on Microfilm. They are located with the rest of the microfilm at the rear of the library.


  • Tippecanoe County, IN Index of Persons and Firms
    GENEALOGY 929.3772 T595
  • Military Service Records - Union Soldiers, Indiana
    A microfilmed list of Indiana Union Soldiers from the Civil War, listing names and which Company the soldier belonged to.
  • Muster rolls and payrolls of Militia and Regular Army Organizations in the Battle of Tippecanoe. (November 1811)
    On microfilm.


  • Other than the microfilm most of the sources above are located in the Swezey Room of Indiana History.
  • Most of our print materials focus on Tippecanoe County. Focus your search on major life events such as births, deaths, and marriages that happened while residing in Tippecanoe County. Information about other parts of the state and country may be available through the electronic resources.
  • You will need an exact date to find an announcement in the microfilmed papers. Use the indexes above to search by name.
  • For more information about our genealogy resources, please contact the Reference Department at (765) 429-0113.