La Porte County, Indiana Genealogy

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La Porte County

Guide to LaPorte County, Indiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


La Porte County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded January 9, 1832
County Seat La Porte
Address La Porte County Courthouse
813 Lincoln Way
La Porte, IN 46350
Phone: 219.326.6808
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Neighboring Counties

Porter  • Jasper  • Starke  • St. Joseph  • Berrien

Porter CountyKankakee CountyWill CountyJasper CountyLake CountyNewton CountyKosciusko CountyBerrien CountyStarke CountyElkhart CountySt. Joseph CountyCook CountyVan Buren CountyCass CountyPulaski CountyMarshall CountyMiami CountyFulton CountyLa Porte CountyINLa Porte.JPG

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps" (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.


Bible Records


Business Records


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
INGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
INGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records

For tips on accessing La Porte County, Indiana Genealogy census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Church Records

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository.

For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.

Finding More Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as La Porte County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records

LaPorte County is the only county in Indiana that has 2 courthouses. One is located in Michigan City and the other is in the county seat of the City of LaPorte.


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups




Local Histories

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the courthouse, where records are currently housed.

See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

Finding More Land Records

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as La Porte County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from LaPorte County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in LaPorte County.

Civil War Books

Civil War Databases

Naturalization and Citizenship


The Herald Argus, City of LaPorte and surrounding area

Michigan City News Dispatch, Michigan City and surrounding area



Probate Records

In most counties in Indiana, probate records have been kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

Online Records

Finding More Probate Records

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as La Porte County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records



LaPorte County Courthouse
813 Lincoln Way
LaPorte, IN 46350
Phone: 219-326-6808

County Clerk has marriage records from 1832, divorce, probate and court records from 1834. County Recorder has land records. County Health Department has birth, death and burial records. [3]


LaPorte County Genealogical Society members have indexed and abstracted a variety of local records, which may be available for purchase ($) at their website:

Marriage Index, LaPorte Co., IN 1921 - 1925
Marriage Index, LaPorte Co., IN 1926 - 1930
Index to 1870 Census, La Porte Co., IN Compiled by Betty Newland Warner
Index to 1880 Census, LaPorte Co., IN
Declaration of Intentions & Final Papers 1833 thru July 1854
Declaration of Intentions 22 Aug 1854 – 02 May 1870
Declaration of Intentions 02 May 1870 – April 1894
Declaration of Intentions 27 April 1894 – March 1918
Declaration of Intentions Aug 29 1913 – 29 June 1929
Superior Ct., Michigan City Declaration of Intentions March 1918 – June 1929
Superior Ct., Michigan City 12 April 1912 – 23 December 1920
Second Papers Oct 1854 – Apr 1903
State of Indiana vs. (Defendants) 1837-1850 LaPorte County Circuit Court Cases
State of Indiana vs. Defendants 1851-1872
Divorce Book #1 - 1833-1860
Divorce Book #2 - 1861-1875

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the Family History Center directory.

School Records


Indiana tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.

For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as La Porte County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as La Porte County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:




  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "La Porte County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), LaPorte County, Indiana 214 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
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