Lake County, Indiana Genealogy

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Guide to Lake County Indiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Lake County, Indiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded January 28, 1836
County Seat Crown Point
Address Adams County Courthouse
602 Adams Avenue
Hettinger, ND 58739
Phone: 701.567.2460
Adams County Website
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Historical Facts

Populated Places

Hammond, Whiting, East Chicago, Munster, Indiana Harbor, Griffith, Highland, Gary, Crown Point, Lake Station, Dyer, Cedar Lake, Lowell, Merrillville, Schererville, New Chicago, Schneider, St. John, Winfield

Boundary Changes

1836--Lake County was created 28 January 1836 from Porter and Newton Counties.[1]

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss


Bible Records


Business Records


Census Records

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

Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Gary
  • South Shore

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups




Local Histories
  • Howat, William Frederick, and A. G. Lundquist. A Standard History of Lake County, Indiana, and the Calumet Region. Agawan, (MA: Bridgeport National Bindery, 2008.)  Vol. 1 FHL US/CAN Film 982474 Item 2  Vol. 2 FHL US/CAN Film 1597811 Item 7 FHL Collection   other libraries  INTERNET ARCHIVE
  • Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, and Charles Blanchard. Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana: Historical and Biographical.  (Chicago: F.A. Battey, 1882.) FHL US/CAN Film 934917 Item 1  FHL Collection     other libraries     INTERNET ARCHIVE

Land and Property



Civil War

Civil War service men from Lake 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 Lake County.

Civil War Books

  • "Our War Record and Progress  1860-1869" Chapter 6 in Ball, T. H. (Timothy Horton), 1826-1913. Lake County, Indiana, from 1834 to 1872. 2007., (page 110-136; Regiment, Companies; Roll of Honor, page 123 - 125) FHL US/CAN Film 934910 Item 3 FHL Collection  other libraries  INTERNET ARCHIVE

Naturalization and Citizenship




Probate Records

Public Records


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Lake County Courthouse
2293 N Main Street
Crown Point, IN 46307
Phone: 219.755.3440

County Health Department has birth and death records.
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, probate
and court records from 1837.
County Recorder has land Records. [2]

Family History Centers

School Records


Vital Records

  • Indiana State Digital Achives for Death, E-Publication, Instiution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)
Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records

Voter Registration


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lake County, Indiana 214 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.