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Original Records

LaPorte County deeds and historic property records are available through the La Porte County Recorder’s Office. The vault may be searched on Wednesdays, 8 – 11:30 am., and Thursdays, 1:30 P.M. – 4:00 pm:

La Porte County Recorder
555 Michigan Avenue, Suite 201
La Porte, IN 46350
(219) 326-6808 ext. 2280/2234/2209
http://www.laportecounty.org/Recorder

Recent LaPorte County property information, maps, real estate data, tax information, and appraisal data are available online through Beacon. Historical records are not available online.

The Indiana State Digital Archives includes records from the state land offices at LaPorte-Winamac (1833-1855), Fort Wayne, and Vincennes. These records are a good source of information about early settlers in the state. Other state land records, including field notes, plant maps, and land office tract book entries, are available at the Indiana State Archives:

Indiana State Archives
6440 East 30th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219-1007
317-591-5222
http://www.in.gov/icpr/2722.htm

The Bureau of Land Management has tract books and records of land entry cases (property transferred from the government to private ownership) for the eastern states, including Indiana. Records that are unavailable online may be requested by mail. They also have online access to federal land patents, survey plats, and land status records for many states:

Eastern States Office, Bureau of Land Management
Department of the Interior (BLM-ESO)
7450 Boston Boulevard
Springfield, VA 2215

Land entry case files (property transferred from the government to private ownership) are held by the National Archives. Genealogists can request the files online or by mail using NATF Form 84, Request for Copies of Land Entry Files:

Old Military and Civil Records
National Archives and Records Administration
Room 11 E
7th and Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20408
E-mail:inquire@nara.gov


Books at the Library

General

Land & Property Research in the United States. E. Wade Hone. Genealogy Collection, General Hone

 

LaPorte County

Index to La Porte County (IN) Tract Book. Compiled by Fern Eddy Schultz. Genealogy Collection, LaPorte County Index

LaPorte – Winamac Land Office Entries, 1833-1855. Tract Books Transcribed by Barbara S. Wolfe; Data Compiled by Helen Morrison. Genealogy Collection, LaPorte County LaPorte

Insurance Maps of La Porte, 1907: La Porte County, Indiana. Atlas Case, Insurance 1907

Combined Atlases of La Porte County, Indiana, 1874, 1892, 1907, 1921 and Plat Book, 1892. Atlas Case, La Porte

An Illustrated Historical Atlas of LaPorte Co., Indiana. Compiled, Drawn & Published from Personal Examinations & Surveys by Higgins, Belden & Co., Chicago. Atlas Case, La Porte 1874

LaPorte County, Indiana: Geo. A. Ogle & Co’s Standard Atlas. Compiled and Published by Geo. A. Ogle & Co. Atlas Case, La Porte 1921

LaPorte County, Indiana Plat Book. Years 1958, 1969-70, 1971, 1973, 1978, 1978-9, 1984, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2007, and 2009. Indiana Collection, 977.291 L3179

Official Street Index Book of La Porte County. Indiana Collection, 977.291 OF2

Michigan City Indiana Directory Including Taxpayers for La Porte County and LaPorte Indiana City Directory Including LaPorte County Taxpayers. Indiana Collection

Abstract of Title to Duneland Beach. Indiana Collection, 977.291 AB89

Map of Long Beach. Atlas Case

Michigan City, Indiana, January 1884 (Sanborn Insurance Map). Atlas Case, Insurance 1884

Index to Atlas of Michigan City, Indiana. Atlas Case, Michigan City

Index to Atlas of Michigan City & Suburbs, Indiana. Michigan City Real Estate Board, Inc. Atlas Case, Michigan City 1960

 

Indiana

Maps of Indiana Counties in 1876: Together with the Plat of Indianapolis and a Sampling of Illustrations. Atlas Case, Indiana

Indiana’s County Maps. Researched, Compiled and Designed by C. J. Puetz. Atlas Case, Indiana

Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer: Detailed Topographic Maps. Atlas Collection, 912.772 IN2

Indiana Land Entries. Margaret R. Waters. Genealogy Collection,  Indiana Waters

Fort Wayne Land Office Entries, 1823-1852. Tract Books Transcribed by Barbara S. Wolfe; Data Compiled by Helen S. Morrison. Genealogy Collection, Indiana Fort

Allen County, Indiana, Plat Book: Index of Owners, City Street Maps. Genealogy Collection, Indiana Allen

Carroll-White Counties, Indiana, Plat Book: Index of Owners, City Street Maps. Genealogy Collection, Indiana Carroll

De Kalb-Steuben Counties, Indiana, Plat Book: Index of Owners, City Street Maps. Genealogy Collection, Indiana De Kalb

Gibson County, Indiana Plat Book: Index of Owners, City Street Maps. Genealogy Collection, Indiana Gibson

Hamilton County, Indiana Plat Book: Index of Owners, City Street Maps. Genealogy Collection, Indiana Hamilton

Hancock County, Indiana, Plat Book: Index of Owners, City Street Maps. Genealogy Collection, Indiana Hancock

Henry County, Indiana, Plat Book: Index of Owners, City Street Maps. Genealogy Collection, Indiana Henry

Jackson County, Indiana Plat Book: Index of Owners, City Street Maps. Genealogy Collection, Indiana Jackson

Jasper County, Indiana, Plat Book: Index of Owners, City Street Maps. Indiana Collection, 977.2977 J312

Jeffersonville Land Entries, 1808-1818. Compiled by Janet C. Cowen. Genealogy Collection, Indiana Jeffersonville

Knox County, Indiana: Early Land Records and Court Indexes, 1783-1815. Compiled by June B. Barekman. Genealogy Collection, Indiana Know

Knox County, Indiana, Plat Book: Index of Owners, City Street Maps. Genealogy Collection, Indiana Knox

LaGrange County, Indiana, Plat Book: Index of Owners, City Street Maps. Genealogy Collection, Indiana LaGrange

Land Owners: Miami County, Indiana, 1877. Compiled by Robert D. Smith. Genealogy Collection, Indiana Land

Porter County, Indiana, Plat Book: Index of Owners, City Street Maps. Indiana Collection, 977.298 P833

St. Joseph County, Indiana, Plat Book: Index of Owners, City Street Maps. Indiana Collection, 977.289 SA25

Starke County, Indiana, Official Farm Plat Book and Directory. Indiana Collection, 977.2923 ST28

 

Other Areas

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Volumes covering Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. Atlas Case.

Township Atlas of the United States. Jay Andriot. Genealogy Collection, General Township

Bounty and Donation Land Grants in British Colonial America. Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck. Genealogy Collection, Colonial Families Bockstruck

Note: the library has many additional titles covering land records and maps in Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and other areas in the U.S. and other countries. Please check the catalog or ask at the Reference Desk for assistance.


Microfilm at the Library

LaPorte County Court records – Includes deed records (1833-1901), tax deed records (1863-1923), partition records (1863-1926), probate records (1832-1922), and will records (1844-1921).

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps – The library holds Sanborn fire insurance maps of Michigan City dated January 1884, September 1889, July 1899, December 1905, May 1912, November 1922, April 1929, May 1936, and August 1948 on microfilm. Sanborn maps from 1884 and 1907 are also available in print in the Indiana room.

City directories – Available on microfilm and in print.

Census records – Various holdings from 1790-1930.

Three microfilm readers are available for free public use in the Reference Department. Please ask at the Reference Desk if you have any questions. Copies are $0.15 a page.


Online Resources

Beacon – LaPorte County real estate and GIS database

Elston Grove – National Register of Historic Places registration

Franklin Street Commercial Historic District registration

Haskell and Barker Historic District registration

LaPorte County Historic Slide Collection – Includes some house photos, plat maps, and Sanborn maps

Portable LaPorte County – 1970s booklet with information about historic sites, including some houses, in LaPorte County

1921 LaPorte County township maps -LaPorte County INGenWeb

Indiana State Digital Archives – State land office records

Historic Plat Books of Indiana Counties – IUPUI University Library Digital Collections

Indiana Historic Architecture Slide Collection – IUPUI University Library Digital Collections

Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Surveys – Includes La Porte County Interim Report; IUPUI University Library

Indiana Historic Maps – Indiana Historical Society

Historic Indiana Maps Collection – IUPUI University Library

Indiana Historic Atlases – Ball State University

Indiana County Maps, Atlases, and Plat Books – Print titles available at Indiana State Library

Bureau of Land Management – Land records search

Research in Land Entry Case Files – How to find information on land transferred from the government to private ownership; from the National Archives

Farm Ownership Case Files – Available at the National Archives at Chicago

Ancestry Library Edition – Available within the library

HeritageQuest – Log in at home with your library card number. Don’t have a library card? Sign up now to get an eCard.

Cyndi’s List – Land Record Links

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