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Message from the President

September  2017



The TIPCOA Board members have purchased microfilm of Tippecanoe County church records, to be placed on a permeant basis at the Family History Library in West Lafayette.   We will let you know soon what came through.  If you didn’t read this changing event, Family Search has made the decision to stop patrons ordering in microfilm into their research libraries.  Many films are now digitized and online, and more online access will come. I will add new links to our  Early Church Database soon.  We will also be reviewing a list of items we can purchase to help the Research Library If you have ideas, I want to hear from you.  Article on ordering microfilm. 


Our TIPCOA newsletters will be reduced this year to three issues.  Making this one your last issue.   Due to the lack of local contributions, we have decided to make changes this year.    The newsletter committee has decided to create a series that I think we can all participate in.   Some of this will also be posted to our Facebook page.  If you’re not on our page, we can help you find that.   The topic of small towns excites me.  There are many things we can explore with this. Who platted this town.  Finding the people of small towns, where did they come from?  Whose names are on the buildings, roads, cemeteries and more.?  Who brought the Church here?   Who were the ministers/priest/rabbis?   Who became the County officials governing and overseeing this area?  Where were the Schools and are there any records left to research?   Who has old pictures in that town?   Many small communities were not platted towns, but the stories and records are all important to us for researching in Tippecanoe county.  Think about some of these and how you might be able to contribute.  Remember all the little community news articles years ago?  Maybe some of you collected items communities on these for your family.


Platted towns to think about for our new series.  Listed by township.   Fairfield: Lafayette.   Jackson: Odell.  Lauramie: Clarks Hill, Stockwell, and perhaps Monroe.  Perry: Monitor, and possibly Pettit.  Randolph: Romney. Sheffield: Dayton, and perhaps Wyandotte.  Shelby: Montmorenci. Tippecanoe: Battleground.  Union: Shadeland. Wabash: West Lafayette, Klondike.  Washington: Buck Creek, Colburn, Americus. Wayne: West Point . & Wea: Culver’s Station (AKA Crane Station, now North Crane).   There were several other locations that were noted as communities too, but not platted.  We should also mention them as well.


Wishing you all a great fall & winter.  Praying your families were not in the path of Harvey or Irma.

L.A. Clugh,

President for TIPCOA

Links to towns and communities in Tippecanoe County, Indiana

Ghost towns of Tippecanoe County

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December 2016


This time of year is always a time I think back on what I have to be thankful for.  My children and grandchildren live close and I can see them often. My sisters and brother are in good health and we communicate often when we can’t see each other as often as we would like.

 I am also thankful at this time of year the days getting shorter and the evenings spent inside in the warmth are longer and usually mean I can spend more time searching for those elusive ancestors who didn’t realize their descendants would be searching for any type of paper trail for them as proof of their existence.  When I first started using the internet to search for genealogical information there just wasn’t very much available.  Indexes of records were sorely lacking of very much more than just a name, date and year. Or the images that were accessible on line were not indexed and needed to be viewed in a very slow process of one at a time making for many hours spent searching with not much to show for the time it took to find the piece of the puzzle.

 Today searches have been speeded up a great deal with faster computers and internet service.  However, it would still take a lot of time to find our ancestors if it weren’t for the many people who volunteered their time to index the many records that have been put online on websites that are free for us to use.  Because of those many hours spent indexing we are able to find much of what we are looking for quickly and without leaving the comfort of our home.

 I am very thankful our organization has been cleaning, organizing and indexing important records held by TCHA so that others can find their family members that did exist possibly with no other trace than what is in those records. Although the project is not complete at this time, it should be in the near future. We are not familiar with most of the names we have run across but someone out there is and will be very grateful for the work we have done.  I like to think of this as paying it forward.  If you have a few hours a month this winter to help with indexing, please consider indexing for, or the NARA transcription for The National Archives of the United States which has many documents available needing to be transcribed.  Another transcribing opportunity is the Smithsonian Institute transcription which has many collections of interest to genealogists including Civil War records and the Freedmen’s Bureau to name just a few.

 And last, I hope every one of you has a wonderful holiday season and a great start to the New Year.


Billie Seaton

President for TIPCOA  2015-2016


For the 40 years I have been researching my families using the standard methods of finding vital records, walking cemeteries, poring over census reports and other written records. This has gotten me quite far in my research but in all of my lines eventually I reached a point where records could not be found, or are nonexistent or there are too many families with the same name in the same location with no clear path to follow.

I could not go back further without some kind of help.  So two years ago I took the plunge and decided it was time to explore the science of genetic genealogy and ordered a DNA kit through 23andMe.  I was hoping this would connect me with other researchers with which I could share and exchange information.  Until a few months ago, those I connected with had their own brick walls that fell short of mine so I was sharing information but not learning anything new. There were also a few matches that we couldn’t figure out how we were connected.

A few weeks ago I decided to take my DNA file and put it on GEDmatch, a third party website that accepts files from the three most commonly used DNA companies.  With a bigger pool of DNA files, the chances increase for finding more matches.  This turned out to be a very good decision.  In just a few weeks I have had contacts from distant cousins and been able to break through several brick walls and connect a few family members to well researched families that have taken me further back several generations.  I am dancing the happy dance.

Having had more success going this route I decided to test with the other two companies FamilyTreeDNA and AncestryDNA to increase my chances with those who have not uploaded their file to GEDmatch.

These new DNA third party websites have tools the original DNA websites either do not have or are difficult to navigate making it easier to compare chromosome segments and contacting the DNA file administrator.  A copy of your gedcom file can also be uploaded and is much easier to navigate individual and pedigree files.  Gedcom files can also be compared with multiple files at the same time or you can easily find your matches that have also uploaded a gedcom

After a slow start this is turning into a positive experience for me and I am now able to take some of my families back one or more generations.  I recommend testing your DNA, you never know, those brick walls may crumble if you do.




May 2015 



We are off to a good start for the first part of this year. Our first work session at TCHA library was a success; more than 20 people came to help with sorting the documents, learning how to clean and repair old documents, and learning some names of some of the forgotten lives from pre 1850 Tippecanoe County. I hope we continue with the good turnout for future sessions at TCHA.

April 25th was the IGS Convention and TIPCOA was awarded a grant of $500.00 towards supplies to properly clean, repair, store and index some of the oldest records from the Tippecanoe Courthouse. These records have not been viewed by anyone for over 150 years. In many instances other county's records such as these did not survive and the people and their names contained in those records have been lost forever. We are fortunate to have the chance to make these forgotten people known for those who are searching for them now and in the future.

The speaker at the IGS convention this year was Judy Russell (The Legal Genealogist.) Judy’s presentations are very informative and entertaining and I wasn’t ready for them to end. I learned quite a lot from her and the TIPCOA board is looking into the possibility of showing you one of her webinars.

The seminar and the conference were very well organized. We were able to walk from our hotel to the Terre Haute Library which has a very good genealogy department. L.A. was able to find information on her family. We were also able to walk to restaurants and cafes for meals. If you have any ancestors that were in Vigo County and you haven’t been there on a research trip, I highly recommend you go.

We are planning a trip to the Indiana Historical Library and the Indiana State Library for July. These two libraries are across the street from each other so you will be able to spend time in each or just one. I will find out what each library has in their collections and let you know before we go. We have also been looking into the State Archives as a possible future trip. Will keep you informed.

The 2016-2017 budgets has been signed into law and though funding for the Indiana State Library was put back in the amount was not as much as it has been in years past. So I expect there to be a few changes due to the smaller amount but I have not been able to find any information as to how this will affect the library.

President Billie Seaton



February 2015 

Greetings TIPCOA Members,

Welcome to 2015, it is now the beginning of February and spring is just a little over a month away.  It is time to shed the winter blahs and get involved breaking down your brick walls or find new information on your family.

The new TIPCOA board members met in the middle of January and have planned several presentations which we think you will enjoy.  We also discussed TIPCOA taking on a new project which will take three to four meetings over the course of a year to complete.  If it is successful we can continue it further.  More information will be available at the February meeting.

Please think of which cemetery you would like to tour this August and if you would like to take a research trip in July and if so, where.  Your input is important and I will be asking you for your thoughts at the meeting.


House Bill 1001 has been proposed to cut 24% from the State funding to The Indiana State Library and to eliminate the Genealogy Department altogether.  State budget director said that the libraries services are the same that would be offered through  Please write, call, or email your state representative to vote against this bill.  If it passes, Indiana will lose a great asset and all residents and everyone with ties to Indiana’s past will lose.


President Billie Seaton Our new email.



The Indiana Genealogical Society's annual conference will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at University Hall on the campus of Indiana State University (401 N. Seventh St.) in Terre Haute, Indiana. The featured speaker will be Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, of  The Legal Genealogist. The local host will be the  Wabash Valley Genealogy Society.

DEADLINE: The deadline to register online is Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 11:59 pm Eastern. After that, you can only register at the door ($50 per person). If you want to purchase a membership before registering for the conference, you must do so before Monday, April 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm Eastern, to give us enough time to e-mail you the login information you will need to get the member rate.  REGISTRATION: Register online for the conference using the form below or print out and mail in the  Registration Form.


Meetings coming upConnect to us on Facebook for your reminder of events.  Our meetings are at 7:00 p.m. and held at the Bethany Presbyterian Church, 3305 Longlois Dr, Lafayette, IN 47904 A map is on our webpage.

Recent news;  L.A. Clugh has been appointed by the Indiana Genealogy Society as the Tippecanoe County Genealogist in 2011. (IGC) They are individuals who will help you answer questions about research in their own County.

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