The Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society has an online index in progress of the Chicago Title and Trust Company's title abstracts for Lake County. An abstract of a legal title is a document that confirms that a person or business actually owns a property, and a company that searches and records such title deeds is known as a title company. Besides finding deeds, title companies also find information on pending litigations, back taxes, first and second mortgages, debt, mechanical liens, and, in some cases, personal property information.
Although these title abstracts were recorded around the turn of the 20th century, the information contained in them may go back to land purchases made in the 1830’s, when Lake County was formed. This project is a cooperative effort with the Calumet Regional Archives, which houses the 2,000 volumes in this collection of title abstracts.