Indiana County Resources

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This entry was originally written by Carol L. Maki and Michael John Neill for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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During the Great Depression, Indiana pioneered the microfilming of records. A WPA project filmed vital records, court records, naturalizations, wills, slave registers, some Revolutionary War pension files, etc., for at least sixteen counties in the state.

In the 1950s and 1960s the Indiana State Library microfilmed many vital and court records. They receive positive microfilm copies of Indiana county records via a joint effort with the Commission on Public Records, Indiana Historical Bureau, Indiana Historical Society, and the Genealogical Society of Utah. Twenty-eight of the ninety-two Indiana courthouses suffered courthouse fires; many of them were rebuilt only to be destroyed again by fire or natural disaster. The original county of Knox lost all records in a fire of 1814. Hoosier Genealogist 4 (1964) includes a listing of courthouse fires in Indiana.

Land records are located at the county recorder’s office; probates are at the clerk of the circuit court, along with other court records. County commissioner’s records in Indiana courthouses are quite frequently the earliest official records of the organized governments in counties formed directly from Native American purchases. Records may include the names of road supervisors, payments made to individuals, appointments for tax collectors, business licenses, naturalization applications, and early justice of the peace dockets.

For some of the following counties two years are listed for “Date Formed.” The first is the year the county was created, the second is the year it was fully organized if it differs from the creation year. Under the heading “Parent County/ies,” the name(s) listed may be the county or counties from which the respective county was formed, or they may be names by which the county was originally known. “Unorganized” denotes that it was formed from non-county lands. A county name in parentheses is the county to which the unorganized land may have been attached at that time. Counties listed with an asterisk (*) are those in which records may exist for the county in question. It may have been “attached” to that county for some period of time.

The date listed for each category of record is the earliest record known to exist in that county. It does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and certainly does not indicate that all such events that year were actually registered.

Information for this section was obtained from Carolynne L. Miller’s Indiana Sources for Genealogical Research in the Indiana State Library (cited under Indiana State Library’s listing); Willard Heiss, “Indiana,” in Kenn Stryker-Rodda, ed., Genealogical Research: Methods and Sources, vol. 2 (Washington, D.C.: American Society of Genealogists, 1983); and from those materials available through the County Records of Indiana Microfilm Project (CRIMP) at the Indiana State Library.

Addresses in the following county list were taken from the Family History—Clerks of the Circuit Court address list on the Indiana State Archives website at www.in.gov/icpr/archives/family/maillist.html.


Map County County Address Date Formed Parent County(ies) Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
Adams New Purchase 1827 (eliminated 1844) Delaware New Purchase
C7 Adams 313 S. Jefferson, Decatur 46733 1835 (1836) Adams New Purchase (Allen/Delaware/Randolph) 1882 1836 1882 1837 1838 ——
B7 Allen 715 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne 46802 1824 Delaware New Purchase/unorganized 1882 1824 1870 1824 1825 1824
G5 Bartholomew P.O. Box 924, Columbus 47202 1821 Delaware New Purchase 1883 1821 1882 1822 1821 1821
D2 Benton 706 E. 5th Ste. 23, Fowler 47944 1840 Jasper 1882 1840 1882 1840 1840 1840
D6 Blackford 110 W. Washington St., Hartford City 47348 1838 (1839) Jay 1882 1839 1882 1836 1839 1839
E4 Boone 1 Courthouse Sq., Room 212, Lebanon 46052 1830 Wabash New Purchase(Hendricks)/Adams New Purchase(Hendricks/Marion) 1882 1831 1882 1856 1846 1846
G4 Brown Courthouse Annex, Nashville 47448 1836 Bartholomew/Jackson/Monroe 1882 1836 1882 1873 1837 1837
Record loss 1873.
D3 Carroll Courthouse, 101 W. Main St., Delphi 46923 1828 Adams New Purchase/(Hamilton)Wabash New Purchase (Fountain)/unorganized 1882 1828 1882 1829 1829 1829
C4 Cass 200 Court Park, Rm. 203, Logansport 46947 1829 unorganized (Carroll) 1882 1829 1882 1830 1829 1829
J5 Clark City-County Bldg., Rm. 137, Rm. 203, Jeffersonville 47130 1801 Knox 1882 1807 1882 1801 1801 1801
G2 Clay 609 E. National Ave., Rm. 137, Brazil 47834 1825 Owen/Putnam/Vigo/Sullivan 1881 1851 1882 1825 1873 ——
Record loss 1851.
D4 Clinton 265 Courthouse Sq., Rm. 137, Frankfort 46041 1830 Adams New Purchase(Tippecanoe) 1882 1830 1882 1829 1830 1832
K4 Crawford P.O. Box 375, Rm. 137, English 47118 1818 Harrison/Orange/Perry) 1882 1818 1882 1818 1818 1818
H3 Daviess 200 E. Walnut, Washington 47501 1817 Knox 1882 1817 1882 1817 1817 1817
A7 De Kalb P.O. Box 230, Auburn 46706 1835 (1837) unorganized(Allen/LaGrange) 1882 1837 1882 1837 1847 1839
G7 Dearborn 215-B W. High St., Lawrenceburg 47025 1803 Clark 1882 1806 1882 1821 1824 1824
Record loss 1826.
G6 Decatur 150 Courthouse St., Ste 1, Greensburg 47240 1822 unorganized 1882 1822 1882 1822 1822 1822
Delaware New Purchase 1820 (name changed to Adams New Purchase, 1827)unorganized/ *Fayette/ *Franklin/ *Jackson/ *Jennings/ *Randolph/ *Ripley/ *Wayne/ *Bartholomew
E6 Delaware 100 W. Main, Muncie 47305 1827 Delaware New Purchase/*Randolph 1882 1827 1882 1829 1830 1828
J3 Dubois 1 Courthouse Sq., Jasper 47546 1818 Pike 1882 1839 1882 1839 1840 1840
Record loss 1839.
A5 Elkhart 101 N. Main St., Rm. 204, Goshen 46526 1830 unorganized (Cass/Allen) 1882 1830 1882 1831 1830 1830
F6 Fayette 401 Central Ave., Connersville 47331 1819 Franklin/Wayne/unorganized 1883 1819 1829 1816 1819 1819
J5 Floyd 311 W. 1st St., Rm. 235, New Albany 47150 1819 Clark/Harrison 1882 1819 1882 1818 1819 ——
E2 Fountain P.O. Box 183, Covington 47932 1826 Montgomery/Wabash New Purchase/*Parke 1887 1826 1882 1827 1827 ——
G7 Franklin 459 Main St., Brookville 47012 1811 Clark/Dearborn 1882 1811 1882 1811 1811 1811
B4 Fulton P.O. Box 524, Rochester 46975 1835 (1836) unorganized (Cass/Elkhart/St. Joseph) 1882 1836 1882 1836 1837 1836
J1 Gibson Courthouse Sq./P.O. Box 630, Princeton 47670 1813 Knox 1882 1813 1880 1836 1813 1813
D5 Grant 101 E. 4th St., Marion 46953 1831 Adams New Purchase(Randolph/Delaware/Madison) unorganized (Cass) —— 1831 —— 1831 1831 ——
H3 Greene P.O. Box 229, Bloomfield 47424 1821 Sullivan/unorganized (Daviess) 1885 1821 1893 1822 1823 1831
E5 Hamilton 1 Hamilton County Sq., Ste. 106, Noblesville 46060 1823 Delaware New Purchase 1882 1833 1882 1825 1823 ——
Hamilton County, NW Territory, was formed in 1798 from territorial Knox County and included parts of Ohio and Indiana.
F5 Hancock 9 E. Main St., Greenfield 46140 1827 (1828) Madison 1882 1828 1882 1827 1828 ——
K5 Harrison 300 N. Capital Ave., Rm. 203, Corydon 47112 1808 Clark/Knox 1882 1809 1882 1807 1809 1809
F4 Hendricks P.O. Box 599, Danville 46122 1824 Delaware New Purchase/Wabash New Purchase 1882 1824 1882 1823 1822 1824
E6 Henry P.O. Box B, New Castle 47362 1822 Delaware New Purchase 1882 1823 1882 1824 1822 1825
D4 Howard P.O. Box 9004, Kokomo 46901 (see Richardville) 1875 1844 1875 1846 1844 ——
C6 Huntington P.O. Box 228, Huntington 46750 1832 (1834)) Adams New Purchase(Allen/Grant) 1875 1837 1882 1834 1841 ——
H5 Jackson P.O. Box 318, Brownstown 47220 1816 Clark/Jefferson/Washington 1882 1816 1882 1815 1817 ——
B3 Jasper 115 W. Washington St., Rensselaer 47978 1835 (1838) Wabash New Purchase/unorganized (Warren/White) 1882 1850 1882 1838 1864 ——
Record loss 1864.
D7 Jay County Courthouse, 120 Court St., Portland 47371 1835 (1836) Adams New Purchase(Delaware/Randolph) 1882 1837 1882 1836 1837 1837
H6 Jefferson 300 E. Main St., Rm. 203, Madison 47250 1811 Clark/Dearborn/Knox 1882 1811 1882 1811 1811 1811
H5 Jennings P.O. Box 385, Vernon 47282 1817 Jackson/Jefferson 1882 1818 1882 1817 1818 1817
F4 Johnson 5 W. Jefferson, Franklin 46131 1823 Delaware New Purchase 1882 1830 1882 1825 1821 1823
Record loss 1849 and 1874.
H2 Knox 101 N. 7th, Vincennes 47591 1790 (Indiana county 1800) unorganized 1882 1806 1882 1783 1790 1801
Knox County, NW Territory, was formed from non-county area in 1790. This included segments of present Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, plus all of Indiana. Knox County became an Indiana territory in 1800, although much of the original county had been formed into other counties by that time. It became an Indiana county in 1816. Record loss 1814.
B5 Kosciusko 121 N. Lake St., Warsaw 46580 1835 (1836) unorganized (Cass/Elkhart/Grant) 1882 1830 1882 1834 1836 1836
A3 La Porte 813 Lincoln Way, La Porte 46350 1832 St. Joseph/unorganized 1882 1832 1882 1831 1832 1832
A6 Lagrange 105 N. Detroit, Lagrange 46761 1832 unorganized (Allen/Elkhart) 1882 1832 1882 1832 1832 1832
A2 Lake 2293 N. Main St., Crown Point 46307 1836 (1837) Porter/Newton 1882 1837 1882 —— —— ——
H4 Lawrence 1916 15th St., Bedford 47421 1818 Orange 1882 1818 1882 1819 1818 ——
E5 Madison P.O. Box 1277, Anderson 46016 1823 Delaware New Purchase/*Marion 1882 1853 1882 1822 1879 ——
Record loss 1880.
F4 Marion City-County Building, 200 E. Washington St., Rm. W-122, Indianapolis 46204 1822 Delaware New Purchase 1882 1822 1882 1822 1822 1822
B4 Marshall 211 W. Madison St., Plymouth 46563 1835 unorganized (Cass/Elkhart/St. Joseph) —— 1836 —— 1834 1834 1837
H3 Martin P.O. Box 120, Shoals 47581 1820 Daviess/Dubois 1882 1820 1882 1820 1821 ——
C5 Miami 25 N. Broadway, Peru 46970 1832 Cass/unorganized 1882 1843 1882 1836 1843 ——
Record loss 1843.
G4 Monroe P.O. Box 547, Bloomington 47402 1818 Orange 1882 1818 1886 1817 1818 1854
E3 Montgomery P.O. Box 768, Crawfordsville 47933 1823 Wabash New Purchase/*Parke/*Putnam 1882 1823 1882 1821 1822 ——
F4 Morgan P.O. Box 1556, Martinsville 46151 1822 Delaware New Purchase/Wabash New Purchase 1882 1822 1899 1822 1822 ——
Record loss 1876.
Newton (old) (eliminated 1839) 1835 unorganized (St. Joseph/Warren/White)
C2 Newton (present) P.O. Box 49, Kentland 47951 1859 Jasper 1882 1860 1882 1838 1860 1860
A6 Noble 101 N. Orange St., Albion 46701 1835 (1836) unorganized (Allen/Elkhart/La Grange) 1882 1859 1882 1834 1854 ——
Record loss 1859.
H7 Ohio P.O. Box 185, Rising Sun 47040 1844 (1844) Dearborn 1882 1844 1882 1844 1844 ——
J4 Orange Court Street, Paoli 47454 1816 Gibson/Knox/Washington 1882 1816 1882 1816 1816 ——
G3 Owen P.O. Box 146, Spencer 47460 1819 Daviess/Sullivan 1882 1819 1882 1819 1819 ——
F2 Parke 116 W. High St., Rm. 204, Rockville 47872 1821 Vigo/unorganized/Wabash New Purchase 1882 1829 1882 1816 1833 1833
Record loss 1833.
K3 Perry 2219 Payne St., Tell City 47586 1814 Gibson/Warrick 1882 1814 1882 1815 1813 1815
J2 Pike Courthouse, 801 Main St., Petersburg 47567 1817 Gibson/Knox/Perry 1882 1817 1887 1817 1817 1817
A3 Porter 16 E. Lincoln Way, Valparaiso 46383 1835 (1836) unorganized (St. Joseph) 1884 1836 1884 1833 1839 ——
K1 Posey P.O. Box 606, Mount Vernon 47620 1814 Warrick/Knox/Gibson 1882 1814 1882 1812 1815 1815
B3 Pulaski 112 E. Main, Rm. 230, Winamac 46996 1835 (1839) unorganized (Cass/White) 1882 1839 1882 1840 1839 1839
F3 Putnam P.O. Box 546, Greencastle 46135 1822 Owen/Vigo/Wabash New Purchase 1882 1820 1882 1824 1825 ——
Randolph (old) Ill. Territory, 1809 1790 (Indiana county, 1800) St. Clair—NW Territory
Randolph County, NW Territory, was formed in 1795, from territorial St. Clair County. In 1800 Randolph became an Indiana territorial county. The present Randolph County was created in 1818. See below.
E7 Randolph (present) Courthouse, 100 S. Main St., Winchester 47394 1818 Wayne 1882 1819 1882 1820 1819 ——
Note also Randolph, Illinois Territory, above.
Richardville 1844 (1844; changed to Howard, 1846) unorganized (Carroll/Cass/Miami)
G6 Ripley P.O. Box 177, Versailles 47042 1816 (1818) Dearborn/Jefferson/*Jennings 1882 1818 1882 1818 1818 1818
F6 Rush P.O. Box 429, Rushville 46173 1822 Delaware New Purchase —— 1822 1823 1822 1822 1822
St. Clair Illinois Territory, 1809 1790 (Indiana county, 1800) Illinois Territory, 1809
A4 Saint Joseph 101 S. Main St., South Bend 46601 1830 unorganized(Carroll/Tippecanoe/Cass) 1882 1830 1882 1830 1830
J5 Scott 1 E. McClain Ave. Ste. 120, Scottsburg 47170 1820 Clark/Jackson/Jefferson/Jennings/Washington 1882 1820 1819 1820
F5 Shelby P.O. Box 198, Shelbyville 46176 1822 Delaware New Purchase 1882 1822 1882 1822 1822 ——
K3 Spencer P.O. Box 12, Rockport 47635 1818 Perry/Warrick 1882 1818 1882 1818 1818 ——
B3 Starke 53 E. Washington St., Knox 46534 1835 (1850) St. Joseph/unorganized (Starke/Cass/White) 1894 1840 1894 1850 1850 ——
A7 Steuben 55 S. Public Sq., Courthouse Annex Angola 46703 1835 (1837) unorganized (LaGrange) —— 1832 —— 1836 1845 ——
G2 Sullivan P.O. Box 370, Sullivan 47882 1817 Knox 1882 1850 1880 1850 1844 ——
Record loss 1850.
H7 Switzerland 212 W. Main, Vevay 47043 1814 Dearborn/Jefferson 1882 1814 1882 1814 1814 ——
D3 Tippecanoe P.O. Box 1665, Lafayette 47901 1826 Wabash New Purchase/unorganized 1882 1826 1882 1826 1825 1827
D4 Tipton 101 E. Jefferson, Tipton 46072 1844 (1844) Adams New Purchase/unorganized —— 1844 1882 1844 1844 1853
F7 Union 26 W. Union St., Liberty 47353 1821 Fayette/Franklin/Wayne —— 1821 —— 1821 1821 ——
K2 Vanderburgh P.O. Box 3556, Evansville 47708 1818 Gibson/Posey/Posey/Warrick 1882 1818 1882 1818 1821 ——
E2 Vermillion 1 Courthouse Sq., Newport 47966 1824 Parke/unorganized/Wabash New Purchase 1882 1824 1882 —— —— ——
G2 Vigo P.O. Box 8449, Terre Haute 47807 1818 Sullivan 1882 1818 1882 1816 1818 ——
Wabash 1 W. Hill St. Wabash 46992 1832 (1835) Adams New Purchase(Grant)/unorganized (Cass) —— 1835 1899 1835 1847 ——
Record loss 1870.
C5 Wabash New Purchase Eliminated 1835 1820 unorganized/*Monroe/*Owen/*Vigo/*Parke
D2 Warren 125 N. Monroe, Ste. 11, Williamsport 47993 1827 Wabash New Purchase/ unorganized (Vermillion)*Fountain/ 1882 1827 1882 1830 1829 1827
K2 Warrick 1 County Sq., Rm. 200, Boonville 47601 1813 Knox 1882 1813 1882 1813 1814 1813
J4 Washington 99 Public Sq., Salem 47167 1814 Clark/Harrison 1882 1815 1882 1814 1814 1814
Wayne 301 E. Main, Richmond 47375 1811 Clark/Dearborn/Knox 1882 1811 1882 1816 1812 1811
Note also Wayne County below.
E7 Wayne—NW Territory 1796 (eliminated 1800) Knox/unorganized
Wayne County, NW Territory, was formed in 1796 from territorial Knox County and unorganized area. This included portions of modern Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Wayne County outside NW Territory was eliminated in 1800. In 1803 Wayne County, Indiana Territory, was created from territorial Knox and St. Clair County and unorganized area, including parts of today’s Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and most of Michigan. In 1811 Wayne County, Indiana Territory, was created from Clark, Dearborn, and Knox counties. Thisbecame an Indiana state county in 1816.
C6 Wells 102 W. Market St., Ste. 201, Bluffton 46714 1835 (1837) Adams New Purchase (Allen/Delaware/Randolph) 1883 1837 1883 1838 1838
C3 White P.O. Box 350, Monticello 47960 1834 Wabash New Purchase(Carroll) 1882 1834 1882 1834 1835 1834
B6 Whitley 101 W. VanBuren St., Columbia City 46725 1835 (1838) unorganized (Allen/Elkhart/Grant)/*Huntington 1838 1813 1839 1882