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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)18821836188218371838——
B7 Allen 715 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne 46802 1824 Delaware New Purchase/unorganized188218241870182418251824
G5 Bartholomew P.O. Box 924, Columbus 47202 1821 Delaware New Purchase188318211882182218211821
D2 Benton 706 E. 5th Ste. 23, Fowler 47944 1840 Jasper188218401882184018401840
D6 Blackford 110 W. Washington St., Hartford City 47348 1838 (1839) Jay188218391882183618391839
E4 Boone 1 Courthouse Sq., Room 212, Lebanon 46052 1830 Wabash New Purchase(Hendricks)/Adams New Purchase(Hendricks/Marion)188218311882185618461846
G4 Brown Courthouse Annex, Nashville 47448 1836 Bartholomew/Jackson/Monroe188218361882187318371837
Record loss 1873.
D3 Carroll Courthouse, 101 W. Main St., Delphi 46923 1828 Adams New Purchase/(Hamilton)Wabash New Purchase (Fountain)/unorganized 188218281882182918291829
C4 Cass 200 Court Park, Rm. 203, Logansport 46947 1829 unorganized (Carroll)188218291882183018291829
J5 Clark City-County Bldg., Rm. 137, Rm. 203, Jeffersonville 47130 1801 Knox188218071882180118011801
G2 Clay 609 E. National Ave., Rm. 137, Brazil 47834 1825 Owen/Putnam/Vigo/Sullivan18811851188218251873——
Record loss 1851.
D4 Clinton 265 Courthouse Sq., Rm. 137, Frankfort 46041 1830 Adams New Purchase(Tippecanoe)188218301882182918301832
K4 Crawford P.O. Box 375, Rm. 137, English 47118 1818 Harrison/Orange/Perry)188218181882181818181818
H3 Daviess 200 E. Walnut, Washington 47501 1817 Knox188218171882181718171817
A7 De Kalb P.O. Box 230, Auburn 46706 1835 (1837) unorganized(Allen/LaGrange)188218371882183718471839
G7 Dearborn 215-B W. High St., Lawrenceburg 47025 1803 Clark188218061882182118241824
Record loss 1826.
G6 Decatur 150 Courthouse St., Ste 1, Greensburg 47240 1822 unorganized188218221882182218221822
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/*Randolph188218271882182918301828
J3 Dubois 1 Courthouse Sq., Jasper 47546 1818 Pike188218391882183918401840
Record loss 1839.
A5 Elkhart 101 N. Main St., Rm. 204, Goshen 46526 1830 unorganized (Cass/Allen)188218301882183118301830
F6 Fayette 401 Central Ave., Connersville 47331 1819 Franklin/Wayne/unorganized188318191829181618191819
J5 Floyd 311 W. 1st St., Rm. 235, New Albany 47150 1819Clark/Harrison18821819188218181819——
E2 Fountain P.O. Box 183, Covington 47932 1826Montgomery/Wabash New Purchase/*Parke18871826188218271827——
G7 Franklin 459 Main St., Brookville 47012 1811Clark/Dearborn188218111882181118111811
B4 Fulton P.O. Box 524, Rochester 46975 1835 (1836)unorganized (Cass/Elkhart/St. Joseph)188218361882183618371836
J1 GibsonCourthouse Sq./P.O. Box 630, Princeton 47670 1813Knox188218131880183618131813
D5 Grant 101 E. 4th St., Marion 46953 1831Adams New Purchase(Randolph/Delaware/Madison) unorganized (Cass)——1831——18311831——
H3 Greene P.O. Box 229, Bloomfield 47424 1821Sullivan/unorganized (Daviess)188518211893182218231831
E5 Hamilton 1 Hamilton County Sq., Ste. 106, Noblesville 46060 1823Delaware New Purchase18821833188218251823——
Hamilton County, NW Territory, was formed in 1798 from territorial Knox County and included parts of Ohio and Indiana.
F5 Hancock9 E. Main St., Greenfield 46140 1827 (1828)Madison18821828188218271828——
K5 Harrison300 N. Capital Ave., Rm. 203, Corydon 47112 1808Clark/Knox188218091882180718091809
F4 HendricksP.O. Box 599, Danville 46122 1824Delaware New Purchase/Wabash New Purchase188218241882182318221824
E6 HenryP.O. Box B, New Castle 47362 1822Delaware New Purchase188218231882182418221825
D4 HowardP.O. Box 9004, Kokomo 46901 (see Richardville) 18751844187518461844——
C6 HuntingtonP.O. Box 228, Huntington 46750 1832 (1834))Adams New Purchase(Allen/Grant) 18751837188218341841——
H5 JacksonP.O. Box 318, Brownstown 47220 1816Clark/Jefferson/Washington 18821816188218151817——
B3 Jasper115 W. Washington St., Rensselaer 47978 1835 (1838)Wabash New Purchase/unorganized (Warren/White) 18821850188218381864——
Record loss 1864.
D7 JayCounty Courthouse, 120 Court St., Portland 47371 1835 (1836)Adams New Purchase(Delaware/Randolph) 188218371882183618371837
H6 Jefferson300 E. Main St., Rm. 203, Madison 47250 1811Clark/Dearborn/Knox 188218111882181118111811
H5 JenningsP.O. Box 385, Vernon 47282 1817Jackson/Jefferson 188218181882181718181817
F4 Johnson5 W. Jefferson, Franklin 46131 1823Delaware New Purchase 188218301882182518211823
Record loss 1849 and 1874.
H2 Knox101 N. 7th, Vincennes 47591 1790 (Indiana county 1800)unorganized 188218061882178317901801
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 Kosciusko121 N. Lake St., Warsaw 46580 1835 (1836)unorganized (Cass/Elkhart/Grant)188218301882183418361836
A3 La Porte813 Lincoln Way, La Porte 46350 1832St. Joseph/unorganized188218321882183118321832
A6 Lagrange105 N. Detroit, Lagrange 46761 1832unorganized (Allen/Elkhart)188218321882183218321832
A2 Lake2293 N. Main St., Crown Point 46307 1836 (1837)Porter/Newton188218371882——————
H4 Lawrence1916 15th St., Bedford 47421 1818Orange18821818188218191818——
E5 MadisonP.O. Box 1277, Anderson 46016 1823Delaware New Purchase/*Marion18821853188218221879——
Record loss 1880.
F4 MarionCity-County Building, 200 E. Washington St., Rm. W-122, Indianapolis 46204 1822Delaware New Purchase188218221882182218221822
B4 Marshall211 W. Madison St., Plymouth 46563 1835unorganized (Cass/Elkhart/St. Joseph)——1836——183418341837
H3 MartinP.O. Box 120, Shoals 47581 1820Daviess/Dubois18821820188218201821——
C5 Miami25 N. Broadway, Peru 46970 1832Cass/unorganized18821843188218361843——
Record loss 1843.
G4 MonroeP.O. Box 547, Bloomington 47402 1818Orange 188218181886181718181854
E3 MontgomeryP.O. Box 768, Crawfordsville 47933 1823Wabash New Purchase/*Parke/*Putnam18821823188218211822——
F4 MorganP.O. Box 1556, Martinsville 46151 1822Delaware New Purchase/Wabash New Purchase18821822189918221822——
Record loss 1876.
Newton (old) (eliminated 1839) 1835 unorganized (St. Joseph/Warren/White)
C2 Newton (present)P.O. Box 49, Kentland 47951 1859Jasper188218601882183818601860
A6 Noble101 N. Orange St., Albion 46701 1835 (1836)unorganized (Allen/Elkhart/La Grange)18821859188218341854——
Record loss 1859.
H7 OhioP.O. Box 185, Rising Sun 47040 1844 (1844)Dearborn18821844188218441844——
J4 OrangeCourt Street, Paoli 47454 1816Gibson/Knox/Washington18821816188218161816——
G3 OwenP.O. Box 146, Spencer 47460 1819Daviess/Sullivan18821819188218191819——
F2 Parke116 W. High St., Rm. 204, Rockville 47872 1821Vigo/unorganized/Wabash New Purchase188218291882181618331833
Record loss 1833.
K3 Perry2219 Payne St., Tell City 47586 1814Gibson/Warrick 188218141882181518131815
J2 PikeCourthouse, 801 Main St., Petersburg 47567 1817Gibson/Knox/Perry 188218171887181718171817
A3 Porter16 E. Lincoln Way, Valparaiso 46383 1835 (1836)unorganized (St. Joseph) 18841836188418331839——
K1 PoseyP.O. Box 606, Mount Vernon 47620 1814Warrick/Knox/Gibson 188218141882181218151815
B3 Pulaski112 E. Main, Rm. 230, Winamac 46996 1835 (1839)unorganized (Cass/White) 188218391882184018391839
F3 PutnamP.O. Box 546, Greencastle 46135 1822Owen/Vigo/Wabash New Purchase 18821820188218241825——
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 1818Wayne18821819188218201819——
Note also Randolph, Illinois Territory, above.
Richardville 1844 (1844; changed to Howard, 1846) unorganized (Carroll/Cass/Miami)
G6 RipleyP.O. Box 177, Versailles 47042 1816 (1818)Dearborn/Jefferson/*Jennings 188218181882181818181818
F6 RushP.O. Box 429, Rushville 46173 1822Delaware New Purchase ——18221823182218221822
St. Clair Illinois Territory, 1809 1790 (Indiana county, 1800) Illinois Territory, 1809
A4 Saint Joseph101 S. Main St., South Bend 46601 1830unorganized(Carroll/Tippecanoe/Cass) 18821830188218301830
J5 Scott1 E. McClain Ave. Ste. 120, Scottsburg 47170 1820Clark/Jackson/Jefferson/Jennings/Washington18821820 1819 1820
F5 ShelbyP.O. Box 198, Shelbyville 46176 1822Delaware New Purchase 18821822188218221822——
K3 SpencerP.O. Box 12, Rockport 47635 1818Perry/Warrick 18821818188218181818——
B3 Starke53 E. Washington St., Knox 46534 1835 (1850)St. Joseph/unorganized (Starke/Cass/White) 18941840189418501850——
A7 Steuben55 S. Public Sq., Courthouse Annex Angola 46703 1835 (1837)unorganized (LaGrange) ——1832——18361845——
G2 SullivanP.O. Box 370, Sullivan 47882 1817Knox 18821850188018501844——
Record loss 1850.
H7 Switzerland212 W. Main, Vevay 47043 1814Dearborn/Jefferson 18821814188218141814——
D3 TippecanoeP.O. Box 1665, Lafayette 47901 1826Wabash New Purchase/unorganized 188218261882182618251827
D4 Tipton101 E. Jefferson, Tipton 46072 1844 (1844)Adams New Purchase/unorganized ——18441882184418441853
F7 Union26 W. Union St., Liberty 47353 1821Fayette/Franklin/Wayne ——1821——18211821——
K2 VanderburghP.O. Box 3556, Evansville 47708 1818Gibson/Posey/Posey/Warrick 18821818188218181821——
E2 Vermillion1 Courthouse Sq., Newport 47966 1824Parke/unorganized/Wabash New Purchase 188218241882——————
G2 VigoP.O. Box 8449, Terre Haute 47807 1818Sullivan 18821818188218161818——
Wabash1 W. Hill St. Wabash 46992 1832 (1835) Adams New Purchase(Grant)/unorganized (Cass) —— 1835 18991835 1847——
Record loss 1870.
C5 Wabash New PurchaseEliminated 1835 1820unorganized/*Monroe/*Owen/*Vigo/*Parke
D2 Warren125 N. Monroe, Ste. 11, Williamsport 47993 1827Wabash New Purchase/ unorganized (Vermillion)*Fountain/ 188218271882183018291827
K2 Warrick1 County Sq., Rm. 200, Boonville 47601 1813Knox188218131882181318141813
J4 Washington99 Public Sq., Salem 47167 1814Clark/Harrison188218151882181418141814
Wayne301 E. Main, Richmond 47375 1811Clark/Dearborn/Knox188218111882181618121811
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 Wells102 W. Market St., Ste. 201, Bluffton 46714 1835 (1837)Adams New Purchase (Allen/Delaware/Randolph)18831837188318381838
C3 WhiteP.O. Box 350, Monticello 47960 1834Wabash New Purchase(Carroll)188218341882183418351834
B6 Whitley101 W. VanBuren St., Columbia City 46725 1835 (1838)unorganized (Allen/Elkhart/Grant)/*Huntington 1838 181318391882
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