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Blackford County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded February 15, 1838
County Seat Hartford City
Courthouse
Address Blackford County Indiana
110 W Washington Street
Hartford City, IN 47348
Phone 765.348.1620
Blackford County Website
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Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1839 1882 1839 1836 1839 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed 15 February 1838 from Jay County [2]
  • County Seat: Hartford City [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named in honor of Judge Blackford, one of the pioneer judges of Indiana. It's county seat is Hartford City and was founded Feb. 15, 1838.[4] It is located in the Mid-central area of the state.[5]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

or a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Townships
Ghost towns
  • Bowser Station
  • Dorsey Station
  • Frog Alley
  • Greenland
  • Little Chicago
  • Luck
  • Mollie
  • Pleasantdale
  • Renner
  • Silas
  • Slocum
  • Winterhurst


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Grant  • Wells  • Jay  • Delaware

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps" (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business Records[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
INGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
INGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.
  • Indiana State Library Reference: (I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Hartford City, Indiana (1960-1981). 46 pp.  (See also 977.201 B628bc for records prior to 1920 and "microfilm" for records to 1960).  Genealogy Division, q 977.202 H328io)
  • Cemeteries - Linkpendium

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Blackford County, Indiana Genealogy census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository.


Presbyterian Church[edit | edit source]

For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.


Finding More Church Records[edit source]

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Blackford County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:


Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Histories[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Blackford County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.

Online County Histories

For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Indiana Local Histories.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the courthouse, where records are currently housed.

See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.


Finding More Land Records[edit source]

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Blackford County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Maps[edit | edit source]

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for more resources


  • Maps and Gazetteers, Blackford County, Indiana - Linkpendium
  • 1876 Map (David Rumsey Map Collection)

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Blackford County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Blackford County.

BOOKS

World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918[edit | edit source]
World War II, 1941-1945[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Indiana, probate records have been kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.


Online Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Blackford County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]
Voter Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Blackford County Indiana
110 W Washington Street
Hartford City, IN 47348
Phone 765-348-1620

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from1839.
City and County Health Officers have birth and death records.
County Recorder has land records.
County Coroner has burial records. [8]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
  • Blackford-Wells Genealogy Society
    PO Box 54
    Bluffton, IN 46714-0054
  • Blackford County Historical Society
    321 North High Street
    PO Box 264
    Hartford City, IN 47348
    Phone: 765-348-3103
    Email: sinuardcastelo3@gmail.com
    Website
  • Montpelier Historical Society
    109 E. Huntington St.
    Montpelier, IN 47359
    Phone: 765-728-5334
    Email: c.sherrie@yahoo.com
    Facebook
    Contact: Sherrie Chapman, President
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the family history center directory.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Indiana tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.


For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

Finding More Tax Records[edit source]

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Blackford County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:


Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Indiana law in 1882 required registration of births and deaths in counties. The Indiana Department of Health has birth records filed after October 1907 and death records filed after January 1900 for deaths. Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records. See also How to order Indiana Vital Records or order electronically online.

Marriage licenses were required by counties beginning in 1800. Original marriage records are held at the office of the Blackford County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Blackford County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Blackford County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:


Websites[edit | edit source]

Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[9]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Townships

Location[edit | edit source]

Coordinates:  40.47° N - 85.32° W

Area:  165 Sq. Miles

Extinct Towns[edit | edit source]

  • Wikipedia Link
  • Bowser Station - Dorsey Station - Frog Alley - Greenland - Mollie - Pleasantdale - Renner - Silas - Slocum - Winterhurst


References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Blackford County, Indiana. Page 211-218 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 208-211.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Blackford County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackford_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Blackford County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/blackford/ accessed 3/01/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Blackford County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackford_County,_Indiana accessed 3/01/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, Blackford County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackford_County,_Indiana, accessed 22 November 2019.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/9/91/Igiindiana.pdf.
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Blackford County, Indiana 211 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, Blackford County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackford_County,_Indiana, accessed 22 November 2019.


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