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Guide to Cass County, Indiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Cass County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded December 18, 1828
County Seat Logansport
Courthouse
Address Cass County Courthouse
103 Cass County Government Bldg
Logansport, IN 46947-3114
Phone:. 219.753.7740
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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 1892 1882 1894 1830 1892 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed 18 December 1828 from unorgainized territory (Carroll)<[2]
  • County Seat: Logansport [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named in honor of Gen. Lewis Cass, who was one of the commissioners of the United States, and did much to consummate the treaties with the Indians, by which the Government became the possessor of the lands that now constitute the county. It's county seat is Logansport and was founded December 18, 1838.[4] It is located in the Mid-central area of the state.[5] 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:[6]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Ghost towns
  • Circleville
  • Taberville


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Pulaski • Fulton • Miami • Howard • Carroll • White

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.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Cass 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.

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 Cass 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 Cass 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 Cass County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Maps[edit | edit source]

Pulaski CountyFulton CountyMiami CountyHoward CountyCarroll CountyWhite CountyIN CASS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military Records[edit | edit source]

Powell, Jehu Z., "Military History" Chapter 13 in History of Cass County Indiana,  give name, regiment and company. Vol. 2. (Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co, 1972.) 977.286 H2p   FHL Collection  Vol. 2 Internet Archive other library


Wolfe, Barbara Schull. Revolutionary War Soldiers of Cass Co., Ind. (Logansport, Ind: Wolfe, 1976.) 977.2 A1 no. 153 FHL Collection other library

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Clark 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 Clark County.


Civil War Book


Helm, Thomas B. "Military History" Chapter 5 in History of Cass County, Indiana: give name, regiment and company.  (Owensboro, Ky: Cook  McDowell, 1980.) page 125-190  977.286 H2h FHL Collection Google Book  Internet Archive

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 Cass 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]

Cass County Courthouse
103 Cass County Government Bldg
Logansport, IN 46947-3114
Phone:. 219.753.7740 

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1892,
divorce and court records from 1894.
County Auditor has land records. [7]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Cass County Genealogical Society
PO Box 373
Logansport, IN 46947

Cass County Historical Society
1004 E. Market St.
Logansport, IN 46947
Telephone Number: 574-753-3866
E-mail: cchistoricalsoc@frontier.com
Website

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 Cass 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 Cass County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Cass 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 Cass County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:


Websites[edit | edit source]

Places[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cass 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, "Cass County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Cass County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/cass/history.html accessed 3/01/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Cass County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_County,_Indiana accessed 3/01/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Cass County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_County,_Indiana, accessed 28 November 2019.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cass County, Indiana 211 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. 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.

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