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

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Clinton County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 29, 1830
County Seat Frankfort
Courthouse
Address Clinton County Courthouse
265 Courthouse Square
Frankfort IN 46041
Phone: 765.659.6335
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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 1830 1882 1888 1829 1830 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named in honor of DeWitt Clinton, a famous antebellum American statesman. The county seat is Frankfort. Clinton County was organized in March 1, 1830.[2] The County is located in the Mid-central part of the state.[3] 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:[4]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Townships
Ghost towns


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Carroll  • Howard  • Tipton  • Hamilton  • Boone  • Montgomery  • Tippecanoe

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]

  • A Portrait and Biographical Record of Boone and Clinton Counties, Indiana. 1895. Chicago, Ill. : A.W. Bowen & Co. Online at: Hathitrust; Internet Archive.

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


Maps[edit | edit source]

Carroll CountyHoward CountyTipton CountyHamilton CountyBoone CountyMontgomery CountyTippecanoe CountyIN CLINTON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Clinton 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 Clinton County.


Civil War Book

  • "Slavery, And Indiana In The War Of The Rebellion" and "The Civil War" Chapter 9 in History of Clinton County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Towns, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens : Also a Condensed History of Indiana. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, Inc, 1977.) page 144-198; 373-393; 977.2553 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection  other librariesINTERNET 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 Clinton County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clinton County Courthouse
265 Courthouse Square
Frankfort IN 46041
Phone: 765.659.6335

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1830, divorce and court records from 1888.
County Recorder has has land records. [5]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
  • Frankfort Community Public Library
    208 West Clinton Street
    Frankfort, IN 46041
    Phone 765-654-8746
    Website
Museums[edit | edit source]
  • Clinton County Historical Society & Museum
    301 E. Clinton Street
    Frankfort, IN 46041
    Phone: 765-659-2030
    Fax: 765-654-7773
    Email: cchsm@geetel.net
    Website
Societies[edit | edit source]
  • Clinton County Historical Society & Museum
    301 E. Clinton Street
    Frankfort, IN 46041
    Phone: 765-659-2030
    Fax: 765-654-7773
    Email: cchsm@geetel.net
    Website
  • Clinton County Genealogical Society
    Frankfort Community Public Library
    208 West Clinton Street
    Frankfort, IN 46041
    Phone 765-654-8746
    Email: clintoncogensoc@gmail.com
    Facebook
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.

School Records[edit | edit source]

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

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clinton 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 Clinton County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Clinton 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 Clinton County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:


Voter Registration[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clinton 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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Clinton County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/clinton/ accessed 3/02/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Clinton County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton_County,_Indiana accessed 3/02/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Clinton County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton_County,_Indiana, accessed 02 December 2019.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clinton County, Indiana 211 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.