Crawford County, Indiana Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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

County Facts
County seat: English
Organized: January 29, 1818
Parent County(s): Orange, Harrison, and Perry
Neighboring Counties
Orange  • Dubois  • Perry  • Washington  • Harrison  • Meade (KY)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Indiana, Crawford County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Indiana, Crawford County Locator Map.png
Adoption
Adopt-a-wiki page
Indiana Genealogical Society.JPG This page adopted by:
Indiana Genealogical Society
who welcome you to contribute.
Adopt a page today

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Crawford County was named for William H. Crawford, who was U.S. Treasury Secretary in 1818. Others say it was named for Col. William Crawford, who fought in the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War, and who was burned and scalped by Indians in 1782 in what in now Wyandot County, Ohio.[1] The county is located in the south-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Crawford County Courthouse
316 S Court
English, IN 47118-0375
Phone: 812-338-2565
County Website

Crawford County Health Department
306 Oak Hill Circle
English, IN, 47118
Health Officer: Devi Pierce, MD
Phone Number: 812-338-2302
Fax: 812-338-2301
Email: dshelton@crawfordcountyin.com
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage records from 1818, divorce, probate and court records from 1860.
County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Recorder has land records.[3]
Health Department has birth records and death records.
Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

Crawford County, Indiana Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1818 1882 1860 1818 1860 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated 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:[7]

Towns
Unincorporated communities
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Crawford County, Indiana online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 2,583
1830 3,238 25.4%
1840 5,282 63.1%
1850 6,524 23.5%
1860 8,226 26.1%
1870 9,851 19.8%
1880 12,356 25.4%
1890 13,941 12.8%
1900 13,476 −3.3%
1910 12,057 −10.5%
1920 11,201 −7.1%
1930 10,160 −9.3%
1940 10,171 0.1%
1950 9,289 −8.7%
1960 8,379 −9.8%
1970 8,033 −4.1%
1980 9,820 22.2%
1990 9,914 1.0%
2000 10,743 8.4%
2010 10,713 −0.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African American

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

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

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

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Crawford County. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information. For more information about local histories, see Indiana Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Dubois CountyOrange CountyWashington CountyHarrison CountyPerry CountyMeade CountyIN CRAWFORD.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Crawford 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 Crawford County.

Civil War Books:

  • "Civil War" Chapter 14 in Pleasant, Hazen Hayes. 1926. A history of Crawford County, Indiana. (Greenfield, Ind: Wm. Mitchell Printing Co.), (page 229-306, Regiment, Companies, Names, history of Knight of Golden Circle), FamilySearch Digital Book; 977.228 H2p FHL US/CAN BookFHL Collection; Ancestry; Other Libraries

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Indiana newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

For more Indiana newspaper information see the wiki page Indiana Newspapers.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[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 Crawford County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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.

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Crawford County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Brandenburg Kentucky Family History Center
1423 Old Ekron Rd
Brandenburg KY 40108-9374
Phone: 502-212-2526
Email: KY_Brandenburg@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Crawford County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Crawford County Public Library
203 S. Indiana Avenue
English, IN 47118-0375
Phone: 812-338-2606
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Crawford County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Societies.

Crawford County Historical and Genealogical Society
310 Oak Hill Drive
Leavenworth, IN 47118
Mailing address: PO Box 162
Leavenworth, IN 47137
Email: billgpiper@hotmail.com
Website

Southern Indiana Genealogical Society
180 West Spring Street
PO Box 665
New Albany, IN 47151
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Crawford County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/crawford/ accessed 3/02/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Crawford County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawford_County,_Indiana accessed 3/02/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Crawford County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawford_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, " Crawford County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawford_County%2C_Indiana, accessed 4 December 2019.