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

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Crawford County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded January 29, 1818
County Seat English
Courthouse
Address Crawford County Courthouse
316 S Court
English, IN 47118-0375
Phone: 812.338.2565
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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 1818 1882 1860 1818 1860 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.


Description[edit | edit source]

The 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. The county seat is English and the County was organized in 1818. [4]The County is located in the South-central part of the state.[5]

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:[6]

Towns
Unincorporated communities
Townships


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Orange  • Dubois  • Perry  • Washington  • Harrison  • Meade

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
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Crawford 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 Crawford 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 Crawford 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 Crawford County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Maps[edit | edit source]

Dubois CountyOrange CountyWashington CountyHarrison CountyPerry CountyMeade CountyIN CRAWFORD.PNG
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for more resources


Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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), 977.228 H2p FHL US/CAN BookFHL Collection; Ancestry.com; Other Libraries
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 Crawford 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]

Crawford County Courthouse
316 S Court
English, IN 47118-0375
Phone: 812.338.2565

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.[7]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
  • Crawford County Public Library
    203 S. Indiana Avenue
    English, IN 47118-0375
    Phone: 812-338-2606
    Website
    Family histories and files, cemetery files, newspapers on microfilm, census transcripts.
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
  • 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
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.

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 Crawford 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 Crawford County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Crawford 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 Crawford 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), Crawford 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, "Crawford County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawford_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Crawford County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/crawford/ accessed 3/02/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Crawford County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawford_County,_Indiana accessed 3/02/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, " Crawford County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawford_County%2C_Indiana, accessed 4 December 2019.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Crawford County, Indiana 211 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.