DeKalb County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Auburn
Organized: 1835
Parent County(s): Unorganized Territory
Neighboring Counties
Steuben  • La Grange  • Noble  • Steuben  • Allen  • Williams (OH)  • Defiance (OH)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

DeKalb County was named for General Johann de Kalb, a Continental Army officer from Bavaria, who was fatally wounded at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina. The county is located in the northeastern area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

DeKalb County Courthouse
100 S Main Street PO Box 810
Auburn, IN 46706
Phone: 219-925-2112
County Website

DeKalb County Health Department
220 E. Seventh St, Ste. 110
Auburn, IN, 46706
Health Officer: Mark Souder, MD
Phone Number: 260-925-2220
Fax: 260-925-2090
Email: bsukala@co.dekalb.in.us
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage and court records from 1837, probate records from 1855 and school records 1903-1932.
County recorder has land records. [2]
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.

DeKalb 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1837 1882 1837 1837 1855 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1913 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Parent Counties: Formed in 1835 from unorganized territory (Allen/LaGrange)[4]
  • County Seat: Auburn [5]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


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]

Cities
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 DeKalb 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 DeKalb County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,968
1850 8,251 319.3%
1860 13,880 68.2%
1870 17,167 23.7%
1880 20,225 17.8%
1890 24,307 20.2%
1900 25,711 5.8%
1910 25,054 −2.6%
1920 25,600 2.2%
1930 24,911 −2.7%
1940 24,756 −0.6%
1950 26,023 5.1%
1960 28,271 8.6%
1970 30,837 9.1%
1980 33,606 9.0%
1990 35,324 5.1%
2000 40,285 14.0%
2010 42,223 4.8%
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]

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 DeKalb County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for DeKalb 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]

LaGrange CountySteuben CountyNoble CountyWhitley CountyAllen CountyPaulding CountyDefiance CountyWilliams CountyIN DEKALB.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from DeKalb County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in DeKalb County.

Civil War Books:

  • Sliger, Reba. Veterans' Cards for Veterans of DeKalb County Who Served in the Civil, Spanish-American, Mexican Wars: Copied from Records at the DeKalb County Courthouse,( Auburn, Indiana. Auburn, IN: The Chapter, 1990.) Available online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; 977.277 M2sFHL Collection; Internet Archive
  • History of DeKalb 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. (Knightstown, Ind: The Bookmark, 1978.), page 90-117, 977.277 H2b FHL Collection other library Internet Archive
  • 1885 History of De Kalb 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 with New Index.( Knightstown, Ind: The Bookmark, 1978.) page 333-400, 977.277 H2hiFHL Collection other library Internet Archive
  • Hobson, Margaret. The Iron Men of Indiana's 44th Regiment, Book 1: Biographies and Statistics. This book contains a complete list of DeKalb County men in the 44th Indiana.

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 DeKalb 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 DeKalb 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

Columbus Indiana Family History Center
3330 30th St
Columbus IN 47203
812-372-3679
E-mail:IN_Columbus@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

DeKalb County Indiana Genealogy Society
PO Box 6085
Auburn, IN 46706
E-mail: rozwells@sbcglobal.net
Website
Facebook

DeKalb County Historical Society
201 East Main Street
Butler, IN 46721-1409
260-868-0979

DeKalb Genealogical Society
c/o Eckhart Public Library
603 S. Jackson Dtreet
Auburn, IN 46706

Garrett Historical Society
PO Box 225
Garrett, IN 46738-0225
260-357-5575

Willennar Genealogy Center
700 S. Jackson St.
Auburn, IN 46706-2267
260-925-2414 Ext 420
Fax: 260-925-3635
E-mail: genealogy@epl.lib.in.us
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "DeKalb County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeKalb_County,_Indiana 3/08/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "DeKalb County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeKalb_County,_Indiana (accessed 2 August 2013).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "DeKalb County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeKalb_County,_Indiana, accessed 06 December 2019.