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

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Dubois County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded December 20, 1817
County Seat Jasper
Courthouse
Address Dubois County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Jasper, IN 47546
Phone: 812.481.7035
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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 1839 1882 1839 1839 1839 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 Toussaint Dubois, a Frenchman who fought in the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Tippecanoe and the War of 1812. Dubois was a merchant who lived mainly in Vincennes. He drowned in 1816 while crossing the Little Wabash River near Lawrenceville, Illinois. It's county seat is Jasper and was founded December 20, 1818.[4] It is located in the Southwest area 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]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Daviess  • Martin  • Orange  • Crawford  • Perry  • Spencer  • Warrick  • Pike

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]

August 1839 -- Courthouse burned and all records except for ten boxes of deeds from 1812 were destroyed.


For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

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
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Dubois 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.


Catholic Church[edit | edit source]

St. Anthony Catholic Parish, St. Anthony

St. Celestine Catholic Parish

St. Ferdinand Catholic Parish, Ferdinand

Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Schnellville

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

Aka Evangelical

Emanuel Evangelical Church, Huntingburg

  • Records of St. Emanuel Lutheran Church, Dubois, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
Methodist[edit | edit source]

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 Dubois 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 Dubois County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.

  • Anderson, Forrest R. 1942.Historical notes on Dubois & Pike Counties, Indiana. (Ireland, Ind: [s.n.].). FHL US/CAN Film 928078 Item 3  FHL Collection; Ancestry.com ($); Other Libraries.
  • History of Pike and Dubois counties, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches.... 2000. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press. Harvard (18th ed.)) 977.23 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection; Internet Archive; Other Libraries.

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


Maps[edit | edit source]

Daviess CountyMartin CountyOrange CountyCrawford CountyPerry CountySpencer CountyWarrick CountyPike CountyIN DUBOIS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Dubois 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 Dubois County


Civil War Books


  • "Military History Of The County" Chapter 5 in History of Pike and Dubois counties, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc. : together with an extended history of the Northwest, the Indiana Territory, and the state of Indiana. 2000. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press. Harvard (18th ed.)) (page 520-538), 977.23 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection; Internet Archive; ; 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 Dubois 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]

Dubois County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Jasper, IN 47546
Phone: 812.481.7035

Recorder Library has marriage, divorce, probate, land, court and naturalization records from 1839 and military records from 1864.
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.[8]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
  • Ferdinand Public Library
    243 W. 10th Street
    Ferdinand, IN 47532
    Phone: 812-367-1671
  • Huntingburg Public Library
    Indiana Room
    419 N. Jackson Street
    Huntingburg, IN 47542
    Phone: 812-683-2052
    Website
  • Jasper-Dubois County Public Library
    1116 Main Street
    Jasper, IN 47546
    Phone: 812-482-2712
    Website
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
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 Dubois 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 Dubois County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Dubois 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 Dubois 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), Dubois 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, "Dubois County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubois_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Dubois County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/dubois/ accessed 3/28/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Dubois County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubois_County,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Dubois County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubois_County,_Indiana, accessed 06 December 2019.
  7. 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.
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dubois County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

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