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

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Elkhart County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 29, 1830
County Seat Goshen
Courthouse
Address Elkhart County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Goshen, IN 46526-3297
Phone: 219.535.6430
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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 1830 1831 1830 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.


Description[edit | edit source]

Its county seat is Goshen and was founded April 1, 1830.[2] It is located in the North central area of the state.[3]

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:[4]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

St. Joseph  • Marshall  • Kosciusko  • Noble  • La Grange  • Cass  • St. Joseph

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
Tombstone Project
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Elkhart 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 Elkhart 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]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Elkhart County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.

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


Maps[edit | edit source]

Cass CountySt. Joseph CountySt. Joseph CountyMarshall CountyKosciusko CountyNoble CountyLaGrange CountyIN ELKHART.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Elkhart 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 Elkhart County



Civil War Book

  • "Military History", Chapter 10, in Dean K. Garber, Ivan Nunemaker, History of Elkhart County. Chicago : C. C. Chapman, 1881. Pages 537-575, 977.281 H2b FHL Collection; Internet Archive
  • "Military History" Chapter 11 in O'Connor, Cathy L. Every Name Index to History of Elkhart County, Indiana, Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens. By Chas. C. Chapman & Co., 1881. Edwardsburg, Mich: Cathy L. O'Connor, 2007. Pages 535-574, Regiment, Companies. 977.281 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection; FamilySearch Digital Library; 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 Elkhart 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]

Elkhart County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Goshen, IN 46526-3297
Phone: 219.535.6430

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

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
  • Elkhart County Historical Museum
    304 W Vistula St
    Bristol, IN 46507
    Phone: 574-848-4322
    Email: museum@elkhartcountyhistory.org
    Website
    Our genealogical library is in the Corson Reading Room.
    Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm.
  • Middlebury Community Historical Museum
    PO Box 270
    Middlebury, IN 46540-0270
    Phone: 574-825-0978
    Email: info@mchm.org
    Website
  • Goshen Historical Museum
    124 S. Main St.
    Goshen, IN 46526-3702
    Phone: 574-975-0033
    Email: museum@goshenhistorical.org
Societies[edit | edit source]
  • Elkhart County Historical Museum
    304 W Vistula St
    Bristol, IN 46507
    Phone: 574-848-4322
    Email: museum@elkhartcountyhistory.org
    Website
    Our genealogical library is in the Corson Reading Room.
    Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm.
  • Elkhart County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 1031
    Elkhart, IN 46515-1031
    Email: info@elkhartcogensoc.org
    Website
  • Elkhart County Historical Society
    c/o Winifred Cosbey Library
    State Road 120
    PO Box 434
    Bristol, IN 46507
    Phone: 574-848-4322
  • New Paris Historical Society
    PO Box 101
    New Paris, IN 46553-0101
  • Wakarusa Historical Society and Museum
    403 Wabash Avenue
    Wakarusa, IN 46573
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 Elkhart County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:


Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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 Elkhart 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), Elkhart 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, “Elkhart County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/elkhart/ accessed 3/28/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Elkhart County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elkhart_County,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Elkhart County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elkhart_County%2C_Indiana, accessed 07 December 2019.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Elkhart County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

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