Fayette County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Connersville
Organized: December 2, 1818
Parent County(s): Franklin, Wayne and unorganized territory
Neighboring Counties
Henry  • Wayne  • Union  • Franklin  • Rush
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Fayette County is named after Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834). It is located in the east-central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Fayette County Courthouse
401 N Central Ave; PO Box 607
Connersville, IN 47331-0607
Phone: 765-825-1813
County Website

Fayette County Health Department
401 N. Central Ave. (Lower Level)
Connersville, IN, 47331
Health Officer: Wayne White, MD
Phone Number: 765-825-4013
Fax: 765-825-7189
Email: health@co.Fayette.in.us
Health Department

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, probate, divorce and court records from 1819 and naturalization records from 1924. [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.

Fayette 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
1883 1819 1829 1819 1816 1819 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:[6]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 5,950
1830 9,112 53.1%
1840 9,837 8.0%
1850 10,217 3.9%
1860 10,225 0.1%
1870 10,476 2.5%
1880 11,394 8.8%
1890 12,630 10.8%
1900 13,495 6.8%
1910 14,415 6.8%
1920 17,142 18.9%
1930 19,243 12.3%
1940 19,411 0.9%
1950 23,391 20.5%
1960 24,454 4.5%
1970 26,216 7.2%
1980 28,272 7.8%
1990 26,015 −8.0%
2000 25,588 −1.6%
2010 24,277 −5.1%
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 Fayette County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Fayette 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]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Fayette 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 Fayette County

Civil War Book:

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 Fayette 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 Fayette 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

Richmond Indiana Family History Center
3333 Backmeyer Rd
Richmond IN 47374
Phone: 765-966-2366
Email: IN_Richmond@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Historic Connersville History Museum
200 West 5th Street / PO Box 197
Connersille, IN 47331
Phone: 765-825-1281
Facebook

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Whitewater Valley Genealogical Association
PO Box 941
Connersville, IN 47331
E-mail: wvgenealogy@gmail.com
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Fayette County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayette_County,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  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. Ancestry.com wiki contributors, "Adams County, Ohio" in Ancestry.com: Wiki at http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Monroe _County,_Ohio (accessed 4 August 2012).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Fayette County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayette_County,_Indiana, accessed 07 December 2019.