Grant County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Marion
Organized: February 10, 1831
Parent County(s): Unorganized Territory
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Grant County was named for Samuel and Moses Grant. It is located in the central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Grant County Courthouse
Marion, IN 46953
Phone: 765-668-8121
County Website

Grant County Health Department
401 South Adams Street
Marion, IN, 46953
Health Officer: Wm. David Moore, MD
Phone Number: 765-651-2401
Fax: 765-651-2419
Email: tstreet@grantcounty.net
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1831.
County Auditor 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.

Grant 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 1831 1882 1831 1831 1831 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
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
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 Grant 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 Grant County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 4,875
1850 11,092 127.5%
1860 15,797 42.4%
1870 18,487 17.0%
1880 23,618 27.8%
1890 31,493 33.3%
1900 54,693 73.7%
1910 51,426 −6.0%
1920 51,353 −0.1%
1930 51,066 −0.6%
1940 55,813 9.3%
1950 62,156 11.4%
1960 75,741 21.9%
1970 83,955 10.8%
1980 80,934 −3.6%
1990 74,169 −8.4%
2000 73,403 −1.0%
2010 70,061 −4.6%
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 Grant County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Grant 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]

War of 1812
Holliday, Murray, The Battle of the Mississinewa, 1812 (Grant County Historical Society)FHL 977.269 H2h

Civil War
Civil War service men from Grant 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 Grant County

Civil War Books:

  • "Regiment" in Brant & Fuller. 2008. History of Grant County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present. (Chicago: Brant & Fuller.). Pages 483-496. Regiment, Companies, Names. 977.269 H2 v. 1 FHL US/CAN, 977.269 H2 v. 2 FNL Collection; Other Libraries
  • Williamson, Jennifer, and Donna Craig. 2001. 1862 Grant County, Indiana, indexed Civil War draft enrollment lists. (Valparaiso, IN (P.O. Box 248, Valparaiso 46384): Footprints Pub. Co.). 977.269 H2w FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection; Other Libraries

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 Grant 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.

  • Grant County Health Department (Births prior to October 1907. After that, they are available through Indiana State Department of Health 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 Grant 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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Marion Public Library
600 S. Washington Street
Marion, IN 46953-1992
Phone: 765-668-2900
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Grant County Historical Society
PO Box 1951
Marion, IN 46952
765-664-6520
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Jonesboro Historical Society
PO Box 195
Jonesboro, IN 46938-0195

Matthews Covered Bridge Historical Society
PO Box 153
Matthews, IN 46957-0153

Upland Area Historical Society
PO Box 577
Upland, IN 46989-0577

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Grant County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_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. 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, "Grant County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Grant County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_County,_Indiana, accessed 11 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.