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Greene County, Indiana Genealogy

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

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Greene County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded January 5, 1821
County Seat Bloomfield
Courthouse
Address Green County Courthouse
PO Box 229
Bloomfield, IN 47424
Phone: 812.384.8532
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Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1885 1821 1893 1821 1824 1823 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed January 5, 1821 from Sullivan county and unorganized territory[2]
  • County Seat: Bloomfield [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Gen. Nathanael Greene, who commanded the southern theater in the Revolutionary War, eventually forcing the British army under Charles Cornwallis to retreat to Yorktown. There it was forced to surrender, ensuring American independence. It's county seat is Bloomfield and was founded February 5, 1821.[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]

Sullivan  • Clay  • Owen  • Monroe  • Lawrence  • Martin  • Daviess  • Knox

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Greene 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.


Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Linton

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 Greene 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]
  • Caperton, Neda.Index of Names in the Sullivan County Section of History of Greene and Sullivan Counties, Indiana, 1884.( [Indianapolis]: Indiana Historical Society Library, 1972.)  977.242 H2hi FHL US/CAN  FamilySearch Digital Library (History of Greene and Sullivan Counties, Indiana, 1884); FHL Collection  other library  

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Finding More Land Records[edit source]

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Greene County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Maps[edit | edit source]

Clay CountySullivan CountyKnox CountyDaviess CountyMartin CountyLawrence CountyMonroe CountyOwen CountyIN GREENE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Greene 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 Greene County


Civil War Book

  • "Military History of Greence County" Chaper 8, 9, 10, in Caperton, Neda.Index of Names in the Sullivan County Section of History of Greene and Sullivan Counties, Indiana, 1884. ( [Indianapolis]: Indiana Historical Society Library, 1972.) (page 115-181, Regiment, Companies, Names),  977.242 H2hi FHL US/CAN  FamilySearch Digital Library (History of Greene and Sullivan Counties, Indiana, 1884); FHL Collection  other library
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]

Occupations[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 Greene 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]

Green County Courthouse
 PO Box 229;
Bloomfield, IN 47424;
Phone: 812.384.8532


County Clerk has marriage, divorce and court records from 821
probate records from 1823 and naturalization records 1854-1906.
County Recorder has land records from 1824, military records
and some cemetery records. County Health Department has.
birth records from 1885 and death records from 1893. [7]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Greene County Historical Society
PO Box 301
Bloomfield, IN 47424
E-mail: greenecountyhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com
Website

Greene County Genealogical Society
PO Box 164
Bloomfield, IN 47424-0164
E-mail: ccrays@hotmail.com

Scotland Historical Society
PO Box 173
Scotland, IN 47457-0173
E-mail: charliscrays@yahoo.com

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.

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the family history center directory.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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 Greene 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), Greene 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, "Greene County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greene_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Greene County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/greene/ accessed 3/28/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Greene County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greene_County,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Greene County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greene_County,_Indiana, accessed 11 December 2019.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Greene County, Indiana 213 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

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