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

Hamilton County, Indiana
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Founded January 8, 1823
County Seat Noblesville
Courthouse
Address Hamilton County Courthouse
Public Square
Noblesville, IN 46060
Phone: 317.776.9629
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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 1833 1882 1833 1825 1833 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed 8 January, 1823 from Delaware New Purchase [2]
  • County Seat: Decatur [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the United States treasure, under Washington. There it was forced to surrender, ensuring American independence. It's county seat is Noblesville and was founded January 8, 1823.[4] It is located in the Central 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
Townships


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Clinton  • Tipton  • Madison  • Hancock  • Marion  • Boone

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.
  • Arcadia Cemetery: located in northern Hamilton County at lat: 40.1752° lon: -86.0080°.
  • Baker Cemetery: 40° 07' 55.67" N 86° 08' 16.48" W
  • Boxley Cemetery: located in northwestern Hamilton County at lat: 40.1632° lon: -86.1768°.
  • Chester Friends Cemetery: 40° 04' 18"N 86° 07' 43.09"W
  • Cicero Cemetery: 40° 07' 53.90" N 86° 01' 42.12" W
  • Crownland Cemetery: located in Noblesville, Indiana at lat: 40.0529° lon: -86.0025°.
  • Crown View Cemetery: 40° 08' 37.87" N 86° 13' 49.07" W
  • Mt Pleasant (Pettyjohn) Cemetery: 40° 07' 47.02" N 86° 06' 28.30" W
  • Pleasant Grove Cemetery: located at Broadway 106th St - Home Place, Clay Twp, Hamilton Co, IN
  • Prairie Baptist Cemetery: located in eastern Hamilton County at lat: 40.0881° lon: -85.9051°.
  • Spicewood Cemetery: 40° 07' 58.01" N 86° 09' 59.05" W
  • West Grove Cemetery: 40° 06' 50.55" N 86° 06' 51.55" W
  • Correll, James L & Velma B. Hamilton County, Indiana, small cemeteries, Jackson Township. Kokomo, Indiana: Selby Pub & Printing, c1986.
  • Evans, Nellie E, compiler. Hamilton County Cemeteries, Vol 1. Sheridan, Indiana: Nellie E Evans, nd.

Published Grave Transcripts can be found at FamilySearch.org and in the Indiana Room at the East Hamilton County Public Library.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 26,123
1900 29,914 14.5%
1910 27,026 −9.7%
1920 24,222 −10.4%
1930 23,444 −3.2%
1940 24,614 5.0%
1950 28,491 15.8%
1960 40,132 40.9%
1970 54,532 35.9%
1980 82,027 50.4%
1990 108,936 32.8%
2000 182,740 67.7%
2010 274,569 50.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Hamilton 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.

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 Hamilton 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]

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


Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Hamilton 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 Hamilton County


Civil War Book

  • "The Record of Hamilton County in the Civil War" in Shirts, Augustus Finch. A History of the Formation, Settlement and Development of Hamilton County, Indiana, From the Year 1818 to the Close of the Civil War. 1901. (page 305-368 has Regiment, Companies, Name's) 977.256 H2s FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection other library Google books Internet Archive
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]

Index from Newspapers in Noblesville Southeastern Public Library (in Hamilton County)
The Indiana Room has an Obituary File Index that indexes obituaries published in newspapers which they have on microfilm. This is kept current and as of Sep 2008 seems to be accessible only to patrons.

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 Hamilton County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records. Online Records

  • Bevelhimer, Susan. Abstracts of the will records of Hamilton County, Indiana 1824-1901. Owensboro, Ky. : Cook & McDowell, 1981. - Repository: HEPL 977.256 WILLS BEV LCCN: 02802310
Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Hamilton 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]

Hamilton County, Indiana lies just to the north of Indianapolis. Two courthouses are located in the historic center of Noblesville. The older courthouse contains a variety of publicly available records.

Hamilton County Courthouse
Public Square
Noblesville, IN 46060
Phone: 317.776.9629

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage, divoce, probate and court records from 1833
County Recorder has land records. [7]

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

Hamilton County Genealogy Society
111 Beechmont Drive
Carmel, IN 46032
Telephone Number: 317-846-5714
E-mail: Kathyvena@att.net

Hamilton County Historical Society
PO Box 397
Noblesville, IN 46061-0397
Telephone Number: 317-770-0775
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Carmel Clay Historical Society
211 1st St. SW
Carmel, IN 46032-2003
Telephone Number: 317-846-7117
E-mail: carmelclayhistory@yahoo.com
Website

Sheridan Historical Society
308 S. Main St.
Sheridan, IN 46069-1113
Telephone Number: 317-758-5054
E-mail: Sheridanhistorical@att.net
Website


Westfield-Washington Historical Society
PO Box 103
Westfield, IN 46074-0103
Telephone Number: 317-804-5365
E-mail: president@wwhs.us
Website

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]

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.

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 Hamilton County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:


Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
  • WPA. Index to birth records, Hamilton County, Indiana, 1880-1920 inclusive. Indiana: WPA, 1941. 2 vol.
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 Hamilton County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:


Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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