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

Harrison County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded October 11, 1808
County Seat Corydon
Address Harrison County Courthouse
300 N Capitol Ave
Corydon, IN 47112-1139
Ph. 812.738.4289
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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 1809 1882 1809 1807 1809 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Clark and Knox Counties in 1808[2]
  • County Seat: Corydon[3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for William Henry Harrison. Its county seat is Corydon and was founded December 1, 1808.[4] It is located in the South 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]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Crawford  • Washington  • Floyd  • Jefferson  • Bullitt  • Hardin  • Meade

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]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 3,595
1820 7,875 119.1%
1830 10,273 30.5%
1840 12,459 21.3%
1850 15,286 22.7%
1860 18,521 21.2%
1870 19,913 7.5%
1880 21,326 7.1%
1890 20,786 −2.5%
1900 21,702 4.4%
1910 20,232 −6.8%
1920 18,656 −7.8%
1930 17,254 −7.5%
1940 17,106 −0.9%
1950 17,858 4.4%
1960 19,207 7.6%
1970 20,423 6.3%
1980 27,276 33.6%
1990 29,890 9.6%
2000 34,325 14.8%
2010 39,364 14.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Harrison 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 Harrison 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]
  • Biographical and Historical Souvenir for the Counties of Clark, Crawford, Harrison, Floyd, Jefferson, Jennings, Scott and Washington, Indiana. 1972. Compiled and published by John M. Gresham & Company. Evansville, Indiana : Unigraphic. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet Archive, Google Books; At various libraries (WorldCat). 1972 version is reprint. Originally published: Chicago [Illinois] : Chicago Printing Company, 1889.
  • Historical Almanac of Harrison County, Indiana. By Arville L. Funk. 1974. Corydon, Ind: Alfco Publications. 977.2 A1 no. 40 FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection; Other Libraries
  • Illustrated Atlas and History of Harrison County, Indiana: containing maps of villages, cities and townships of the County... . 1906. By F. A. Bulleit. Corydon, Indiana : F.A. Bulleit. Online at: Internet Archive
  • Indiana's Birthplace: A History of Harrison County, Indiana. 1911. By William H. Roose. New Albany, Ind : Tribune Co., Printers. Online at: Hathitrust, Google Books; At various libraries (WorldCat).

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

Maps[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Harrison 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 Harrison County.

Civil War Battle:

  • Map showing Civil War battles in Indiana.

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

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

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

Harrison County
300 N. Capitol Ave.
Corydon, IN 47112-1139
Phone: 812-738-4289

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
  • Harrison County Historical Society
    117 West Beaver Street
    Corydon, IN 47112
  • Southern Indiana Genealogical Society
    PO Box 665
    New Albany, IN 47151
    Phone: 812-949-3527
    Email: sigsvolunteer@gmail.com
  • Historical Society of Harrison County
    5850 Devil's Elbow Road NW
    Corydon, IN 47112
    Phone: 812-738-2828 or 812-736-2373
    Email: karengleitz@hotmail.com
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

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

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Harrison 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 Harrison 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), Harrison 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, "Harrison County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “HARRISON County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/harrison/ accessed 3/28/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "HARRISON County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_County,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Harrison County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_County%2C_Indiana, accessed 12 December 2019.
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, accessed 13 August, 2012)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igiindianah.pdf.