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Henry County, Indiana Genealogy

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

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Henry County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded December 31, 1821
County Seat New Castle
Courthouse
Address Henry County Courthouse
101 S Main St.
New Castle, IN 47362
Ph. 765.529.6401
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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 1822 1882 1822 1823 1822 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Delaware New Purchase in 1822.[2]
  • County Seat: New Castle [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Patrick Henry. Its county seat is New Castle and was founded 1822. It is located in the Central area of the state.[4]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Madison  • Delaware  • Randolph  • Wayne  • Fayette  • Rush  • Hancock

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]

February 1864--Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.


For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

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 Henry 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.


  • Henry County Church Links

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


Maps[edit | edit source]

Madison CountyDelaware CountyRandolph CountyWayne CountyFayette CountyRush CountyHancock CountyIN HENRY.PNG
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for more resources


Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Henry 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 Henry County.

Civil War Books

World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[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 Henry County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration[edit | edit source]
School Records[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Henry County Courthouse
101 S Main Street
New Castle, IN 47362
Phone: 765-529-6401
Henry County Website

County Health Dept has birth and death records from 1882.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1822.
County Recorder has land records from 1823 and cemetery deeds from 1925.

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

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.

Finding More Tax Records[edit source]

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Henry 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 Henry County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:


Places[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Henry 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, "Henry County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Henry County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_County,_Indiana 3/28/2017.