Huntington County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Huntington
Organized: 1834
Parent County(s): Adams New Purchase (Allen/Grant),[1] Unorganized Territory
Neighboring Counties
Whitley  • Allen  • Wells  • Grant  • Wabash
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Huntington County was named for Samuel H. Huntington. It is located in the east-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Huntington County Courthouse
201 N Jefferson St Roomm 103
Huntington, IN 46750
Phone: 219-358-4819
County Website

Huntington County Health Department
1330 S. Jefferson St.
Huntington, IN, 46750
Health Officer: Thomas Ringenberg, DO
Phone Number: 260-358-4831
Fax: 260-358-4899
Email: webmaster@huntington.in.us
Health Department

County Clerk has birth and death, marriage records from 1847, court records from 1840, and divorce record from 1850; County Records has land record from 1834.
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.

Huntington 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 1847 1882 1840 1834 1850 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
Townships
Ghost towns


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 Huntington 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.

 

  • The Allen County Public Library Genealogical Center has an online index to the Funk Cemetery. Other book publications include: France Cemetery, Lancaster Cemetery, Mount Hope Cemetery, Union (Old Lutheran) Cemetery, Known Cemeteries of Huntington County, Some Cemeteries of Huntington County
  • The Huntington City-Township Public Library, has at least 50 publications and manuscripts dealing with over 90 cemeteries and burial grounds. A concerted effort was made in the late 1970s and early 1980s to read all of the tombstones in the county that could be located at that time. All of these materials can be located by searching the library's online catalog.
  • The county has several dedicated Findagrave volunteers who attempt to keep up with new burials and add information for new discoveries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Huntington County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,579
1850 7,850 397.2%
1860 14,867 89.4%
1870 19,036 28.0%
1880 21,805 14.5%
1890 27,644 26.8%
1900 28,901 4.5%
1910 28,982 0.3%
1920 31,671 9.3%
1930 29,073 −8.2%
1940 29,931 3.0%
1950 31,400 4.9%
1960 33,814 7.7%
1970 34,970 3.4%
1980 35,596 1.8%
1990 35,427 −0.5%
2000 38,075 7.5%
2010 37,124 −2.5%
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.

Copies and/or indexes of some early church records are in the B. Joan Keefer Genealogy and Local History Center at the Library Website.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

A survey of the court archives was conducted and published by the WPA in 1936. This was done as volume 35 of the series "Inventory of the County Archives of Indiana." Available on Archive.org Items may have moved or been destroyed in the intervening 85 years, but it can act as a starting point. It also has a good summary of the types of offices in the county at that time, their duties, and the records created.

Originals of most court records are still at the courthouse. See also: Land Records, Probate Records

Civil Court Order Books from 1835-1922 have been digitized, and are available unindexed on FamilySearch.

Directories[edit | edit source]

1858 G.W. Hawes Indiana State Gazetteer and Business Directory online at FamilySearch Digital Library - includes all extant post offices in county, has listings for:

Antioch (now Andrews, p9); Huntington (p123), Mount Etna (p273), Roanoke (p336), Toledo, Wabash & Great Western RR (p606) -- note the absence of Markle and Warren

1866 Plat Map of Huntington County - has small directories for most of the county.

1876 Historical Atlas of Indiana - has small directories for Huntington (p422) and Warren (p448).

1879 Combination Atlas - See pages 155-119. 1879 Combination Atlas of Huntington County from Indiana State Library, Digital Section. (missing a few pages), HistoriceMapWorks free to browse and copies for sale (complete) The "Combination" comes from having both maps and brief histories of the area and short biographies of some families.

1897 Complete City Directory, Huntington, Indiana (only an alphabetical listing, no categories, no county community listing)

1899 Stephens' Directory of Huntington, Indiana - includes county listing by township (section number given after name)

1902 Johnson's Business and Professional Directory of Indianapolis, Fort Wayne .... (Huntington begins on p100, book is NOT organized alphabetically, consult Table of Contents)

1906-1959 (various years) in U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 (Ancestry, AncestryLibrary) $

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 Huntington County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Deeds from 1834-1901 on FamilySearch — unindexed

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Huntington County. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information. For more information about local histories, see Indiana Local Histories.

  • Index: Huntington County, Indiana index of names of persons and of firms. 1941. Works Projects Administration (WPA). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library. An index to the four histories published from 1877 to 1914.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Whitley CountyAllen CountyWells CountyGrant CountyWabash CountyIN HUNTINGTON.PNG
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for more resources

Maps help tell the story of settlement, ownership, and development. Plat maps in particular give the owners of at least the larger property owners, while smaller areas will at least have an outline.

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Huntington 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 Huntington County.

Civil War Books:

  • "Military History" Chapter 4 in (1887) History of Huntington County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present with biographical sketches, notes, etc., together with a short history of the northwest, the Indiana territory, and the state of Indiana. (1887. Chicago: Brant & Fuller.) Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; INTERNET ARCHIVE.

World War I

  • 1919 Indiana, World War I, Enrollment Cards, 1919 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection
  • Felter, Mrs. Frank. 1923. Huntington County in the World war.
    • Volume 1 - Minutes and reports of the various county agents, groups, and individuals reporting to the County Council of Defense. Among the groups submitting reports were: American Red Cross, Liberty Loan Drives, Knights of Columbus, Y.M.A., Y.W.A., Tri Kappas, War Mothers, schools, and the library. Each report summarizes the group's work during the war. There are also parade photographs and newspaper clippings.
    • Volume 2 - Four page form from some 90 individuals summarizing their war participation. Filed alphabetically by surname. Available at the Indiana State Library.

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.

About 85% of pre-1930 Huntington papers are on Newspapers.com.$

Another 10% or so is on NewspaperArchive.com.$ NewspaperArchive.com also has: The Roanoke Review (1919-1923); and The Warren Tribune (1911-1921).

The Huntington City - Township Public Library (Huntington, Indiana) has copies of all extant papers on microfilm.

Town Paper Dates Newspapers.com NewspaperArchive.com
Huntington Daily Democrat 1886-1897 1886, 1888-1897
Huntington Daily Evening Herald 1883-1887
Huntington Daily News Democrat 1897-1911 1897-1899, 1901-1911
Huntington Evening Herald 1903-1914
Huntington Huntington County Tab 1987 - current
Huntington Huntington Democrat 1861-1897 1861-1862, 1877-1883, 1886-1888, 1890-1897 1862-1867, 1870-1872, 1874-1875, 1883-1886, 1888-1889, 1910
Huntington Huntington Evening Herald 1903
Huntington Huntington Herald 1911-1929 1903-1929* 1881, 1887-1889, 1891-1892, 1904-1905, 1907-1910, 1913*
Huntington Huntington Herald (Mid Weekly) 1891-1913 1891-1892, 1905-1908*
Huntington Huntington Herald (Weekly) 1887-1892 1891-1909* 1905-1908*
Huntington Huntington Herald-Press 1929 - current
Huntington Huntington Morning Star 1906
Huntington Huntington News 1930-1968 1883-1884, 1888
Huntington Huntington News Democrat 1902-1903, 1906, 1910-1913
Huntington Huntington News Democrat (Mid Weekly) 1906-1907, 1910 - 1911 1906-1907, 1910-1911
Huntington Huntington News Democrat (Weekly) 1897-1913 1903-1907, 1910-1911
Huntington Huntington Press 1912-1929 1917
Huntington Huntington Weekly News 1895-1897 1895-1897, 1907*
Huntington Indiana Herald (Weekly) 1848-1887 1848-1864, 1867-1877, 1879-1881, 1883-1887 1864-1867, 1878-1879, 1881-1883, 1887
Huntington Morning Times 1907-1911
Andrews Andrews Express 1882-1885
Andrews Andrews Signal 1893-1910
Roanoke Roanoke Review 1919-1968 1919-1923
Warren Warren News 1878-1889
Warren Warren Weekly News 1901-1902
Warren Warren Republican 1890-1903
Warren Warren Tribune 1903-1993 1911-1921
Warren Warren Weekly 1994-2001
Roanoke Four Corners Courier 1972-1981
Markle Markle Journal 1904-1931
Markle Markle Courier 1940
Markle Markle Monthly 1972-1973

* - Multiple papers with similar names may have been conflated into a single entry

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

The Huntington City-Township Public Library maintains an obituary card file that begins in 1921. It also has a series of binders where staff indexed early obituaries from 1848 to 1903 (Huntington papers) and 1910 (Warren and Andrews papers) using the microfilmed versions of the newspapers.

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 Huntington County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records.

FamilySearch Catalog Entries

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Funeral Home Records[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Huntington County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

The Huntington City-Township Public Library functions as the county archives with many original records, including marriage and will books.

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 Huntington County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library
30 E. Madison St.
Andrews, IN 46702
Telephone Number: 260-786-3574
Website

Huntington City-Township Public Library
B. Joan Keefer Genealogy and Local History Center
255 W. Park Dr.
Huntington, IN 46750
Telephone Number: 260-356-0824

Roanoke Public Library
314 N. Main St.
Roanoke, IN 46783
Telephone Number: 260-676-2989
Website

Warren Public Library
123 E. 3rd St.
Warren, IN 46792
Telephone Number: 260-356-7264
Email: warrenpl@warren.lib.in.us
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Huntington County Historical Society
315 Court St.
Huntington, IN 46750-2862
Telephone Number: 260-375-3450
Website

Roanoke Area Heritage Center
102 W. First St.
Roanoke, IN 46783
Telephone Number: 260-672-3252
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Huntington County Historical Society
PO Box 1012
Huntington, IN 46750

Huntington County Genealogical Society
c/o Huntington City-Township Public Library
255 W. Park Dr.
Huntington, IN 46750
Telephone Number: 260-356-0824

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Huntington County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntington_County,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  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, "Huntington County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntington_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Huntington County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntington_County,_Indiana, accessed 13 December 2019.