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

Jasper County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded February 7, 1835
County Seat Rensselaer
Address Jasper County Courthouse
115 W Washington
Rensselaer, IN 47978
Ph. 219.866.4927
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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 1865 1882 1864 1838 1864 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
Monument to William Jasper at Savannah, Georgia

The county is named after Sergeant William Jasper (c1750-1779).[2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Sgt. William Jasper, a famous scout for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. It's county seat is Rensselaer and was founded February 7, 1835. It is located in the Northwest area of the state.[3]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit https://indiana.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,073,c,jasper.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Lake  • Porter  • Starke  • Pulaski  • White  • Benton  • Newton

  • Parent Counties: Formed from Wabash New Purchase and unorganized territory (Warren/White) in 1835 (1838)[5]
  • County Seat: Rensselaer [6]

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]

1864 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. Clerk's records were lost; deeds and deed indexes were not damaged.
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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.
  • list of Jasper County Cemeteries - INGenWeb
  • See - Cemeteries - Linkpendium
  • Obituaries - 1997 to 2010 - INGenWeb
  • Veterans buried in Jasper County, Indiana - Lanewood  
  • Jasper, Newton, Pulaski, White County Area Deaths - 2002-2004 Lanewood
  • Weston Cemetery Records - Lanewood

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,267
1850 3,540 179.4%
1860 4,291 21.2%
1870 6,354 48.1%
1880 9,464 48.9%
1890 11,185 18.2%
1900 14,292 27.8%
1910 13,044 −8.7%
1920 13,961 7.0%
1930 13,388 −4.1%
1940 14,397 7.5%
1950 17,031 18.3%
1960 18,842 10.6%
1970 20,429 8.4%
1980 26,138 27.9%
1990 24,960 −4.5%
2000 30,043 20.4%
2010 33,478 11.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Jasper 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 Jasper 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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Lake CountyPorter CountyLa Porte CountyStarke CountyNewton CountyBenton CountyWhite CountyPulaski CountyIN JASPER.PNG
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Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Jasper 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 Jasper County.

Civil War Books

  • "Military History of Jasper Counity" in F.A. Battey Co. Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. (Chicago: F.A. Battey & Co, 2008.) also (Digital images of original published: Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1994. viii, 810 p. : ill., ports.; 28 cm. The original is a reprint. It was originally published: Chicago: F.A. Battey, 1883.) page 485-507, FHL Collection FamilySearch Digital Library, other libraryInternet Archive
World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[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 Jasper 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 Jasper County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

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

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Jasper County Courthouse
115 W Washington
Rensselaer, IN 47978
Phone 219-866-4927

County Health Dept has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage and divorce records from 1865, probate and court records from 1864.

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.

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 Jasper 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 Jasper 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), Jasper 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. "William Jasper," Wikipedia.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Jasper County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper_County,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Jasper County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper_County,_Indiana, accessed 13 December 2019.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Jasper County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper_County,_Indiana (accessed 9 August 2013).