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

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Kosciusko County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded February 7, 1835
County Seat Warsaw
Courthouse
Address Kosciusko County Courthouse
121 N Lake Street
Warsaw, IN 46580
Phone: 219.372.2331
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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 1836 1882 1836 1834 1836 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Kosciusko County, Indiana was named for General Kosciuszko. See also General Kosciuszko on wikipedia.

  • Parent Counties: Formed from unorganized territory (Cass/Elkhart/Grant) in 1835 (1836).[2]
  • County Seat: Warsaw[3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named after the Polish general Tadeusz Kościuszko who served in the American Revolutionary War and then returned to Poland. The County Seat is Warsaw and was founded 1836. It is located in the North-central area of the state. [4]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Elkhart  • Noble  • Whitley  • Wabash  • Fulton  • Marshall

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]

Kosciusko County, Indiana Biographies are available online.

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 Kosciusko 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.


Finding More Church Records[edit source]

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Kosciusko 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]
  • Royse, L. W. A Standard History of Kosciusko County, Indiana: An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with Particular Attention to the Modern Era in the Commercial, Industrial, Educational, Civic and Social Development : a Chronicle of the People with Family Lineage and Memoirs. (Agawan, MA: Bridgeport National Bindery, 2008.) 977.282 D3bi FHL US/CAN Book  FHL Collection  other libraries
  • Biographical and historical record of Kosciusko County, Indiana : containing portraits of all the presidents of the United States from Washington to Cleveland, with accompanying biographies of each; a condensed history of the State of Indiana; portraits and biographies of some of the prominent men of the state; engravings of prominent citizens in Kosciusko County, with personal histories of many of the leading families, and a concise history of Kosciusko County and its cities and villages. (Chicago, IL:Lewis Publishing Company, 1897) FHL Collection; FamilySearch Digital Library

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.


Kosciusko County, Indiana Original Tract Book are available online.

Kosciusko County, Indiana Index to Deed Books 1 to 10: 1836- May, 1952 are available online.

Kosciusko County, Indiana Land Record Research are available online. 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 Kosciusko County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Maps[edit | edit source]

Elkhart CountyNoble CountyWhitley CountyWabash CountyFulton CountyMarshall CountyIN KOSCIUSKO.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Kosciusko County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Kosciusko County.

Civil War Books

  • "The County In Three Wars" Chapter 12 in Royse, L. W. A Standard History of Kosciusko County, Indiana: An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with Particular Attention to the Modern Era in the Commercial, Industrial, Educational, Civic and Social Development : a Chronicle of the People with Family Lineage and Memoirs. (Agawan, MA: Bridgeport National Bindery, 2008.), ( page 203-253; Regiment) 977.282 D3bi FHL US/CAN Book  FHL Collection  other libraries; INTERNET ARCHIVE
World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Kosciusko County, Indiana Obituaries are online.

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 county courthouse.


Online Records


Probate records are court records created after an individual’s death that relate to a court’s decisions regarding the distribution of the estate to the heirs or creditors and the care of any dependents. You may find the names of married daughters or other relatives and their residences; or information about the adoption or guardianship of minor children and dependents. Probate records do not always give an exact date of death, but the death usually occurred within four months of probate. These documents are important to family history researchers, because they usually exist for time periods before civil birth and death records were kept.

The Circuit Court has responsibility for the probate records of Kosciusko County.

The following Kosciusko County probate records have been indexed or abstracted:

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Kosciusko County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

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

Kosciusko County, Indiana Voter's Registration Index for 1922 is available online.


Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Kosciusko County Courthouse
121 N Lake Street
Warsaw, IN 46580
Phone: 219-372-2331

County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1836.
County Recorder has land records
Township Trustees have burial records. [5]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]

Kosciusko County Historical Society Genealogy Library

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.

Finding More Tax Records

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

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Kosciusko County, Indiana Birth Records from 1882-1920 are available online.

Kosciusko County, Indiana Delayed Birth Records 1858-1935 are available online.

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
  • 1836-1921 Kosciusko County, Indiana Marriage Records from 1836-1921 are available online.
  • 1908-1933 Kosciusko County, Indiana Divorce Records from 1908-1933 are available online.
Death Records[edit | edit source]

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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



Places[edit | edit source]

Pierceton--Washington Township


Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kosciusko 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, "Kosciusko County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosciusko_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Kosciusko County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosciusko_County,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kosciusko County, Indiana 214 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.