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

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Marshall County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded February 7, 1835
County Seat Plymouth
Courthouse
Address Marshall County Courthouse
211 W Madison Street
Plymouth, IN 46563-1762
Phone: 219-936-8922
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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.
  • Parent Counties: Formed 7 February 1835 from unorganized territory (Cass/Elkhart/St. Joseph). [2]
  • County Seat: Plymouth[3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for John Marshall. The County Seat is Plymouth and was founded 1836. It is located in the North Central area of the state.[4]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

St. Joseph  • Kosciusko  • Elkhart  • Fulton  • Pulaski  • Starke

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]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Business records and Commerce[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
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Marshall 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 Marshall 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, Political or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]
  • Ellsworth, Spencer. Records of the Olden Time, or, Fifty Years on the Prairies Embracing ... the Organization of the Counties of Putnam and Marshall, Incidents and Reminiscences Connected Therewith, Biographies of Citizens, Portraits and Illustrations. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press (a division of NMT Corp.), 2003.)other librariesINTERNET ARCHIVE
  • Brant Fuller. History of Indiana Containing a History of Indiana and Biographical Sketches of Governors and Other Leading Men. Also a Statement of the Growth and Prosperity of Marshall County, Together with a Personal and Family History of Many of Its Citizens. (Madison, Wisc: Brant, Fuller, 1890.)other libraries;Vol.1 INTERNET ARCHIVE vol. 2INTERNET ARCHIVE

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


Maps[edit | edit source]

St. Joseph CountyElkhart CountyKosciusko CountyFulton CountyPulaski CountyStarke CountyIN MARSHALL.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Marshall 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 Marshall County.

World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Obituaries from The Bremen Enquirer 1884 to 2007 Courtesy of the Bremen Public Library

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

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Marshall County Courthouse
211 W Madison Street
Plymouth, IN 46563-1762
Phone: 219-936-8922

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

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]


Societies[edit | edit source]
  • Marshall County Genealogical Society
    3383 E Eights Rd
    Bourbon, IN 46504
  • Marshall County Historical Society
    123 N Michigan St
    Plymouth, IN 46563
    Phone: 574-936-2306
    Email: anita@mchistoricalsociety.org, Anita Kopetskie, Research Specialist
    Website
  • Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver
    PO Box 125
    Culver, IN 46511-0125
    Phone: 574-842-2941
    Website

School Records
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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 Marshall 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 Marshall County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:



Websites[edit | edit source]

Places[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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

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