Miami County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Peru[1]
Organized: February 2, 1832
Parent County(s): Cass and unorganized territory[2]
Neighboring Counties
Fulton  • Wabash  • Grant  • Howard  • Cass
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Miami County was named for the Miami tribe, Kentucky. It is located in the north-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Miami County Courthouse
25 North Broadway
Peru, IN 46970
Phone: 756-472-3901
County Website

Miami County Health Department
35 Court Street
Peru, IN, 46970
Health Officer: Christi Redmon, MD
Phone: 765-472-3901
Fax: 765-473-6398
Email: healthofficer@miamicountyin.gov
Health Department

County Health Department has birth, death and burial records.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1843. Indiana. [4]
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.

Miami 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1843 1882 1843 1836 1843 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

  • March 1843 - The Miami County courthouse was destroyed by fire in March of 1843. All records except deeds from 1828 were destroyed.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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:[8]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
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 Miami 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.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 3,048
1850 11,304 270.9%
1860 16,851 49.1%
1870 21,052 24.9%
1880 24,083 14.4%
1890 25,823 7.2%
1900 28,344 9.8%
1910 29,350 3.5%
1920 28,668 −2.3%
1930 29,032 1.3%
1940 27,926 −3.8%
1950 28,201 1.0%
1960 38,000 34.7%
1970 39,246 3.3%
1980 39,820 1.5%
1990 36,897 −7.3%
2000 36,082 −2.2%
2010 36,903 2.3%
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.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Peru

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans

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 Miami County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Fulton CountyWabash CountyGrant CountyHoward CountyCass CountyIN MIAMI.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Miami 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 Miami County.

Civil War Book

  • Military History, Chapter 11 in Bodurtha, Arthur L. History of Miami County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principal Interests. 2008. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co. Available online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Internet Archive - Vol. 1; Internet Archive - Vol. 2.

World War I

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.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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

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.

  • Bakehorn, Ray. Early Birth, Marriage and Death Records of Miami County, Indiana. 1990. S.l: s.n. Available online at: Internet Archive

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

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

Peru Public Library
102 E. Main St
Peru, IN 46970
Phone: 765-473-3069
Email: perupubliclibrary@yahoo.com
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Miami Genealogical Society
PO Box 542
Peru, IN 46970

Miami County Historical Society and Museum
51 N. Broadway
Peru, IN 46970
Phone: 765-473-9183
Facebook

Miami Nation of Indians of the State of Indiana
80 W. 6th St.
Peru, IN 46970
Phone: 765-473-9631
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Miami County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Miami County, Indiana. Page 211-218, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Miami County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_County,_Indiana (accessed 29 Mar 2017)
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Miami County, Indiana. Page 211-218, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana. FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana. FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Miami County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Miami County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_County,_Indiana (accessed 24 December 2019).