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


Monroe County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded January 14, 1818
County Seat Bloomington
Address Monroe County Courthouse
301 N. College Avenue
PO Box 547
Bloomington, IN 47402-0547
Phone: 812-349-2600
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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 1818 1882 1818 1817 1831 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

  • Parent Counties: Formed from Orange County 14 January 1818. [2]
  • County Seat: Bloomington [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for James Monroe, fifth President of the United States, who was serving at the time the county was organized. The County Seat is Bloomington and was founded 1818. It is located in the Central area of the state.[4]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Morgan  • Brown  • Jackson  • Lawrence  • Greene  • Owen

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 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]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Family History Library


Names in Stone


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Names in Stone

Genealogy Trails

See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Monroe 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 Monroe County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Monroe County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.

  • History of Monroe County - Linkpendium
  • Monroe County History - USGenWeb
  • Monroe County, Indiana, Family Heritage Book, published by the Monroe County Historical Society in 1987. Contains an every-name index.
  • Monroe County, Indiana, Family Heritage Book, published by the Monroe County History Center in 2007. Contains an every-name index. Material does not overlap with the book by the same name published in 1987.
  • Index to History of Harrodsburg (1964) (free, Indiana Genealogical Society)
  • Index to History of Stinesville (1955) (free, Indiana Genealogical Society)

For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Indiana Local Histories.

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

Maps[edit | edit source]

Owen CountyMorgan CountyBrown CountyJackson CountyLawrence CountyGreene CountyIN MONROE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Mexican-American War[edit | edit source]
  • Monroe County in the Mexican-American War, INGenWeb
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Monroe 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 Monroe County.

Civil War Books

  • "Military History" in Blanchard, Charles. Counties of Morgan, Monroe, and Brown, Indiana. Historical and Biographical. (Chicago: F.A. Battey Co, 1884.) page 413-451, 977.2 H2b FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection, Other Libraries, Internet Archive
Civil War Databases[edit | edit source]
Pension Files[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
  • Monroe County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps, AccessGenealogy (free)

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Monroe County, Indiana Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

  • The Genealogy Library at Monroe County History Center at Sixth and Washington in Bloomington has a clipping file containing more than 73,000 clippings from newspapers mostly between 1880 and 1930. These clippings are not available online and overlap only minimally with the clippings archived at Rootsweb listed next.
  • Many thousands of newspaper clippings, some as early as 1824, are also available in the INMONROE Rootsweb list archive. Select Advanced tab. Enter INMONROE in the "List" query box for clipping index.
  • The Monroe County Public Library at Bloomington has an online obituary index. Choose "Obituary Index" within the box on the left labeled INDIANA ROOM at . Most of the obits come from a single newspaper.Consequently, if the obit you seek is not found in the index, try one of the other local newspapers from the same date. The index dates from 1824 through the current month.

The Indiana Division of the Indiana State Library has the state’s largest newspaper collection. Their newspaper microfilms are available through inter-library loan. For a county-by-county inventory of their 16,500 reels of Indiana newspaper microfilms, see their Indiana Collection.

Other places to access newspapers are Newspaper Archive ($)(may be free at your local library), public librariescollege or university libraries, the Library of Congress, or Google News.

For more Indiana newspaper information see the wiki page Indiana Newspapers.

Finding More Newspaper Records[edit source]

Additional newspaper records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Monroe County, Indiana Genealogy Newspaper Abstracts in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

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

Monroe County Courthouse
301 N. College Avenue; PO Box 547
Bloomington, IN 47402-0547
Phone: 812-349-2600

County clerk has marriage, divorce and court records from 1818, probate records from 1831. County Health Department has birth, death and burial records from 1882. County Recorder has land records. [5]

As of a date earlier than August 2012, many of the offices and the records related to the offices in the courthouse are temporarily housed in the Showers Building while the courthouse is under construction.The Clerk's Office is permanently located in the Justice Building at Seventh and College.

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]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Monroe County Genealogical Society
E 6th St. & Washington
Bloomington, IN 47401

Monroe County Historical Society
202 East Sixth St.
Bloomington, IN 47408
Telephone Number: 812-332-2517

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

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

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

Public Records[edit | edit source]

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

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 Monroe County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

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. See also How to order Indiana Vital Records or order electronically online.

Marriage licenses were required by counties beginning in 1800. Original marriage records are held at the office of the Monroe County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Monroe County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

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 Monroe 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), Monroe 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. wiki contributors, "Monroe County, Indiana" in Wiki at,_Indiana (accessed 4 August 2012).
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Monroe County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Monroe County, Indiana 215 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

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