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

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Montgomery County, Indiana
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Founded December 21, 1822
County Seat Crawfordsville
Courthouse
Address Montgomery County Courthouse
100 E Main Street
Crawfordsville, IN 47933-1715
Phone: 765-364-6400
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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 1823 1882 1823 1823 1823 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed 21 December 1822 from Parke and Putnam Counties.[2]
  • County Seat: Crawfordsville [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed on December 31, 1775, while attempting to capture Quebec City in the Battle of Quebec. The County Seat is Crawfordsville and was founded 1823.[4]It is located in the West Central area of the state.[5]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Tippecanoe  • Clinton  • Boone  • Hendricks  • Putnam  • Parke  • Fountain

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]

The Genealogy Club of Montgomery County Corp. has created an online searchable database for several family bibles.

Biographies[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
USGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

  • Index to Defective, Dependent & Delinquent Census for Montgomery County, Indiana (1880) (members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society)

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.


Records for the Hawcreek Church of God in Montgomery County, 1839-1853, are available through the Crawfordsville District Public Library.

Finding More Church Records[edit source]

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Montgomery 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]

  • Thompson, Stephen J. History of Montgomery County, Indiana: With Personal Sketches of Representative Citizens. (Indianapolis, Ind: A.W. Bowen, 1978.), FHL US/CAN Film 934916 Items 1-2 FHL Collection, Other Libraries, INTERNET ARCHIVE
  • "History of Montgomery County " in Beckwith, H. W., P. S. Kennedy, and Thomas Fleming Davidson. 1970. History of Fountain County, together with historic notes on the Wabash Valley: gleaned from early authors, old maps and manuscripts, private and official correspondence, and other authentic sources. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic), (second book )977.247 H2b FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection, Other Libraries, INTERNET ARCHIVE
  • Portrait and biographical record of Montgomery, Parke and Fountain Counties, Indiana containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, together with biographies and portraits of all the presidents of the United States. (1893. Chicago: Chapman Bros.) Other Libraries, INTERNET 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 Montgomery County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Maps[edit | edit source]

Fountain CountyTippecanoe CountyBoone CountyHendricks CountyPutnam CountyParke CountyClinton CountyIN MONTGOMERY.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Montgomery 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 Montgomery County.

Civil War Books[edit | edit source]
  • "The Military History Of The County" Chapter 6 in Thompson, Stephen J. History of Montgomery County, Indiana: With Personal Sketches of Representative Citizens. (Indianapolis, Ind: A.W. Bowen, 1978.), page 87-180,FHL US/CAN Film 934916 Items 1-2 FHL Collection, Other Libraries, Ancestry.com$
  • "Montgomery County In The War Of The Rebellion" in "History Of Montgomery County" of Beckwith, H. W., P. S. Kennedy, and Thomas Fleming Davidson. 1970. History of Fountain County, together with historic notes on the Wabash Valley: gleaned from early authors, old maps and manuscripts, private and official correspondence, and other authentic sources. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic), (second book, page 30-110, Regiment, Companies, Roll of Officers and then Enlisted Men.) 977.247 H2b FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection, Other Libraries, INTERNET ARCHIVE

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • The Crawfordsville District Public Library has an online index of local newspaper articles or notices of births, marriages, obituaries and other items of vital records interest. This online index is searchable and covers the period 1834-1899 (partial) and 1900-present.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Hundreds of Montgomery County Obituaries are searchable by surname at indianagenweb.com/montgomery/

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

Public Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Montgomery County Courthouse
100 E Main Street
Crawfordsville, iN 47933-1715
Phone: 765-364-6400

County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882. County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1823 and some naturalization records. County Recorder has land records from 1823. Public Library has cemetery records from 1823. [6]

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]

Genealogy Club of Montgomery County, Indiana
c/o Crawfordsville District Public Library
205 S. Washington St.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Telephone Number: 765-362-2242 ext. 118
Email: ref@cdpl.lib.in.us
Facebook
Website

Montgomery County Historical Society
212 S. Water St.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Telephone Number: 765-362-3416
Website

Linden-Madison Township Historical Society
PO Box 154
Linden, IN 47955-0154
Telephone Number: 765-339-7245

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 Montgomery 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 Montgomery County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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), Montgomery 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. Ancestry.com wiki contributors, "Montgomery County, Indiana" in Ancestry.com: Wiki at https://wiki.rootsweb.com/wiki/index.php?title=Montgomery_County,_Indiana&_ga=2.179626279.2080514678.1559833301-1411794080.1527038534 (accessed 6 June 2019).
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Montgomery County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/montgomery/ 3/30/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Montgomery County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_County,_Indiana 3/30/2017.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Montgomery County, Indiana 215 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

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