Newton County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Kentland[1]
Organized: December 8, 1859[2]
Parent County(s): Unorganized territory and Jasper[3]
Neighboring Counties
Lake  • Jasper  • Benton  • Iroquois (IL)  • Kankakee (IL)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Newton County was named for Sgt. John Newton. It is located in the northwestern area of the state.[4]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Newton County Courthouse
201 North 3rd Street
Kentland, IN 47951
Phone: 219-474-6081 or 888-663-9866
County Website

Newton County Health Department
4117 South 240 West, Suite 500
Morocco, IN, 47963
Health Officer: Gonzolo Florido, MD
Phone: 888-663-9866
Fax: 219-285-0464
Email: kdurham@newtoncounty.in.gov
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1860.
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.
County Recorder has land records from 1860.[5]
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.

Newton 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[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1860 1882 1860 1860 1860 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

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:[9]

Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


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 Newton 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 Newton County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 2,360
1870 5,829 147.0%
1880 8,167 40.1%
1890 8,803 7.8%
1900 10,448 18.7%
1910 10,504 0.5%
1920 10,144 −3.4%
1930 9,841 −3.0%
1940 10,775 9.5%
1950 11,006 2.1%
1960 11,502 4.5%
1970 11,606 0.9%
1980 14,844 27.9%
1990 13,551 −8.7%
2000 14,566 7.5%
2010 14,244 −2.2%
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.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

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 Newton County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Newton 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]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Newton 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 Newton County.

Civil War Books

  • "Newton County in the War" in F.A. Battey Co. Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. (Chicago: F.A. Battey & Co, 2008.) also (Digital images of original published: Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1994. viii, 810 p.: ill., ports.28 cm. The original is a reprint. It was originally published: Chicago: F.A. Battey, 1883.) Digital versions at FamilySearch Digital Library; Internet Archive

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 Newton 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.

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 Newton 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

West Lafayette Indiana Family History Center
3224 Jasper St
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: 765-463-5079
E-mail:IN_Lafayette@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Newton County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Newton County Public Library
205 S West St
Morocco, IN 47963
Phone: 219-285-2664
Email: morocco@newton.lib.in.us
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Newton County Historical Society
PO Box 303
310 Seymour Street
Kentland, IN 47951
Phone: 219-474-6944
E-mail: newtonhs@ffni.com
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Newton County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Newton County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Newton County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 Jun 2020).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Newton County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_County,_Indiana (accessed 30 Mar 2017).
  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, "Newton County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 Jun 2020).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Newton County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Newton County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_County%2C_Indiana (accessed 28 December 2019).