Parke County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Rockville[1]
Organized: January 9, 1821
Parent County(s): Vigo[2]
Neighboring Counties
Vermillion  • Fountain  • Montgomery  • Putnam  • Clay  • Vigo
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Parke County was named in honor of Benjamin Parke, who was a member of the First Territorial Legislature, and who was also the first Representative in Congress of this territory. It is located in the west-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Parke County Courthouse
116 W High Street #204
Rockville, IN 47872
Phone: 765-569-5132
County Website

Parke County Health Department
116 West High Street, Room 12
Rockville, IN, 47872
Health Officer: Franklin Swaim, MD
Phone Number: 765-569-6665
Fax: 765-569-4061
Email: parkehealth@parkecounty-in.gov
Health Department

County Health Department has birth records from 1902 and death records from 1882;
County Auditor has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1833;
County Recorder has land records from 1833
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.

Parke 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1902 1829 1882 1833 1833 1833 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

October 1833 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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:[7]

Towns
Unincorporated communities
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 Parke 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 Parke County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 7,535
1840 13,499 79.2%
1850 14,968 10.9%
1860 15,538 3.8%
1870 18,166 16.9%
1880 19,460 7.1%
1890 20,296 4.3%
1900 23,000 13.3%
1910 22,214 −3.4%
1920 18,875 −15.0%
1930 16,561 −12.3%
1940 17,358 4.8%
1950 15,674 −9.7%
1960 14,804 −5.6%
1970 14,600 −1.4%
1980 16,372 12.1%
1990 15,410 −5.9%
2000 17,241 11.9%
2010 17,339 0.6%
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]

African American

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 Parke County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Parke 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]

Vermillion CountyFountain CountyMontgomery CountyPutnam CountyClay CountyVigo CountyIN PARKE.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Pike 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 Pike County.

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 Parke 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 Parke 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

Terre Haute Indiana Family History Center
1845 N 6 1/2 St
Terre Haute IN 47802
Phone: 812-234-0269
E-mail: IN_TerreHaute@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Parke County Public Library
106 N Market St
Rockville, IN 47872
Phone: 765-596-5544
Email: parkecountypl@gmail.com
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Parke County Historical Society and Museum
PO Box 332
Rockville, IN 47872-0332
Phone: 765-569-2223
Email: info@parkecountyhs.org
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Parke County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parke_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana. FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Parke County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parke_County,_Indiana (accessed 30 Mar 2017).
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana. 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Parke County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parke_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Parke County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parke_County%2C_Indiana (Accessed 29 Dec 2019).
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igiindianah.pdf.