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

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Tipton County, Indiana
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Founded January 15, 1844
County Seat Tipton
Courthouse
Address Tipton County Courthouse
101 E Jefferson
Tipton, IN 46072
Phone: 765.675.2795
Tipton County Website
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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 1844 1882 1850 1844 1850 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.


Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for General John Tipton, a distinguished citizen of the State. The county seat is Tipton and the county was organized on 1844.[4] The County is located in the Central part of the state.[5]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Clinton  • Howard  • Grant  • Madison  • Hamilton  • Boone

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]

1857 The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1857, but most records of genealogical interest were saved.

Resources[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
INGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.
  • A cemetery index of Tipton County can be found at Tipton genealogy blogspot.The index was compiled from 1978-1980, so any burials after that are not listed.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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


Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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


Maps[edit | edit source]

Howard CountyGrant CountyMadison CountyHamilton CountyClinton CountyIN TIPTON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Tipton 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 Tipton County.

  • A list of Civil War soldiers buried in Tipton County can be found at Tipton Library

Civil War Book

  • "Military," Chapter 17 in Pershing, M. W. History of Tipton County, Indiana, 1914. ([Kokomo, Ind.] (3405 Zartman Rd., Kokomo 46902): Selby Pub.Print, 1985.),(page 141-165),977.255 H2p, FHL Collection, Other Libraries
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Occupations[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Pictures[edit | edit source]

  • Images of Tipton County. A collection of more than 400 images of Tipton County. Originals are archived at the Tipton County Public Library.

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 Tipton 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]
Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Tipton County Courthouse
101 E Jefferson
Tipton, IN 46072
Phone: 765-675-2795
County Clerk has marriage records from 1844, divorce, probate, and court house records from 1850. [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]
  • Tipton County Public Library
    Website
  • Tipton Branch
    127 E. Madison Street
    Tipton, IN 46072
    Phone: 765-675-8761
    Email: tipton@tiptonpl.org
  • Windfall Branch
    109 McClellan Street
    PO Box 458
    Windfall, IN 46076
    Phone: 765-945-7655
    Email: windfall@tiptonpl.org
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
  • Tipton County Historical Society
    323 West South Street
    Tipton, IN 46072
    Telephone Number: 765-675-5828
    Email: tchs@tds.net
    Website
  • Tipton County Historical Society
    4161 S. 200 East
    Atlanta, IN 46031

School Records[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[edit source]

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Tipton 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 Tipton County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Tipton County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Marriages 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 Tipton 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), Tipton 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. "Handybook" The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Tipton County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tipton_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Tipton County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/tipton/ accessed 04/04/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Tipton County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tipton_County,_Indiana accessed 04/04/2017.
  6. "Handybook for Genealogists:United States of American". 10th ed. (Draper, Utah:Everton Pub., 2002) Tipton County, Indiana 217 At various libraries(WorldCat) FHL Book 973D27e2002


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