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

County Facts
County seat: Evansville
Organized: Feb 1, 1818[1]
Parent County(s): Gibson, Posey, Warrick[2]
Neighboring Counties
Warrick  • Gibson  • Posey  • Henderson (KY)
See County Maps
Indiana, Vanderburgh County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Indiana, Vanderburgh County Location Map.png
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Capt. Henry Vanderburgh (1760 - 1812), a Revolutionary War veteran and the judge for the Indiana Territory.[3] The County is located in the Southwest part of the state.[4]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Vanderburgh County Courthouse
Circle Center Courts Bldg, Rm 216
PO Box 216
Evansville, IN 47732
Phone: 812-435-5160
County Website

Vanderburgh County Health Department
Oak Park Professional Building
420 Mulberry Street
Evansville, IN, 47713
Health Officer: Dr. Kenneth Spear
Phone: 812-435-2400
Fax: 812-435-5468
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage records from 1916, divorce records from 1969, probate records from 1850 and court records from 1877.
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.
County Recorder has land records from 1818 and military records from 1865.
Willard Library has many of the older records. [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.

Vanderburgh 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 1916 1882 1877 1818 1850 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]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 1,798
1830 2,611 45.2%
1840 6,250 139.4%
1850 11,414 82.6%
1860 20,552 80.1%
1870 33,145 61.3%
1880 42,193 27.3%
1890 59,809 41.8%
1900 71,769 20.0%
1910 77,438 7.9%
1920 92,293 19.2%
1930 113,320 22.8%
1940 130,783 15.4%
1950 160,422 22.7%
1960 165,794 3.3%
1970 168,772 1.8%
1980 167,515 −0.7%
1990 165,058 −1.5%
2000 171,922 4.2%
2010 179,703 4.5%
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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.


Assumption Parish, Evansville

Holy Trinity Parish, Evansville

St. Boniface Parish, Evansville

Church of Christ

St. Lucas United Church of Christ, Evansville

St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Evansville

St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Evansville

Salem United Church of Christ, Evansville

Zoar United Church of Christ, Evansville

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Evansville


Bethlehem Methodist Episcopal Church, Evansville

Salem United Methodist Church, Evansville

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 Vanderburgh County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Vanderburgh 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]

Gibson CountyWarrick CountyPosey CountyHenderson CountyIN VANDERBBURGH.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Vanderburgh 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 Vanderburgh County.

Civil War Books:

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 Vanderburgh County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records.

School 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]

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

Evansville Indiana Family History Center
8020 E Covert Ave
Evansville IN 47715

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Willard Library
21 First Avenue
Evansville, IN 47710
Extensive family history collections for the area.

Evansville Public Library
200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Evansville, IN 47713

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Vanderburgh County Historical Society
PO Box 2626
Evansville, IN 47728-0626

Tri-State Genealogical Society
c/o Willard Library
21 First Ave.
Evansville, IN 47710

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Vanderburgh County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, accessed 04/04/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Vanderburgh County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, accessed 04/04/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Vanderburgh County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 04/04/2017.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Vanderburgh County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Vanderburgh County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 13 January 2020.
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