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

County Facts
County seat: Bluffton
Organized: 2 February 1837
Parent County(s): Allen, Delaware, Randolph[1]
Neighboring Counties
Allen  • Adams  • Jay  • Blackford  • Grant  • Huntington
See County Maps
Courthouse
Indiana, Wells County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Indiana, Wells County Locator Map.png
Adoption
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Capt. William A. Wells, who was captured by Native Americans as a young boy and adopted by the Miami chief Little Turtle. He eventually became a scout for Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne. Capt. Wells was killed by Potawatomi allied with the British at the Fort Dearborn Massacre at the outbreak of the War of 1812. The Potawatomi ate Capt. Wells' heart to gain part of his courage. The County is located in the East Central part of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wells County Courthouse
102 W Market Street
Bluffton, IN 46714
Phone: 219-824-6479
County Website

Wells County Health Department
223 West Washington
Bluffton, IN, 46714
Health Officer: Kay Johnson, MD
Phone Number: 260-824-6489
Fax: 260-824-8803
Email: mhoag@wellscounty.org
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce and court records from 1837 and probate records from 1838.
County Recorder has land records. [3]
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.

Wells 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
1883 1837 1883 1837 1838 1838 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:[7]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Indiana Biography Index at Indiana State Library
  • Biographical and historical record of Adams and Wells counties, Indiana: Containing portraits of all the Presidents of the United States from Washington to Cleveland, with accompanying biographies of each: a condensed history of the state of Indiana: portraits and biographies of some of the prominent men of the state: engravings of prominent citizens in Adams and Wells counties, with personal histories of many of the leading families, and a concise history of the counties and their cities and villages. (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co.,1887). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library;Internet Archive

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Occupations

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Wells 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 Wells County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,822
1850 6,152 237.7%
1860 10,844 76.3%
1870 13,585 25.3%
1880 18,442 35.8%
1890 21,514 16.7%
1900 23,449 9.0%
1910 22,418 −4.4%
1920 20,509 −8.5%
1930 18,411 −10.2%
1940 19,099 3.7%
1950 19,564 2.4%
1960 21,220 8.5%
1970 23,821 12.3%
1980 25,401 6.6%
1990 25,948 2.2%
2000 27,600 6.4%
2010 27,636 0.1%
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 Wells County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Wells 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]

Huntington CountyAllen CountyAdams CountyJay CountyBlackford CountyGrant CountyIN WELLS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Wells 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 Wells 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 Wells 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

Decatur Indiana Family History Center
88 Cardinal Pass
Decatur IN 46733
260-438-7354
E-mail:IN_Decatur@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Wells County Historical and Museum Society
420 W. Market St.
Bluffton, IN 46714
E-mail: wellscohistorytech@gmail.com
website

Wells County Genealogical Society
P O Box 54
Bluffton, IN 46714
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Wells County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wells_County,_Indiana accessed 04/05/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Wells County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wells_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Wells County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wells_County%2C_Indiana, accessed 16 January 2020.