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

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Vermillion County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded January 2, 1824
County Seat Newport
Courthouse
Address Vermillion County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Newport, IN 47966-0008
Phone: 765.492.3500
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 1824 1882 1824 Unknown 1824 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed 2 January 1824 from Parke County.[2]
  • County Seat: Newport [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the Vermillion River, which flows nearby. The county seat is Newport and the county was organized on 1824.[4] The County is located in the West Central part of the state.[5]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Vigo  • Parke  • Fountain  • Warren  • Vermilion  • Edgar

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]

Jan. 1844 The courthouse was destroyed by fire in January of 1844, but all of the records were saved.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Business Records[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
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Vermillion 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 Vermillion 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]
  • B.F. Bowen & Co. History of Parke and Vermillion Counties, Indiana: With Historical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families. (Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen, 1913.) 977.2 H2hpv FHL US/CAN Book, FHL Collection, Other Libraries, Internet Archive
  • Biographical and Historical Record of Vermillion County, 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 Vermillion County, with Personal Histories of Many of the Leading Families, and a Concise History of the County and Its Villages. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press, 2002.), Other Libraries, Internet Archive

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


Maps[edit | edit source]

Vermilion CountyEdgar CountyWarren CountyFountain CountyParke CountyVigo CountyIN VERMILLION.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 Vermillion County, Indiana Internet Archive
Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Vermillion 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 Vermillion County.

Civil War Books

  • "Military History Of Vermillion County" Chapter 6 in B.F. Bowen & Co. History of Parke and Vermillion Counties, Indiana: With Historical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families. (Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen, 1913 ), (page 268-288, Regiment, Companies; "Knight Of The Golden Circle", page 272; Soldier's Diary, Page 283-288),977.2 H2hpv FHL US/CAN Book, FHL Collection, Other Libraries, Internet Archive
World War I 1914-1918[edit | edit source]
World War II 1941-1945[edit | edit source]
  • Vermillion County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps AccessGenealogy

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Occupations[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 county courthouse.


Online Records


Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Vermillion County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Vermillion County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Newport, IN 47966-0008
Phone: 765.492.3500

County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882 County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1824. County Recorder has land records. [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]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Vermillion County Historical Society
220 E Market St
PO Box 273
Newport, IN 47966-0273

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 Vermillion 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 Vermillion County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Vermillion County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage 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 Vermillion 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), Vermillion 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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Vermillion County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermillion_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Vermillion County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/vermillion/ accessed 04/04/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Vermillion County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermillion_County,_Indiana accessed 04/04/2017.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Vermillion County, Indiana 217 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

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