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Guide to '''Adams County, Indiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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<div id="fsButtons"><span class="online_records_button">[[Indiana Online Genealogy Records]]</span></div> {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Adams County
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| state = Indiana
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| founded year = 1835
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| founded date = February 7
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| seat = Decatur
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| building address = Adams County Courthouse<br>112 S 2nd Street<br>Decatur, IN 46733<br>Phone: 219.724.2600 <br>[http://www.co.adams.in.us/  '''Adams County Website''']
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{{Indiana-stub}}''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] &gt; [[Indiana|Indiana]]&nbsp;&gt; Adams County'' <br>
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=== Historical Facts  ===
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Adams County, Indiana. Page 211-218 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Adams County, Indiana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Adams County, Indiana Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Adams County, Indiana Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Adams County, Indiana Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Adams County, Indiana Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Adams County, Indiana Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Adams County, Indiana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1882
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1836
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1882
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1844
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1837
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1838
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1807
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.</center>
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== History  ==
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from Adams New Purchase (Allen/Delaware/Randolph) in 1835.
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*'''County Seat: ''' Decatur <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).</ref><br>
  
==== Parent County  ====
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==== Description ====
  
'''1835--'''Adams County was created 7 February 1835&nbsp;from [[Allen County, Indiana|Allen]] and [[Randolph County, Indiana|Randolph ]]Counties.&nbsp;'''&nbsp;County seat:''' Decatur <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline"> </span>
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The county was named in honor of President John Quincy Adams. It's county seat is Decatur and was founded 1 March 1836.  It is located in the Northeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana accessed 2/27/2017.</ref>
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== Places/Localities  ==
  
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==== Populated Places  ====
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://indiana.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,001,c,adams.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County%2C_Indiana, accessed 19 November 2019.</ref>
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{{Populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berne,_Indiana Berne]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decatur,_Indiana Decatur]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva,_Indiana Geneva]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe,_Adams_County,_Indiana Monroe]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceylon,_Indiana Ceylon]
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*Coppess Corner
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curryville,_Indiana Curryville]
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*Elm Tree Crossroads
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honduras,_Indiana Honduras]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linn_Grove,_Indiana Linn_Grove]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magley,_Indiana Magley]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monmouth,_Indiana Monmouth]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perryville,_Indiana Perryville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterson,_Indiana Peterson]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasant_Mills,_Indiana Pleasant Mills]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preble,_Indiana Preble]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rivare,_Indiana Rivare]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salem,_Adams_County,_Indiana Salem]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams,_Adams_County,_Indiana Williams]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Creek_Township,_Adams_County,_Indiana Blue Creek]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Township,_Adams_County,_Indiana French]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartford_Township,_Adams_County,_Indiana Hartford]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Township,_Adams_County,_Indiana Jefferson]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirkland_Township,_Adams_County,_Indiana Kirkland]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe_Township,_Adams_County,_Indiana Monroe]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preble_Township,_Adams_County,_Indiana Preble]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_Township,_Adams_County,_Indiana Root]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Marys_Township,_Adams_County,_Indiana St. Marys]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Township,_Adams_County,_Indiana Union]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_Township,_Adams_County,_Indiana Wabash]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Township,_Adams_County,_Indiana Washington]
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}} '''residents''' may also have records in <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana (accessed 2 August 2013).</ref><br>[[Allen County, Indiana Genealogy|Allen]] (north){{·}}[[Jay County, Indiana Genealogy|Jay]] (south){{·}}[[Van Wert County, Ohio Genealogy|Van Wert]] (northeast){{·}}[[Mercer County, Ohio Genealogy|Mercer]] (southeast){{·}}[[Wells County, Indiana Genealogy|Wells]] (west)<br>
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[[Allen County, Indiana Genealogy|Allen]] {{•}} [[Wells County, Indiana Genealogy|Wells]] {{•}} [[Jay County, Indiana Genealogy|Jay]] {{•}} [[Van Wert County, Ohio Genealogy|Van Wert]]{{•}} [[Mercer County, Ohio Genealogy|Mercer]]
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Resources ===
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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==== Bible Records ====
  
*[[Allen County, Indiana|Allen]]
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==== Biographies  ====
*[[Jay County, Indiana|Jay]]
 
*[[Mercer County, Ohio|Mercer County, Ohio]]
 
*[[Van Wert County, Ohio|Van Wert county, Ohio]]
 
*[[Wells County, Indiana|Wells]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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==== Business Records ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/results_adamsalphabethel.php Bethel Cemetery (aka Alpha Cemetery)]
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*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/results_adamshuser.php Huser Family Cemetery (aka Hoosier Cemetery and Yager Cemetery)]
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*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/results_adamskrossreformed.php Kross Reformed Church Cemetery]
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/results_adamslittle.php Little Family plot]
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_adamsmonmouth.php Monmouth Cemetery]
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_adamspleasantdale.php Pleasant Dale Cemetery]
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*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_adamssalem.php Salem Cemetery]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]  
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/results_adamsshady.php Shady Cemetery]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|478745|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/results_adamsstudebaker.php Studebaker Cemetery]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Indiana/Adams-County?id=county_792 Findagrave.com]
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_adamstricker.php Tricker Cemetery (aka Blue Creek Cemetery)]
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*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_adamszion.php Zion Cemetery (aka Cline Cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://ingenweb.org/inadams/CemeteryListingIndex.html INGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Adams+Indiana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/in/adams/cemeteries.html INGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/indiana/adams.html Tombstone Project]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/US/in/adams.htm Indiana Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Indiana Cemeteries|Indiana Cemeteries]] for more information.
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*The Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center has [http://www.genealogycenter.info/indiana/ numerous transcriptions of Adams County cemeteries] on its website.
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*The [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society] has many transcriptions of Adams County cemeteries available for free on its website.
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*Adams County, Indiana: Cemeteries - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/cem/ Linkpendium]
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==== Census Records  ====
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]  
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|1840 |2264  
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|1850 |5797 
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|1860 |9252   
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|1870 |11382   
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|1880 |15385 
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|1890 |20181  
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|1900 |22232 
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|1910 |21840
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|1920 |20503
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|1930 |19957
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|1940 |21254 
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|1950 |22393 
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|1960 |24643 
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|1970 |26871 
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|1980 |29619 
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|1990 |31095   
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|2000 |33625 
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|2010 |34387 
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}}
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*Index of 1840 Census for Adams County, Indiana (Free, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])<br>
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*Index of 1850 Census for Adams County, Indiana (Free, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])<br>
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*Index to Mortality Schedule for Adams County, Indiana (1860) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*Index to Defective, Dependent &amp; Delinquent Census for Adams County, Indiana (1880) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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{{Census|Indiana}}
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==== Church Records  ====
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{{IN Church Intro}}{{IN Church End}}
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{{IN Church Repositories|Adams|574104}}
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==== Court Records  ====
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*Old Courthouse Records - [http://www.ingenweb.org/inadams/OldCourtHouse/OldCourtHouseIndex.html INGenWeb]
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==== Directories  ====
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*Early Settlers of Adams County ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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==== Ethnic and Religious Groups  ====
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==== Gazetteers  ====
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==== Genealogies  ====
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==== Histories  ====
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===== Local Histories  =====
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{{IN History}}
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*History for Adams County [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/hist/ Linkpendium] <br>
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''Online County Histories''
  
==== Church  ====
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*''Biographical and Historical Record of Adams and Wells Counties, Indiana.'' 1887. Chicago : Lewis Publishing Co. Online at: [https://archive.org/details/biographicalhistawcty01chic/page/n6 Internet Archive]; {{WorldCat|07842078|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Reminiscences of Adams, Jay and Randolph Counties, Indiana.'' By Martha C. M. Lynch. [1896?] Fort Wayne, Indiana : Lipes, Nelson & Singmaster. Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/608007-reminiscences-of-adams-jay-and-randolph-counties-indiana?offset=12 FamilySearch Digital Library]; [https://archive.org/details/reminiscencesofa01lync/page/n5 Internet Archive]; {{WorldCat|865992562|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''A Short, Short Story of Adams County, Indiana.'' By French Quinn. 19--?. Berne, Indiana : Economy Printing Concern. Online at: [https://archive.org/details/shortshortstoryo00quin Internet Archive]; {{WorldCat|23106343|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Snow's History of Adams County Indiana.'' By J. F. Snow. 1907. Indianapolis, Ind. : B.F. Bowen. Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/430839-snow-s-history-of-adams-county-indiana?offset=16 FamilySearch Digital Library]; [https://archive.org/details/snowshistoryofad00snow/page/n4 Internet Archive]; {{WorldCat|865850376|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Standard History of Adams and Wells Counties Indiana.'' 2 Vols. By John W. Tyndall & Orlo E. Lesh. 1918. Chicago : Lewis Publishing Co. Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/433446-standard-history-of-adams-and-wells-counties-indiana-an-authentic-narrative-of-the-past-with-an-extended-survey-of-modern-developments-in-the-progress-of-town-and-country?offset=35 FamilySearch Digital Library] - Vol. 1, [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/585169-standard-history-of-adams-and-wells-counties-indiana-an-authentic-narrative-of-the-past-with-an-extended-survey-of-modern-developments-in-the-progress-of-town-and-country?viewer=1&offset=37#page=9&viewer=picture&o=info&n=0&q= FamilySearch Digital Library] - Vol. 2 [https://archive.org/details/standardhistoryo01tynd/page/n6 Internet Archive] - Vol. 1; [https://books.google.com/books?id=NkRGAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=editions:0afMfR6OaVMryFJg2jK#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books] - Vol. 2; {{WorldCat|866064013|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. 
  
==== Court  ====
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{{IN History End}}
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{IN Land}}{{IN Land End}}
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{{IN Land and Property Other Repositories|Adams|1097842}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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{{IN Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{IN Adams County}}}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ Old Antique Atlases & Maps of Indiana]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/v3/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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*Maps and Gazetteers&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/maps/ Linkpendium]
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==== Military Records  ====
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*[https://secure.in.gov/apps/iara/search/ Indiana State Digital Archives] <br>
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===== ''Civil War''  =====
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*Adams County, Indiana List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 at [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso01buregoog#page/n9/mode/1up Internet Archive] <br>
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Civil War service men from Adams County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Adams County.
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*[[6th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry|6th Regiment]], Indiana Cavalry, Company B
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*[[8th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry|8th Regiment,]] Indiana Cavalry, Company C
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*[[11th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry|11th Regiment]], Indiana Cavalry, Company C
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*[[13th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry|13th Regiment]], Indiana Cavalry, Company G
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*[[30th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|30th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Reorganized Company D
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*[[47th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|47th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company C
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*[[57th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|57th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company D
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*[[89th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|89th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Companies H, I, and&nbsp;K
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*[[139th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (100 days, 1864)|139th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company I
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*[[147th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|147th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company F
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*[[153rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry|153rd Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company E <br>
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===== ''World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918''  =====
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*World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Adams County&nbsp;- [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6482&cj=1&path=Indiana.Adams+County&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Ancestry.com] ($) [http://www.ingenweb.org/inadams/Military/FirstWorldWar.html  INGenWeb]<br>
  
==== Military ====
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*Adams County WWI [http://www.ancestralheroes.com/special/Adams+Co+IN Ancestral Heroes]
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*'''1919''' - {{RecordSearch|2968238|Indiana, World War I, Enrollment Cards, 1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== ''World War II, 1941-1945''  =====
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*Adams County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps&nbsp;&nbsp;-&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/indiana/adams.htm AccessGenealogy ]<br>
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{IN Newspapers|Adams}} {{IN Newspapers End}}
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==== Obituaries  ====
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==== Probate Records  ====
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{{IN Probate Intro|Adams}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1798–1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9045 Indiana Wills and Probate Records 1798-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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{{Template:IN Probate Repositories|Adams|986339}}
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==== Public Records  ====
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===== School Records  =====
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*Graduates of Common Schools in Adams County, Indiana (1912) (Free, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])<br>&nbsp;
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*School Enumeration of Union Township, Adams County, Indiana (1853) (Members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])&nbsp;
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*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/results_adamscommencement.php Eighth Grade Commencement, 1938]<br>
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*School Records and Histories&nbsp; [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/sch/ Linkpendium]
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===== Voter Registration =====
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==== Repositories  ====
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===== Courthouse  =====
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County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Adams, Indiana 211 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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===== Archives  =====
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===== Libraries  =====
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===== Museums  =====
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===== Societies  =====
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*'''Adams County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 262<br>Decatur, IN 46733<br>Email: [mailto:achs262@hotmail.com achs262@hotmail.com]
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*'''Adams County Indiana Genealogical Society'''<br> PO Box 33<br> Geneva, IN 46740-0033
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*'''Swiss Heritage Society'''<br>PO Box 88<br>Berne, IN 46711-0088<br>Phone: 260-589-8007<br>Email: [mailto:anitamiller@swissheritage.org anitamiller@swissheritage.org]<br>[http://www.swissheritage.org/home.html Website]
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===== Family History Centers  =====
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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*[[Decatur Indiana Family History Center|Decatur Indiana Family History Center]]
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For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator family history center directory].
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{IN Tax Intro}}
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{{IN Tax End}}
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{{IN Tax Repositories WC|Adams}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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{{IN Vital Intro}}
  
== Web Sites ==
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===== Birth Records =====
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*'''1882-1920''' [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~inadams//WPA/WPABirthIndex.html Index to Birth Records Adams County] (USGenWeb)
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=197046&subject_disp=Indiana%2C+Adams&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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===== Marriage Records  =====
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*'''1800s-2007''' [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=indiana%2cin Indiana, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
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*'''1780-1992''' {{RecordSearch|1674830|Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992}}  at FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1802-1892''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7852&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892] at Ancestry.com $ <br>
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*'''1811-2007''' {{RecordSearch|1410397|Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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===== Death Records  =====
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*'''1750-1993''' - {{RecordSearch|3559081|Indiana Deaths and Burials, 1750-1993}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index, some images
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*'''1870-2000''' Index to Death Record Adams County [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~inadams/Death/BerneDeathRecords.html INGenWeb]<br>
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*'''1882-1920''' Indiana Death Index [http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_adamswpadeaths.php Transcription of WPA Death Index, 1882-1920]<br>
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*'''1882-1920''' {{RecordSearch|1947977|Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] - Index only
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*'''1899-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60716 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), index and images <br>
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*[https://secure.in.gov/apps/iara/search/ Indiana State Digital Archives]  <br>
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{{IN Vital Repositories|Adams|471200}}
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==== Websites  ====
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/208669295836038/ Indiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20131203142958/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com:80/~inadams/ USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*{{FHL|Indiana%2C+Adams|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/ Adams County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Adams/ Adams County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 11:33, 5 May 2020

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

Adams County, Indiana
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 7, 1835
County Seat Decatur
Courthouse
Address Adams County Courthouse
112 S 2nd Street
Decatur, IN 46733
Phone: 219.724.2600
Adams 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 1836 1882 1844 1837 1838 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Adams New Purchase (Allen/Delaware/Randolph) in 1835.
  • County Seat: Decatur [2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named in honor of President John Quincy Adams. It's county seat is Decatur and was founded 1 March 1836. It is located in the Northeast area of the state.[3]

Places/Localities[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:[4]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

  • Neighboring Counties: Adams County, Indiana Genealogy residents may also have records in [5]
    Allen (north) · Jay (south) · Van Wert (northeast) · Mercer (southeast) · Wells (west)

Allen  • Wells  • Jay  • Van Wert • Mercer

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]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[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]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,264
1850 5,797 156.1%
1860 9,252 59.6%
1870 11,382 23.0%
1880 15,385 35.2%
1890 20,181 31.2%
1900 22,232 10.2%
1910 21,840 −1.8%
1920 20,503 −6.1%
1930 19,957 −2.7%
1940 21,254 6.5%
1950 22,393 5.4%
1960 24,643 10.0%
1970 26,871 9.0%
1980 29,619 10.2%
1990 31,095 5.0%
2000 33,625 8.1%
2010 34,387 2.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Adams 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.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 Adams 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]

Histories[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Adams County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.

Online County Histories

For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Indiana Local Histories.

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


Maps[edit | edit source]

Wells CountyJay CountyAllen CountyVan Wert CountyMercer CountyIN ADAMS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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

Civil War service men from Adams County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Adams County.

World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918[edit | edit source]
World War II, 1941-1945[edit | edit source]
  • Adams County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps  -  AccessGenealogy

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Adams County, Indiana Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings. The Indiana Division of the Indiana State Library has the state’s largest newspaper collection. Their newspaper microfilms are available through inter-library loan. For a county-by-county inventory of their 16,500 reels of Indiana newspaper microfilms, see their Indiana Collection.

Other places to access newspapers are Newspaper Archive ($)(may be free at your local library), public librariescollege or university libraries, the Library of Congress, or Google News.

For more Indiana newspaper information see the wiki page Indiana Newspapers.

Obituaries[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 Adams County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records. Online Probate Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

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


Public Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]
Voter Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records. [6]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
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.

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.

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 Adams 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.

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 Adams County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:


Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Adams 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana accessed 2/27/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County%2C_Indiana, accessed 19 November 2019.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Indiana (accessed 2 August 2013).
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Adams, Indiana 211 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.