Knox County, Indiana Genealogy
Guide to Knox County, Indiana ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
- 1 County Information
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Bible Records
- 2.2 Biographies
- 2.3 Business, Commerce, and Occupations
- 2.4 Cemeteries
- 2.5 Census Records
- 2.6 Church Records
- 2.7 Court Records
- 2.8 Directories
- 2.9 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.10 Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups
- 2.11 Funeral Homes
- 2.12 Genealogies
- 2.13 Guardianship
- 2.14 Land and Property Records
- 2.15 Local Histories
- 2.16 Maps and Gazetteers
- 2.17 Migration
- 2.18 Military Records
- 2.19 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.20 Newspapers
- 2.21 Obituaries
- 2.22 Other Records
- 2.23 Periodicals
- 2.24 Probate Records
- 2.25 School Records
- 3 Social Security Records
- 4 Research Facilities
- 5 Societies
- 6 Websites
- 7 Research Guides
- 8 References
County Information[edit | edit source]
Description[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Knox County Courthouse
101 N 7th Street
Vincennes, IN 47591
Knox County Health Department
Knox County Health Department
305 South 5th Street
Vincennes, IN, 47591
Health Officer: Alan Stewart, MD
Phone Number: 812-882-8080
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1807.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1836.
County Recorder has land records. Township Trustees have burial records. 
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.
Knox 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.
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
January 1814 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:
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:
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]
Census Records[edit | edit source]
For tips on accessing Knox County census records online, see: Indiana Census.
- Index to Defective, Dependent & Delinquent Census for Knox County, Indiana (1880) at Indiana Genealogical Society ($)
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.
St. Francis Xavier (Vincennes, Indiana). Parish Registers, 1780–1960. Microfilmed 1985. FHL Collectionfilm 1433361-65. The original records are at St. Francis Xavier Church, Vincennes, Indiana. They list baptisms, confirmations, communions, marriages, deaths, and graves of soldiers who served in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War (1835), the Mexican War, and the Civil War. These records may have information about persons from various parts of what is now Indiana and persons traveling through Vincennes.
13673 E. St. Rd 58
Edwardsport, IN 47528
- Online database contains baptismal, confirmation, marriage, and funeral records. Baptismal, marriage, and funeral records start in 1857, confirmation records start in 1851.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Court Records[edit | edit source]
Directories[edit | edit source]
Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]
Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]
Register of Negro Slaves and Masters for 1805-1807: Knox County, Indiana Territory [Abstracted by June and Ruth Barekman]. - Chicago, Ill. : Bar(r)ackman-Ba(r)rickman-Barkman-Berekman Family Association, 1970. - 5 leaves. F3532.K6 B33 Register made from film at Fort Wayne Indiana Public Library; agreements between slaves and masters were found at Knox County, Ind. Court House at Vincennes.
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 Knox County courthouse, where records are currently housed.
Local Histories[edit | edit source]
Local histories are available for Knox County. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information. For more information about local histories, see Indiana Local Histories.
- History of Knox and Daviess Counties, Indiana. 1886. Chicago, Illinois : Goodspeed Pub. Co. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Hathitrust, Internet Archive, Google Books; At various libraries (WorldCat).
- History of Old Vincennes and Knox County, Indiana. 2 volumes. 1911. By George E. Greene. Chicago, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. Online at: Vol. 1 - FamilySearch Digital Library, Vol. 2 - FamilySearch Digital Library, Hathitrust, Vol. 1 - Internet Archive, Vol. 2 - Internet Archive; At various libraries (WorldCat).
Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
Migration[edit | edit source]
Military Records[edit | edit source]
- Military Record Series Index at Indiana Digital Archives
- Knox USGenWeb
- List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 Knox County, Indiana (Source:Internet Archive)
- African American Veterans in Knox County, Indiana (1890) at Indiana Genealogical Society ($)
- Military of Knox County (Source: Genealogy Trails History Group)
Civil War service men from Knox 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 Knox County.
- 1st Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery, Companies G, and M
- 10th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry, Companies B, and F
- 14th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Companies B, and G
- 26th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company B
- 29th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company D
- 33rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company B
- 51st Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Companies E, and H
- 65th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company C
- 70th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company K
- 80th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Companies C, G, and I
- 120th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Companies F, and G
- 137th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company G
- 143rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Companies B, and C
- 151st Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company H
- 13th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Company O
- 28th US Colored Troops, Company E, and Addition Recruits for Colored Troops
Civil War Books:
- "Military History" Chapter 9 in *History of Knox and Daviess County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc., together with an extended history of the Colonial days of Vincennes, and its progress down to the formation of the State government. (1975. Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, Inc.) Avalible online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; INTERNET ARCHIVE
World War I
- 1917-1918 U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 World War I Draft Registration Cards, Knox County at Ancestry $
- 1919 Indiana, World War I, Enrollment Cards, 1919 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection
World War II, 1941-1945
- Knox County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: AccessGenealogy)
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]
Many local newspapers can be found free at the Digital Archives of the Knox County Public Library. The Knox County Obituary Indexes can be found on the Knox County Public Libraries site.
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 Knox County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records.
School Records[edit | edit source]
- Students and Teachers of Vincennes High School (1924) at Indiana Genealogical Society ($)
- Directory of Teachers for Knox County (1936) at Indiana Genealogical Society ($)
Social Security Records[edit | edit source]
- 1935-2014 United States Social Security Death Index at FamilySearch - How to use this collection; index. Also at Ancestry, findmypast, Fold3, GenealogyBank, MyHeritage, and Steve Morse. Click here for more information.
- 1936-2007 U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 at Ancestry ($) — index, click here for more information.
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]
- 1780-1992 Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection
- 1800s-2007 Indiana, United States Marriages at FindMyPast $
- 1802-1892 Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892 at Ancestry $
- 1811-2007 Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection
Death[edit | edit source]
- 1750-1993 - Indiana Deaths and Burials, 1750-1993 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection
- 1882-1920 Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection
- 1899-2011 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 at Ancestry $
Divorce[edit | edit source]
Research Facilities[edit | edit source]
Archives[edit | edit source]
Listed below are archives in Knox County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries
- 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 Affiliate Libraries
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Listed below are libraries in Knox County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.
- Knox County Public Library
regional history/genealogy center
614 N. 7th Street
Vincennes, Indiana 47591
The McGrady Brockman House is Knox County Public Library’s history/genealogy center and a repository for documents from the Old Northwest Territory to the Indiana Territory. Housed in the facility are the Library’s Historical Collection, genealogy materials from the Byron R. Lewis Historical library, the Francis Vigo chapter DAR library and original records from the Knox County Records library. The majority of Knox County’s records can be found in the building, as well as extensive published sources on other Indiana and Illinois counties.
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
Listed below are societies in Knox County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Societies.
- Vincennes Historical And Antiquarian Society PO Box 487
Vincennes, IN 47591-0487
Websites[edit | edit source]
- Knox County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Indiana Digital Archives Search by name in all records or specific collections
- Indiana Historical Society Digital Collections Extensive - keyword searches suggested
- Indiana Memory Click the map or select a statewide collection
- List of indexes and databases at Indiana State Library
- Indiana Genealogical Society Databases Free and Members-only. Scroll the list.
- Knox County INGenWeb
- EveryNameIndex.com for Indiana Free online genealogy indexes for county histories. Select a county.
- FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection. Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
Research Guides[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Wikipedia contributors, "Knox County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knox_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
- Genealogy Trails History Group, “Johnson County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/johnson/ 3/29/2017.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Johnson County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson_County,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Knox County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knox_County,_Indiana, accessed 17 December 2019.
- "Military History" Chapter 9 in History of Knox and Daviess County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc., together with an extended history of the Colonial days of Vincennes, and its progress down to the formation of the State government. (1975. Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, Inc.),( page 228; Regiment,Companies)977.23 H2g FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection other libraries INTERNET ARCHIVE