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Guide to Wabash County Indiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Wabash County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded February 2, 1832
County Seat Wabash
Address Wabash County Courthouse
1 W Hill Street
Wabash, IN 46992
Phone: 219.563.0661
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

  • Parent Counties: Formed from Adams New Purchase (Allen/Delaware/Randolph) in 2 February 1832 from Cass and Grant Counties.
  • County Seat: Wabash [2]

Neighboring Counties

Fulton  • Kosciusko  • Whitley  • Huntington  • Grant  • Miami

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Boundary Changes

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

April 1870 Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. For a list of record loss in Indiana Counties see: Indiana Counties with Burned Courthouses

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Wabash County, Indiana Resources

Bible Records



Census Records

For tips on accessing Wabash County, Indiana census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Church Records

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

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wabash County, Indiana Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups




Local Histories
  • Helm, Thomas B., L. H. Newton, and E. Tucker.History of Wabash County, Indiana: Containing a History of the County; Its Townships, Towns, Military Records; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; Personal Reminiscences. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, 1971.) 977.283 H2h FHL Collection    BYU Library FamilySearch Books Online
  • Weesner, Clarkson W. History of Wabash County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principal Interests. (Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co, 2008.) 977.283 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection   other libraries  Vol.1  INTERNET ARCHIVE  Vol. 2

Land and Property

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.

  • Miami Indians who Received Land on Miami Reservation, Grant and Wabash Counties, Indiana (1873) (members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society)

See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

Finding More Land Records

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



Military Records

War of 1812


Civil War service men from Wabash 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 Wabash County.


  • Thomas B. Helm, History of Wabash County",(Chicago : J. Morris, 1884.) Page 165-196 history of Civil War Companies From Wabash County, Indiana 977.283 H2h FamilySearch Books Online; FHL Collection
  • "Indiana in the Civil War" in "Military Matters" Chapter 16 of Weesner, Clarkson W. History of Wabash County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principal Interests. (Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co, 2008.), (page 261-286, Regiment, Company),977.283 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collectionother librariesVol.1INTERNET ARCHIVEVol. 2

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship=





Probate Records

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.

Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records

Voting Registration


See also a List of Indiana Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies


County Courthouse

Wabash County Courthouse
;1 W Hill Street
Wabash, IN 46992
Phone: 219.563.0661

County Clerk has marriage, probate and court records from 1835.
County Health Department has birth and death records
County Recorder and Museum has burial records. [3]

Family History Centers

FamilySearch Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FamilySearch Center for Wabash County, Indiana is the

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the Family History Center directory.



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

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wabash County, Indiana Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

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

  • Indiana State Digital Achives for Death, E-Publication, Instiution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)
Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wabash County, Indiana Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Wabash County, Indiana Web Sites



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Wabash County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wabash County, Indiana 217 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.


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