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

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Facts
Founded February 4, 1836
County Seat Nashville
Courthouse
Address Brown County Courthouse
Main St and Van Buren Street
Nashville, IN 47448
Phone: 812.988.5510
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Contents

Historical Facts

Populated Places

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss

Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business Records

Cemeteries

Census Records

For tips on accessing Brown 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.

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies

Histories

Local Histories

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

  • Counties of Morgan, Monroe, and Brown, Indiana. Historical and Biographical [1]

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

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. 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 Brown County, Indiana Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Maps

Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Brown 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 Brown County.


Civil War Books

  • Indiana Genealogical Society. Indiana Veterans Enrollment List. 1890 Brown County. [Indiana]: (Indiana Genealogical Society, 2006.) CD-ROM no. 4168 Computer US/CAN Desktop  FHL Collection   other library


  • "Military History" in Blanchard, Charles. Counties of Morgan, Monroe, and Brown, Indiana. Historical and Biographical. (Chicago: F.A. Battey & Co, 1884.) page 703-713,  977.2 H2b FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection  other library    INTERNET ARCHIVE
World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918
World War II, 1941-1945

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Occupations

Obituaries

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.

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

Brown County Courthouse
Main St and Van Buren Street
Nashville, IN 47448
Phone: 812.988.5510

Some records lost in 1873 fire
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.
County Clerk has marriage and probate and court records from 1836
divorce records from 1850, court ordered birth records from 1942.
County Recorder has land records from 1874. [2]

Archives
Libraries
Museums
Societies
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 Brown County, Indiana is the

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

School Records

Taxation

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

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

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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

Voter Registration

Web Sites

References

  1. Blanchard, Charles. Counties of Morgan, Monroe, and Brown, Indiana. Historical and Biographical. (Chicago: F.A. Battey Co, 1884.) 977.2 H2b FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection[1]INTERNET ARCHIVE
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Browne County, Indiana 211 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.