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

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Founded December 31, 1821
County Seat Martinsville
Courthouse
Address Morgan County Courthouse
PO Box 1556
Martinsville, IN 46151
Phone: 765.342.1025
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
1882*
1822*
1899*
1822
1822
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

  • Parent Counties: Formed 31 December 1821 from Delaware New Purchase and Wabash New Purchase.[1]
  • County Seat: Martinsville [2]
  • Neighboring Counties: Morgan County, Indiana residents may also have records in [3]
    Putnam (northwest) · Hendricks County (north) · Marion (northeast) · Johnson (east) · Brown (southeast) · Monroe (south) · Owen (southwest)

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Boundary Changes

Record Loss

March 1876 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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

Resources

Bible

Biographies

Cemeteries

Census Records

For tips on accessing Morgan 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 Morgan County, Indiana Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Gazetteers

Genealogies

History

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 Morgan County, Indiana Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Maps

Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Morgan 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 Morgan County.

Civil War Books

  • "Military History" in Blanchard, Charles. Counties of Morgan, Monroe, and Brown, Indiana. Historical and Biographical. (Chicago: F.A. Battey & Co, 1884.) page 50-80, 977.2 H2b FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection  other libraryINTERNET ARCHIVE

World War I

World War II

Newspapers

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.

Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records

School Records

Repositories

Archives

County Courthouse

Morgan County Courthouse
PO Box 1556
Martinsville, IN 46151
Phone: 765.342.1025

County Clerk has marriage, probate and court records.
County Recorder has land records.
Board of Health has birth and death records. [4]


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.

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Morgan 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 Morgan County, Indiana County Clerk with divorce records located with the Morgan County, Indiana Clerk of Courts.

  • Indiana State Digital Archives for Death, E-Publication, Institution, 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 Morgan County, Indiana Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Societies and Libraries

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 Morgan County, Indiana is the

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

Web Sites

Places

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Morgan County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_County,_Indiana(accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Morgan County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_County,_Indiana (accessed 14 August 2013).
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Monroe County, Indiana 215 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

 

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