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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.


Adams County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded February 7, 1835
County Seat Decatur
Address Adams County Courthouse
112 S 2nd Street
Decatur, IN 46733
Phone: 219.724.2600
Adams County Website
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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 1835[1]
  • County Seat: Decatur [2]

Neighboring Counties

Allen  • Wells  • Jay  • Van Wert • Mercer

  • Neighboring Counties: Adams County, Indiana Genealogy residents may also have records in [3]
    Allen (north) · Jay (south) · Van Wert (northeast) · Mercer (southeast) · Wells (west)
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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 website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Indiana Counties see: Indiana Counties with Burned Courthouses


Bible Records


Business Records


  • Adams County Cemeteries by Township - usgenweb

Census Records

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

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups




Local Histories

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

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


Military Records

Civil War
  • List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 Adams County, Indiana (Source: 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
World War II, 1941-1945
  • Adams County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps  -  AccessGenealogy

Naturalization and Citizenship


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.


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.

Online Probate Records

Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records

School Records

Voter Registration



County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records. [4]

Family History Centers

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. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

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

Birth Records
  • 1882-1920 Index to Birth Records Adams County usgenweb
Marriage Records
Death Records

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:

Web Sites



  1. wiki contributors, "Adams County, Ohio" in Wiki at _County,_Ohio (accessed 4 August 2012).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 2 August 2013).
  4. 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.


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