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Ripley County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded December 27, 1816
County Seat Versailles
Address Ripley County Courthouse
PO Box 177
Versailles, IN 47042
Phone: 812.689.6115
County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Neighboring Counties

Decatur  • Franklin  • Dearborn  • Ohio  • Switzerland  • Jefferson  • Jennings

Ohio CountyDearborn CountyRipley CountySwitzerland CountyFranklin CountyRush CountyDecatur CountyJohnson CountyBartholomew CountyScott CountyJennings CountyJefferson CountyGrant CountyPendleton CountyCampbell CountyBoone CountyOwen CountyTrimble CountyHamilton CountyButler CountyWarren CountyClermont CountyGallatin CountyCarroll CountyKenton CountyJackson CountyShelby CountyINRipley.JPG

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

Ripley County, Indiana Resources

Bible Records


Business Records


Ripley County Cemeteries and Locations rootsweb

Census Records

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

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and religious Groups




Local Histories
  • Ripley County History Book Committee, Ripley County Historical Society (Ripley County, Ind.), and Daughters of the American Revolution. Ripley County History, 1818-1988, Ripley County, Indiana. (Osgood, IN: Ripley County History Book Committee, 1989.) 977.214 H2r FHL US/CAN Book 977.214 H2r v. 2 FHL Collectionother libraries

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



Military Records

War of 1812

Civil War

Civil War service men from Ripley 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 Ripley County.

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.

Online Records

Probate records are court records created after an individual’s death that relate to a court’s decisions regarding the distribution of the estate to the heirs or creditors and the care of any dependents. These documents are important to family history researchers because they usually exist for time periods before civil birth and death records were kept. While probate records are one of the most accurate sources of genealogical evidence, they have limitations.

The Circuit Court has responsibility for the probate records of Ripley County.

The following Ripley County probate records have been indexed and transcribed:

Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records

School Records
Voting Registration  


County Courthouse

Ripley County Courthouse
PO Box 177
Versailles, IN 47042
Phone: 812.689.6115

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1818.
County Recorder has land 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 Ripley 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 Ripley County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Ripley County, Indiana Genealogy 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 Ripley County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Ripley County, Indiana Web Sites


Ripley County, Indiana References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Ripley County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ripley County, Indiana 216 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.


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