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Wayne County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded November 27, 1810
County Seat Richmond
Address Wayne County Courthouse
301 E Main
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: 765.973.9220
County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

  • Parent Counties: Formed 27 November 1810 from Clark and Dearborn Counties.
  • County seat:Richmond [1]

Neighboring Counties

Randolph  • Henry  • Fayette  • Union  • Preble  • Darke

Delaware CountyFayette CountyDearborn CountyButler CountyWarren CountyPreble CountyMiami CountyDarke CountyMontgomery CountyHamilton CountyRipley CountyFranklin CountyUnion CountyMadison CountyHancock CountyRush CountyDecatur CountyShelby CountyRandolph CountyHenry CountyWayne CountyINWayne.JPG

The county is named after Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796).

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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

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

Wayne County, Indiana Resources

Bible Records

Business Records


Census Records

For tips on accessing Wayne 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.

  • Records of St. John Lutheran Church, Richmond, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 Wayne County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups



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


Local Histories
  • History of Wayne County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Towns, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens. History of Indiana and the Northwest Territory: Embracing Accounts of the Pre-Historic Races, Aborigines, Winnebago and Black Hawk Wars, and a Brief Review of Its Civil, Political and Military History. (La Crosse WI: Brookhaven Press, 2004.) vol. 1 Google booksvol.2Google booksFamilySearch Books Online
  • Biographies, Oral Histories, Diaries, Memoirs, Genealogies, Correspondence Linkpendium
  • Biographical and Genealogical History of Wayne, Fayette, Union and Franklin Counties, Indiana. (Indianapolis, Ind: Frederic Luther Co, 1980).977.26 H2b V. 1 and 977.26 H2b v. 2 FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collectionother libraries vol. 1 INTERNET ARCHIVE



Military Records

War of 1812

Civil War

Civil War service men from Wayne 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 Wayne County.

Civil War Books

  • "War History" in Young, Andrew W. (Andrew White), 1802-1877. History of Wayne County, Indiana, from Its First Settlement to the Present Time: with Numerous Biographical and Family Sketches. 2007, (126-137 no Regiment or Companies)977.263 H2y FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collectionother librariesFamilySearch Books Online
  • "Military Matters" Chapter 14 in Fox, Henry Clay. Memoirs of Wayne County and the City of Richmond, Indiana: From the Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present, Including a Genealogical and Biographical Record of Representative Families in Wayne County. (La Crosse WI: Brookhaven Press, 2004.), (page 215-230, no Regiment or Companies) FHL Collection vol.1 FamilySearch Books Online Hathi Trust vol.2 FamilySearch Books Online

Pension Records

World War I

  • World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918  ancestry. com $

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

Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records

School Records
Voter Registration


County Courthouse

Wayne County Courthouse
301 E Main
Richmond, IN 47374
Phone: 765.973.9220

County Clerk has marriage records from 1810,
divorce and court records from 1873
and probate records from 1818.
City-County Health Officer has birth, death and burial records. [2]

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.


School Records


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 Wayne 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 Wayne County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Wayne County, Indiana Genealogy 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 Wayne County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Wayne County, Indiana Web Sites



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wayne County, Indiana 217 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.


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