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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Indiana|Indiana]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Putnam County''' <br>  
 
''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Indiana|Indiana]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Putnam County''' <br>  
  
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Guide to '''Putnam County Indiana genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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| county = Putnam County  
 
| county = Putnam County  
 
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| seat =  Greencastle
 
| seat =  Greencastle
 
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| building address = [http://www.co.putnam.in.us/ Putnam County Courthouse]<br>1 Courthouse Square Street<br>PO Box 546<br>Greencastle, IN 46135-0546<br>Phone: 765.653.2648<br>[http://www.Putnamcounty.us/ '''Putnam County Website'''] }}
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| building address = [http://www.co.putnam.in.us/ Putnam County Courthouse]<br>1 Courthouse Square Street<br>PO Box 546<br>Greencastle, IN 46135-0546<br>Phone: 765.653.2648<br>[http://www.Putnamcounty.us/ '''County Website'''] | adoption_sign = Adoption Indiana Genealogical Society}}  
  
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=== Historical Facts  ===
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Putnam County, Indiana#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Putnam County, Indiana#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1882*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1820*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1882*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1824</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1825</center>
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try... [[Putnam County, Indiana#Church_Records|'''Church''']] &#124; [[Putnam County, Indiana#Obituaries|'''Obituaries''']] &#124; [[Putnam County, Indiana#Cemeteries|'''Cemeteries''']]
  
[http://www.co.putnam.in.us/ Putnam County Courthouse]<br>1 Courthouse Square Street<br>PO Box 546<br>Greencastle, IN 46135-0546<br>Phone: 765.653.2648<br><br>County Health Department has birth and death records.<br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1822, <br>Divorce and Probate Records from 1825<br>and Court Records from 1828. <br>County Recorder has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Putnam County, Indiana 216 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== History  ==
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed 31 December 1821&nbsp;from [[Vigo County, Indiana|Vigo]] and [[Owen County, Indiana|Owen]] Counties and unorganized territory. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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*'''County Seat: ''' Greencastle <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Putnam County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam _County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).</ref><br>
  
[[Image:Israel Putnam.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Israel Putnam.JPG]]
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The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Putnam Israel Putnam] (1718-1790).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Indiana "Putnam County, Indiana,"] Wikipedia.</ref>
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
==== Parent County ====
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[[Parke County, Indiana|Parke]] {{•}} [[Montgomery County, Indiana|Motngomery]] {{•}} [[Hendricks County, Indiana|Hendricks]] {{•}} [[Morgan County, Indiana|Morgan]] {{•}} [[Owen County, Indiana|Owen]] {{•}} [[Clay County, Indiana|Clay]]
  
'''1821--'''Putnam County was created 31 December 1821&nbsp;from [[Vigo County, Indiana|Vigo]] and [[Owen County, Indiana|Owen]] Counties and unorganized territory. '''County seat:''' Greencastle <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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<br> The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Putnam Israel Putnam] (1718-1790).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Indiana "Putnam County, Indiana,"] Wikipedia.</ref> [[Image:Israel Putnam.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Israel Putnam.JPG]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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For a list of record loss in Indiana Counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/indiana/in-counties/#courthouse Indiana Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Putnam County, Indiana Resources ===
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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==== Bible Records ====
  
*[[Clay County, Indiana|Clay]]
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==== Biographies  ====
*[[Hendricks County, Indiana|Hendricks]]
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*[[Montgomery County, Indiana|Montgomery]]
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*[[Morgan County, Indiana|Morgan]]
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*[[Owen County, Indiana|Owen]]
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*[[Parke County, Indiana|Parke]]
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== Resources ==
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==== Business Records ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*A&nbsp; surname index (43,478 listings)&nbsp;of many&nbsp;cemeteries in Putnam County is available at the [http://www.putnam.lib.in.us/lh/cemeteries/index.php Putnam Public Library] site. <br>
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*A surname index (43,478 listings)of many cemeteries in Putnam County is available at the [http://www.putnam.lib.in.us/lh/cemeteries/index.php Putnam Public Library] site. <br>
  
*Cemeteries&nbsp;- [http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/cem/ InGen Web] <br>
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*Cemeteries-[http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/cem/ InGen Web] <br>
  
*see Cemeteries - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/ Linkpensdium] <br>
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*see Cemeteries - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/ Linkpensdium]
  
 
*Putnam County pioneer [http://www.putnamindianacemeteries.com/ cemeteries]
 
*Putnam County pioneer [http://www.putnamindianacemeteries.com/ cemeteries]
  
==== Census  ====
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==== Census Records ====
  
 
{{Census|Indiana}}  
 
{{Census|Indiana}}  
  
*Index to Defective, Dependent &amp; Delinquent Census for Putnam County, Indiana (1880) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*Index to Mortality Schedule for Putnam County (1860, 1870, 1880) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*Index to Defective, Dependent &amp; Delinquent Census for Putnam County (1880) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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{{IN Church Intro}}
  
 
*Putnam County Churches - [http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/church/ INGenWeb]
 
*Putnam County Churches - [http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/church/ INGenWeb]
  
==== Court  ====
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{{IN Church End}}
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{{IN Church Repositories|572050}}
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==== Court Records ====
  
 
==== Directories  ====
 
==== Directories  ====
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*Directory of Businesses in Putnam County, Indiana (1858) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
 
*Directory of Businesses in Putnam County, Indiana (1858) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
==== Land ====
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==== Emigration and Immigration ====
  
==== Local Histories ====
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==== Ethnic and Religious Groups ====
  
*Ellsworth, Spencer. ''Records of the Olden Time, or, Fifty Years on the Prairies Embracing ... the Organization of the Counties of Putnam and Marshall, Incidents and Reminiscences Connected Therewith, Biographies of Citizens, Portraits and Illustrations''. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press (a division of NMT Corp.), 2003.)&nbsp; [http://www.worldcat.org/title/records-of-the-olden-time-or-fifty-years-on-the-prairies-embracing-the-organization-of-the-counties-of-putnam-and-marshall-incidents-and-reminiscences-connected-therewith-biographies-of-citizens-portraits-and-illustrations/oclc/55659790&referer=brief_results other libraries]&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.archive.org/details/recordsofoldenti00ells INTERNET&nbsp;ARCHIVE] <br>
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==== Gazetteers  ====
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==== Histories  ====
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===== Local Histories  =====
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*Ellsworth, Spencer. ''Records of the Olden Time, or, Fifty Years on the Prairies Embracing ... the Organization of the Counties of Putnam and Marshall, Incidents and Reminiscences Connected Therewith, Biographies of Citizens, Portraits and Illustrations''. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press (a division of NMT Corp.), 2003.)[http://www.worldcat.org/title/records-of-the-olden-time-or-fifty-years-on-the-prairies-embracing-the-organization-of-the-counties-of-putnam-and-marshall-incidents-and-reminiscences-connected-therewith-biographies-of-citizens-portraits-and-illustrations/oclc/55659790&referer=brief_results other libraries][http://www.archive.org/details/recordsofoldenti00ells INTERNET ARCHIVE] <br>
  
 
*History of Putnam County - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/hist/ Linkpendium]
 
*History of Putnam County - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/hist/ Linkpendium]
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==== Land and Property  ====
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{{IN Land}} {{IN Land End}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Indiana]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*Maps and Gazetteers - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/maps/ Linkpendium]<br>
 
*Maps and Gazetteers - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/maps/ Linkpendium]<br>
  
==== Military  ====
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==== Migration  ====
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==== Military Records ====
  
 
*Military War data - [http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/mil/ INGen Web]<br>
 
*Military War data - [http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/mil/ INGen Web]<br>
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*see Military Records and History - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/ Linkpendium]<br>  
 
*see Military Records and History - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/ Linkpendium]<br>  
 
*Veterans in Putnam County, Indiana (1913) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
 
*Veterans in Putnam County, Indiana (1913) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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War of 1812
  
 
Mexican War  
 
Mexican War  
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Civil War  
 
Civil War  
  
Civil War service men from&nbsp;Putnam 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&nbsp;Putnam County.  
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Civil War service men from&nbsp;Putnam 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 Putnam County.  
  
 
*[[1st Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery|1st Regiment]], Indiana Heavy Artillery, Company E  
 
*[[1st Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery|1st Regiment]], Indiana Heavy Artillery, Company E  
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*[[156th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|156th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company D, and E  
 
*[[156th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|156th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company D, and E  
 
*[[28th US Colored Troops|28th US Colored Troops]], Addition Recruits for Colored Troops <br>
 
*[[28th US Colored Troops|28th US Colored Troops]], Addition Recruits for Colored Troops <br>
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World War II
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
*[http://obituaries.vigo.lib.in.us/ Wabash Valley obituary index] contains&nbsp;most of Vigo County, but much of other counties, including Putnam.&nbsp;These are indexes to obituaries published in Terre Haute newspapers from 1900-2007. <br>
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*[http://obituaries.vigo.lib.in.us/ Wabash Valley obituary index] contains most of Vigo County, but much of other counties, including Putnam. These are indexes to obituaries published in Terre Haute newspapers from 1900-2007. <br>
  
*An obituary index from The BannerGraphic, newspaper of Greencastle, covers 1975 to the present and is updated every two weeks at the [http://www.putnam.lib.in.us/lh/obituaries/index.php Putnam Public Library] site. <br>
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*An obituary index from The Banner Graphic, newspaper of Greencastle, covers 1975 to the present and is updated every two weeks at the [http://www.putnam.lib.in.us/lh/obituaries/index.php Putnam Public Library] site. <br>
  
 
*see Newspaper Records - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/ Linkpendium]
 
*see Newspaper Records - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/ Linkpendium]
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Obituaries  ====
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==== Occupations  ====
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==== Probate Records  ====
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{{IN Probate Intro|Putnam}}
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{{IN Probate Repositories}}
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==== Public Records  ====
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===== School Records  =====
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*Directory of Teachers for Putnam County (1936) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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===== Voting Registration =====
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{Template:IN Tax Repositories WC}}
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/indiana/in-society-archive/ Indiana Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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===== Archives  =====
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===== County Courthouse  =====
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[http://www.co.putnam.in.us/ Putnam County Courthouse]<br>1 Courthouse Square Street<br>PO Box 546<br>Greencastle, IN 46135-0546<br>Phone: 765.653.2648<br><br>County Health Department has birth and death records.<br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1822, <br>Divorce and Probate Records from 1825<br>and Court Records from 1828. <br>County Recorder has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Putnam County, Indiana 216 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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===== Family History Centers  =====
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{{IN fhc}}
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*[[Crawfordsville Indiana Family History Center|Crawfordsville Indiana Family History Center]]
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For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator Family History Center directory].
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===== Libraries  =====
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The Putnam County Library has a Local History and Genealogy Department. You can search all their indexed books and databases from this [http://www.putnam.lib.in.us/lh/search.php Web site].If you find something of interest, the librarians will do a short look up for you for free.
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==== Taxation  ====
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{{IN Tax Intro}}
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{{IN Tax End}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992 - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674830 FamilySearch]
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{{IN Vital Intro}}
*Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1410397 FamilySearch]
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*see Vital Records - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/ Linkpendium]
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*Birth Records; Death Reports; Marriage - [http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/births/ INGenWeb]  
 
*Birth Records; Death Reports; Marriage - [http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/births/ INGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.indianadigitalarchives.org/Search.aspx?searchID=F038F957B3E3EB69064FF75822A83358C0B4425C9F5602B58CB8E6514792A8D548B6321BCC4388804643E21C8DD7008F#Content Indiana States Digital Archives ]has Death, E-Publication, Institution, Military, Naturalization Record's.
 
*[http://www.indianadigitalarchives.org/Search.aspx?searchID=F038F957B3E3EB69064FF75822A83358C0B4425C9F5602B58CB8E6514792A8D548B6321BCC4388804643E21C8DD7008F#Content Indiana States Digital Archives ]has Death, E-Publication, Institution, Military, Naturalization Record's.
  
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp; ==
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===== Birth Records  =====
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*'''1882-1888''' - Putnam County Birth Index 1882-1888 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igiindianah.pdf.</ref>
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===== Marriage Records =====
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*Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992 - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674830 FamilySearch]
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*Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1410397 FamilySearch]
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*see Vital Records - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/ Linkpendium]
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===== Death Records  =====
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*'''1882-1909, 1942-1955''' - Greencastle Death Index 1882-1909 and 1942-1955 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igiindianah.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1891-1922''' - Putnam County Death Index 1891-1922 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr1">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igiindianah.pdf.</ref>
  
The Putnam County Library has a Local History and Genealogy Department.&nbsp; You can search all their indexed books and databases&nbsp;from this [http://www.putnam.lib.in.us/lh/search.php Web site].&nbsp; If you find something of interest, the librarians will do a short look up for you for free.
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{{IN Vital Repositories|Monroe|481446}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Putnam County, Indiana Web Sites ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/indiana/putnam-county/ Putnam County, IN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]  
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116137955399210084448 Indiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/208669295836038/ Indiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Places ===
  
 
*[http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/ USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*[http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/ USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.putnam.lib.in.us/lh/ Putnam County Public Library's ]Local History and Genealogy Department
 
*[http://www.putnam.lib.in.us/lh/ Putnam County Public Library's ]Local History and Genealogy Department
  
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Latest revision as of 16:53, 22 April 2014

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Guide to Putnam 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 Greencastle
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Address Putnam County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square Street
PO Box 546
Greencastle, IN 46135-0546
Phone: 765.653.2648
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
1882*
1820*
1882*
1824
1825
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

  • Parent Counties: Formed 31 December 1821 from Vigo and Owen Counties and unorganized territory. [1]
  • County Seat: Greencastle [2]


Neighboring Counties

Parke  • Motngomery  • Hendricks  • Morgan  • Owen  • Clay

Putnam CountyOwen CountyBrown CountyMorgan CountyMonroe CountyMarion CountyBoone CountyFountain CountyWarren CountyVigo CountySullivan CountyClay CountyParke CountyVermillion CountyClinton CountyHendricks CountyMontgomery CountyINPutnam.JPG



The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General Israel Putnam (1718-1790).[3]
Israel Putnam.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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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

Putnam County, Indiana Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business Records

Cemeteries

  • A surname index (43,478 listings)of many cemeteries in Putnam County is available at the Putnam Public Library site.

Census Records

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

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies

Histories

Local Histories
  • Ellsworth, Spencer. Records of the Olden Time, or, Fifty Years on the Prairies Embracing ... the Organization of the Counties of Putnam and Marshall, Incidents and Reminiscences Connected Therewith, Biographies of Citizens, Portraits and Illustrations. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press (a division of NMT Corp.), 2003.)other librariesINTERNET ARCHIVE

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.

Maps

Migration

Military Records

War of 1812

Mexican War

Civil War

Civil War service men from Putnam 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 Putnam County.

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

  • Wabash Valley obituary index contains most of Vigo County, but much of other counties, including Putnam. These are indexes to obituaries published in Terre Haute newspapers from 1900-2007.
  • An obituary index from The Banner Graphic, newspaper of Greencastle, covers 1975 to the present and is updated every two weeks at the Putnam Public Library site.

Obituaries

Occupations

Periodicals

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 Putnam County, Indiana Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records

School Records
Voting Registration

Taxation

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Putnam County, Indiana Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Repositories

See also a List of Indiana Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Archives
County Courthouse

Putnam County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square Street
PO Box 546
Greencastle, IN 46135-0546
Phone: 765.653.2648

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage records from 1822,
Divorce and Probate Records from 1825
and Court Records from 1828.
County Recorder has land records. [4]

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 Putnam County, Indiana is the

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

Libraries

The Putnam County Library has a Local History and Genealogy Department. You can search all their indexed books and databases from this Web site.If you find something of interest, the librarians will do a short look up for you for free.

Museums
Societies

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

Putnam County, Indiana Web Sites

Places

Putnam County, Indiana References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Putnam County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam _County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. "Putnam County, Indiana," Wikipedia.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Putnam County, Indiana 216 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igiindianah.pdf.

 

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