Rush County, Indiana Genealogy

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| building address = [http://www.rushcounty.com/ Rush County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 429<br>Rushville, IN 46173-0429<br>Phone: 765.932.2086<br><br>[http://www.Rushcounty.us/ '''Rush County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address = [http://www.rushcounty.com/ Rush County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 429<br>Rushville, IN 46173-0429<br>Phone: 765.932.2086<br><br>[http://www.Rushcounty.us/ '''Rush County Website'''] }}  
  
=== Historical Facts ===
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=== Historical Facts ===
  
 
In 1800, the Indiana Territory was organized. At that time, today's Rush County, Indiana, was part of the Indian Lands that made up most of the current state of Indiana. Statehood was granted in 1816. The Federal Census of 1820 found today's Rush County a part of the huge, unorganized, and sparsely populated area called Delaware County. Rush County, as it is known today, was organized 31 December 1821 from a portion of that unorganized territory. It was named for Dr. Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia.  
 
In 1800, the Indiana Territory was organized. At that time, today's Rush County, Indiana, was part of the Indian Lands that made up most of the current state of Indiana. Statehood was granted in 1816. The Federal Census of 1820 found today's Rush County a part of the huge, unorganized, and sparsely populated area called Delaware County. Rush County, as it is known today, was organized 31 December 1821 from a portion of that unorganized territory. It was named for Dr. Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia.  
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*[[Henry County, Indiana|Henry]]  
 
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*[[Shelby County, Indiana|Shelby]]
 
*[[Shelby County, Indiana|Shelby]]
 
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
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Before the city hall was built in 1881, records were not carefully protected. At one point they were kept in the office of the Justice of the Peace. Persons desiring to destroy criminal records broke in and stole the town records by mistake, and burned them.  
 
Before the city hall was built in 1881, records were not carefully protected. At one point they were kept in the office of the Justice of the Peace. Persons desiring to destroy criminal records broke in and stole the town records by mistake, and burned them.  
 
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==== Places/Localities  ====
 
==== Places/Localities  ====
  
====Parent County====
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====Record Loss====
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==== Record Loss ====
  
===Rush County, Indiana Resources ===
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=== Rush County, Indiana Resources ===
  
====Bible Records====
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==== Bible Records ====
  
====Biographies====
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==== Biographies ====
  
====Business Records====
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==== Business Records ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*Cemetery Rush County[http://www.topozone.com/states/Indiana.asp?county=Rush&feature=Cemetery TopoZone]
 
*Cemetery Rush County[http://www.topozone.com/states/Indiana.asp?county=Rush&feature=Cemetery TopoZone]
  
==== Census Records ====
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==== Census Records ====
  
 
{{Census|Indiana}}  
 
{{Census|Indiana}}  
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*Pioneer Settlers of Rush County ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
 
*Pioneer Settlers of Rush County ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
==== Church Records====
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==== Church Records ====
  
See list, INGenWeb Project, USGenWeb
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See list, INGenWeb Project, USGenWeb  
  
==== Court Records ====
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==== Court Records ====
  
 
The county clerk has probate and court records from 1820 to the present.  
 
The county clerk has probate and court records from 1820 to the present.  
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*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_rushresidents.php List of Residents for Rush County, Indiana. Philadelphia: Wilmer Atkinson Co., 1921.] (digitized book)
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_rushresidents.php List of Residents for Rush County, Indiana. Philadelphia: Wilmer Atkinson Co., 1921.] (digitized book)
  
====Emigration and Immigration====
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====Ethnic and religious Groups====
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====Gazetteers====
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====Genealogies====
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===Histories===
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=== Histories ===
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*''History of Rush County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, notes, etc., together with a short history of the northwest, the Indiana territory, and the state of Indiana. (2003''. Kokomo, IN: Selby Pub.)FHL US/CAN Film 934918 Item 2 {{FHL|204928|item|disp=FHL Collection}} [http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-rush-county-indiana-from-the-earliest-time-to-the-present-with-biographical-sketches-notes-etc-together-with-a-short-history-of-the-northwest-the-indiana-territory-and-the-state-of-indiana/oclc/391283079&referer=brief_results other libraries][http://www.archive.org/details/historyofrushcou00chic INTERNET ARCHIVE]  
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*''History of Rush County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, notes, etc., together with a short history of the northwest, the Indiana territory, and the state of Indiana. (2003''. Kokomo, IN: Selby Pub.)FHL US/CAN Film 934918 Item 2 {{FHL|204928|item|disp=FHL Collection}} [http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-rush-county-indiana-from-the-earliest-time-to-the-present-with-biographical-sketches-notes-etc-together-with-a-short-history-of-the-northwest-the-indiana-territory-and-the-state-of-indiana/oclc/391283079&referer=brief_results other libraries][http://www.archive.org/details/historyofrushcou00chic INTERNET ARCHIVE]
  
 
*<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1306439820796_41">Gary, Abraham Lincoln, and Ernest B. Thomas. ''Centennial History of Rush County, Indiana''. (Indianapolis: Historical Pub. Co, 1921.) FHL US/CAN Film 934918 Items 3-4 {{FHL|317363|item|disp=FHL Collection}} [http://www.worldcat.org/title/centennial-history-of-rush-county-indiana/oclc/3823125&referer=brief_results other libraries][http://www.archive.org/details/centennialhistor02gary INTERNET ARCHIVE]</span> <br>
 
*<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1306439820796_41">Gary, Abraham Lincoln, and Ernest B. Thomas. ''Centennial History of Rush County, Indiana''. (Indianapolis: Historical Pub. Co, 1921.) FHL US/CAN Film 934918 Items 3-4 {{FHL|317363|item|disp=FHL Collection}} [http://www.worldcat.org/title/centennial-history-of-rush-county-indiana/oclc/3823125&referer=brief_results other libraries][http://www.archive.org/details/centennialhistor02gary INTERNET ARCHIVE]</span> <br>
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''Centennial History of Rush County, Indiana'', A.L. Gary and E.B. Thomas, 1921, Indianapolis  
 
''Centennial History of Rush County, Indiana'', A.L. Gary and E.B. Thomas, 1921, Indianapolis  
  
==== Land and Property ====
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==== Land and Property ====
  
 
Land records are held by the county recorder.Records from 1789-1837 are published and indexed. Early records, prior to 1807, were handled in Cincinnati, Ohio.  
 
Land records are held by the county recorder.Records from 1789-1837 are published and indexed. Early records, prior to 1807, were handled in Cincinnati, Ohio.  
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Maps and Gazetteers&nbsp;[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Rush/maps/ Linkpendium]  
 
Maps and Gazetteers&nbsp;[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Rush/maps/ Linkpendium]  
  
====Migration====
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==== Military Records ====
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==== Military Records ====
  
War of 1812
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War of 1812  
  
 
Civil War  
 
Civil War  
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*"Military History" Chapter 6 in ''History of Rush County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, notes, etc., together with a short history of the northwest, the Indiana territory, and the state of Indiana. (2003''. Kokomo, IN: Selby Pub.), (page 447-477, Regiment, Companies; Roll of Honor, 470-477),FHL US/CAN Film 934918 Item 2{{FHL|204928|item|disp=FHL Collection}}[http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-rush-county-indiana-from-the-earliest-time-to-the-present-with-biographical-sketches-notes-etc-together-with-a-short-history-of-the-northwest-the-indiana-territory-and-the-state-of-indiana/oclc/391283079&referer=brief_results other libraries][http://www.archive.org/details/historyofrushcou00chic INTERNET ARCHIVE]
 
*"Military History" Chapter 6 in ''History of Rush County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, notes, etc., together with a short history of the northwest, the Indiana territory, and the state of Indiana. (2003''. Kokomo, IN: Selby Pub.), (page 447-477, Regiment, Companies; Roll of Honor, 470-477),FHL US/CAN Film 934918 Item 2{{FHL|204928|item|disp=FHL Collection}}[http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-rush-county-indiana-from-the-earliest-time-to-the-present-with-biographical-sketches-notes-etc-together-with-a-short-history-of-the-northwest-the-indiana-territory-and-the-state-of-indiana/oclc/391283079&referer=brief_results other libraries][http://www.archive.org/details/historyofrushcou00chic INTERNET ARCHIVE]
  
World War I
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World War I  
  
World War II
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World War II  
  
====Naturalization and Citizenship====
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
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*Selected Extracts from Newspapers in Rush County, Indiana (1864-1895) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
 
*Selected Extracts from Newspapers in Rush County, Indiana (1864-1895) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
====Obituaries====
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====Occupations====
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==== Probate Records ====
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Found in the office of the county clerk beginning in 1822.
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Found in the office of the county clerk beginning in 1822.  
  
====Public Records====
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==== County Courthouse  ====
 
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[http://www.rushcounty.com/ Rush County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 429<br>Rushville, IN 46173-0429<br>Phone: 765.932.2086<br><br>County Health Department has birth, death, and burial from 1882.<br>County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1822.<br>County Recorder has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rush County, Indiana 216 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
[http://www.rushcounty.com/ Rush County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 429<br>Rushville, IN 46173-0429<br>Phone: 765.932.2086<br><br>County Health Department has birth, death, and burial from 1882.<br>County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1822.<br>County Recorder has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Rush County, Indiana 216 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
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====Libraries====
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*[http://www.rushcounty.com/library/ Rushville Public Library], 130 W. 3rd St,. Rushville, Indiana  
 
*[http://www.rushcounty.com/library/ Rushville Public Library], 130 W. 3rd St,. Rushville, Indiana  
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*[http://rushcogs.com/default.aspx Rush County Genealogical Society], P.O. Box 293, Milroy, IN 46156
 
*[http://rushcogs.com/default.aspx Rush County Genealogical Society], P.O. Box 293, Milroy, IN 46156
  
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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Birth records prior to 1907 are in the County Health Department. After that date they are found at the State Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Indianapolis.Indiana death records from 1920 are found In the State Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, and prior to that date in the County Health Department.  
 
Birth records prior to 1907 are in the County Health Department. After that date they are found at the State Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Indianapolis.Indiana death records from 1920 are found In the State Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, and prior to that date in the County Health Department.  
  
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The County Clerk's office has marriage records  
 
The County Clerk's office has marriage records  
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*Indiana Marriage, 1811-1959-[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1410397 FamilySearch] <br>
 
*Indiana Marriage, 1811-1959-[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1410397 FamilySearch] <br>
  
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*Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920-[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1947977 FamilySearch]
 
*Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920-[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1947977 FamilySearch]
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==== Rush County, Indiana Web Sites  ====
 
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Rush/ Rush County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Rush/ Rush County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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Rush County, Indiana
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 31, 1821
County Seat Rushville
Courthouse
Address Rush County Courthouse
PO Box 429
Rushville, IN 46173-0429
Phone: 765.932.2086

Rush County Website

Contents

Historical Facts

In 1800, the Indiana Territory was organized. At that time, today's Rush County, Indiana, was part of the Indian Lands that made up most of the current state of Indiana. Statehood was granted in 1816. The Federal Census of 1820 found today's Rush County a part of the huge, unorganized, and sparsely populated area called Delaware County. Rush County, as it is known today, was organized 31 December 1821 from a portion of that unorganized territory. It was named for Dr. Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia.

Driven from their homes in the East, the Delaware Indian tribe resettled in western Pennsylvania, then in eastern and central Indiana. As a consequence of treaties, the final one written in 1819, their lands in Indiana were ceded to the federal government, and they moved beyond the Mississippi River.In October 1820 the newly surveyed land was offered to purchasers. In 1821 278 persons made land entries.

Within five years of the organization of the state of Indiana, many prosperous settlements had sprung up in what is now Rush County. With the organization of the county,it was divided into six townships: Union, Ripley, Noble, Washington, Richland, and Orange. Further division established Green, Rushville, Walker, Center, Jackson, Anderson, and Posey townships.

The first settlers were hunters and trappers, some of whom became permanent settlers. Timber was cleared and cabins built, usually about sixteen by twenty feet, constructed of logs with fireplaces and chimneys, furnished with rough, home-made furniture. Wild game was plentiful. Wool and flax were spun and textiles woven. Stumps were pulled and land was cleared and planted. Domestic animals foraged in the abundant wild foliage.Much feared were panthers and wolves, which threatened the livestock.Large families were typical. Hospitality was generous.

Early industries included grist mills, saw mills, and a distillery. Public schools were establishes in 1837. Early churches, in order of membership numbers, were: Church of Christ, Methodist Episcopal, Baptist, Presbyterian, Quaker, Catholic, Christian Union, Wesleyan, and Adventist.

Rushville, the county seat, was founded in 1823 and the first courthouse was contracted for that year. The growth of the community was steady. Railroads helped develop business, and trade flourished, especially in grain. The first Rush County newspaper, Dog Fennel Gazette, was published in 1823, followed by the Herald. The east Hill Cemetery was established. In 1857 the first bank opened. Mills and elevators followed, as well as carriage builders, machine works, a cigar factory, a furniture factory, a pump factory, and other enterprises. However, it has remained a small city in productive rural surroundings.

Rush County supported the election of Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 election. As the South seceded, Indiana responded to the call for volunteers. Ultimately 2,483 men served with the Union forces in the Civil War, some of them reenlistment.


County seat: Rushville [1]

Populated Places

  • Rushville, the county seat, was founded in 1823. It was incorporated in 1845. The town was laid out in 1822, with a central square and 151 lots.The first house in Rushville was erected in December 1820. The first railroad came to Rushville in 1850.
  • Carthage is located on the bank of Big Blue River, in Ripley Township. It was laid out in 1834. Quakers were instrumental in its establishment.
  • Milroy was founded in Anderson Township, in a particularly fertile farming district.Lots were first offered for sale in 1830.
  • Manilla, was out in 1836 in Walker Township. The town was originally named Wilmington.
  • Arlington, formerly Burlington, was laid out in 1832.
  • New Salem was platted by its first inhabitants in 1831.
  • Glenwood, laid out in 1882, was first named Vienna, and then briefly called Steels.
  • Falmouth was business location of considerable trade before it was platted in 1832.The original town, laid out about 1824, was mostly in Fayette County.
  • Raleigh, located in the center of Washington Township, was called Newburn originally. The name was changed when it was platted in 1847. The postoffice, however, was called McCan's.
  • Other small villages: Hamilton Station, Mays, Moscow, Gings, Homer, Richland.
  • Abandoned: Williamsport, Marcellus, Mt. Etna, Carmel, Ashland, Savannah, Earl City, Smith.

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss

Before the city hall was built in 1881, records were not carefully protected. At one point they were kept in the office of the Justice of the Peace. Persons desiring to destroy criminal records broke in and stole the town records by mistake, and burned them.

Places/Localities

Parent County

Record Loss

Rush County, Indiana Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business Records

Cemeteries

  • See InGenWeb Project, USGenWeb,Indiana State Library Cemetery List

Census Records

For tips on accessing Rush County, Indiana Genealogy census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Church Records

See list, INGenWeb Project, USGenWeb

Court Records

The county clerk has probate and court records from 1820 to the present.

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies

Histories

Local Histories

  • History of Rush County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, notes, etc., together with a short history of the northwest, the Indiana territory, and the state of Indiana. (2003. Kokomo, IN: Selby Pub.)FHL US/CAN Film 934918 Item 2 FHL Collection other librariesINTERNET ARCHIVE

History of Rush County, Indiana, Brant and Fuller, 1888, Chicago

Centennial History of Rush County, Indiana, A.L. Gary and E.B. Thomas, 1921, Indianapolis

Land and Property

Land records are held by the county recorder.Records from 1789-1837 are published and indexed. Early records, prior to 1807, were handled in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Maps

Maps and Gazetteers Linkpendium

Migration

Military Records

War of 1812

Civil War

Civil War service men from Rush 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 Rush County.

Civil War Books

  • "Military History" Chapter 6 in History of Rush County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, notes, etc., together with a short history of the northwest, the Indiana territory, and the state of Indiana. (2003. Kokomo, IN: Selby Pub.), (page 447-477, Regiment, Companies; Roll of Honor, 470-477),FHL US/CAN Film 934918 Item 2FHL Collectionother librariesINTERNET ARCHIVE

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Occupations

Periodicals

Probate Records

Found in the office of the county clerk beginning in 1822.

Public Records

Repositories

Archives

County Courthouse

Rush County Courthouse
PO Box 429
Rushville, IN 46173-0429
Phone: 765.932.2086

County Health Department has birth, death, and burial from 1882.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1822.
County Recorder has land records. [2]

Family History Centers

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth Records

Birth records prior to 1907 are in the County Health Department. After that date they are found at the State Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Indianapolis.Indiana death records from 1920 are found In the State Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, and prior to that date in the County Health Department.

Marriage Records

The County Clerk's office has marriage records

  • Indiana State Digital Archives for Death, E-Publication, Institution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)
Death Records

Voting Registration

Rush County, Indiana Web Sites

Rush County, Indiana References

  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), Rush County, Indiana 216 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.