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Guide to Switzerland County Indiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Switzerland County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded September 7, 1814
County Seat Vevay
Courthouse
Address Switzerland County Courthouse
212 W Main St;
Vevay, IN 47043
Phone: 812.427.3175

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Contents

Historical Facts

Boundary Changes

Parent County

1814--Switzerland County was created 7 September 1814 from Dearborn and Jefferson Counties.
County seat: Vevay [1]

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss

Switzerland County, Indiana Resources

Bible Records

Business Records

Cemeteries

Census Records

For tips on accessing Switzerland 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.

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies

History

Local Histories
  • History of Switzerland County, Indiana from Their Earliest Settlement: Containing a History of the Cities, Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, and Churches Reminiscences, Extracts, Etc. Local Statistics Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men ; (Biographies. Mt. Vernon, Ind: Windmill Publications, 1993.), 977.2125 H2h FHL US/CAN BookFHL Collection, other library
  • Weakley, Harraman & Co. History of Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland Counties, Indiana: From Their Earliest Settlement, Containing a History of the Counties, Their Cities, Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, and Churches ... Biographies ... History of the North-West Territory, the State of Indiana, and the Indians. (Chicago: Weakley, Harraman Co, 2008.)other libraryINTERNET ARCHIVE(Only the Switzerland County portion is included below.)

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

Civil War

Civil War service men from Switzerland 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 Switzerland County.

Civil War Book

  • "Military History" Chapter 10 in History of Switzerland County, Indiana from Their Earliest Settlement: Containing a History of the Cities, Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, and Churches Reminiscences, Extracts, Etc. Local Statistics Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men ; (Biographies. Mt. Vernon, Ind: Windmill Publications, 1993.), (page 1099-1199gives Regiment, Company, Name) 977.2125 H2h FHL US/CAN BookFHL Collection, other library

World War I

World War II

Newspapers

Naturalization and Citizenship

Obituaries

Occupations

Periodicals

Probate Records

Public Records

Repositories

Archives
County Courthouse

Switzerland County Courthouse
212 W Main St;
Vevay, IN 47043
Phone: 812.427.3175

County Health Department has birth, death and burial records.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, court and probate records from 1814.
County Recorder has land records. [2]

Family History Centers
Libraries
Societies

School Records

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 Switzerland County, Indiana County Clerk with divorce records located with the Switzerland County, Indiana 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

Voting Registration

Switzerland County, Indiana Web Sites

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