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Crawford County

Guide to Crawford County, Indiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Crawford County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded January 29, 1818
County Seat English
Courthouse
Address Crawford County Courthouse
316 S Court
English, IN 47118-0375
Phone: 812.338.2565
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
 
Marriage
 
Death
 
Land
 
Probate
1899*
1818*
1899*
1818
1818
'*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries


Description

The county was named for William H. Crawford, who was U.S. Treasury Secretary in 1818. Others say it was named for Col. William Crawford, who fought in the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War, and who was burned and scalped by Indians in 1782 in what in now Wyandot County, Ohio. The county seat is English and the County was organized in 1818. [3]The County is located in the South-central part of the state.[4]

Neighboring Counties

Orange  • Dubois  • Perry  • Washington  • Harrison  • Meade

Crawford CountyHarrison CountyFloyd CountyClark CountyScott CountyWashington CountyOrange CountyKnox CountyGibson CountyPike CountyWarrick CountyDubois CountySpencer CountyDaviess CountyMartin CountyPerry CountyMeade CountyHardin CountyBreckinridge CountyBullitt CountyHancock CountyDaviess CountyOhio CountyHenderson CountyJefferson CountyINCrawford.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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business Records

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
INGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
INGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records

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


Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies

Histories

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Crawford County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.


For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Indiana Local Histories.


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


Maps

Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Crawford County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Crawford County.


Civil War Books

World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918
World War II, 1941-1945

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

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

Public Records

School Records
Voter Registration

Repositories

Courthouse

Crawford County Courthouse
316 S Court
English, IN 47118-0375
Phone: 812.338.2565

County Clerk has marriage records from 1818,
divorce, probate and court records from 1860.
County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Recorder has land records. [5]

Archives
Libraries

Crawford County Public Library

203 S. Indiana Ave.
English, IN 47118-0375
Phone: 812-338-2606

Family histories and files, cemetery files, newspapers on microfilm, Census transcripts.

Museums
Societies

Crawford County Historical Society
R.R. 1
Leavenworth, IN 47137

Crawford County Historical and Genealogical Society
PO Box 162
Leavenworth, IN 47137
E-mail: billgpiper@hotmail.com
Website

Crawford County Historical & Genealogical Society
PO Box 133
Leavenworth, IN 47137
E-mail: http://www.cchgs.info

Southern Indiana Genealogical Society
180 West Spring Street
PO Box 665
New Albany, IN 47151
Website

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.

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.

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Crawford 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 Crawford County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Crawford 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 Crawford County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:



Web Sites

Places

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Crawford County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawford_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Crawford County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/crawford/ accessed 3/02/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Crawford County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawford_County,_Indiana accessed 3/02/2017.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Crawford County, Indiana 211 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.


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