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

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Daviess County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded December 24, 1816
County Seat Washington
Courthouse
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Address Daviess County Courthouse
PO Box 739;
Washington, IN 47501
Phone: 812.254.8664
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
 
Marriage
 
Death
 
Land
 
Probate
1882*
 
1817*
 
1882*
 
1817
 
1817
*For earlier dates, 

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries 

  • Parent Counties: Formed 24 December 1816 from Knox county [1]
  • County Seat: Washington [2]


Neighboring Counties

Greene  • Martin  • Dubois  • Pike  • Knox

Daviess CountyKnox CountyGibson CountyPike CountyDubois CountyPerry CountyLawrence CountyMonroe CountyOwen CountyCaly CountyGreene CountySullivan CountyMartin CountyLawrence CountyRichland CountyEdwards CountyWabash CountyWayne CountyJasper CountyCumberland CountyClark CountyCrawford CountyINDaviess.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

1879-- The courthouse was destroyed by fire and many records were lost. Marriage records and the index to probate and deed records were not destroyed.

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
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records

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


  • Index to Defective, Dependent & Delinquent Census for Daviess County, Indiana (1880) (members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society)

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.


Catholic

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 Daviess 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 Daviess County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.


  • History of Knox and Davis Counties, Indiana, from the earliest time to the present : with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc., together with an extended history of the colonial days of Vincennes, and its progress down to the formation of the state government (Chicago, Goodspeed Pub. Co) 977.23 H2g FHL Collection  INTERNET ARCHIVE   other libraries
  • Living Leaders, an Encyclopedia of Biography: Special Edition for Daviess and Martin Counties, Indiana. ([New York?]: American Pub. Co, 1897.)  other libraries   INTERNET ARCHIVE

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


Maps

Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Kosciusko 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 Kosciusko County.


  • Daviess County, Indiana: Regiments in the Civil War - INGenWeb


Civil War Book

  • "Military History" Chaper 6 in History of Knox and Davis Counties, Indiana, from the earliest time to the present : with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc., together with an extended history of the colonial days of Vincennes, and its progress down to the formation of the state government (Chicago, Goodspeed Pub. Co) Page 644-674.   977.23 H2g FHL Collection  INTERNET ARCHIVE   other libraries
World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918
  1. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Daviess County (Source: Explore ancestry.com for free) ($)
World War II, 1941-1945
  1. Daviess County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: AccessGenealogy

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Occupations

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

Public Records

School Records

Voter Registration

Repositories

Courthouse
Daviess County Indiana Courthouse.jpg
Daviess  County Courthouse
PO Box 739;
Washington, IN 47501
Phone: 812.254.8664

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and
court records from 1817. [4]

Archives
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Daviess County Historical Society
212 E Main St
P.O. Box 2341
Washington, IN 47501
Phone: 812-257-0301
Fax: 812-257-0301
Email: dchistory@sbcglobal.net

Daviess Genealogical Society
703 Front Street
Washington, IN 47501
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 Daviess 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 Daviess County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Daviess 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 Daviess 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, "Daviess County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daviess_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/9/91/Igiindiana.pdf.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Daviess County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.