Delaware County, Indiana Genealogy

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Delaware County

This article is about an east-central county of Indiana. For other uses, see Delaware (disambiguation)

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


Delaware County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded January 26, 1827
County Seat Muncie
Address Delaware County Courthouse
100 W Main Street
Muncie, IN 47305
Phone: 765-747-7726
County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

  • Parent Counties: Formed 26 January 1827 from Delaware New Purchase (Randolph) [1]
  • County Seat: Muncie [2]


The county was named for the large tribe of the Delawares. It's county seat is Muncie and was founded 1827.[3] It is located in the East central area of the state.[4]

Neighboring Counties

Grant  • Blackford  • Jay  • Randolph  • Henry  • Madison

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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 website.

Record Loss

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


Bible Records


Business Records


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

Census Records

For tips on accessing Delaware 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Muncie

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 Delaware County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Goodall, Hurley and J. Paul Mitchell. A History of Negroes in Muncie (Delaware County) .- Muncie, Ind.: Ball State University, c1976. - v. 58p. F534.M9 G66




Local Histories

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

  • Haimbaugh, Frank D. 1924. History of Delaware County, Indiana. (Indianapolis: Historical Pub. Co.)FHL US/CAN Film 934902 Items 2-3 FHL Cottectionother library

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


Military Records

Delaware County, Indiana Military Links Records

Revolutionary War
War of 1812
Civil War

Civil War

Civil War service men from Delaware 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 Delaware County.

Civil War Books

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

Naturalization and Citizenship



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

Public Records

School Records
Voter Registration



Delaware County Courthouse
100 W Main Street
Muncie, IN 47305
Phone: 765-747-7726

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1827. [5]


Delaware County Historical Alliance
PO Box 1266
Muncie, IN 47308
Telephone Number: 765-282-1550

Delaware County Historical Society
120 E. Washington St.
Muncie, IN 47305-1734
Telephone Number: 765-282-1550

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.


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 Delaware County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Delaware County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:




  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Delaware County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Delaware County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/08/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Delaware County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana 3/08/2017.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Delaware County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.