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


Dubois County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded December 20, 1817
County Seat Jasper
Address Dubois County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Jasper, IN 47546
Phone: 812.481.7035
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Neighboring Counties

Daviess  • Martin  • Orange  • Crawford  • Perry  • Spencer  • Warrick  • Pike

Dubois CountyWashington CountyPerry CountySpencer CountyCrawford CountyHarrison CountyLawrence CountyOrange CountyMartin CountyDaviess CountyKnox CountyPike CountyGibson CountyWarrick CountyVanderburgh CountyHenderson CountyDaviess CountyHancock CountyMeade CountyBreckinridge CountyINDubois.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

August 1839 -- Courthouse burned and all records except for ten boxes of deeds from 1812 were destroyed.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Bible Records


Business Records


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

Census Records

For tips on accessing Dubois 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.

Catholic Church

St. Anthony Catholic Parish, St. Anthony

St. Celestine Catholic Parish

St. Ferdinand Catholic Parish, Ferdinand

Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Schnellville


Aka Evangelical

Emanuel Evangelical Church, Huntingburg


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

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups




Local Histories

Local histories are available for Dubois 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 Dubois County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Dubois 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 Dubois 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 Dubois County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records

School Records
Voter Registration



Dubois County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Jasper, IN 47546
Phone: 812.481.7035

Recorder Library has marriage, divorce, probate, land, court
and naturalization records from 1839 and military records from 1864.
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882. [4]


Dubois County Genealogical Society
PO Box 343
Jasper, IN 47547-0343
Telephone Number: 812-367-2142

Dubois County Historical Society
1563 Gregory Lane
Jasper, IN 47546-9114
Telephone Number: 812-482-2847
E-mail: mhayes@duboiscountymuseum.org

Dubois County Museum
2704 N Newton St Ste A
Jasper, IN 47546-1332
Telephone Number: 812-634-7733
E-mail: mhayes@duboiscountymuseum.org

Ferdinand Historical Society
PO Box 194
Ferdinand, IN 47532-0194
E-mail: information@ferdinandhistory.org

Ireland Historical Society
7154 W. 150 N.
Jasper, IN 47546-8957
Fax: 812-634-9258
E-mail: junebug@fullnet.com

Dubois County Genealogical Society
PO Box 84
Ferdinand, IN 47532-0084

Dubois County Historical Society
737 W. 8th St.
Jasper, IN 47546

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 Dubois 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 Dubois County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Dubois 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 Dubois County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Web Sites



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Dubois County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubois_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 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), Dubois County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
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