Elkhart County, Indiana Genealogy

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Elkhart County

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


Elkhart County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1830
County Seat Goshen
Address Elkhart County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Goshen, IN 46526-3297
Phone: 219.535.6430
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Neighboring Counties

St. Joseph  • Marshall  • Kosciusko  • Noble  • La Grange  • Cass  • St. Joseph

Elkhart CountySt. Joseph CountyStarke CountyLa Porte CountyMarshall CountyKosciusko CountyWhitley CountyAllen CountyDeKalb CountyNoble CountyLa Grange CountySteuben CountyBerrien CountyCass CountyBranch CountyVan Buren CountyKalamazoo CountyCalhoun CountySt.Joseph CountyINElkhart.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.


Bible Records


Business Records


Saint Vincent De Paul Cemetery, Elkhart BillionGraves

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

Census Records

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

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups




Dean K. Garber, Ivan Nunemaker, History of Elkhart County, Indiana : together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships, educational, religious, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens.(Chicago : C. C. Chapman, 1881.) 977.281 H2b FHL Collection  INTERNET ARCHIVE  web site

Local Histories

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


Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Elkhart 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 Elkhart County

Civil War Book

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

Public Records

School Records

Voter Registration



Elkhart County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Goshen, IN 46526-3297
Phone: 219.535.6430

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and county Courtrecords from 1830.
County Recorder has land records. [1]


Elkhart County Historical Museum
304 W Vistula St
Bristol, IN 46507
Telephone Number: 574-848-4322
E-mail: museum@elkhartcountyhistory.org
Our genealogical library is in the Corson Reading Room.
Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Elkhart County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1031
Elkhart, IN 46515-1031
E-mail: info@elkhartcogensoc.org

Goshen Historical Museum
124 S. Main St.
Goshen, IN 46526-3702
Telephone Number: 574-975-0033
E-mail: museum@goshenhistorical.org

Middlebury Community Historical Museum
PO Box 270
Middlebury, IN 46540-0270
Telephone Number: 574-825-0978
E-mail: info@mchm.org

New Paris Historical Society
PO Box 101
New Paris, IN 46553-0101

Wakarusa Historical Society and Museum
403 Wabash Ave.
Wakarusa, IN 46573

Elkhart County Historical Society
c/o Winifred Cosbey Library
State Road 120
PO Box 434
Bristol, IN 46507
Telephone Number: 574-848-4322

Elkhart County Historical Museum
304 Vistula St.
Bristol, IN 46507
Telephone Number: 574-848-4322

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 Elkhart 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 Elkhart County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Web Sites



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Elkhart County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
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