Knox County, Indiana Genealogy

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Knox County

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


Knox County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded June 20, 1790
County Seat Hettinger
Address Knox County Courthouse
101 N 7th Street
Vincennes, IN 47591
Phone: 812.885.2521
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

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The county is named for General Henry Knox (1750-1806), Revolutionary War hero, and the nation's first Secretary of War.[1]

Neighboring Counties

Gibson  • Pike  • Daviess  • Greene  • Sullivan  • Crawford  • Lawrence  • Wabash

Knox CountySullivan CountyClay CountySpencer CountyGibson CountyDubois CountyMartin CountyGreene CountyClark CountyOwen CountyDaviess CountyPike CountyJasper CountyClay CountyWayne CountyEdwards CountyVigo CountyWabash CountyRichland CountyLawrence CountyCrawford CountyCumberland CountyWarrick CountyINKnox.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 website.

Record Loss

January 1814 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


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 Knox 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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

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

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Register of Negro Slaves and Masters for 1805-1807: Knox County, Indiana Territory [Abstracted by June and Ruth Barekman]. - Chicago, Ill. : Bar(r)ackman-Ba(r)rickman-Barkman-Berekman Family Association, 1970. - 5 leaves. F3532.K6 B33 Register made from film at Fort Wayne Indiana Public Library; agreements between slaves and masters were found at Knox County, Ind. Court House at Vincennes.




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


Military Records

Civil War

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

Public Records

School Records



Knox County Courthouse
101 N 7th Street
Vincennes, IN 47591
Phone: 812.885.2521

County Health Department has birth and death records from 1807.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1836.
County Recorder has land records. Township Trustees have burial records. [5]

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


Web Sites


  1. "Henry Knox," Wikipedia,
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Knox County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. "Military History" Chapter 9 in History of Knox and Daviess County, 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. (1975. Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, Inc.),( page 228; Regiment,Companies)977.23 H2g FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection other libraries INTERNET ARCHIVE
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Knox County, Indiana 214 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
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