Kosciusko County, Indiana Genealogy

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Kosciusko County

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


Kosciusko County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded February 7, 1835
County Seat Warsaw
Address Kosciusko County Courthouse
121 N Lake Street
Warsaw, IN 46580
Phone: 219.372.2331
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Kosciusko County, Indiana was named for General Kosciuszko. See also General Kosciuszko on wikipedia.

Neighboring Counties

Elkhart  • Noble  • Whitley  • Wabash  • Fulton  • Marshall

La Grange CountyMiami CountyStarke CountyFulton CountyLa Porte CountyCarroll CountyPulaski CountyMarshall CountyCass CountyElkhart CountySt. Joseph CountyHuntington CountyNoble CountyWhitley CountyWabash CountyKosciusko CountyINKosciusko.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


Kosciusko County, Indiana Biographies are available online.

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
INGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records

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

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups




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.

Kosciusko County, Indiana Original Tract Book are available online.

Kosciusko County, Indiana Index to Deed Books 1 to 10: 1836- May, 1952 are available online.

Kosciusko County, Indiana Land Record Research are available online. 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 Kosciusko County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


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.

Civil War Books

Naturalization and Citizenship


Kosciusko County, Indiana Obituaries are online.



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

Probate records are court records created after an individual’s death that relate to a court’s decisions regarding the distribution of the estate to the heirs or creditors and the care of any dependents. You may find the names of married daughters or other relatives and their residences; or information about the adoption or guardianship of minor children and dependents. Probate records do not always give an exact date of death, but the death usually occurred within four months of probate. These documents are important to family history researchers, because they usually exist for time periods before civil birth and death records were kept.

The Circuit Court has responsibility for the probate records of Kosciusko County.

The following Kosciusko County probate records have been indexed or abstracted:

Finding More Probate Records

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Kosciusko County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records

School Records
Voter Registration

Kosciusko County, Indiana Voter's Registration Index for 1922 is available online.



Kosciusko County Courthouse
121 N Lake Street
Warsaw, IN 46580
Phone: 219-372-2331

County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1836.
County Recorder has land records
Township Trustees have burial records. [3]


Kosciusko County Historical Society Genealogy Library

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

Vital Records

Birth Records

Kosciusko County, Indiana Birth Records from 1882-1920 are available online.

Kosciusko County, Indiana Delayed Birth Records 1858-1935 are available online.

Marriage Records
Death Records

Kosciusko County, Indiana Death Records from 1882-1920 are available online.

Kosciusko County, Indiana County Farm Records, 1879-1953 are available online.

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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


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Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Kosciusko County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosciusko_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kosciusko County, Indiana 214 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
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