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

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Pike County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded December 21, 1816
County Seat Petersburg
Courthouse
Address Pike County Courthouse
801 Main Street
Petersburg, IN 47567
Phone: 812.354.6025
Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
1882*
1817*
1887*
1817
1817
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

  • Parent Counties: Formed the 21 December 1816 from Gibson, Knox and Perry Counties.
    [1]
  • County Seat: Petersburg [2]


Neighboring Counties

Knox  • Daviess  • Dubois  • Warrick  • Gibson

Martin CountyOhio CountyWabash CountyCrawford CountyGallatin CountyWhite CountyEdwards CountyHenderson CountyUnion CountyLawrence CountyJasper CountyRichland CountyWebster CountyMcLean CountyDaviess CountyHancock CountyDaviess CountyGibson CountyPosey CountyPike CountyVanderburgh CountyWarrick CountyKnox CountyDubois CountySpencer CountyINPike.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.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business Records

Cemeteries

Maps of some cemetery locations are available at E-podunk.
There are 4 National Cemeteries in Indiana. Rootsweb


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

Census Records

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


Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies

Histories

1816--Pike County was created 21 December 1816  and named for Gen Zebulon M. Pike County seat: Petersburg [1]

Local Histories
  • Anderson, Forrest R. 1942.Historical notes on Dubois & Pike Counties, Indiana. (Ireland, Ind: [s.n.].) FHL US/CAN Film 928078 Item 3, FHL Collection, Other Libraries, FamilySearch Books Online, ancestry.com$
  • McClellan, Ruth Miley. Pike County History: Bicentennial Edition 1776-1976. Petersburg, Ind: Pike County Historical Society; Evansville, Ind: Printed by Unigraphic, Inc., 1976.
  • McClellan, Ruth Miley. Our people of Pike County, Indiana. Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, 1878. 268 pages +16 p Index. LOC: F532.P6 M32, Dewey Decimal: 977.2/36 (biographies)
  • Petersburg Womans Club. A History of Pike County, Ind. Petersburg, IN:typescript, 80 leaves. Copy at Barrett Memorial Library, Petersburg, Indiana. Microfilm at FHL Collection
  • Pike County Historical Society. Pike County, Indiana History and Families, 1816-1987. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Pub. Co., c1987, 236 p. FHL Collection
  • History of Pike and Dubois counties, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc. : together with an extended history of the Northwest, the Indiana Territory, and the state of Indiana. 2000. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press. Harvard (18th ed.)) 977.23 H2h FHL US/CAN Book, FHL Collection, Other Library, Internet Archive

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


Maps

Military Records

War of 1812
Civil War

Civil War service men from Pike 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 Pike County.

Civil War Books
  • "Military History" Chapter 5 in History of Pike and Dubois counties, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc.: together with an extended history of the Northwest, the Indiana Territory, and the state of Indiana. 2000. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press. Harvard (18th ed.)) (page 317-324), 977.23 H2h FHL US/CAN Book, FHL Collection, Other Libraries, Internet Archive
World War I
World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Occupations

Periodicals

Public Records

School Records
Voter Registration

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

Repositories

Archives
County Courthouse

Pike County Courthouse
801 Main Street
Petersburg, IN 47567
Phone: 812.354.6025

County Clerk has marriage, divorce and court records from 1817 and probate records from early 1800s. County health Department has birth and death records. County Recorder has land records. [3]

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.

Libraries
Museums
Societies

Pike Township Historical Society
P.O. Box 78645l
Indianapolis, IN 46278

Pike County Historical Society
1104 Main St.
Petersburg, IN 47567

Pike County Historical Society and Museum
P.O. Box 216
Petersburg, IN 47567-0216
Phone: 812-354-1034
Website

Pike County Indiana Genealogy Society Inc.
P. O. Box 83
Petersburg, IN 47567-1736
Email: PikeCountyGenealogySociety@hotmail.com
Website


County Public Library
There are three branches of the Pike County Library. The genealogy department is in the Petersburg branch, aka Bartlet Memorial Library, which is located at:
1104 Main Street
Petersburg, IN 47567
Ph 812-354-6257, ex 206
Fax 812-354-6259

Unique Features of the Genealogy Collection

  • Curl Collection - Families of Pike County Indiana, an unpublished collection of interviews by a Mrs. Curl with people in the community about their families. Available only on library computers.
  • Newspaper Index to family history information in 4 local newspapers 1874-1940? Newspapers are on microfilm.
    - Pike County Democrat
    - Petersburg Press
    - Otwell Star
    - Press Dispatch


Taxation

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 Pike 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 Pike County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Pike County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

Beginning Dates for Pike County Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1900
1817
1900
1820
1817
1817

Original Records are in the county courthouse, in the following offices:

Pike County Records Offices

Birth Death

Health Office
812-354-8797

Marriage Probate

Clerks Office
812-354-6025,
812-354-6369 fax:
PO Box 125 (mailing address)
Land
Recorders Office
812-354-6747,
812-354-2532, fax


Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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


Web Sites

Overview of Pike County from Wikipedia, Chamber of Commerce, and e-podunk

Places


• Petersburg
• Spurgeon
• Winslow

Unincorporated
• Otwell
• Stendaz
• Velpen

Townships
• Clay
• Jefferson
• Lockhart
• Logan
• Madison
• Marion
• Monroe
• Patoka
• Washington

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Pike County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pike_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pike County, Indiana 215 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.