Wabash County, Indiana Genealogy

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


Wabash County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded February 2, 1832
County Seat Wabash
Address Wabash County Courthouse
1 W Hill Street
Wabash, IN 46992
Phone: 219.563.0661
County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Neighboring Counties

Fulton  • Kosciusko  • Whitley  • Huntington  • Grant  • Miami

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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

April 1870 Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. Records saved: treasurer’s, auditor’s, recorder’s and clerk’s records.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Bible 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
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records

For tips on accessing Wabash 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 Wabash 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.

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



Military Records

War of 1812


Civil War service men from Wabash 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 Wabash County.


World War I

World War II

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

Public Records

Voting Registration



County Courthouse

Wabash County Courthouse
1 W Hill Street
Wabash, IN 46992
Phone: 219.563.0661

County Clerk has marriage, probate and court records from 1835. County Health Department has birth and death records. County Recorder and Museum has burial 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.


Wabash County Genealogical Society
PO Box 825
Wabash, IN 46992

Wabash County Historical Society
PO Box 4
Wabash, IN 46992-0004

Wabash Valley Genealogical Society
PO Box 9347
Terre Haute, IN 47808-9347
Telephone Number: 812-894-2404

Wabash Valley Genealogical Society
PO Box 85
Terre Haute, IN 47808

North Manchester Historical Society
122 E Main Street
North Manchester, IN 46962
Telephone Number: 260-982-0672
E-mail: nmhistory@cinergymetro.net


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 Wabash 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 Wabash County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Wabash 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 Wabash 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, "Wabash County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wabash County, Indiana 217 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
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