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United States Gotoarrow.png Indiana Gotoarrow.png Marion County

Guide to Marion County Indiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Marion County, Indiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded December 31, 1821
County Seat Indianpolis
Address Adams County Courthouse
602 Adams Avenue
Hettinger, ND 58739
Phone: 701.567.2460
Adams County Website
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Historical Facts

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The county is named after "The Swamp Fox" Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Marion (c1732-1795).[1]

Boundary Changes

Parent County

1821--Marion County was created 31 December 1821 from unorganized territory.
County seat: Indianapolis [2]

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce


Marion County Cemeteries - www.genealogyindy.org(Genealogical Society of Marion County)

  1. Vol. 21 page 73 - Old Battleground Cemetery
  2. Vol. 21 page 84 - Huffman Cemetery, Washington Township

Census Records

For tips on accessing Marion 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

  • Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Dist
  • Indianapolis N.
  • Indianapolis S.

aka Evangelical

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Indianapolis, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

First German Evangelical Church, Indianapolis

Court Records


Genealogical Society of Marion County holds several city directories in their library. www.genealogyindy.org

Fold3.com ($) has Indianapolis City Directories 1857, 1861, 1864-1923 (3 yrs. missing) available online.

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes




Local Histories

  • The People's Guide, a Business, Political and Religious Directory of Marion Co., Ind., Together with a Collection of Very Important Documents and Statistics Connected with Our Moral, Political and Scientific History. 1873.other librariesINTERNET ARCHIVE
  • United States. Names of Persons Enumerated in Marion County, Indiana, at the Fifth Census Eighteen Hundred and Thirty. (Indianapolis: E.J. Hecker, printer and publisher, 1908.) other librariesGoogle books
  • Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana: Together with Biographies of Many Prominent Men of Other Portions of the State, Both Living and Dead. (Tucson, Arizona: Americana Unlimited, 1974.) otherlibraries Google books
  • Nowland, John H. B. Sketches of Prominent Citizens of 1876: with a Few of the Pioneers of the City and County Who Have Passed Away. (1876.)    other librariesINTERNET 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. 


Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Marion 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 Marion County.

World War II

World War II

Residents of Marion County Who Received Medals in World War I ($, Indiana Genealogical Society)

Naturalization Records



Occupational Records

Probate Records

Public Records



County Courthouse

Marion County Courthouse
200 E Washington
Indianapolis, IN 46204

CountyClerk has marriage and divorce records.
County Recorder has birth, death and land records.
Probate Court has probate records.[4]

Family History Centers

FamilySearch Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FamilySearch Center for Marion County, Indiana Genealogy is the

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [Family History Center directory].




School Records


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.

Vital Records

  • Indiana State Digital Archives for Death, E-Publication, Institution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)

Birth Records

Marriage Records

  • Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992FamilySearch(accessed 31 Mar 2011note; name index)
  • Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959FamilySearch(accessed 31 May 2011 note; at this time Marion County has not be done)
  • Index to Marriage Record, Marion County was compiled by the Indiana Works Progress Administration in 1939. Vol. I = 1822-1855. Vol. II = 1856-1865. Vol. III = 1866-1870. Vol. IV = 1871-1875. Vol. V = 1876-1880. Vol. VI = 1881-1890. These volumes are available at the public library in Indianapolis and at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne.

Death Records

Voter Registration

Other Records

Web Sites

Genealogical Society of Marion County www.genealogyIndy.org. Established in 1995 GSMC focuses on Marion County genealogical records.


  1. "Francis Marion," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igiindianah.pdf.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Marion County, Indiana 214 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.