Newton County, Indiana Genealogy

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

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Newton County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded February 7, 1835
County Seat Kentland
Address Newton County Courthouse
Courthouse Sq
PO Box 49
Kentland, IN 47951
Phone: 219.474.6081
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Historical Facts

Parent County

1835--Newton County was created 7 February 1835 from unorganized territory.
County seat: Kentland [1]

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

Brook, IN

Goodland, IN

Kentland, IN

Lake Village, IN

Mount Ayr, IN

Roselawn, IN

Sumava Resorts, IN

Thayer, IN

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss


Bible Records



Beaver City Cemetery (Aka: Smith Cemetery)
Buswell Cemetery, Kentland (Aka: Mount Zion)
Doran Cemetery
Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland
Goodland Cemetery, Goodland
Kennedy Cemetery
Lake Village Cemetery, Lake Village  (Aka: Lake Township Cemetery)
Morgan Cemetery (Aka: Tracey Cemetery)
Morocco Cemetery, Morocco
Mount Calvary, Goodland
Murphy Cemetery, Morocco (Aka: West Cemetery)
North Star Cemetery, Mount Ayr
Oakland Cemetery, Morocco (Aka: North Cemetery)
Pleasant Grove Cemetery
Porter Cemetery, Morocco
Prairie Vine Cemetery, Morocco
Riverside Cemetery, Brook 
Roselawn Cemetery, Roselawn (Aka: Lincoln Township Cemetery)
Russell Chapel Cemetery
Saint Josephs Cemetery, Kentland
Sell Cemetery, Brook
Saints Peter & Paul Cemetery, Goodland

Census Records

For tips on accessing Newton 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.

Court Records

Newton County Courthouse
201 N. 3rd Street
PO Box 49
Kentland, Indiana 47951
Phone: 219-474-6081
Fax: 219-474-5749
Hours: 8AM-4PM

Assessor, Clerk, Recorder, Treasurer and Circuit & Superior Court: Criminal & Court Records, Civil, Small Claims, Probate


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups




Local Histories

  • F.A. Battey Co. Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. (Chicago: F.A. Battey & Co, 2008.) also (Digital images of original published: Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1994. viii, 810 p.: ill., ports.28 cm. The original is a reprint. It was originally published: Chicago: F.A. Battey, 1883.) FHL Collection Digital versions at FamilySearch Books Online 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. 


Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Newton 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 Newton County.

Civil War Books

  • "Newton County in the War" in F.A. Battey Co. Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. (Chicago: F.A. Battey & Co, 2008.) also (Digital images of original published: Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1994. viii, 810 p.ill., ports.28 cm. The original is a reprint. It was originally published: Chicago: F.A. Battey, 1883.)page 685-955, FHL CollectionDigital Versions at FamilySearch Books Online other library  Internet Archive

World War I

World War II




Probate Records

Public Records



County Courthouse

Newton County Courthouse
Courthouse Sq; PO Box 49
Kentland, IN 47951
Phone: 219.474.6081

Attached to St. Joseph, Warren and White Counties
before re-creation & organization from Jasper County 8 Dec 1859.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce,
probate and court records from 1860.
County Health Department has birth and death
records from 1882.
County Recorder has land records from 1860. [2]

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 Newton County, Indiana Genealogy is the

West Lafayette Indiana Family History Center

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

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

  • 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

Death Records

Voter Registration

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Newton County, Indiana 215 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.