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{{Infobox U.S. County | county = Owen County | county_map = | state = Indiana | state_map = Indiana.png | latd = | longd = | founded year = 1818 | founded date = December 21 | seat = Spencer | building image = | building address = [http://www.owencounty.in.gov/ Owen County Courthouse]<br>Main Street PO Box 146<br>Spencer, IN 47460<br>Phone: 812.829.5015 <br> [http://www.Owencounty.us/ '''Owen County Website''']}}  
 
{{Infobox U.S. County | county = Owen County | county_map = | state = Indiana | state_map = Indiana.png | latd = | longd = | founded year = 1818 | founded date = December 21 | seat = Spencer | building image = | building address = [http://www.owencounty.in.gov/ Owen County Courthouse]<br>Main Street PO Box 146<br>Spencer, IN 47460<br>Phone: 812.829.5015 <br> [http://www.Owencounty.us/ '''Owen County Website''']}}  
  
=== County Courthouse  ===
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== Historical Facts ==
 
 
[http://www.owencounty.in.gov/ Owen County Courthouse]<br>Main Street PO Box 146<br>Spencer, IN 47460<br>Phone: 812.829.5015 <br>
 
 
 
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882. <br>County Clerk has marriage and court records from 1819, divorce records from 1832 and probate records from1833. <br>County Recorder has land records from 1819.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Owen County, Indiana 215 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
 
 
== History  ==
 
  
 
Owen County, Indiana was formed 1 Jan 1819 from Daviess and Sullivan Counties.  
 
Owen County, Indiana was formed 1 Jan 1819 from Daviess and Sullivan Counties.  
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Owen County was named for Abraham Owen, a Kentucky officer who was killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe. Some sources refer to him as a colonel, but Blanchard's 1884 county history refers to him as Major Abraham Owen.  
 
Owen County was named for Abraham Owen, a Kentucky officer who was killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe. Some sources refer to him as a colonel, but Blanchard's 1884 county history refers to him as Major Abraham Owen.  
  
The county seat, Spencer, derives its name from a Captain Spencer, a Kentucky soldier who was also killed in the same battle.=
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The county seat, Spencer, derives its name from a Captain Spencer, a Kentucky soldier who was also killed in the same battle.=  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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===Bible Records===
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===Biographies===
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=== Cemeteries  ===
  
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/cemeteries/index.html Cemeteries] (Owen County INGenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/cemeteries/index.html Cemeteries] (Owen County INGenWeb)  
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*[http://indgensoc.blogspot.com/2011/01/owen-county-1880-ddd-database-added-to.html Defective, Dependent, &amp; Delinquent Census for Owen County] (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
 
*[http://indgensoc.blogspot.com/2011/01/owen-county-1880-ddd-database-added-to.html Defective, Dependent, &amp; Delinquent Census for Owen County] (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
=== Church Records ===
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=== Church Records ===
  
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/churches/index.html Churches] (Owen County INGenWeb)
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/churches/index.html Churches] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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*Directory of Businesses in Owen County, Indiana (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
 
*Directory of Businesses in Owen County, Indiana (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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===Emigration and Immigration===
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===Ethnic and Religious Groups===
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===Gazetteers===
  
 
=== Genealogies and Biographies  ===
 
=== Genealogies and Biographies  ===
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/owen/bios.html Owen County, Indiana Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/owen/bios.html Owen County, Indiana Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
  
=== Land and Property ===
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===History===
 
 
*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office] (Owen County land patents can be searched and retrieved online)
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/deeds/index.html Deeds] (Owen County INGenWeb)
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/in/owen/deeds.html Owen County Deeds]&nbsp;(USGenWeb Archives)
 
*''Plat Book of Owen County, Indiana''. W.W. Hixson &amp; Company, 192?.
 
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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*Peterson, Roger. "[http://www.owen.in.us/owenhist/owenhis2.htm General History of Owen County, Indiana]." (OCHGS site)
 
*Peterson, Roger. "[http://www.owen.in.us/owenhist/owenhis2.htm General History of Owen County, Indiana]." (OCHGS site)
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Land and Property  ===
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office] (Owen County land patents can be searched and retrieved online)
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*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/deeds/index.html Deeds] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/in/owen/deeds.html Owen County Deeds](USGenWeb Archives)
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*''Plat Book of Owen County, Indiana''. W.W. Hixson &amp; Company, 192?.
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=== Maps  ===
  
 
*[http://www.in.gov/library/2567.htm Owen County Maps] (bibliography from IN State Library)
 
*[http://www.in.gov/library/2567.htm Owen County Maps] (bibliography from IN State Library)
  
==== Miscellaneous  ====
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=== Miscellaneous  ===
  
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/diaries/index.html Directories] (Owen County INGenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/diaries/index.html Directories] (Owen County INGenWeb)  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/photos.html Owen County Photographs] (USGenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/photos.html Owen County Photographs] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
=== Military Records ===
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=== Military Records ===
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War of  1812
  
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/military/index.html Military] (Owen County INGenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/military/index.html Military] (Owen County INGenWeb)  
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Resources:  
 
Resources:  
  
*Burns, Judi,&nbsp;[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/familytrees/mckee_brothers.htm Honorable Careers of Seven Brothers] (Owen County INGenWeb)  
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*Burns, Judi,[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/familytrees/mckee_brothers.htm Honorable Careers of Seven Brothers] (Owen County INGenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/diaries/index.html Civil War Diaries of Robert Thomas McKee] (Owen County INGenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/diaries/index.html Civil War Diaries of Robert Thomas McKee] (Owen County INGenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/in/owen/military.html Company B, Twenty-First Indiana First Heavy Artillery] (under Owen County Military, USGenWeb Archives)<br>  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/in/owen/military.html Company B, Twenty-First Indiana First Heavy Artillery] (under Owen County Military, USGenWeb Archives)<br>  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/in/owen/diaries.html Vincent Anderson War Diary] (with index) (USGenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/in/owen/diaries.html Vincent Anderson War Diary] (with index) (USGenWeb Archives)  
 
*Zollinger, Vivian, ed., "'I Take My Pen in Hand:' Civil War Letters from Owen County Indiana," Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. 93, No. 2 (June 1997, pp. 111-196 [various Owen County soldiers, Owen County 135h, 14th, 19th, 21st, 59th, 97th, 149th Indiana Volunteer Infantries, 1861-1865]. [http://www.indiana.edu/~imaghist/online_content/vcsfrmpst/voices_cvlwr/owencounty.html Abstract and bibliographic citation] | [http://www.indiana.edu/~imhfiles/Civil_War_VFP/Pen_in_Hand.pdf article] (pdf)
 
*Zollinger, Vivian, ed., "'I Take My Pen in Hand:' Civil War Letters from Owen County Indiana," Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. 93, No. 2 (June 1997, pp. 111-196 [various Owen County soldiers, Owen County 135h, 14th, 19th, 21st, 59th, 97th, 149th Indiana Volunteer Infantries, 1861-1865]. [http://www.indiana.edu/~imaghist/online_content/vcsfrmpst/voices_cvlwr/owencounty.html Abstract and bibliographic citation] | [http://www.indiana.edu/~imhfiles/Civil_War_VFP/Pen_in_Hand.pdf article] (pdf)
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World War I
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World War II
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===Naturalization and Citizenship===
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
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*[http://www.spencereveningworld.com/ Spencer Evening World]&nbsp;(current newspaper)
 
*[http://www.spencereveningworld.com/ Spencer Evening World]&nbsp;(current newspaper)
  
=== Probate Records ===
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===Obituaries===
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=== Probate Records ===
  
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/wills/index.html Wills] (Owen County INGenWeb)
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/wills/index.html Wills] (Owen County INGenWeb)
  
==== Taxation ====
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===Public Records===
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===Repositories===
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====Archives====
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==== County Courthouse ====
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[http://www.owencounty.in.gov/ Owen County Courthouse]<br>Main Street PO Box 146<br>Spencer, IN 47460<br>Phone: 812.829.5015 <br>
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County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882. <br>County Clerk has marriage and court records from 1819, divorce records from 1832 and probate records from1833. <br>County Recorder has land records from 1819.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Owen County, Indiana 215 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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==== Family History Centers ====
  
=== Vital Records  ===
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
====Births Records====
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==== Societies and Libraries  ====
  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/births/index.html Births] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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*[http://www.owen.in.us/owenhist/owen.htm Owen County, Indiana Historical and Genealogical Society]
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*[http://www.owenlib.org/ Owen County, Indiana Public Library]
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*[http://www.tenoclocklinetreatymuseum.blogspot.com/ Ten O'Clock Line Treaty Museum], Gosport
  
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/owen/births1882.html Owen County, Indiana Births 1880-1882] (Genealogy Trails)
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====Museums====
  
====Deaths Records ====
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=== Taxation  ===
  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/death/index.html Deaths] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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=== Vital Records  ===
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/in/owen/funeral.htm Funeral Parlor Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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==== Births Records ====
  
*Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920 -&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1947977 FamilySearch]
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*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/births/index.html Births] (Owen County INGenWeb)
  
*[http://tinyurl.com/3n3qgms Indiana State Digital Archives ]for Death, E-Publication, Institution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011) <br>
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/owen/births1882.html Owen County, Indiana Births 1880-1882] (Genealogy Trails)
  
====Marriages Records====
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==== Marriages Records ====
  
 
Blanchard's 1884 county history mentions that the first wedding in the county was a double wedding that predates the recording of marriages in the county record books. This was the marriage of two daughters of Philip Hart to James Bigger and Thomas Allen. The date of this marriage is unknown. The first recorded marriage is dated 4 Oct 1819.  
 
Blanchard's 1884 county history mentions that the first wedding in the county was a double wedding that predates the recording of marriages in the county record books. This was the marriage of two daughters of Philip Hart to James Bigger and Thomas Allen. The date of this marriage is unknown. The first recorded marriage is dated 4 Oct 1819.  
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*Indiana Marriage, 1811-1959-[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1410397 FamilySearch] <br>
 
*Indiana Marriage, 1811-1959-[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1410397 FamilySearch] <br>
  
=== Societies and Libraries ===
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==== Deaths Records  ====
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*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/death/index.html Deaths] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/in/owen/funeral.htm Funeral Parlor Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
*[http://www.owen.in.us/owenhist/owen.htm Owen County, Indiana Historical and Genealogical Society]
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*Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920 -&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1947977 FamilySearch]
*[http://www.owenlib.org/ Owen County, Indiana Public Library]
 
*[http://www.tenoclocklinetreatymuseum.blogspot.com/ Ten O'Clock Line Treaty Museum], Gosport
 
  
=== Family History Centers===
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*[http://tinyurl.com/3n3qgms Indiana State Digital Archives ]for Death, E-Publication, Institution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011) <br>
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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===Voter Registration===
  
== Web Sites<br>  ==
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== Web Sites==
  
 
*{{FHL|Indiana%2C+Owen|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}<br>  
 
*{{FHL|Indiana%2C+Owen|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}<br>  

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Owen County, Indiana
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 21, 1818
County Seat Spencer
Courthouse
Address Owen County Courthouse
Main Street PO Box 146
Spencer, IN 47460
Phone: 812.829.5015
Owen County Website


Historical Facts

Owen County, Indiana was formed 1 Jan 1819 from Daviess and Sullivan Counties.

The first county seat was to be on land owned by John Dunn on the bend of White River, but this was quickly relocated to a new location across the river from the land of John Bartholemew. This new site, which became known as Spencer, was approved by the county commissioners at a meeting at John Dunn's house on 12 Feb 1820.

Owen County was named for Abraham Owen, a Kentucky officer who was killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe. Some sources refer to him as a colonel, but Blanchard's 1884 county history refers to him as Major Abraham Owen.

The county seat, Spencer, derives its name from a Captain Spencer, a Kentucky soldier who was also killed in the same battle.=

Parent County

1818--Owen County was created 21 December 1818 from Daviess and Sullivan Counties.
County seat: Spencer [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Townships

The county's original townships were Washington, Franklin, and Montgomery. Various changes were made to townships and township boundaries over the years. Owen County's current townships are as follows:

See also:

Populated Places

Unincorporated:

  • Coal City
  • Freedom
  • Patricksburg
  • Quincy

See also:

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

Census Records

For tips on accessing Owen County, Indiana Genealogy census records online, see: Indiana Census.

1820
1880

Church Records

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies and Biographies

History

Local Histories

  • Blanchard, Charles, ed. Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. Chicago: F.A. Battey ompany, 1884. Digital copy in Google Books; may be downloaded in pdf or epub formats. Digital copy in Internet Archive; may be read online or downloaded in several formats.
  • History (Owen County INGenWeb)
  • History of Owen County (Owen County Online)
  • Owen County, Indiana. Town and Country Publishing Company, 1977.
  • Owen County, Indiana: A History. Owen County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1994.
  • Peterson, Roger. "General History of Owen County, Indiana." (OCHGS site)

Land and Property

Maps

Miscellaneous

Military Records

War of 1812

Civil War

Civil War servicemen from Owen 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 Owen County.

Resources:

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Probate Records

  • Wills (Owen County INGenWeb)

Public Records

Repositories

Archives

County Courthouse

Owen County Courthouse
Main Street PO Box 146
Spencer, IN 47460
Phone: 812.829.5015

County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.
County Clerk has marriage and court records from 1819, divorce records from 1832 and probate records from1833.
County Recorder has land records from 1819.[2]

Family History Centers

Societies and Libraries

Museums

Taxation

Vital Records

Births Records

Marriages Records

Blanchard's 1884 county history mentions that the first wedding in the county was a double wedding that predates the recording of marriages in the county record books. This was the marriage of two daughters of Philip Hart to James Bigger and Thomas Allen. The date of this marriage is unknown. The first recorded marriage is dated 4 Oct 1819.

  • Franklin, Charles M. Owen County, Indiana Marriages, 1819-1844. Indianapolis: Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, 1979. Digital copy in Internet Archive (can be read online or downloaded in several formats).
  • Index to Owen County, Indiana Marriage Records, 1819-1920. Spencer, Indiana: Owen County Historical & Genealogical Society, [2000?].
  • Owen County, Indiana Marriage Record 1819-1849. (No further information). Digital copy in Internet Archive (can be read online or downloaded in several formats).

Deaths 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)

Voter Registration

Web Sites

References

  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), Owen County, Indiana 215 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.