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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Indiana|Indiana]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Owen County''' <br>  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Indiana Genealogy|Indiana]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Owen County''' <br>  
  
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Guide to '''Owen County, Indiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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{{Click|File:IN ORP.png|Indiana_Online_Genealogy_Records}}  {{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.in.gov/judiciary/2911.htm Owen County Courthouse]<br>Main Street PO Box 146<br>Spencer, IN 47460<br>Phone: 812.829.5015 <br> [http://www.owencounty.in.gov/ '''Website'''] | adoption_sign = Adoption Indiana Genealogical Society}}  
  
{{Adoption Indiana Genealogical Society}}
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=== Historical Facts  ===
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Owen County, Indiana#Birth_Records|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Owen County, Indiana#Marriage_Records|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Owen County, Indiana#Death_Records|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Owen County, Indiana#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Owen County, Indiana#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1882*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1819*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1882*</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1819</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1819</center>
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try... [[Owen County, Indiana#Church_Records|'''Church''']] &#124; [[Owen County, Indiana#Obituaries|'''Obituaries''']] &#124; [[Owen County, Indiana#Cemeteries|'''Cemeteries''']]
  
[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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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed 21 December 1818 from [[Daviess County, Indiana Genealogy|Daviess]] and [[Sullivan County, Indiana Genealogy|Sullivan]] Counties.<br><ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>  
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*'''County Seat: ''' Spencer <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Owen County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).</ref><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>  
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== History ==
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
  
Owen County, Indiana was formed 1 Jan 1819 from Daviess and Sullivan Counties.
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[[Clay County, Indiana Genealogy|Clay]] {{•}} [[Putnam County, Indiana Genealogy|Putnam]] {{•}} [[Morgan County, Indiana Genealogy|Morgan]] {{•}} [[Monroe County, Indiana Genealogy|Monroe]] {{•}} [[Greene County, Indiana Genealogy|Greene]]
  
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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.  
 
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.  
 
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.&nbsp;
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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 ====
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==== Boundary Changes ====
 
 
'''1818--'''Owen County was created 21 December 1818&nbsp;from [[Daviess County, Indiana|Daviess]] and [[Sullivan County, Indiana|Sullivan]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Spencer <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Townships ====
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== Resources ==
  
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:
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=== Bible Records  ===
  
*Clay: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/claytwp.htm Clay Township] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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=== Biographies  ===
*Franklin: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/franktwp.htm Franklin Township] (RootsWeb) | [http://www.city-data.com/township/Franklin-Owen-IN.html City-Data.com] |&nbsp;[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
 
*Harrison: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/harr.htm Harrison Township] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
 
*Jackson: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/jacktwp.htm Jackson Township History] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
 
*Jefferson: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/jeffersontwp.htm Jefferson Township] (RootsWeb) | [http://www.city-data.com/township/Jefferson-Owen-IN.html City-Data.com] |&nbsp;[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
 
*Jennings:&nbsp;[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/jenntwp.html Jennings Township History] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennings_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
 
*Lafayette: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/lafayetttwp.htm Lafayette Township History] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lafayette_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
 
*Marion (formerly Grayson): [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/mariontwp.htm Marion Township History] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
 
*Montgomery: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/montgomtwp.htm Montgomery Township History] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
 
*Morgan: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/morgantwp.htm Morgan Township History] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
 
*Taylor: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/taylort.htm Taylor Township] (RootsWeb) | [http://www.city-data.com/township/Taylor-Owen-IN.html City-Data.com] | [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taylor-Township-Owen-County-Indiana/104107006291676 Facebook] |&nbsp;[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
 
*Washington: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/washingttwp.htm Washington Township History] (RootsWeb) | [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-Township-Owen-County-Indiana/105545082812996 Facebook] |&nbsp;[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
 
*Wayne: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/wayntwp.htm Wayne Township] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
 
  
See also:
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=== Cemeteries  ===
  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/history/township_list.html Townships and Township Lists] (Owen Co. IN GenWeb)
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/cemeteries.html Cemeteries] (Owen County USGenWeb)
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*[http://ingenweb-owen.herokuapp.com/cemeteries Cemeteries] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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*[http://www.us-places.com/Indiana/Owen-County.htm Cemeteries] (scroll down for list; Owen County Places and People)
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=851 Find A Grave]: Owen County, Indiana
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*[http://www.mindspring.com/~kellcin/indcem.htm Madaris . . . Buried in Owen County, Indiana Cemeteries]
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=5624&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&stateAbbv=IN&stateName=indiana Owen County Cemeteries] (ePodunk)
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*[http://indiana.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,cemetery,scfips,18119.cfm Owen County, IN Cemeteries] (IN Home Town Locator)
  
==== Populated Places  ====
 
  
*Gosport: [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=261676 ePodunk] | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gosport,_Indiana Wikipedia]  
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*Spencer (county seat): [http://www.spencer.in.gov/ official site] | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=5724 ePodunk] |&nbsp;[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=17&GScnty=851&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|439078|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=17&CScnty=851 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://ingenweb-owen.herokuapp.com/cemeteries INGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Owen+Indiana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Indiana&county=Owen&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/cemeteries.html USGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Indiana Cemeteries|Indiana Cemeteries]] for more information.
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Unincorporated:
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=== Census Records  ===
  
*Coal City
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{{Census|Indiana}}
*Freedom
 
*Patricksburg
 
*Quincy
 
  
See also:
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===== '''''1820'''''  =====
  
*[http://www.us-places.com/Indiana/Owen-County.htm Owen County, Indiana Places and People]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/in/owen/census/1820/1820cen.txt 1820 census transcription] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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===== '''''1880''''' =====
  
*[[Clay County, Indiana|Clay]]
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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] ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
*[[Greene County, Indiana|Greene]]
 
*[[Monroe County, Indiana|Monroe]]  
 
*[[Morgan County, Indiana|Morgan]]
 
*[[Putnam County, Indiana|Putnam]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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=== Church Records ===
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{IN Church Intro}}
  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/cemeteries/index.html Cemeteries] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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{{IN Church End}}
*[http://www.us-places.com/Indiana/Owen-County.htm Cemeteries] (scroll down for list; Owen County Places and People)
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=851 Find A Grave]: Owen County, Indiana
 
*[http://www.mindspring.com/~kellcin/indcem.htm Madaris . . . Buried in Owen County, Indiana Cemeteries]
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=5624&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&stateAbbv=IN&stateName=indiana Owen County Cemeteries] (ePodunk)
 
*[http://indiana.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,cemetery,scfips,18119.cfm Owen County, IN Cemeteries] (IN Home Town Locator)
 
  
==== Census  ====
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{{IN Church Repositories|Owen|572845}}
  
{{Census|Indiana}}
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=== Court Records  ===
  
===== '''''1820'''''  =====
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*[http://www.indianahistory.org/our-collections/collection-guides/owen-county-court-records-1863-1897.pdf Owen County Court Records, 1863-1897] (IN Historical Society)
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*Criminals Convicted in Owen County (1897-1907) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.org/in/owen/census/1820/1820cen.txt 1820 census transcription] (USGenWeb Archives)
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=== Directories  ===
  
===== '''''1880'''''  =====
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*Directory of Businesses in Owen County, Indiana ($, [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])
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
  
==== Church ====
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=== Ethnic and Religious Groups ===
  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/churches/index.html Churches] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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=== Gazetteers  ===
  
==== Court ====
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=== Genealogies and Biographies ===
  
*[http://www.indianahistory.org/our-collections/collection-guides/owen-county-court-records-1863-1897.pdf Owen County Court Records, 1863-1897] (IN Historical Society)
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*[http://ingenweb-owen.herokuapp.com/biographies Biographies] (Owen Co. INGenWeb)<br>
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*[http://www.combs-families.org/combs/records/in/owen.htm Combs &amp;c Families of Owen Co., IN]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/bios.html Owen County Biographies] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/diaries.html Owen County Diaries] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/owen/bios.html Owen County, Indiana Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
  
==== Directories ====
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=== History ===
  
*Directory of Businesses in Owen County, Indiana (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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==== Local Histories  ====
  
==== Genealogies and Biographies  ====
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*Blanchard, Charles, ed. ''Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana: Historical and Biographical''. Chicago: F.A. Battey ompany, 1884. Digital copy in [http://books.google.com/books?id=1VLWAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Owen+Counties+Indiana&hl=en&ei=WKq9Tb_fBMX40gGRtuDUBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CEYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books]; may be downloaded in pdf or epub formats. Digital copy in [http://www.archive.org/details/countiesofclayow00blan Internet Archive]; may be read online or downloaded in several formats.
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*[http://ingenweb-owen.herokuapp.com/timeline County Timeline] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/owen/history.html Owen County History] (GenealogyTrails)
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*Peterson, Roger. "[http://www.sweetowen.net/ochgshistory.html General History of Owen County, Indiana]." (Owen County Historical and Genealogical Society (OCHGS))
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*[http://www.sweetowen.net/ochgstownhistory.html Owen County Town and Township Histories] (OCHGS)
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*Histories of Owen County (repositories): [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3AOwen+County+%28Ind.%29+History WorldCat]
  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/biographies/index.html Biographies] (Owen Co. IN GenWeb)<br>
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=== Land and Property  ===
*[http://www.combs-families.org/combs/records/in/owen.htm Combs &amp;c Families of Owen Co., IN]
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/familytrees/index.html Family Trees Index] (Owen Co. IN GenWeb)
 
*[http://www.genealogy.com/genealogy/users/r/a/n/Marion-Dale-Ranard/index.html Marion Dale ("Pete") Ranard of Owen County, Indiana] (Genealogy.com)
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/bios.html Owen County Biographies] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/diaries.html Owen County Diaries] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/owen/bios.html Owen County, Indiana Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
 
  
==== Land ====
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{{IN Land}}
  
 
*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office] (Owen County land patents can be searched and retrieved online)  
 
*[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)  
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*[http://ingenweb-owen.herokuapp.com/land Land Grants] (Owen County INGenWeb)  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/in/owen/deeds.html Owen County Deeds]&nbsp;(USGenWeb Archives)  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/in/owen/deeds.html Owen County Deeds] (USGenWeb Archives)  
*''Plat Book of Owen County, Indiana''. W.W. Hixson &amp; Company, 192?.
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*[http://www.in.gov/library/2567.htm Maps of Owen County] (Indiana State Library) - A few have links for online viewing
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{IN Land End}}
  
*Blanchard, Charles, ed. ''Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana: Historical and Biographical''. Chicago: F.A. Battey &amp; Company, 1884. Digital copy in [http://books.google.com/books?id=1VLWAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Owen+Counties+Indiana&hl=en&ei=WKq9Tb_fBMX40gGRtuDUBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CEYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books]; may be downloaded in pdf or epub formats. Digital copy in [http://www.archive.org/details/countiesofclayow00blan Internet Archive]; may be read online or downloaded in several formats.
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{{IN Land and Property Other Repositories|Owen|470879}}
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/history/index.html History] (Owen County INGenWeb)
 
*[http://www.owencounty.org/hist1.html 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. "[http://www.owen.in.us/owenhist/owenhis2.htm General History of Owen County, Indiana]." (OCHGS site)
 
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Maps  ===
  
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*Plat Books of Indiana Counties, Vol. 4, [http://indiamond6.ulib.iupui.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/IndianaPlat/id/2147/rec/4 Owen County and townships], viewed on pages 160 thru 173
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Indiana]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*[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)  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/diaries.html Diaries] (USGenWeb)  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/funeral_homes/index.html Funeral Homes] (Owen County INGenWeb)  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/funeral.htm Funeral Home records] (USGenWeb)  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/in/owen/dir.html Owen County Directories] (USGenWeb Archives)  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/dir.html Directories] (USGenWeb)  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/photos.html Owen County Photographs] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://ingenweb-owen.herokuapp.com/surnames Surnames] (INGenWeb)
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Military Records ===
  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/military/index.html Military] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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War of 1812
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/military.html Owen County Military] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
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*Veterans in Owen County, Indiana (1913)&nbsp;(members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/military.html Owen County Military] (USGenWeb)  
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*Veterans in Owen County, Indiana (1913)($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*Military Service of Residents of Owen County (1775-1848) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
 
'''''Civil War'''''  
 
'''''Civil War'''''  
  
Civil War servicemen from&nbsp;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&nbsp;Owen County.  
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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.  
  
 
*[[1st Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery|1st Regiment]], Indiana Heavy Artillery, Company B  
 
*[[1st Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery|1st Regiment]], Indiana Heavy Artillery, Company B  
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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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*[http://mckee-burns.pasttracker.com/mckee/cw_mckee/mckee_robert_t_cw_diary_1863.htm ''Civil War Diary 1863 of Robert Thomas McKee'']  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/diaries/index.html Civil War Diaries of Robert Thomas McKee] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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*[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.org/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.ingenweb.org/ingreene/military/civilwar/cw_mckee/mckee_john_p_cw.htm John P. McKee Civil War Pension Papers] (in Greene County-related site)
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*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)
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/ingreene/military/civilwar/cw_mckee/mckee_robert_t_cw.htm Robert Thomas McKee Civil War Pension Papers] (in Greene County-related site)
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*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/diaries/index.html Vincent Anderson War Diary] (with index) (Owen County INGenWeb)
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World War I
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/in/owen/diaries.html Vincent Anderson War Diary] (with index) (USGenWeb Archives)  
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*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 II
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Newspapers  ===
  
*[http://gosportexpressnews.com/ Express News], Gosport (current newspaper for Owen, Morgan, and Monroe Cos.)
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*[http://www.in.gov/library/2763.htm Owen County Newspapers] (Indiana State Library)
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/newspapers/index.html Newspapers] (Owen County INGenWeb)  
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*[http://ingenweb-owen.herokuapp.com/newspapers Newspaper abstracts] (INGenWeb)  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/obituaries/index.html Obituaries] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/news.html Newspaper extracts] (USGenWeb Archives)  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/obits.html Obituaries] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/news.html Owen County Newspapers] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
 
 
*[http://www.spencereveningworld.com/ Spencer Evening World]&nbsp;(current newspaper)
 
*[http://www.spencereveningworld.com/ Spencer Evening World]&nbsp;(current newspaper)
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Obituaries  ===
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*[http://ingenweb-owen.herokuapp.com/deaths Obituaries] (INGenWeb)
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/obits.html Obituaries] (USGenWeb)
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=== Probate Records  ===
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{{IN Probate Intro|Owen}}<br>
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1798 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9045 Indiana Wills and Probate Records 1798-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*Index, [http://ingenweb-owen.herokuapp.com/probate ''Abstracts of Owen County Wills before 1900''] (INGenWeb)
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{{IN Probate Repositories|Owen|470845}}
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=== Public Records  ===
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==== School Records  ====
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*Students and Teachers of Spencer High School, Owen County, Indiana (1929, 1930) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])<br>
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*Directory of Teachers for Owen County (1936) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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==== Voter Registration  ====
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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. County Clerk has marriage and court records from 1819, divorce records from 1832 and probate records from 1833. 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  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Bloomington Indiana Family History Center|Bloomington Indiana Family History Center]]
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For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator Family History Center directory].
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==== Societies and Libraries ====
  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/wills/index.html Wills] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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'''Owen County Genealogical Society'''<br> 110 East Market Street<br> Spencer, IN 47460<br><br>
  
==== Taxation  ====
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'''Owen County Historical and Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 569<br>Spencer, IN 47460<br>Telephone Number: 812-829-4466<br>[http://www.sweetowen.net/OCHGShomepage.html Website]<br><br>
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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'''Ten O'clock Line Treaty Museum at Gosport'''<br>PO Box 50<br>Gosport, IN 474333-7000<br>Telephone Number: 812-879-4050<br>E-mail: [mailto:gosportmuseumdirector@gmail.com gosportmuseumdirector@gmail.com]<br>[http://www.tenoclocklinetreatymuseum.blogspot.com/ Website]<br><br>
  
'''''Births'''''
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==== Museums  ====
  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/births/index.html Births] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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=== Taxation  ===
  
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/owen/births1882.html Owen County, Indiana Births 1880-1882] (Genealogy Trails)
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{{IN Tax Intro}}
  
'''''Deaths'''''
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{{IN Tax End}}
  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/death/index.html Deaths] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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{{IN Tax Records Repositories|Owen|577314}}
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/in/owen/funeral.htm Funeral Parlor Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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=== Vital 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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{{IN Vital Intro}}
  
*[http://tinyurl.com/3n3qgms Indiana State Digital Achives ]for Death, E-Publication, Instiution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011) <br>
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==== Births Records ====
  
<br> '''''Marriages'''''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/owen/births1882.html Owen County, Indiana Births 1880-1882] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Marriage 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.  
  
*Franklin, Charles M. ''Owen County, Indiana Marriages, 1819-1844''. Indianapolis: Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, 1979. Digital copy in [http://www.archive.org/details/owencountyindian00fran Internet Archive] (can be read online or downloaded in several formats).
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*Franklin, Charles M. ''Owen County, Indiana Marriages, 1819-1844''. Indianapolis: Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, 1979. Digital copy at [http://www.archive.org/details/owencountyindian00fran Internet Archive] (can be read online or downloaded in several formats).
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*[http://ingenweb-owen.herokuapp.com/marriages Owen County Marriages] (INGenWeb)
  
*''Index to Owen County, Indiana Marriage Records, 1819-1920''. Spencer, Indiana: Owen County Historical &amp; Genealogical Society, [2000?].
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/in/owen/marriages.html Owen County Marriages] (USGenWeb)
  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inowen/marriages/index.html Marriages] (Owen County INGenWeb)
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*'''1780-1992''' {{RecordSearch|1674830|Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992}} - FamilySearch  <br>
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/in/owen/marriages.html Marriages] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*'''1802-1892''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7852&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892] - Ancestry.com $ <br>
  
*''Owen County, Indiana Marriage Record 1819-1849''. (No further information). Digital copy in [http://www.archive.org/details/owencountyindian00slsn Internet Archive] (can be read online or downloaded in several formats).
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*'''1811-2007''' {{RecordSearch|1410397|Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
*[http://www.owen.in.us/owenhist/bks123a.htm Owen County, Indiana Marriages Before 1850, Surnames A-J]
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*'''1819-1849''' ''Owen County, Indiana Marriage Record 1819-1849''. (No further information). Digital copy in [http://www.archive.org/details/owencountyindian00slsn Internet Archive] (can be read online or downloaded in several formats).
  
*[http://www.owen.in.us/owenhist/bks123j.htm Owen County, Indiana Marriages Before 1850, Surnames J-Z]<br>
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*'''Before 1850''' [http://www.sweetowen.net/ochgsmarriagesAJ.html Owen County, Indiana Marriages Before 1850, Surnames A-J] (OCHGS)
  
*Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892 - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7852&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Ancestry.con ]$ <br>
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*'''Before 1850''' [http://www.sweetowen.net/ochgsmarriagesKZ.html Owen County, Indiana Marriages Before 1850, Surnames K-Z] (page title is incorrectly shown as A-J) (OCHGS)<br>
  
*Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992&nbsp; -&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674830 FamilySearch] <br>
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==== Death Records  ====
  
*Indiana Marriage, 1811-1959&nbsp; -&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1410397 FamilySearch] <br>
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*[http://ingenweb-owen.herokuapp.com/deaths Owen County Deaths] (INGenWeb)
  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/in/owen/funeral.htm Funeral Parlor Records] (USGenWeb)
  
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
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*'''1882-1920''' {{RecordSearch|1947977| Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920}} - FamilySearch <br>
  
*[http://www.owen.in.us/owenhist/owen.htm Owen County, Indiana Historical and Genealogical Society]
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*[https://secure.in.gov/apps/iara/search/ Indiana State Digital Archives] <br>
*[http://www.owenlib.org/ Owen County, Indiana Public Library]
 
*[http://www.tenoclocklinetreatymuseum.blogspot.com/ Ten O'Clock Line Treaty Museum], Gosport
 
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{IN Vital Repositories|Owen|397550}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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<br>
  
== Web Sites<br> ==
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=== Web Sites  ===
  
*{{FHL|Indiana%2C+Owen|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}<br>
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*{{FHL|United%20States%2C%20Indiana%2C%20Owen|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}, Owen County <br>  
*[http://ocpl.webs.com/genealogy.htm Genealogy] (Owen County Public Library)<br>  
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*[http://www.owenlib.org/index.php/library-departments/genealogy Owen County Genealogy] (Owen County Public Library - mostly contains links to other sites)<br>
*[http://www.indianahistory.org/our-services/local-history-services/local-history-contacts/owen-county Owen County] (contacts, from Indiana Historical Society)
 
*[http://www.countyhistory.com/owen/start.html Owen County] (Crossroads of America: Early Indiana History)  
 
 
*[http://www.in.gov/library/3047.htm Owen County] (family history resources, from Indiana State Library)  
 
*[http://www.in.gov/library/3047.htm Owen County] (family history resources, from Indiana State Library)  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/owen.html Owen County] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/owen/owen.html Owen County] (USGenWeb Archives)  
*[http://ingenweb.org/inowen/ Owen County InGenWeb Project]  
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*[http://ingenweb-owen.herokuapp.com/ Owen County InGenWeb Project]  
 
*[http://www.countyhistory.com/owen/ Owen County, Indiana] (County History Preservation Society)  
 
*[http://www.countyhistory.com/owen/ Owen County, Indiana] (County History Preservation Society)  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/owen/ Owen County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/owen/ Owen County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)  
*[http://www.owencounty.in.gov/ Owen County, Indiana] (official government site)
 
 
*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/IN/Owen/ Owen County, Indiana] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/IN/Owen/ Owen County, Indiana] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_County,_Indiana Owen County, Indiana] (Wikipedia)  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_County,_Indiana Owen County, Indiana] (Wikipedia)  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=851 Owen County, Indiana Ancestry &amp; Family History] (ePodunk)  
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=851 Owen County, Indiana Graves] (Find A Grave)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Owen/ Owen County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Owen/ Owen County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/in/owen/ Owen County, Indiana Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
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*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/in/owen/ Owen County, Indiana Genealogy Forum] (Genealogy.com)  
 
*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/usa/indiana/owen.htm Owen County, Indiana Genealogy Links] (GenealogyLinks.net)  
 
*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/usa/indiana/owen.htm Owen County, Indiana Genealogy Links] (GenealogyLinks.net)  
*[http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/in-county-owen.html Owen County, Indiana History, Records, Facts, and Genealogy] (n2genealogy)  
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*[http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/in-county-owen.html Owen County, Indiana Genealogy Guide]
*[http://gminternal.wordpress.com/category/long-family/ Owen County, Indiana Longs and Other Matters] (Genealogy &amp; History Notes)  
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=5624 Profile for Owen County, Indiana] (ePodunk)
*[http://www.owen.in.us/ Owen County Interlink]  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/indiana/owen-county/ Owen County, Indiana Genealogy, History and Facts]
*[http://www.owencounty.org/index.html Owen County Online]  
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*[http://www.us-places.com/Indiana/Owen-County.htm Owen County, Indiana Places and People]
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/in/owen/owen.html Owen County USGenWeb Archives]  
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116137955399210084448 Indiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=5624 Profile for Owen County, Indiana] (ePodunk)  
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/208669295836038/ Indiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
*[http://www.spencer.in.gov/about.html Spencer, Indiana]: The Official Website of the Town of Spencer, Indiana
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== Places  ==
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=== Townships  ===
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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:
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*Clay: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/claytwp.htm Clay Township] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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*Franklin: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/franktwp.htm Franklin Township] (RootsWeb) | [http://www.city-data.com/township/Franklin-Owen-IN.html City-Data.com] |&nbsp;[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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*Harrison: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/harr.htm Harrison Township] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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*Jackson: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/jacktwp.htm Jackson Township History] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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*Jefferson: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/jeffersontwp.htm Jefferson Township] (RootsWeb) | [http://www.city-data.com/township/Jefferson-Owen-IN.html City-Data.com] |&nbsp;[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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*Jennings:[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/jenntwp.html Jennings Township History] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennings_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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*Lafayette: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/lafayetttwp.htm Lafayette Township History] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lafayette_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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*Marion (formerly Grayson): [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/mariontwp.htm Marion Township History] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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*Montgomery: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/montgomtwp.htm Montgomery Township History] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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*Morgan: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/morgantwp.htm Morgan Township History] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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*Taylor: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/taylort.htm Taylor Township] (RootsWeb) | [http://www.city-data.com/township/Taylor-Owen-IN.html City-Data.com] | [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taylor-Township-Owen-County-Indiana/104107006291676 Facebook] |&nbsp;[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]  
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*Washington: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/washingttwp.htm Washington Township History] (RootsWeb) | [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-Township-Owen-County-Indiana/105545082812996 Facebook] |&nbsp;[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]  
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*Wayne: [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inowen2/wayntwp.htm Wayne Township] (RootsWeb) | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Township,_Owen_County,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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See also:
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*[http://www.sweetowen.net/ochgstownhistory.html Owen County Towns and Townships] (INGenWeb)
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=== Populated Places  ===
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*Gosport: [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=261676 ePodunk] | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gosport,_Indiana Wikipedia]  
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*Spencer (county seat): [http://www.spencer.in.gov/ official site] | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=5724 ePodunk] |&nbsp;[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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Unincorporated:  
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*Coal City
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*Freedom
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*Patricksburg
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*Quincy
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

Latest revision as of 13:11, 6 September 2016

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

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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
Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
1882*
1819*
1882*
1819
1819
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries


Neighboring Counties

Clay  • Putnam  • Morgan  • Monroe  • Greene


Owen CountyGreene CountyLawrence CountyMonroe CountyMorgan CountyHendricks CountyPutnam CountyVigo CountyClay CountySullivan CountyParke CountyVermillion CountyBrown CountyINOwen.JPG


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.

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

Cemeteries


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
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records

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

1820
1880

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.


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Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies and Biographies

History

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.


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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

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

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Public Records

School Records

Voter Registration

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 from 1833. County Recorder has land records from 1819.[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.

Societies and Libraries

Owen County Genealogical Society
110 East Market Street
Spencer, IN 47460

Owen County Historical and Genealogical Society
PO Box 569
Spencer, IN 47460
Telephone Number: 812-829-4466
Website

Ten O'clock Line Treaty Museum at Gosport
PO Box 50
Gosport, IN 474333-7000
Telephone Number: 812-879-4050
E-mail: gosportmuseumdirector@gmail.com
Website

Museums

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.

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

Births Records

Marriage 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 at Internet Archive (can be read online or downloaded in several formats).
  • 1819-1849 Owen County, Indiana Marriage Record 1819-1849. (No further information). Digital copy in Internet Archive (can be read online or downloaded in several formats).

Death Records

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Web Sites


Places

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

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Owen County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. 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.