Putnam County, Indiana Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Putnam County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square Street
PO Box 546
Greencastle, IN 46135-0546
Phone: 765.653.2648 

County Health Department has birth and death records;
County Clerk has marriage records from 1822,
Divorce and Probate Records from 1825
and Court Records from 1828;
County Recorder has land records[1]


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The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General Israel Putnam (1718-1790).[2]

Parent County

1821--Putnam County was created 31 December 1821 from Vigo and Owen Counties and unorganized territory. County seat: Greencastle [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



  • A  surname index (43,478 listings) of many cemeteries in Putnam County is available at the Putnam Public Library site.


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





Local Histories

  • Ellsworth, Spencer. Records of the Olden Time, or, Fifty Years on the Prairies Embracing ... the Organization of the Counties of Putnam and Marshall, Incidents and Reminiscences Connected Therewith, Biographies of Citizens, Portraits and Illustrations. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press (a division of NMT Corp.), 2003.)  other libraries   INTERNET ARCHIVE



Civil War

Civil War service men from Putnam 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 Putnam County.


  • Wabash Valley obituary index contains most of Vigo County, but much of other counties, including Putnam. These are indexes to obituaries published in Terre Haute newspapers from 1900-2007.
  • An obituary index from The BannerGraphic, newspaper of Greencastle, covers 1975 to the present and is updated every two weeks at the Putnam Public Library site.



Vital Records

Societies and Libraries 

The Putnam County Library has a Local History and Genealogy Department.  You can search all their indexed books and databases from this Web site.  If you find something of interest, the librarians will do a short look up for you for free.

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Putnam County, Indiana 216 {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Putnam County, Indiana," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).