Ripley County, Indiana Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Ripley County; PO Box 177; Versailles, IN 47042; Ph. 812.689.6115 Details: (Co Hlth Dept has b & d rec; Co Clk has m, div, pro & ct rec from 1818; Co Redr has land rec


Parent County

1816--Ripley County was created 27 December 1816 from Dearborn and Jefferson Counties.
County seat: Versailles [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Ripley County Cemeteries and Locations  rootsweb


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





Local Histories

  • Ripley County History Book Committee, Ripley County Historical Society (Ripley County, Ind.), and Daughters of the American Revolution. Ripley County History, 1818-1988, Ripley County, Indiana. (Osgood, IN: Ripley County History Book Committee, 1989.) 977.214 H2r FHL US/CAN Book 977.214 H2r v. 2 FHL Collection  other libraries



Civil War

Civil War service men from Ripley 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 Ripley County.



Probate records are court records created after an individual’s death that relate to a court’s decisions regarding the distribution of the estate to the heirs or creditors and the care of any dependents. These documents are important to family history researchers because they usually exist for time periods before civil birth and death records were kept. While probate records are one of the most accurate sources of genealogical evidence, they have limitations.

The Circuit Court has responsibility for the probate records of Ripley County.

The following Ripley County probate records have been indexed and transcribed:


Vital Records

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

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).