Vigo County, Indiana Genealogy

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Vigo County, Indiana was organized on the basis of a 21 Jan 1818 legislative act. That act took effect on 1 Feb 1818.

Parent County

1818--Vigo County was created 21 January 1818 from Sullivan County.  County seat: Terre Haute [1]

Boundary Changes

Parke County was formed 9 Jan 1821 from the northern part of Vigo County. Vigo's boundaries were also altered as a result of the formation of Putnam County in 1821.

Record Loss


Populated Places


Vigo County's original townships were Honey Creek, Harrison, Independence, and Wabash. Current townships are as follows:

  • Allendale
  • Burnett
  • Lewis
  • Libertyville
  • Pimento
  • Prairieton
  • St. Mary's
  • Sandford

Neighboring Counties




Specific Cemeteries




Genealogies and Biographies

  • Brown, Mrs. Herbert E. Vigo County, Indiana Family Records. [n.p.], 1966. WorldCat
  • Dorrel, Ruth. Vigo County, Indiana Index of Names of Persons and of Firms. Indianapolis: County History Indexing Project, Indiana Historical Society, 1982. WorldCat
  • Farwell, Bonnie. Genealogical and Historical Sketches of Vigo County, Indiana. Terre Haute, IN: Daughters of the American Revolution, 1929. WorldCat
  • Noah S. Grindle Diary, 1875 (GenWeb)
  • Vigo County, Indiana Family Records. Terre Haute, IN: Ft. Harrison Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1945. WorldCat
  • Wright, John D. The Terror of Terre Haute: Bud Taylor and the 1920s. Indianapolis: Dog Ear Publishing, 2008. Google Books (limited preview)


Local Histories

  • Beckwith, Hiram Williams. History of Vigo and Parke Counties Together with Historic Notes on the Wabash Valley. Chicago: H.H. Hill and N. Iddings, 1880. FHL US/CAN Film 540238 (item 2) and 934921 (item 3) | WorldCat | Family History Archives (digital copy)
  • Bradsby, Henry C. History of Vigo County, Indiana, with Biographical Selections. Chicago: S.B. Nelson & Co., 1891. Reprint edition, Evansville, IN: Unigraphic, 1969. FHL US/CAN Book 977.245 H2b | WorldCatInternet Archive (digital copy)
  • History (Linkpendium)
  • Jerse, Dorothy W., and John R. Becker III. Terre Haute & Vigo County in Vintage Postcards (Postcard History series). Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2001. Google Books (limited preview)
  • McCormick, Mike. Terre Haute: Queen City of the Wabash. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2005. Google books (limited preview)
  • Oakey, C.C. Greater Terre Haute and Vigo County, Vol. 2. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1908. Google Books (digital copy)
  • Roznowski, Tom. An American Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana 1927. Bloomington, IN: Quarry Books, 2009. Google Books (limited preview)



Revolutionary War
Civil War

Civil War service men from Vigo 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 Vigo County.

Civil War Resources:

World War I



  • Index to Declarations of Intention. Terre Haute, IN: Wabash Valley Genealogical Society, [1980?]. WorldCat




Vital Records

  • [1882-1920] Works Progress Administration. Index to birth records, Vigo County, 1882-1920. Indianapolis: Indiana State Library, 1983. FHL 1380337
  • [1818-1951]  Vigo County Marriage Index: 1818-1951 (images included for many years) (Vigo County Library)
  • [1818-1850] Lansaw, Simona. Marriages, Vigo County, Indiana, 1818-1850. Utica, Kentucky: McDowell Publications, 198-? FHL 977.245 V22L | WorldCat
  • [1840-1920] Works Progress Administration.Index to marriage records, Vigo County, 1840-1920. Indianapolis: Indiana State Library, 1983. FHL 1380338
  • [1880-1920] Works Progress Administration.Index to supplemental record, marriage transcript, Vigo County, 1880-1920. Indianapolis: Indiana State Library, 1983. FHL 1380339
  •  [1882-1920]Works Progress Administration. Index to death records, Vigo County, 1882-1920.Indianapolis: Indiana State Library, 1983. FHL 1380337
  • [1900-present]  Wabash Valley Obituary Index. Obituaries published in Terre Haute newspapers. Online courtesy of the Vigo County Library.
  • see also Newspapers > Obituaries

Societies and Libraries 

Web Sites


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