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United States Gotoarrow.png Indiana Gotoarrow.png Wells County

Guide to Wells County Indiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Wells County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded February 7, 1835
County Seat Bluffton
Address Wells County Courthouse
102 W Market Street
Bluffton, IN 46714
Phone: 219.824.6479

County Website
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Historical Facts

Parent County

1835--Wells County was created 7 February 1835 from Allen, Delaware and Randolph Counties.
County seat:  Bluffton [1]

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss

Wells County, Indiana Resources

Bible Records

Business Records


US Vol. 5 page 193 - Prairieview Cemetery

Individual Cemeteries:

Census Records

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

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.

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups


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. 



Military Records

War of 1812

Civil War

Civil War service men from Well 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 Wells County.

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship





Probate Records

Public Records


County Courthouse

Wells County Courthouse
102 W Market Street
Bluffton, IN 46714
Phone: 219.824.6479

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce and court records from 1837
and probate records from 1838.
County Recorder has land records. [2]

Family History Centers


School Records


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.

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

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

Voting Registration

Wells County, Indiana Web Sites


  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), Wells County, Indiana 217 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.