Benton County, Indiana Genealogy

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

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County Facts
County seat: Fowler
Organized: February 18, 1840
Parent County(s): Jasper
Neighboring Counties
Newton  • Jasper  • White  • Tippecanoe  • Warren  • Iroquois (IL)  • Vermilion (IL)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Benton County was named in honor of Thomas H. Benton, a Missouri senator.[1] It is located in the northwestern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Benton County Courthouse
706 E. 5th Ste 12
Fowler, Indiana 47944-1556
Phone: 765-884-0320
County Website

Benton County Health Department
706 East 5th Street, Suite 16
Fowler, IN, 47944
Health Officer: Joseph Moody, MD
Phone Number: 765-884-1728
Fax: 765-884-2072
Health Department

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1841, divorce and court records from the 1800s, probate records from 1852 and naturalization records.
County Recorder has land and military records.
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.[3] Health Department has birth records filed and death records filed.
Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

Benton County, Indiana Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1841 1882 1800s 1840 1852 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Towns
Unincorporated communities
Townships
Ghost towns


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Benton County, Indiana online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 1,144
1860 2,809 145.5%
1870 5,615 99.9%
1880 11,108 97.8%
1890 11,903 7.2%
1900 13,123 10.2%
1910 12,688 −3.3%
1920 12,206 −3.8%
1930 11,886 −2.6%
1940 11,117 −6.5%
1950 11,462 3.1%
1960 11,912 3.9%
1970 11,262 −5.5%
1980 10,218 −9.3%
1990 9,441 −7.6%
2000 9,421 −0.2%
2010 8,854 −6.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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. See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the Benton County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Benton County. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information. For more information about local histories, see Indiana Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Benton County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Benton County.

Civil War Books:

  • "Military History of Benton County" in F.A. Battey & Co. Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. Chicago: F.A. Battey & Co, 2008. Also digital images of original published: Mt. Vernon, IN : Windmill Publications, 1994. viii, 810 p. : ill., ports.; 28 cm. Originally published: Chicago : F.A. Battey, 1883. Pages 252-271. Online at: FHL Collection; FamilySearch Digital Library; Internet Archive

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Indiana newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

For more Indiana newspaper information see the wiki page Indiana Newspapers.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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 Benton County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Benton County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

West Lafayette Indiana Family History Center
3224 Jasper St West
Lafayette IN 47906
Phone: 765-463-5079
Email: IN_Lafayette@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Benton County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Benton County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Societies.

Benton County Indiana Historical Society, Inc.
404 E 6th Street
PO Box 341
Fowler, IN 47944
Phone: 765-884-8839
Website

Heritage House
208 S. Justus Street
Oxford, IN 47971
Phone: 765-385-5380
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Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Benton County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/benton/ accessed 2/27/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Benton County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Indiana accessed 2/27/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Benton County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benton_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Benton County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, Indiana, accessed 22 November 2019.