Fountain County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Covington
Organized: December 20, 1825
Parent County(s): Montgomery, Wabash
Neighboring Counties
Warren  • Tippecanoe  • Montgomery  • Parke  • Vermillion
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Fountain County was named for James Fontaine (1757-1790), an officer who served in American Revolutionary War and the Northern Indian War.[1] It is located in the west-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Fountain County Courthouse
301 4th St; PO Box 183
Covington, IN 47932
Phone: 765-793-2192
County Website

Fountain-Warren County Health Department
113 West Sycamore St
Attica, IN, 47918
Health Officer: Sean Sharma, MD
Phone Number: 877-339-9567
Fax: 765-762-6520
Email: fwhealthdept@gmail.com
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records from 1885.
County Clerk has marriage records from 1827, divorce, probate and court records from 1830.
County Recorder has land records from 1828. [3]
Health Department has birth records and death records.

Fountain 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
1885 1827 1885 1830 1828 1830 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]

Cities
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 Fountain 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 Fountain County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 7,619
1840 11,218 47.2%
1850 13,253 18.1%
1860 15,566 17.5%
1870 16,389 5.3%
1880 20,228 23.4%
1890 19,558 −3.3%
1900 21,446 9.7%
1910 20,439 −4.7%
1920 18,823 −7.9%
1930 17,971 −4.5%
1940 18,299 1.8%
1950 17,836 −2.5%
1960 18,706 4.9%
1970 18,257 −2.4%
1980 19,033 4.3%
1990 17,808 −6.4%
2000 17,954 0.8%
2010 17,240 −4.0%
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 Fountain County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Fountain 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]

Warren CountyTippecanoe CountyMontgomery CountyParke CountyVermillion CountyIN FOUNTAIN.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812
Moyer, Edward,Fountain County, Indiana Military (Veedersburg, Indiana: Fountain County Genealogy Society, c2009-2009 2 Volumes FHL Books 977.247Me

Mexican War, 1846-1848

Civil War
Civil War service men from Fountain 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 Fountain County

Civil War Books:

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 Fountain 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 Fountain 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

Danville Illinois Family History Center
1949 N Bowman Ave
Danville, IL 61832-2038
217-446-5887
E-mail: IL_Danville@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

West Central Indiana Genealogy Research Library Serving the Fountain County Genealogical Society
405 North Mill Street / PO Box 273
Veedersburg, IN 47987-0273
Phone: 765-294-4954
E-mail: focogensoc@netscape.net
Website

Fountain County Historical Society
403 S. Brady St.
Attica, IN 47918

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Fountain County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/fountain/ accessed 3/28/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Fountain County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_County,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  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, "Fountain County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Fountain County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_County,_Indiana, accessed 07 December 2019.