Jasper County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Rensselaer
Organized: March 15, 1838
Parent County(s): Newton, White
Neighboring Counties
Lake  • Porter  • Starke  • Pulaski  • White  • Benton  • Newton
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Jasper County was named for Sgt. William Jasper, a famous scout for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. It is located in the northwestern area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Jasper County Courthouse
115 W Washington
Rensselaer, IN 47978
Phone 219-866-4927
County Website

Jasper County Health Department
105 West Kellner Blvd.
Rensselaer, IN, 47978
Health Officer: Marianne Nelson, MD
Phone Number: 219-866-4917
Fax: 219-866-4108
Email: nancy.bailey@co.jasper.in.us
Health Department

County Health Dept has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage and divorce records from 1865, probate and court records from 1864.
Health Department has birth records and death records.
Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

Jasper 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[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1865 1882 1864 1838 1864 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1864 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. Clerk's records were lost; deeds and deed indexes were not damaged.
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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:[5]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


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 Jasper 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 Jasper County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,267
1850 3,540 179.4%
1860 4,291 21.2%
1870 6,354 48.1%
1880 9,464 48.9%
1890 11,185 18.2%
1900 14,292 27.8%
1910 13,044 −8.7%
1920 13,961 7.0%
1930 13,388 −4.1%
1940 14,397 7.5%
1950 17,031 18.3%
1960 18,842 10.6%
1970 20,429 8.4%
1980 26,138 27.9%
1990 24,960 −4.5%
2000 30,043 20.4%
2010 33,478 11.4%
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]

African American

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 Jasper County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Jasper 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]

Lake CountyPorter CountyLa Porte CountyStarke CountyNewton CountyBenton CountyWhite CountyPulaski CountyIN JASPER.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Jasper 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 Jasper County.

Civil War Books:

  • "Military History of Jasper County" in F.A. Battey Co. Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. 2008. Chicago: F.A. Battey Co. Reprint. Originally published: Chicago: F.A. Battey, 1883. Online at: 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 Jasper 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 Jasper County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.
Helenor Alter Davisson Archives – In Collaboration With The Indiana Conference, United Methodist Church
479 North Van Rensselaer Street
Rensselaer, IN 47978
Phone: 219-866-7739
Email: suecald1@embarqmail.com
Website

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 Jasper County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Genealogy and Local History Department
Jasper County Public Library
208 W. Susan St
Rensselaer, IN 47978
Phone: 219-866-5881
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Jasper County Historical Society
479 N. Van Rensselaer St
Rensselaer, IN 47978
Phone: 219-866-7825
Facebook

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Jasper County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper_County,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Jasper County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper_County,_Indiana (accessed 9 August 2013).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Jasper County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper_County,_Indiana, accessed 13 December 2019.