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Knox County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Vincennes[1]
Organized: June 20, 1790
Parent County(s): Unorganized Territory[2]
Neighboring Counties
Gibson  • Pike  • Daviess  • Greene  • Sullivan  • Crawford (IN)  • Lawrence (IN)  • Wabash (IN)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Knox County was named for Major General Henry Knox, U.S. Secretary of War.[3] It is located in the southwestern area of the state. [4]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Knox County Courthouse
101 N 7th Street
Vincennes, IN 47591
Phone: 812-885-2521
County Website

Knox County Health Department
Knox County Health Department
305 South 5th Street
Vincennes, IN, 47591
Health Officer: Alan Stewart, MD
Phone Number: 812-882-8080
Fax: 812-882-5625
Email: mmoon@knoxcountyhealth.com
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records from 1807.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1836.
County Recorder has land records. Township Trustees have burial records. [5]
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.

Knox 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[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1807 1882 1790 1783 1806 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

January 1814 -- Courthouse burned and many records were 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:[9]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 2,517
1810 7,945 215.7%
1820 5,437 −31.6%
1830 6,525 20.0%
1840 10,657 63.3%
1850 11,084 4.0%
1860 16,056 44.9%
1870 21,562 34.3%
1880 26,324 22.1%
1890 28,044 6.5%
1900 32,746 16.8%
1910 39,183 19.7%
1920 46,195 17.9%
1930 43,813 −5.2%
1940 43,973 0.4%
1950 43,415 −1.3%
1960 41,561 −4.3%
1970 41,546 −0.0%
1980 41,838 0.7%
1990 39,884 −4.7%
2000 39,256 −1.6%
2010 38,440 −2.1%
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.

Catholic
St. Francis Xavier (Vincennes, Indiana). Parish Registers, 1780–1960. Microfilmed 1985. FHL Collectionfilm 1433361-65. The original records are at St. Francis Xavier Church, Vincennes, Indiana. They list baptisms, confirmations, communions, marriages, deaths, and graves of soldiers who served in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War (1835), the Mexican War, and the Civil War. These records may have information about persons from various parts of what is now Indiana and persons traveling through Vincennes.

Bethel Church
13673 E. St. Rd 58
Edwardsport, IN 47528
Bethel Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Vincennes

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
Register of Negro Slaves and Masters for 1805-1807: Knox County, Indiana Territory [Abstracted by June and Ruth Barekman]. - Chicago, Ill. : Bar(r)ackman-Ba(r)rickman-Barkman-Berekman Family Association, 1970. - 5 leaves. F3532.K6 B33 Register made from film at Fort Wayne Indiana Public Library; agreements between slaves and masters were found at Knox County, Ind. Court House at Vincennes.

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 Knox County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Knox 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 Knox 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 Knox County.

Civil War Books:

  • "Military History" Chapter 9 in *History of Knox and Daviess County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc., together with an extended history of the Colonial days of Vincennes, and its progress down to the formation of the State government. (1975. Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, Inc.) Avalible online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; INTERNET ARCHIVE

World War I

World War II, 1941-1945

  • Knox County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: AccessGenealogy)

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]

Many local newspapers can be found free at the Digital Archives of the Knox County Public Library. The Knox County Obituary Indexes can be found on the Knox County Public Libraries site.

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 Knox 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 Knox 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

Vincennes Indiana Family History Center
1940 N Old Hwy 41
Vincennes IN 47591
812-254-7659
E-mail:IN_Vincennes@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Knox County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knox_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Johnson County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/johnson/ 3/29/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Johnson County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson_County,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Knox County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knox_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Knox County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knox_County,_Indiana, accessed 17 December 2019.
  10. "Military History" Chapter 9 in History of Knox and Daviess County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc., together with an extended history of the Colonial days of Vincennes, and its progress down to the formation of the State government. (1975. Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, Inc.),( page 228; Regiment,Companies)977.23 H2g FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection other libraries INTERNET ARCHIVE