Montgomery County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Crawfordsville[1]
Organized: December 21, 1822
Parent County(s): Parke, Putnam[2]
Neighboring Counties
Tippecanoe  • Clinton  • Boone  • Hendricks  • Putnam  • Parke  • Fountain
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Montgomery County was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed on December 31, 1775, while attempting to capture Quebec City in the Battle of Quebec.[3] the county is located in the west-central area of the state.[4]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Montgomery County Courthouse
100 E. Main Street
Crawfordsville, IN 47933-1715
Phone: 765-364-6400
County Website

Montgomery County Health Department
110 W. South Blvd
Crawfordsville, IN, 47933
Health Officer: Scott Douglas, MD
Phone: 765-364-6440
Fax: 765-361-3239
Email: health.reception@montgomeryco.net
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1823 and some naturalization records.
County Recorder has land records from 1823.
Public Library has cemetery records from 1823. [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.

Montgomery 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 1823 1882 1823 1823 1823 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:[9]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Ghost towns
  • Binford
  • Fredericksburg
  • Troutman


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Portrait and biographical record of Montgomery, Parke and Fountain Counties, Indiana containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, together with biographies and portraits of all the presidents of the United States. (1893. Chicago: Chapman Bros.) Available online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Internet Archive

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Montgomery 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 Montgomery County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 7,317
1840 14,438 97.3%
1850 18,084 25.3%
1860 20,888 15.5%
1870 23,765 13.8%
1880 27,316 14.9%
1890 28,025 2.6%
1900 29,388 4.9%
1910 29,296 −0.3%
1920 28,490 −2.8%
1930 26,980 −5.3%
1940 27,231 0.9%
1950 29,122 6.9%
1960 32,089 10.2%
1970 33,930 5.7%
1980 35,501 4.6%
1990 34,436 −3.0%
2000 37,629 9.3%
2010 38,124 1.3%
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 Montgomery County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Montgomery 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]

Fountain CountyTippecanoe CountyBoone CountyHendricks CountyPutnam CountyParke CountyClinton CountyIN MONTGOMERY.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Montgomery 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 Montgomery County.

Civil War Books:

  • "The Military History Of The County" Chapter 6 in Thompson, Stephen J. History of Montgomery County, Indiana: With Personal Sketches of Representative Citizens. (Indianapolis, Ind: A.W. Bowen, 1978.) Available online at: FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 1; FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 2; Internet Archive
  • Montgomery County In The War Of The Rebellion in "History Of Montgomery County" of Beckwith, H. W., P. S. Kennedy, and Thomas Fleming Davidson. History of Fountain County, together with historic notes on the Wabash Valley: gleaned from early authors, old maps and manuscripts, private and official correspondence, and other authentic sources. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, 1881, 1970). Available 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 Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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

Crawfordsville Indiana Family History Center
1086 North 125 West
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Phone: 765-362-8006
Email: IN_Crawfordsville@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Linden-Madison Township Historical Society and Historic Linden Depot Museum
PO Box 154
520 N. Main St (US Highway 231)
Linden, IN 47955
Phone: 765-339-7245 or 765-427-3630
Email: LindenDepotMuseum@gmail.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Genealogy Club of Montgomery County, Indiana
c/o Crawfordsville District Public Library
205 S. Washington St.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Phone: 765-362-2242 ext. 118
Email: ref@cdpl.lib.in.us
Website
Facebook

Montgomery County Historical Society
212 S. Water St.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Phone: 765-362-3416
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana. FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Montgomery County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_County,_Indiana (accessed 30 Mar 2017).
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Montgomery County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/montgomery/ (accessed 30 Mar 2017).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Montgomery County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_County,_Indiana (accessed 30 Mar 2017).
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana. FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana. FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Montgomery County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_County,_Indiana (accessed 30 Mar 2017).
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana. FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Montgomery County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_County,_Indiana (accessed 27 December 2019 c.)