Perry County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Tell City
Organized: September 7, 1814
Parent County(s): Warrick, Gibson[1]
Neighboring Counties
Crawford  • Dubois  • Spencer  • Hancock (KY)  • Breckinridge (KY)  • Meade (KY)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Perry County was named in honor of Commodore Oliver H. Perry.[2] It is located in the south-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Perry County Courthouse
2219 Payne Street
Tell City, IN 47586
Phone: 812-547-3741
County Website

Perry County Health Department
3214 Tell Street # 1
Tell City, IN, 47586
Health Officer: William Marcrum, MD
Phone Number: 812-547-2746
Fax: 812-547-0415
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1813.
County Recorder has land records from 1813.
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1890. [4]
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.

Perry 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1890 1813 1890 1813 1813 1813 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:[8]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties, Indiana, from the earliest time to the present : together with interesting biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc. Chicago, Goodspeed Bros Publishers, 1885. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library;My Genealogy Hound

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

Occupations

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 2,330
1830 3,369 44.6%
1840 4,655 38.2%
1850 7,268 56.1%
1860 11,847 63.0%
1870 14,801 24.9%
1880 16,997 14.8%
1890 18,240 7.3%
1900 18,778 2.9%
1910 18,078 −3.7%
1920 16,692 −7.7%
1930 16,625 −0.4%
1940 17,770 6.9%
1950 17,367 −2.3%
1960 17,232 −0.8%
1970 19,075 10.7%
1980 19,346 1.4%
1990 19,107 −1.2%
2000 18,899 −1.1%
2010 19,338 2.3%
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]

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 Perry County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Perry 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]

Dubois CountyCrawford CountySpencer CountyHancock CountyBreckinridge CountyMeade CountyIN PERRY.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Perry 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 Perry County.


Civil War Books

  • Military History Chapter 7 in History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties, Indiana, from the earliest time to the present : together with interesting biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc. Chicago, Goodspeed Bros Publishers, 1885. 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]

Tell City, Perry County Public Library Newspaper Obituaries - online searchable form

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 Perry 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 Perry 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

Tell City-Perry County Public Library
2328 Tell Street
Tell City, IN 47586
Phone: 812-547-2661
E-mail:library@tcpclibrary.org
Website. This is an Affiliate Family History Centers.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Tell City-Perry County Public Library
2328 Tell Street
Tell City, IN
Phone: 812-547-2661
E-mail:library@tcpclibrary.org
Website

Has a large collection, including online obituaries from December 1999

Cannelton Public Library
210 South 8th Street
Cannelton, IN 47520
Phone: 812-547-6028
Website

Has some items related to Cannelton, including High School yearbooks.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Southern Indiana Genealogical Society
PO Box 665
New Albany, IN 47151
812-949-3527
Website

Perry County Historical Society
538 11th St
PO Box 728
Tell City, IN 47586
717-567-9011
E-mail: mlress@att.net
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.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Perry County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/perry/ 3/30/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Perry County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_County,_Indiana 3/30/2017.
  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. 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Perry County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Perry County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_County%2C_Indiana, accessed 30 December 2019.