Perry County, Indiana Genealogy

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

Perry County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded September 7, 1814
County Seat Tell City
Courthouse
Address Perry County Courthouse
2219 Payne Street
Tell City, IN 47586
Phone: 812.547.3741
Website
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Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
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.
  • Parent Counties: Formed 7 September 1814 from Warrick and Gibson Counties.[2]
  • County Seat: Tell City [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named in honor of the gallant Commodore Oliver H. Perry. The County Seat is Tell City and was founded 1814.[4] It is located in the South Central area of the state.[5]

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:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Townships


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Crawford  • Dubois  • Spencer  • Hancock  • Breckinridge  • Meade

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps" (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Perry County, Indiana Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • All of the family biographies from the 1885 History of Perry County, Indiana by Goodspeed are available free online on My Genealogy Hound

Business Records[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
INGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
USGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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".

For tips on accessing Perry County, Indiana Genealogy census records online, see: Indiana Census.

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.

For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.


Finding More Church Records[edit source]

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Perry County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:


Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Histories[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[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. (1973. Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic.) FHL US/CAN Film 934922 Item 4, FHL Collection, Other Libraries, Internet Archive

Land and Property[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.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the courthouse, where records are currently housed.

See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.


Finding More Land Records[edit source]

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Perry County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Maps[edit | edit source]

Dubois CountyCrawford CountySpencer CountyHancock CountyBreckinridge CountyMeade CountyIN PERRY.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]
  • "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. (1973. Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic.)(page 685-710),FHL US/CAN Film 934922 Item 4, FHL Collection, Other Libraries, Internet Archive
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Occupations[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. Online Records


Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Perry County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Public Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Perry County Courthouse
2219 Payne Street
Tell City, IN 47586
Phone: 812.547.3741

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. [7]

Archives[edit | edit source]
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

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the family history center directory.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Tell City-Perry County Public Library
2328 Tell Street
Tell City, IN
Has large collection, including online obituaries from December 1999

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

Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Southern Indiana Genealogical Society
PO Box 665
New Albany, IN 47151
Website

Perry County Historical Society
PO Box 728
Tell City, IN 47586
E-mail: mlress@att.net

Perry County Historical Society
538 11th St
Tell City, IN 47586

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Finding More Tax Records[edit source]

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Perry County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:


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 records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Perry County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:


Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Perry County, Indiana. Page 211-218 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 208-211.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Perry County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Perry County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/perry/ 3/30/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Perry County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_County,_Indiana 3/30/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Perry County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_County%2C_Indiana, accessed 30 December 2019.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Perry County, Indiana 215 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.