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

County Facts
County seat: Nashville
Organized: February 4, 1836
Parent County(s): Bartholomew, Jackson, Monroe
Neighboring Counties
Morgan  • Johnson  • Bartholomew  • Jackson  • Monroe
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County Information


Brown County was named for Gen. Jacob Brown, who defeated the British at the Battle of Sackett's Harbor in the War of 1812.[1] The county is located in the south-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Brown County Courthouse
Main St and Van Buren Street
Nashville, IN 47448
Phone: 812-988-5510
County Website

Brown County Health Department
201 Locust Lane, P.O. Box 281
Nashville, IN, 47448
Health Officer: Norman Oestrike, MD
Phone Number: 812-988-2255
Fax: 812-988-5601
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.
County Clerk has marriage and probate and court records from 1836 divorce records from 1850, court ordered birth records from 1942.
County Recorder has land records from 1874. [3]
Health Department has birth records and death records filed.
Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

Brown County, Indiana Record Dates

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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1836 1882 1836 1874 1836 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss

Courthouse destroyed by fire in 1873, all records except some clerk's files were lost.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Beck
  • Beveridge
  • Buffalo
  • Cleona
  • Cooper
  • Gent
  • Kelp
  • Lock
  • Marble
  • Marshall
  • Ramelton
  • Sherman
  • Youno

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations



Cemeteries of Brown 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

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,364
1850 4,846 105.0%
1860 6,507 34.3%
1870 8,681 33.4%
1880 10,264 18.2%
1890 10,308 0.4%
1900 9,727 −5.6%
1910 7,975 −18.0%
1920 7,019 −12.0%
1930 5,168 −26.4%
1940 6,189 19.8%
1950 6,209 0.3%
1960 7,024 13.1%
1970 9,057 28.9%
1980 12,377 36.7%
1990 14,080 13.8%
2000 14,957 6.2%
2010 15,242 1.9%
Source: "".

Church Records

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


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

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 Brown County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Brown 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

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Military Records

Civil War
Civil War service men from Brown County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Brown County.

Civil War Books:

  • Indiana Genealogical Society. Indiana Veterans Enrollment List. 1890 Brown County. [Indiana]: (Indiana Genealogical Society, 2006.) CD-ROM no. 4168 Computer US/CAN DesktopFHL Collection other library
  • "Military History" in Blanchard, Charles. Counties of Morgan, Monroe, and Brown, Indiana. Historical and Biographical. (Chicago: F.A. Battey & Co, 1884.) page 703-713,977.2 FamilySearch Digital Book; other library INTERNET ARCHIVE

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship


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.


Other Records


Probate Records

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 Brown County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records.

School Records

Social Security Records

Tax Records

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

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.





Research Facilities


Listed below are archives in Brown County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Affiliate Libraries

Bloomington Indiana Family History Center
4235 W Third St
Bloomington IN 47403


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



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

       lists 60 Boone county cemeteries


Research Guides


  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Brown County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/01/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Brown County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 3/01/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Brown County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).