Marion County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Indianapolis
Organized: December 31, 1821
Parent County(s): Delaware New Purchase
Neighboring Counties
Boone  • Hamilton  • Hancock  • Shelby  • Johnson  • Morgan  • Hendricks
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Marion County is named after "The Swamp Fox" Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Marion (1732-1795).[1] It is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Marion County Courthouse
200 E. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-327-4740
County Website

Marion County Health Department
3838 N. Rural Street
Indianapolis, IN, 46205
Health Officer: Virginia Caine, MD
Phone Number: 317-221-2000
Fax: 317-221-2307
Email: HealthDept@MarionHealth.org
Health Department

CountyClerk has marriage and divorce records.
County Recorder has birth, death and land records.
Probate Court has probate records.[3]
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.

Marion 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1822 1882 1822 1822 1822 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:[7]

Cities
Towns
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana: Together with Biographies of Many Prominent Men of Other Portions of the State, Both Living and Dead. (Tucson, Arizona: Americana Unlimited, 1974.) Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Google books
  • Nowland, John H. B. Sketches of Prominent Citizens of 1876: with a Few of the Pioneers of the City and County Who Have Passed Away. (1876.) Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Internet Archive

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

Occupational Records

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 7,192
1840 16,080 123.6%
1850 24,103 49.9%
1860 39,855 65.4%
1870 71,939 80.5%
1880 102,782 42.9%
1890 141,156 37.3%
1900 197,227 39.7%
1910 263,661 33.7%
1920 348,061 32.0%
1930 422,666 21.4%
1940 460,926 9.1%
1950 551,777 19.7%
1960 697,567 26.4%
1970 792,299 13.6%
1980 765,233 −3.4%
1990 797,159 4.2%
2000 860,454 7.9%
2010 903,393 5.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".
  • United States. Names of Persons Enumerated in Marion County, Indiana, at the Fifth Census Eighteen Hundred and Thirty. (Indianapolis: E.J. Hecker, printer and publisher, 1908.) Online at:FamilySearch Digital Library;Google books

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.

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

  • Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Dist
  • Indianapolis N.
  • Indianapolis S.

Lutheran
aka Evangelical

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Indianapolis, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 Marion County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Marion 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]

Boone CountyHamilton CountyHancock CountyShelby CountyJohnson CountyMorgan CountyHendricks CountyIN MARION.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Marion 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 Marion County.

World War I

World War II

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 Marion 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 Marion 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

White River Indiana Family History Center
110 N White River Pkwy
Indianapolis IN 46222
Phone: 317-917-3210
Email: IN_WhiteRiver@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Genealogical Society of Marion County
9370 E. Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46229
Phone: 317-891-4762
Email: Info@GenealogyIndy.org
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Francis Marion" Wikipedia.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Marion County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_County,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
  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, "Marion County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Marion County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_County,_Indiana, accessed 24 December 2019.