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Guide to '''Putnam County, Indiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
 
{{Click|File:IN ORP.png|Indiana_Online_Genealogy_Records}}  {{Infobox U.S. County
 
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| state = Indiana
 
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| founded year = 1821
 
| founded date = December 31
 
| seat =  Greencastle
 
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| building address = [http://www.in.gov/judiciary/2904.htm Putnam County Courthouse]<br>1 Courthouse Square Street<br>PO Box 546<br>Greencastle, IN 46135-0546<br>Phone: 765.653.2648<br> '''County Website''' | adoption_sign = Adoption Indiana Genealogical Society}}
 
  
=== Historical Facts  ===
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Guide to '''Putnam County, Indiana ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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|organized= December 31, 1821
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|county seat= Greencastle
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|parent county= [[Vigo County, Indiana Genealogy|Vigo]], [[Owen County, Indiana Genealogy|Owen]], Unorganized territory. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Parke County, Indiana Genealogy|Parke]]
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|county2= [[Montgomery County, Indiana Genealogy|Montgomery]]
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|county3= [[Hendricks County, Indiana Genealogy|Hendricks]]
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|county4= [[Morgan County, Indiana Genealogy|Morgan]]
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|county5= [[Owen County, Indiana Genealogy|Owen]]
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|county6= [[Clay County, Indiana Genealogy|Clay]]</br><center>[[Putnam County, Indiana Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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[[Image:Israel Putnam.JPG|thumb|right|200px]]
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== County Information ==
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=== Description ===
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Putnam County was named for Israel Putnam. It is located in the west-central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Putnam County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Indiana 3/30/2017.</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{IN Courthouse Intro|Putnam}}
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''' Putnam County Courthouse'''<br>1 Courthouse Square Street<br>PO Box 546<br>Greencastle, IN 46135-0546<br>Phone: 765-653-2648<br>
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[http://www.co.putnam.in.us/county/ County Courthouse]<br><br>
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'''Putnam County Health Department'''<br>
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1542 S Bloomington St Suite 1500<br>
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Greencastle, IN, 46135<br>
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Health Officer: Robert Heavin, MD<br>
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Phone Number: 765-301-7660<br>
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Fax: 765-301-7665<br>
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Email: jyoung@putnamhealthindiana.org <br>
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[http://putnamhealthindiana.org Health Department]<br><br>
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County Health Department has birth and death records. <br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1822, Divorce and Probate Records from 1825 and Court Records from 1828. <br>County Recorder has land records. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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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.<br><br>
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=== Putnam County, Indiana Record Dates  ===
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{{IN Record Dates Intro|Putnam}}
 
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Putnam County, Indiana. Page 211-218 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref></center>
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Indiana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Putnam County, Indiana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1882  
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1882
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1822
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1822
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1882
 
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.</center>
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| colspan="7"| <center>*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.</center>
 
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed 31 December 1821&nbsp;from [[Vigo County, Indiana Genealogy|Vigo]] and [[Owen County, Indiana Genealogy|Owen]] Counties and unorganized territory. <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>  
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{IN Boundary Changes Intro|Putnam}}
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed 31 December 1821 from [[Vigo County, Indiana Genealogy|Vigo]] and [[Owen County, Indiana Genealogy|Owen]] Counties and unorganized territory. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>
 
*'''County Seat: ''' Greencastle <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Putnam County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam _County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).</ref><br>
 
*'''County Seat: ''' Greencastle <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Putnam County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam _County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).</ref><br>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ Interactive Map of Indiana County Formation History] (1790-1897) - animated maps illustrating Indiana county boundary changes
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*[https://digital.newberry.org/ahcb/documents/IN_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Indiana Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{IN Populated Places Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Description ====
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://indiana.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,133,c,putnam.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Putnam County, Indiana," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Indiana, accessed 01 January 2020.</ref>
 
 
The county was named for Israel Putnam. The County Seat is Greencastle and was founded December 31, 1822. It is located in the West Central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Putnam County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Indiana 3/30/2017.</ref>
 
 
 
==== Populated Places ====
 
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://indiana.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,133,c,putnam.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Putnam County, Indiana," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Indiana, accessed 01 January 2020.</ref>  
 
  
 
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
 
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{{IN Historical Timeline Intro|Putnam}}
[[Parke County, Indiana Genealogy|Parke]] {{•}} [[Montgomery County, Indiana Genealogy|Motngomery]] {{•}} [[Hendricks County, Indiana Genealogy|Hendricks]] {{•}} [[Morgan County, Indiana Genealogy|Morgan]] {{•}} [[Owen County, Indiana Genealogy|Owen]] {{•}} [[Clay County, Indiana Genealogy|Clay]]
 
 
 
<br> The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Putnam Israel Putnam] (1718-1790).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Indiana "Putnam County, Indiana,"] Wikipedia.</ref> [[Image:Israel Putnam.JPG|thumb|right|200px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
 
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
 
 
For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
 
 
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
 
  
=== Resources ===
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== Resources ==
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{{IN Resources Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Bible Records ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{IN Bible Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Biographies  ====
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{IN Biographies Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Business Records  ====
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* [https://digital.statelib.lib.in.us/legacy/search.aspx?index=1 Indiana Biography Index] at [https://www.in.gov/library/ Indiana State Library]
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{IN Business Records Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{IN Cemeteries Intro|Putnam}}
  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Putnam County, Indiana''' online and in print</center>
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
 
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|352989|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Indiana/Putnam-County?id=county_858 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/search?firstname=&middlename=&lastname=&birthyear=&birthyearfilter=&deathyear=&deathyearfilter=&location=Putnam%2C+County%2C+Indiana%2C+United+States+of+America&locationId=county_858 Find A Grave]
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* [http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/Putnam%20Cemeteries/index.html INGenWeb]
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/in/putnam/cemeteries.html USGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://usgwtombstones.org/indiana/putnam.html Tombstone Project]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Indiana&cemetery_county=Putnam&year_range=5&size=15 Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.ingenweb.org/inputnam/cem/ INGenWeb]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' [[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |(Often more complete)]]</center>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Putnam+Indiana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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* {{FHL|352989|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Putnam+Indiana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/in/putnam/cemeteries.html USGenWeb Archives]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Indiana/Putnam-County?id=county_858 Findagrave.com]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/indiana/putnam.html Tombstone Project]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"|<center>See [[Indiana Cemeteries|Indiana Cemeteries]] for more information.<center>
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Indiana Cemeteries|Indiana Cemeteries]] for more information.
 
 
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*see Cemeteries - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/ Linkpendium]
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*[http://www.putnamindianacemeteries.com/ Putnam County Cemetery Restoration] at the [https://sites.rootsweb.com/~inpcrp/ Indiana Pioneer Cemeteries Restoration Project]
  
*Putnam County pioneer [http://www.putnamindianacemeteries.com/ cemeteries]
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=== Census Records ===
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{{IN Census Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Census Records  ====
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{{Historical populations
 
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Indiana#Demographicss "Wikipedia.org".]
*Index to Mortality Schedule for Putnam County (1860, 1870, 1880) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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|1830 |8262
*Index to Defective, Dependent &amp; Delinquent Census for Putnam County (1880) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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|1840 |16843
 
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|1850 |18615
==== Church Records  ====
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|1860 |20681
 
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|1870 |21514
{{IN Church Intro}}  
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|1880 |22501
 
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|1890 |22335
*Putnam County Churches - [http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/church/ INGenWeb]
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|1900 |21478
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|1910 |20520
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|1920 |19880
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|1930 |20448
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|1940 |20839
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|1950 |22950
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|1960 |24927
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|1970 |26932
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|1980 |29163
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|1990 |30315
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|2000 |36019
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|2010 |37963
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* [http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/county/index.php#Putnam Index to Mortality Schedule for Putnam County (1860, 1870, 1880)]  at [http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/county/index.php Indiana Genealogical Society] ($)
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* [http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/county/index.php#Putnam Index to Defective, Dependent &amp; Delinquent Census for Putnam County (1880)]  at [http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/county/index.php Indiana Genealogical Society] ($)
  
{{IN Church Repositories|Putnam|572050}}  
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=== Church Records ===
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{{IN Church Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Court Records  ====
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*[http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/Putnam%20Churches/index.html Putnam County Churches] at [http://ingenweb.org INGenWeb]
  
==== Directories  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{IN Court Intro|Putnam}}
  
*Directory of Businesses in Putnam County, Indiana (1858) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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=== Directories ===
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{{IN Directories Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Emigration and Immigration ====
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* [http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/county/index.php#Putnam Directory of Businesses in Putnam County, Indiana (1858)] at [http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/county/index.php Indiana Genealogical Society] ($)
  
==== Ethnic and Religious Groups ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{IN Emigration Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Gazetteers  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{IN Ethnic Groups Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Genealogies ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{IN Funeral Homes Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Histories ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{IN Genealogies Intro|Putnam}}
  
===== Local Histories  =====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{IN Guardianship Intro|Putnam}}
  
*Ellsworth, Spencer. ''Records of the Olden Time, or, Fifty Years on the Prairies Embracing ... the Organization of the Counties of Putnam and Marshall, Incidents and Reminiscences Connected Therewith, Biographies of Citizens, Portraits and Illustrations''. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press (a division of NMT Corp.), 2003.), [http://www.worldcat.org/title/records-of-the-olden-time-or-fifty-years-on-the-prairies-embracing-the-organization-of-the-counties-of-putnam-and-marshall-incidents-and-reminiscences-connected-therewith-biographies-of-citizens-portraits-and-illustrations/oclc/55659790&referer=brief_results Other Libraries], [http://www.archive.org/details/recordsofoldenti00ells Internet Archive] <br>
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{IN Land Intro|Putnam}}
  
*History of Putnam County - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/hist/ Linkpendium]
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{IN Histories Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Land and Property  ====
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*''Biographical and Historical Record of Putnam County, Indiana.'' 1887.  Chicago, Illinois : Lewis Pub. Co.  Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/531130-biographical-and-historical-record-of-putnam-county-indiana-containing-portraits-of-all-the-presidents-of-the-united-states-from-washington-to-cleveland-with-accompanying-biographies-of-each-a-condensed-history-of-the-state-of-indiana?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library], [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008731293 Hathitrust], [https://archive.org/details/biographicalhist00marl Internet Archive]; {{WorldCat|2053333|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Weik's History of Putnam County, Indiana.'' 1910.  By Jesse W. Weik.  Indianapolis : B.F. Bowen & Co., Pub.  Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/259247-weik-s-history-of-putnam-county-indiana?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library], [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/006000092 Hathitrust], [https://archive.org/details/weikshistoryofpu00weik Internet Archive], [https://books.google.com/books?id=NT0mAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=county+history&lr=#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books], [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/19945/ Ancestry ($)]; {{WorldCat|866685074|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
  
{{IN Land}}{{IN Land End}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{IN Maps Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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{{IN Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{IN Putnam County}}}}
{{IN Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{IN Putnam County}}}}  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Indiana]
*[http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Indiana]  
 
*[http://www.historygeo.com/v2/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*Maps and Gazetteers - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/maps/ Linkpendium]<br>
 
  
==== Migration ====
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* [http://ulib.iupuidigital.org/cdm/search/collection/HIM/searchterm/Putnam/field/title/mode/all/conn/and/order/title Historic Indiana Maps] at [http://ulib.iupuidigital.org/cdm/search/collection/HIM IUPUI University Library]
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=== Migration ===
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{{IN Migration Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Military Records ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{IN Military Intro|Putnam}}
  
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*[https://secure.in.gov/apps/iara/search/Home/Search?RecordSeriesId=3 Military Record Series Index] at [https://secure.in.gov/apps/iara/search/ Indiana Digital Archives]
 
*Military War data (all wars):
 
*Military War data (all wars):
**[http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/mil/ INGenWeb]<br>
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**[http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/Putnam%20Military/index.html INGenWeb]<br>
 
**[http://usgwarchives.net/in/putnam/military.html USGenWeb]
 
**[http://usgwarchives.net/in/putnam/military.html USGenWeb]
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* [http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/county/index.php#Putnam Veterans in Putnam County, Indiana (1913)]  at [http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/county/index.php Indiana Genealogical Society] ($)
  
*see Military Records and History - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/ Linkpendium]<br>  
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'''''Mexican War'''''<br>
*Veterans in Putnam County, Indiana (1913) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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* [http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/county/index.php#Putnam Residents of Putnam County Who Served in the Mexican War (1846-1848)]  at [http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/county/index.php Indiana Genealogical Society] ($)
 
 
=====War of 1812 =====
 
 
 
=====Mexican War=====
 
 
 
*Residents of Putnam County Who Served in the Mexican War (1846-1848) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
 
 
 
=====Civil War=====
 
  
Civil War service men from Putnam 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 Putnam County.  
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'''''Civil War'''''<br>
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Civil War service men from Putnam 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 Putnam County.
  
*[[1st Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery|1st Regiment]], Indiana Heavy Artillery, Company E  
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*[[1st Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery|1st Regiment]], Indiana Heavy Artillery, Company E
*[[6th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry|6th Regiment]], Indiana Cavalry, Company C  
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*[[6th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry|6th Regiment]], Indiana Cavalry, Company C
*[[10th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|10th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company H  
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*[[10th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|10th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company H
*[[11th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|11th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Reorganized Companies F, H, and K  
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*[[11th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|11th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Reorganized Companies F, H, and K
*[[13th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery|13th Battery]], Indiana Light Artillery  
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*[[13th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery|13th Battery]], Indiana Light Artillery
*[[13th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|13th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Reorganized Company F, and H  
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*[[13th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|13th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Reorganized Company F, and H
*[[14th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|14th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company D  
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*[[14th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|14th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company D
*[[15th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|15th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company F  
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*[[15th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|15th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company F
*[[16th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|16th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company K  
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*[[16th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|16th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company K
*[[20th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery|20th Battery]], Indiana Light Artillery  
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*[[20th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery|20th Battery]], Indiana Light Artillery
*[[27th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|27th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Companies A, and I  
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*[[27th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|27th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Companies A, and I
*[[43rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry|43rd Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Companies B, and H  
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*[[43rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry|43rd Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Companies B, and H
*[[59th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|59th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company G  
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*[[59th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|59th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company G
*[[78th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (60 days, 1862)|78th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry (60 days, 1862), Companies A, and B  
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*[[78th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (60 days, 1862)|78th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry (60 days, 1862), Companies A, and B
*[[97th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|97th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company D  
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*[[97th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|97th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company D
*[[99th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|99th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company I  
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*[[99th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|99th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company I
*[[115th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (6 months, 1863-4)|115th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry (6 months, 1863-4), Companies C, H, and I  
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*[[115th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (6 months, 1863-4)|115th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry (6 months, 1863-4), Companies C, H, and I
 
*[[123rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry|123rd Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Companies E, and G
 
*[[123rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry|123rd Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Companies E, and G
*[[133rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry (100 days, 1864)|133rd Regiment]], Indiana Infantry (100 days, 1864),  
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*[[133rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry (100 days, 1864)|133rd Regiment]], Indiana Infantry (100 days, 1864),
*[[149th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|149th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Companies C, H, and I  
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*[[149th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|149th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Companies C, H, and I
*[[156th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|156th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company D, and E  
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*[[156th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|156th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company D, and E
 
*[[28th US Colored Troops|28th US Colored Troops]], Addition Recruits for Colored Troops
 
*[[28th US Colored Troops|28th US Colored Troops]], Addition Recruits for Colored Troops
  
=====World War I=====
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'''''World War I'''''<br>
 
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*'''1919''' {{RecordSearch|2968238|Indiana, World War I, Enrollment Cards, 1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Indiana, World War I, Enrollment Cards, 1919 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1919''' - {{RecordSearch|2968238|Indiana, World War I, Enrollment Cards, 1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
 
 
=====World War II=====
 
 
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
 
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
 
 
*see Newspaper Records - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/ Linkpendium]
 
 
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
 
 
*[http://www.vigo.lib.in.us/obituaries Wabash Valley Obituary Index] - contains most of Vigo County, but includes Putnam and other counties. These are indexes to obituaries published in Terre Haute newspapers from 1900-2007. <br>
 
 
 
*[http://pcpl21.org/localhistory/obituaries/index.php Putnam Public Library] - obituary index from The Banner Graphic, newspaper of Greencastle, covers 1972 to the present and is updated every two weeks. <br>
 
 
 
==== Occupations  ====
 
 
 
==== Periodicals  ====
 
 
 
==== Probate Records  ====
 
  
{{IN Probate Intro|Putnam}}  
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
'''Online Records'''
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{{IN Naturalization Intro|Putnam}}
*'''1798 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9045 Indiana Wills and Probate Records 1798-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
 
  
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* [https://secure.in.gov/apps/iara/search/Home/Search?searchNow=True&defaultCollectionId=&RecordSeriesId=5&Keywords=&County=Putnam&SeriesCollectionId=0&PhotographTitle=&PhotographSubject=&FirstName=&LastName=&CourtType=&CourtDisposition=&StartDate=0&EndDate=0&UseSoundex=false Naturalization Record Series (for this county)]  at [https://secure.in.gov/apps/iara/search/ Indiana Digital Archives]. Search by names.
  
{{IN Probate Repositories|Putnam|477004}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{IN Newspapers Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Public Records  ====
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* '''1804-2010''' [https://newspapers.library.in.gov/?a=p&p=regionbrowser&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN------- Hoosier State Chronicles 1804-2011]
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{IN Obituaries Intro|Putnam}}
  
===== School Records  =====
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*[http://www.vigo.lib.in.us/obituaries Wabash Valley Obituary Index] - from the [http://www.vigo.lib.in.us/ Vigo County Public Library] contains most of Vigo County, but includes Putnam and other counties. These are indexes to obituaries published in Terre Haute newspapers from 1900-2007. <br>
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*[http://archives.pcpl21.org/localhistory/searchall/index.php Putnam Public Library] - obituary index from The Banner Graphic, newspaper of Greencastle, covers 1972 to the present and is updated every two weeks. <br>
  
*Directory of Teachers for Putnam County (1936) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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=== Other Records ===
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{{IN Other Records Intro|Putnam}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{IN Periodicals Intro|Putnam}}
  
{{IN Tax Intro}}  
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{IN Probate Intro|Putnam}}
  
{{IN Tax End}}
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*'''1798-1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9045 Indiana Wills and Probate Records 1798-1999] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]
  
{{IN Tax Repositories WC|Putnam}}  
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=== School Records ===
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{{IN Schools Intro|Putnam}}
  
===== Voting Registration  =====
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* [http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/county/index.php#Putnam Directory of Teachers for Putnam County (1936)]  at [http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/county/index.php Indiana Genealogical Society] ($)
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===Social Security Records===
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*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to use this collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
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*'''1936-2007''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry ($)] — index, [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Applications and Claims Index|click here for more information]].
  
==== Repositories  ====
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{IN Tax Intro|Putnam}}
  
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{IN Vital Intro|Putnam}}
  
===== Archives  =====
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==== Birth ====
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{{IN Birth Intro|Putnam}}
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*[http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/Putnam%20Births/index.html Birth Records] at [http://ingenweb.org USGenWeb Project]
  
===== County Courthouse  =====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{IN Marriage Intro|Putnam}}
  
[http://www.in.gov/judiciary/2904.htm Putnam County Courthouse]<br>1 Courthouse Square Street<br>PO Box 546<br>Greencastle, IN 46135-0546<br>Phone: 765.653.2648<br><br>County Health Department has birth and death records. C ounty Clerk has marriage records from 1822, Divorce and Probate Records from 1825 and Court Records from 1828County Recorder has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Putnam County, Indiana 216 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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*'''1780-1992''' {{RecordSearch|1674830|Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992}}  at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Indiana Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]<br>
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*'''1800-2007''' [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=indiana%2cin Indiana, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] ($)
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*'''1802-1892''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7852&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Indiana, Compiled Marriages, 1802-1892] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]
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*'''1811-2007''' {{RecordSearch|1410397|Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Indiana Marriage Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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*[http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/Putnam%20Marriages/index.html Marriage Records] at [http://ingenweb.org USGenWeb Project]
  
===== Family History Centers  =====
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==== Death ====
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{{IN Death Intro|Putnam}}
  
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*'''1750-1993''' {{RecordSearch|3559081|Indiana Deaths and Burials, 1750-1993}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Indiana Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] <br>
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*'''1882-1920''' {{RecordSearch|1947977|Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]  - [[Indiana, Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]<br>
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*'''1899-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60716 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry]
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*[http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/Putnam%20Death%20Records/index.html Death Records] at [http://ingenweb.org USGenWeb Project]
  
{{Family History Centers Intro}}  
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==== Divorce ====
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{{IN Divorce Intro|Putnam}}
  
*[[Crawfordsville Indiana Family History Center|Crawfordsville Indiana Family History Center]]
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{IN Research Facilities Intro|Putnam}}
  
For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator family history center directory].
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=== Archives ===
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{{IN Archives Intro|Putnam}}
  
===== Libraries  =====
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
Putnam County Library<br>103 E. Poplar Street<br>Greencastle, IN 46135<br>Phone: 765-653-2755<br>[http://pcpl21.org/services/local-history/ Local History and Genealogy Website]
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'''Crawfordsville Indiana Family History Center'''<br>1086 North 125 West<br>Crawfordsville, IN 47933-6142<br>765-362-8006<br>E-mail:IN_Crawfordsville@familyhistorymail.org<br>[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Crawfordsville_Indiana_Family_History_Center Website]<br>
 
===== Museums  =====
 
  
===== Societies  =====
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=== Libraries ===
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{{IN Libraries Intro|Putnam}}
  
'''Putnam County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 116<br>103 East Poplar St.<br> Greencastle, IN 46135<br><br>
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Putnam County Library<br>103 East Poplar Street<br>Greencastle, IN 46135<br>Phone: 765-653-2755<br>[http://pcpl21.org/services/local-history/ Website]
  
'''Putnam County Museum'''<br>1105 N. Jackson St.<br>Greencastle, IN 46135<br>Telephone Number: 765-653-8419<br>[http://www.putnamcountymuseum.org/ Website]<br><br>
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=== Museums ===
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{{IN Museums Intro|Putnam}}
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*'''Putnam County Museum'''<br> 1105 North Jackson St.<br> Greencastle, IN 46135<br> Phone 765-653-8419<br>Email:[mailto:info@putnamcountymuseum.org info@putnamcountymuseum.org]<br>[http://www.putnamcountymuseum.org Website]<br>
  
'''Wabash Valley Genealogy Society'''<br>PO Box 9347<br>Terre Haute, IN 47808-9347<br>[http://www.inwvgs.org/ Website]<br><br>
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== Societies ==
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{{IN Societies Intro|Putnam}}
  
'''Putnam County Genealogical Club'''<br> RR 1, Box 28<br> Bainbridge, IN 46105<br><br>
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*'''Putnam County Genealogical Club'''<br> RR 1, Box 28<br> Bainbridge, IN 46105<br>
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*'''Putnam County Historical Society'''<br> PO Box 801<br> 103 East Poplar St.<br> Greencastle, IN 46135<br>
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*'''Wabash Valley Genealogy Society'''<br> PO Box 7012<br> Terre Haute, Indiana 47802-7012<br>Email:[mailto:wvgs@inwvgs.org wvgs@inwvgs.org]<br>[http://inwvgs.org/ Website]<br>
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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== Websites ==
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{{IN Websites Intro|Putnam}}
  
{{IN Vital Intro}}
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* [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/ Putnam County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
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* [https://secure.in.gov/apps/iara/search/ Indiana Digital Archives] Search by name in all records or specific collections
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inputnam/ INGenWeb] - Birth Records; Death Reports; Marriages
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* [http://images.indianahistory.org/cdm Indiana Historical Society Digital Collections] Extensive - keyword searches suggested
*[https://secure.in.gov/apps/iara/search/ Indiana State Digital Archives]  
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* [https://digital.library.in.gov/Web/CollectionsAcrossIndiana Indiana Memory] Click the map or select a statewide collection
 
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* [https://digital.statelib.lib.in.us/legacy/indexes.aspx List of indexes and databases] at [https://www.in.gov/library/ Indiana State Library]
===== Birth Records  =====
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* [http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/county/index.php Indiana Genealogical Society Databases] Select a county
 
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*[https://www.everynameindex.com/free_indexes/indiana_counties Every Name Index.com] Online indexes for county histories. Select a county
 
 
===== Marriage Records  =====
 
 
 
*'''1800s-2007''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=indiana%2cin Indiana, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
 
 
*'''1780-1992''' {{RecordSearch|1674830|Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992}} - FamilySearch  <br>
 
 
 
*'''1802-1892''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7852&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892] - Ancestry.com $ <br>
 
 
 
*'''1811-2007''' {{RecordSearch|1410397|Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
 
 
*see Vital Records - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/ Linkpendium]
 
 
 
===== Death Records  =====
 
*'''1882-1920''' {{RecordSearch|1947977|Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] - Index only
 
*'''1899-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60716 Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), index and images <br>
 
*[https://secure.in.gov/apps/iara/search/ Indiana State Digital Archives] <br>
 
 
 
{{IN Vital Repositories|Putnam|481446}}
 
 
 
====  Websites  ====
 
 
 
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/indiana/putnam-county/ Putnam County, Indiana Genealogy, History and Facts]
 
 
*[http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/ INGenWeb], Putnam County
 
*[http://ingenweb.org/inputnam/ INGenWeb], Putnam County
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/putnam/putnam.html USGenWeb], Putnam County
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/putnam/putnam.html USGenWeb], Putnam County
*{{FHL|United%20States%2C%20Indiana%2C%20Putnam|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}, Putnam County
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*[https://www.in.gov/library/genealogy.htm Indiana State Library], Putnam County records.
*[https://www.in.gov/library/genealogy.htm Indiana State Library], Putnam County records.  
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|197976|Indiana|Putnam}} – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Putnam/ Putnam County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116137955399210084448 Indiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+]  
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/208669295836038/ Indiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
 
 
=== Places  ===
 
 
 
 
 
=== References  ===
 
  
<references />
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== Research Guides ==
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{{IN Research Guides Intro|Putnam}}
  
{{Indiana|Indiana}}
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== References ==
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<references />
  
[[Category:Putnam_County,_Indiana]]
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{{Indiana|Indiana}}
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Revision as of 19:36, 19 June 2021

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

County Facts
County seat: Greencastle
Organized: December 31, 1821
Parent County(s): Vigo, Owen, Unorganized territory. [1]
Neighboring Counties
Parke  • Montgomery  • Hendricks  • Morgan  • Owen  • Clay
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Putnam County was named for Israel Putnam. It is located in the west-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Putnam County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square Street
PO Box 546
Greencastle, IN 46135-0546
Phone: 765-653-2648
County Courthouse

Putnam County Health Department
1542 S Bloomington St Suite 1500
Greencastle, IN, 46135
Health Officer: Robert Heavin, MD
Phone Number: 765-301-7660
Fax: 765-301-7665
Email: jyoung@putnamhealthindiana.org
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage records from 1822, Divorce and Probate Records from 1825 and Court Records from 1828.
County Recorder has land 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.

Putnam 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]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1882 1822 1882 1828 1824 1825 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
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 8,262
1840 16,843 103.9%
1850 18,615 10.5%
1860 20,681 11.1%
1870 21,514 4.0%
1880 22,501 4.6%
1890 22,335 −0.7%
1900 21,478 −3.8%
1910 20,520 −4.5%
1920 19,880 −3.1%
1930 20,448 2.9%
1940 20,839 1.9%
1950 22,950 10.1%
1960 24,927 8.6%
1970 26,932 8.0%
1980 29,163 8.3%
1990 30,315 4.0%
2000 36,019 18.8%
2010 37,963 5.4%
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 Putnam County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Putnam 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]

Montgomery CountyHendricks CountyMorgan CountyOwen CountyClay CountyParke CountyIN PUTNAM.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Mexican War

Civil War
Civil War service men from Putnam 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 Putnam County.

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 Putnam 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 Putnam County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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

Crawfordsville Indiana Family History Center
1086 North 125 West
Crawfordsville, IN 47933-6142
765-362-8006
E-mail:IN_Crawfordsville@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Putnam County Library
103 East Poplar Street
Greencastle, IN 46135
Phone: 765-653-2755
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

  • Putnam County Genealogical Club
    RR 1, Box 28
    Bainbridge, IN 46105
  • Putnam County Historical Society
    PO Box 801
    103 East Poplar St.
    Greencastle, IN 46135
  • Wabash Valley Genealogy Society
    PO Box 7012
    Terre Haute, Indiana 47802-7012
    Email:wvgs@inwvgs.org
    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. Wikipedia contributors, "Putnam County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Indiana 3/30/2017.
  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, "Putnam County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam _County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Putnam County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Indiana, accessed 01 January 2020.