Adams County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Decatur
Organized: February 7, 1835
Parent County(s): Original County
Neighboring Counties
Allen  • Wells  • Jay  • Van Wert  • Mercer
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Adams County was named in honor of President John Quincy Adams. It is located in the northeastern area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Adams County Courthouse
112 S 2nd Street
Decatur, IN 46733
Phone: 219-724-2600
County Website

Adams County Health Department
313 West Jefferson Street
Decatur, IN, 46733
Phone Number: 260-724-5326
Fax: 260-724-5328
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records. [2]
Health Department has birth records filed and death records filed.
Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

Adams 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1836 1882 1844 1837 1838 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]

Populated Places
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:[5]

Unincorporated communities

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 Adams 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 Adams County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,264
1850 5,797 156.1%
1860 9,252 59.6%
1870 11,382 23.0%
1880 15,385 35.2%
1890 20,181 31.2%
1900 22,232 10.2%
1910 21,840 −1.8%
1920 20,503 −6.1%
1930 19,957 −2.7%
1940 21,254 6.5%
1950 22,393 5.4%
1960 24,643 10.0%
1970 26,871 9.0%
1980 29,619 10.2%
1990 31,095 5.0%
2000 33,625 8.1%
2010 34,387 2.3%
Source: "".

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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

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 Adams County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Adams 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]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

  • Adams County, Indiana List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 at Internet Archive

Civil War service men from Adams 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 Adams County.

World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918

World War II, 1941-1945

  • Adams County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps - AccessGenealogy
  • USGenWeb Archives Adams County Military - USGenWeb

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • 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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Berne Public Library
166 North Sprunger Street
Berne, IN 46711
Phone: 260-589-2809

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Adams County Historical Society
P.O. Box 262
420 West Monroe Street
Decatur, IN 46733-3493
Phone: 260-724-3493

Adams County Indiana Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 33
Geneva, IN 46740-0033

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 2/27/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 19 November 2019.