Bartholomew County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Columbus
Organized: January 8, 1821
Parent County(s): Delaware New Purchase
Neighboring Counties
Jackson  • Jennings  • Decatur  • Shelby  • Johnson  • Brown
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Bartholomew County was named for Lt. Col. Joseph Bartholomew; who was wounded at the Battle of Tippecanoe. [1] The county is located in the south-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Bartholomew County Courthouse
440 3rd St; PO Box 924
Columbus, IN 47202-0924
Phone: 812-379-1600
County Website

Bartholomew County Health Department
440 Third Street, Suite 303
Columbus, IN, 47201
Phone Number: 812-379-1550
Fax: 812-379-1040
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage, probate, and court records from 1821, naturalization, cemetery and military records.
County Recorder has land records from 1821.
Vital Statistics has birth and death records from 1882 [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.

Bartholomew 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 1821 1882 1821 1821 1821 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]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Kansas
  • South Bethany

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Biographical Record of Bartholomew County, Indiana. 1904. B.F. Bowen, Publ. Online at: Google Books

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 5,476
1840 10,042 83.4%
1850 12,428 23.8%
1860 17,865 43.7%
1870 21,133 18.3%
1880 22,777 7.8%
1890 23,867 4.8%
1900 24,594 3.0%
1910 24,813 0.9%
1920 23,887 −3.7%
1930 24,864 4.1%
1940 28,276 13.7%
1950 36,108 27.7%
1960 48,198 33.5%
1970 57,022 18.3%
1980 65,088 14.1%
1990 63,657 −2.2%
2000 71,435 12.2%
2010 76,794 7.5%
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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

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

  • Columbus


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 Bartholomew County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Bartholomew 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
Civil War service men from Bartholomew 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 Bartholomew County.

Civil War Book:

  • Military History, Chapter 6 in History of Bartholomew County, Indiana: From the Earliest Time to the Present, with Biographical Sketches, Notes, Etc.: Together with a Short History of the Northwest, the Indiana Territory, and the State of Indiana. (Chicago: Brant; Fuller, 1888.),( page 431-469, Regiment, Companies); 977.224 H2h v. 1; v.2 FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection; FamilySearch Digital Book; INTERNET ARCHIVE

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]

Voting Records

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 Bartholomew 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 Bartholomew County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.
Bartholomew County Archives Department
234 Washington Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Phone: 812-379-1503

Bartholomew County Historian
1130 Franklin St.
Columbus, IN 47201-5710
Phone: 812-376-8826

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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Bartholomew County Public Library
536 Fifth Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Phone: 812-379-1255

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Bartholomew County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2455
Columbus, IN 47202-2455

Bartholomew County Historical Society
524 Third Street
Columbus, IN 47201
Phone: 812-372-3541

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Bartholomew County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 2/27/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Bartholomew County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 2/27/2017.
  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, "Bartholomew County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Bartholomew County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 19 November 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at