Blackford County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Hartford City
Organized: February 15, 1838
Parent County(s): Jay
Neighboring Counties
Grant  • Wells  • Jay  • Delaware
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Blackford County was named in honor of Judge Blackford, one of the pioneer judges of Indiana.[1] It is located in the east-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Blackford County Indiana
110 W Washington Street
Hartford City, IN 47348
Phone: 765-348-1620
County Website

Blackford County Health Department
506 East VanCleve Street
Hartford City, IN, 47348
Health Officer: Lori Skidmore, MD
Phone Number: 765-348-4317
Fax: 765-348-3041
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1839.
City and County Health Officers have birth and death records.
County Recorder has land records.
County Coroner has burial records. [3]

Blackford 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 1839 1882 1839 1836 1839 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
Ghost towns
  • Bowser Station
  • Dorsey Station
  • Frog Alley
  • Greenland
  • Little Chicago
  • Luck
  • Mollie
  • Pleasantdale
  • Renner
  • Silas
  • Slocum
  • Winterhurst

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,226
1850 2,860 133.3%
1860 4,122 44.1%
1870 6,272 52.2%
1880 8,020 27.9%
1890 10,461 30.4%
1900 17,213 64.5%
1910 15,820 −8.1%
1920 14,084 −11.0%
1930 13,617 −3.3%
1940 13,783 1.2%
1950 14,026 1.8%
1960 14,792 5.5%
1970 15,888 7.4%
1980 15,570 −2.0%
1990 14,067 −9.7%
2000 14,048 −0.1%
2010 12,766 −9.1%
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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

Presbyterian Church

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 Blackford County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Blackford 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 Blackford 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 Blackford County.

Civil War Books:

  • "The Civil War" Part 3, Chapter 7 in Biographical and historical record of Jay and Blackford counties, Indiana : a condensed history of the state of Indiana, portraits and biographies of some of the prominent men of the state, with personal histories of many of the leading families. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1978. (Pages 738-743, some Regiments and Companies). Online at: FamilySearch Digital; FHL Collection; Internet Archive; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • Cecil E. Beeson. Records of Indiana Rangers in the Civil War, Montpelier, Indiana men. Fort Wayne, IN 1975. Online at: FamilySearch Digital; GenealogyCenter.

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 Blackford 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 Blackford 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 Blackford County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Blackford County Historical Society
P.O. Box 264
321 North High Street
Hartford City, IN 47348
Phone: 765-499-2659

Montpelier Historical Society
P.O. Box 204
319 S Main St
Montpelier, IN 47359

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Blackford County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/01/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Blackford County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 3/01/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Blackford County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, Blackford County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 22 November 2019.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at