Clinton County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Frankfort
Organized: March 1, 1830
Parent County(s): Tippecanoe County
Neighboring Counties
Carroll  • Howard  • Tipton  • Hamilton  • Boone  • Montgomery  • Tippecanoe
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Clinton County was named in honor of DeWitt Clinton, the seventh Governor of New York State and architect of the Erie Canal.[1] The county is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clinton County Courthouse
265 Courthouse Square
Frankfort IN 46041
Phone: 765-659-6335
County Website

Clinton County Health Department
400 East Clinton Street
Frankfort, IN, 46041
Health Officer: Stephen Tharp, MD
Phone Number: 765-659-6385
Fax: 765-659-6387
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1830, divorce and court records from 1888.
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.

Clinton 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 1830 1882 1888 1829 1830 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]

Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 1,423
1840 7,508 427.6%
1850 11,869 58.1%
1860 14,505 22.2%
1870 17,330 19.5%
1880 23,472 35.4%
1890 27,370 16.6%
1900 28,202 3.0%
1910 26,674 −5.4%
1920 27,737 4.0%
1930 27,329 −1.5%
1940 28,411 4.0%
1950 29,734 4.7%
1960 30,765 3.5%
1970 30,547 −0.7%
1980 31,545 3.3%
1990 30,974 −1.8%
2000 33,866 9.3%
2010 33,224 −1.9%
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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

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 Clinton County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Clinton 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]

Carroll CountyHoward CountyTipton CountyHamilton CountyBoone CountyMontgomery CountyTippecanoe CountyIN CLINTON.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Clinton 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 Clinton County.

Civil War Book:

  • "Slavery, And Indiana In The War Of The Rebellion" and "The Civil War" Chapter 9 in History of Clinton County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Towns, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Representative Citizens Also a Condensed History of Indiana. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, Inc, 1977.) page 144-198; 373-393; 977.2553 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection other librariesINTERNET 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[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 Clinton 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 Clinton 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 Clinton County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Frankfort Community Public Library
208 West Clinton Street
Frankfort, IN 46041
Phone: 765-654-8746

Museums[edit | edit source]

Clinton County Historical Society & Museum
301 E. Clinton Street
Frankfort, IN 46041
Phone: 765-659-2030
Fax: 765-654-7773

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Clinton County Historical Society & Museum
301 East Clinton Street
Frankfort, IN 46041
Phone: 765-659-2030

Clinton County Genealogical Society
Frankfort Community Public Library
208 West Clinton Street
Frankfort, IN 46041
Phone 765-654-8746

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Clinton County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/02/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Clinton County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 3/02/2017.
  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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Clinton County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/02/2017.