Dearborn County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Lawrenceburg
Organized: March 7, 1803
Parent County(s): Clark
Neighboring Counties
Ohio  • Ripley  • Franklin  • Hamilton (OH)  • Boone (KY)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Dearborn County was named in honor of General Henry Dearborn, at that time Secretary of War.[1] The county is located in the southeastern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Dearborn County Courthouse
215-B High Street
Lawrenceburg, In 47025
Phone: 812-537-8867
County Website

Dearborn County Health Department
165 Mary St
Lawrenceburg, IN, 47025
Health Officer: Stephen Eliason, MD
Phone Number: (812) 537-8756
Fax: 812-537-3450
Health Department

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1826, Divorce, Probate and court records.
County Health Officer has birth and death records.
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.

Dearborn 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 1837 1882 1837 1837 1855 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

March 1826 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 7,310
1820 11,468 56.9%
1830 13,974 21.9%
1840 19,327 38.3%
1850 20,166 4.3%
1860 24,406 21.0%
1870 24,116 −1.2%
1880 26,671 10.6%
1890 23,364 −12.4%
1900 22,194 −5.0%
1910 21,396 −3.6%
1920 20,033 −6.4%
1930 21,056 5.1%
1940 23,053 9.5%
1950 25,141 9.1%
1960 28,674 14.1%
1970 29,430 2.6%
1980 34,291 16.5%
1990 38,835 13.3%
2000 46,109 18.7%
2010 50,047 8.5%
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

Church of Christ


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Dillsboro, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in the America database at$)

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Kelso

St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Manchester


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 Dearborn County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Dearborn County. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information. For more information about local histories, see Indiana Local Histories.

  • A short history of Dearborn County is located on the Dearborn County website - Dearborn County History.
  • History of Dearborn County included as part of 1875 Atlas of Dearborn County, Indiana. Lake, Griffing & Stevenson, 1875. Digital Images. Historic Map Works

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 Dearborn 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 Dearborn County.

Civil War Book:
Civil War"Chapter 13 in History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, Indiana: From Their Earliest Settlement, Containing a History of the Counties; Their Cities, Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, and Churches ... Biographies; Preliminary Chapters on the History of the North-West Territory, the State of Indiana, and the Indians. (Evansville, IN: Whipporwill Publications, 1986.) page 203-225,977.21 H2h 1977 FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection; other library; 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[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 Dearborn 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 Dearborn 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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Lawrenceburg Public Library District
150 Mary Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Phone: 812-537-2775
Library houses a genealogy section.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Carnegie Hall Museum
14687 Main St.
Moores Hill, IN 47032-9162
Phone: 812-744-4015

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Dearborn County Historical Society
508 W. High Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025-1916
Phone: 812-537-4075

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Dearborn County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/02/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Dearborn 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. 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, "Dearborn County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Dearborn County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 04 December 2019.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at