Dubois County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Jasper
Organized: December 20, 1817
Parent County(s): Pike
Neighboring Counties
Daviess  • Martin  • Orange  • Crawford  • Perry  • Spencer  • Warrick  • Pike
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Dubois County was named for Toussaint Dubois, a Frenchman who fought in the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Tippecanoe, and the War of 1812. Dubois was a merchant who lived mainly in Vincennes. He drowned in 1816 while crossing the Little Wabash River near Lawrenceville, Illinois.[1] Dubois County is located in the southwestern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Dubois County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Jasper, IN 47546
Phone: 812-481-7035
County Courthouse

Dubois County Health Department
1187 South St. Charles Street
Jasper, IN, 47546
Health Officer: Theodore Waflart, MD
Phone Number: 812-481-7050
Fax: 812-481-7069
Email: jaspaulding@duboiscountyin.org
Health Department

Recorder Library has marriage, divorce, probate, land, court and naturalization records from 1839 and military records from 1864.
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.[3]

Dubois 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 1839 1839 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

August 1839 -- Courthouse burned and all records except for ten boxes of deeds from 1812 were destroyed.

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 1,168
1830 1,778 52.2%
1840 3,632 104.3%
1850 6,321 74.0%
1860 10,394 64.4%
1870 12,597 21.2%
1880 15,992 27.0%
1890 20,253 26.6%
1900 20,357 0.5%
1910 19,843 −2.5%
1920 19,915 0.4%
1930 20,553 3.2%
1940 22,579 9.9%
1950 23,785 5.3%
1960 27,463 15.5%
1970 30,934 12.6%
1980 34,238 10.7%
1990 36,616 6.9%
2000 39,674 8.4%
2010 41,889 5.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

Catholic Church

St. Anthony Catholic Parish, St. Anthony

St. Celestine Catholic Parish

St. Ferdinand Catholic Parish, Ferdinand

Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Schnellville

Lutheran - Evangelical

Emanuel Evangelical Church, Huntingburg

  • 1882-1917 Emanuel Evangelical Church, Huntingburg, Baptism Index 1882-1917 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch Batch M761751 .
  • Records of St. Emanuel Lutheran Church, Dubois, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).


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 Dubois County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Dubois 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 Dubois 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 Dubois County

Civil War Books:

  • "Military History Of The County" Chapter 5 in History of Pike and Dubois counties, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc. together with an extended history of the Northwest, the Indiana Territory, and the state of Indiana. 2000. (La Crosse, Wis: Brookhaven Press. Harvard (18th ed.)) (page 520-538). Online at:FamilySearch Digital Book; 977.23 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection; 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]

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

Ferdinand Branch Library
112 E 16th St
Ferdinand, IN 47532
Phone: 812-367-1671
Email: cgolden@jdcpl.us

Huntingburg Public Library
Indiana Room
419 N. Jackson Street
Huntingburg, IN 47542
Phone: 812-683-2052
Email: director@huntingburg.lib.in.us

Jasper-Dubois County Public Library
1116 Main Street
Jasper, IN 47546
Phone: 812-482-2712
Email: jwatson@jdcpl.us

Museums[edit | edit source]

Dubois County Museum
2704 N Newton St Ste A
Jasper, IN 47546-1332
Phone: 812-634-7733
Email: mhayes@duboiscountymuseum.org

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Dubois County Genealogical Society
PO Box 343
Jasper, IN 47547-0343
Email: dcgenealogicalsociety@gmail.com

Dubois County Historical Society
737 W. 8th St.
Jasper, IN 47546
Phone: 812-482-3074
Email: mhayes@duboiscountymuseum.org

Ferdinand Historical Society
PO Box 194
Ferdinand, IN 47532-0194
Phone: 812-367-1266
Email: aweyer@psci.net

Ireland Historical Society
7154 W. 150 N.
Jasper, IN 47546-8957
Email: junebug@fullnet.com

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Dubois County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/dubois/ accessed 3/28/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Dubois County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubois_County,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  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, "Dubois County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubois_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Dubois County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubois_County,_Indiana, accessed 06 December 2019.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/9/91/Igiindiana.pdf.