Fulton County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Rochester
Organized: February 7, 1835
Parent County(s): Unorganized Territory
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Fulton County was named in honor of Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat.[1] It is located in the north-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Fulton County Courthouse
815 Main Street
Rochester, IN 46975
Phone: 219-223-2911
County Website

Fulton County Health Department
125 East 9th Street, Suite. 004
Rochester, IN, 46975
Health Officer: David Reyburn, MD
Phone Number: 574-223-2881
Fax: 574-223-2335
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1836.
County Health Department has birth and death records.
County recorder has land records.[3]

Fulton 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 1836 1882 1836 1836 1836 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]


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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,993
1850 5,982 200.2%
1860 9,422 57.5%
1870 12,726 35.1%
1880 14,301 12.4%
1890 16,746 17.1%
1900 17,453 4.2%
1910 16,879 −3.3%
1920 16,478 −2.4%
1930 15,038 −8.7%
1940 15,577 3.6%
1950 16,565 6.3%
1960 16,957 2.4%
1970 16,984 0.2%
1980 19,335 13.8%
1990 18,840 −2.6%
2000 20,511 8.9%
2010 20,836 1.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".
  • Census transcripts (Fulton County Public Library):

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 Fulton County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • History of Indiana from its Exploration to 1922 : Also an Account of Fulton County from its Organization. 1923. By Henry A. Barnhart, and also Logan Esarey. Dayton, Ohio : Dayton Historical Pub. Co., 1923. Online at: Hathitrust, Google Books; At various libraries (WorldCat). Vol. 3 is the account of Fulton County.

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 Fulton 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 Fulton County

Civil War Books:

  • "Military" Chapter 5 in Barnhart, Henry A. 1981. *Barnhart, Henry A. 1981. History of Indiana from its exploration to 1922. (Rochester, Ind. (700 Pontiac St., Rochester, Ind., 46975): Tombaugh Pub. House. ); also Barnhart, Henry A., and Logan Esarey. 1923. An account of Fulton County: from its organization. (Dayton, Ohio: Dayton Historical Pub. Co.). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; 977.287 H2a FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection.

World War I

World War II

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 Fulton County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records.

School Records[edit | edit source]

School Records

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Fulton County Historical Society
37 E 375 N
Rochester, IN 46975
Phone: 574-223-4436

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Franklin County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/franklin/ accessed 3/28/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_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, "Fulton County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Fulton County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_County%2C_Indiana, accessed 09 December 2019.