Gibson County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Princeton
Organized: March 9, 1813
Parent County(s): Knox
Neighboring Counties
Knox  • Pike  • Warrick  • Vanderburgh  • Posey  • White (IN)  • Wabash (IN)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Gibson County was named for John Gibson. It is located in the southwestern area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Gibson County Courthouse
101 N Main Street
Princeton, IN 47670
Phone: 812-386-8401
County Website

Gibson County Health Department
203 South Prince Street, Ste A
Princeton, IN, 47670
Health Officer: Bruce Brink Jr, DO
Phone Number: 812-385-3831
Fax: 812-386-8027
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage records from 1813, divorce, probate and court records from 1820.[2]
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.

Gibson 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1813 1880 1820 1836 1820 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1935 Gibson County courthouse was destroyed by fire, but no records were harmed. 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:[6]

Unincorporated communities

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 6,192
1840 6,280 1.4%
1850 6,403 2.0%
1860 7,855 22.7%
1870 7,939 1.1%
1880 8,282 4.3%
1890 11,156 34.7%
1900 11,227 0.6%
1910 13,661 21.7%
1920 18,061 32.2%
1930 19,666 8.9%
1940 23,926 21.7%
1950 27,777 16.1%
1960 28,567 2.8%
1970 28,799 0.8%
1980 29,233 1.5%
1990 30,159 3.2%
2000 32,580 8.0%
2010 33,503 2.8%
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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

St. Bernard Catholic Parish

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African American

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 Gibson County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

  • Index to Documents Proving Land Titles for Gibson County - INGenWeb

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Gibson 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 Gibson 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 Gibson County

Civil War Books:

  • "The War For The Union" in "Patrictish" Chapter 11 of Jas. T. Tartt & Co. 1978. History of Gibson County, Indiana : with illustrations descriptive of its scenery, and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers.Re-Printed. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic.) 977.235 H2ga. FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection; Other Libraries
  • "Civil War" in "Military History of Gibson County" Chapter 15 of Stormont, Gil R. 1914. History of Gibson County, Indiana, her people, industries and institutions : with biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of many of the old families. (Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen.) Online at:FamilySearch Digital Book; FHL US/CAN Film 934905 Item 1 FHL Collection; Internet Archive
  • Gibson County in the civil war; an address by Col. Gil. R. Stormont, at the dedication of the Gibson County soldiers monument at Princeton, Indiana, on Nov. 12, 1913 [i.e. 1912] History of other monuments in Gibson County. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Book; 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 Gibson 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 Gibson 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 Gibson County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Princeton Public Library
124 S. Hart Street
Princeton, IN 47670
Phone: 812-385-4464

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Lyles Station Historic Preservation Corporation
PO Box 1193
953 N. County Road, 500 W.
Princeton, IN 47670
Phone: 812-385-2534

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Gibson County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Gibson County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Gibson County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 09 December 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at