Greene County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Bloomfield
Organized: January 5, 1821
Parent County(s): Sullivan and Unorganized territory
Neighboring Counties
Sullivan  • Clay  • Owen  • Monroe  • Lawrence  • Martin  • Daviess  • Knox
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Greene County was named for Gen. Nathanael Greene, who commanded the southern theater in the Revolutionary War, eventually forcing the British army under Charles Cornwallis to retreat to Yorktown. There it was forced to surrender, ensuring American independence.[1] The county is located in the southwestern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Green County Courthouse
1 East Main Street / PO Box 229
Bloomfield, IN 47424
Phone: 812-384-8532
County Website

Greene County Health Department
217 East Spring Street, Suite #1
Bloomfield, IN, 47424
Health Officer: Peter Powers, MD
Phone Number: 812-384-4496
Fax: 812-384-2037
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage, divorce and court records from 1821, probate records from 1823, and naturalization records 1854-1906.
County Recorder has land records from 1824, military records and some cemetery records. County Health Department has birth records from 1885 and death records from 1893. [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.

Greene 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
1885 1821 1893 1821 1824 1823 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]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 4,242
1840 8,321 96.2%
1850 12,313 48.0%
1860 16,041 30.3%
1870 19,514 21.7%
1880 22,996 17.8%
1890 24,379 6.0%
1900 28,530 17.0%
1910 36,873 29.2%
1920 36,770 −0.3%
1930 31,481 −14.4%
1940 31,330 −0.5%
1950 27,886 −11.0%
1960 26,327 −5.6%
1970 26,894 2.2%
1980 30,416 13.1%
1990 30,410 −0.0%
2000 33,157 9.0%
2010 33,165 0.0%
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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

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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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 Greene County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Greene 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 Greene 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 Greene County

Civil War Book:

  • "Military History of Greence County" Chaper 8, 9, 10, in History of Greene and Sullivan Counties, State of Indiana1884. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; FHL Collection. (page 115-181, Regiment, Companies, Names)

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

Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library
125 South Franklin Street
Bloomfield, IN 47424
Phone: 812-384-412

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Greene County Historical Society
P.O. Box 301
27 S. Washington Street
Bloomfield, IN 47424
Phone: 812-384-8400

Wabash Valley Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 7012
Terre Haute, IN 47802-7012

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Greene County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/28/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Greene County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_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, "Greene County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Greene County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 11 December 2019.