Hamilton County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Noblesville
Organized: January 8, 1823
Parent County(s): Marion and unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clinton  • Tipton  • Madison  • Hancock  • Marion  • Boone
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Hamilton County was named for Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the United States Treasury, under Washington. It is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Hamilton County Courthouse]
Public Square
Noblesville, IN 46060
Phone: 317-776-9629
County Website

Hamilton County Health Department
18030 Foundation Drive Ste. A
Noblesville, IN, 46060
Health Officer: Charles Harris, MD
Phone Number: 317-776-8500
Fax: 317-776-8506
Email: health@hamiltoncounty.in.gov
Health Department

Hamilton County, Indiana lies just to the north of Indianapolis. Two courthouses are located in the historic center of Noblesville. The older courthouse contains a variety of publicly available records. County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage, divoce, probate and court records from 1833
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.

Hamilton 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 1833 1882 1833 1825 1833 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

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 Hamilton 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.

The following may help in your research:

  • Hamilton East Public Library Hamilton County Indiana Cemetery Database with 53284 names in their cemetery database.
  • Correll, James L & Velma B. Hamilton County, Indiana, small cemeteries, Jackson Township. Kokomo, Indiana: Selby Pub & Printing, c1986.
  • Evans, Nellie E, compiler. Hamilton County Cemeteries, Vol 1. Sheridan, Indiana: Nellie E Evans, nd.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Hamilton County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 26,123
1900 29,914 14.5%
1910 27,026 −9.7%
1920 24,222 −10.4%
1930 23,444 −3.2%
1940 24,614 5.0%
1950 28,491 15.8%
1960 40,132 40.9%
1970 54,532 35.9%
1980 82,027 50.4%
1990 108,936 32.8%
2000 182,740 67.7%
2010 274,569 50.3%
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

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

African Americans

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 Hamilton County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

  • Bevelhimer, Susan. Abstracts of the will records of Hamilton County, Indiana 1824-1901. Owensboro, Ky. : Cook & McDowell, 1981. - Repository: HEPL 977.256 WILLS BEV LCCN: 02802310

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton County

Civil War Books

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]

Hamilton East Public Library
Indiana Room
One Library Plaza
Noblesville, IN 46060
Phone: 317-770-3206

Obituary and Death Index's from Newspapers in Hamilton County. The Indiana Room has an Obituary File Index that indexes obituaries published in newspapers which they have on microfilm.

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

  • 1798–1999 Indiana Wills and Probate Records 1798-1999 at Ancestry $
  • 1824–1901 Abstracts of the will records of Hamilton County, Indiana 1824-1901. By Bevelhimer, Susan. Owensboro, Ky. Cook & McDowell, 1981. - Repository: HEPL 977.256 WILLS BEV LCCN: 02802310

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]

  • 1880-1920 - Indiana Gov Library Index to birth records, Hamilton County, Indiana, 1880-1920 inclusive. Indiana: WPA, 1941. 2 vol.

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Hamilton County Genealogical Society
111 Beechmont Drive
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317-846-5714
Email: Kathyvena@att.net

Hamilton County Historical Society
P.O. Box 397
810 Conner Street
Noblesville, IN 46061-0397
Phone: 317-770-0775
Email: hamiltoncomuseum@att.net

Carmel Clay Historical Society
211 1st St. SW
Carmel, IN 46032-2003
Phone: 317-846-7117
Email: info@carmelclayhistory.org

Sheridan Historical Society
315 South Main St.
Sheridan, IN 46069-1113
Phone: 317-758-5054
Email: Sheridanhistorical@att.net

Westfield-Washington Historical Society
P.O. Box 103
130 Penn Street
Westfield, IN 46074-0103
Phone: 317-804-5365
Email: president@wwhs.us

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Indiana State Library Archives, [1]
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Hamilton County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton_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, "Hamilton County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Hamilton County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton_County,_Indiana, accessed 11 December 2019.