Hancock County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Greenfield
Organized: March 1, 1828
Parent County(s): Madison
Neighboring Counties
Hamilton  • Madison  • Henry  • Rush  • Shelby  • Marion
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Hancock County was named for John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, who signed his name prominently to the Declaration of Independence. The county is located in the central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Hancock County Courthouse]
9 E Main Street
Greenfield, IN 46140
Phone: 317-462-1109
County Website

Hancock County Health Department
111 American Legion Pl, Rm 150
Greenfield, IN, 46140
Health Officer: Sandra Aspy, MD
Phone Number: 317-477-1125
Fax: 317-477-1154
Email: cbaker@hancockcoingov.org
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1828.
County Recorder has land records.
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882. [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.

Hancock 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 1828 1882 1828 1827 1828 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 Hancock 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 Hancock County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 1,436
1840 7,535 424.7%
1850 9,698 28.7%
1860 12,802 32.0%
1870 15,123 18.1%
1880 17,123 13.2%
1890 17,829 4.1%
1900 19,189 7.6%
1910 19,030 −0.8%
1920 17,210 −9.6%
1930 16,605 −3.5%
1940 17,302 4.2%
1950 20,332 17.5%
1960 26,665 31.1%
1970 35,096 31.6%
1980 43,939 25.2%
1990 45,527 3.6%
2000 55,391 21.7%
2010 70,002 26.4%
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 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 Hancock County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Hancock 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 Hancock County, Indiana : From its Earliest Settlement. 1882. By John H. Binford. Greenfield, Ind. : King & Binford. Online at: Hathitrust, Internet Archive, Google Books; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • History of Hancock County, Indiana, its People, Industries, and Institutions. 1916. By George J. Richman. Indianapolis, Indiana : Federal Publishing. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Hathitrust, Internet Archive, Google Books; At various libraries (WorldCat). Note: Two histories of Hancock County by George J. Richman were published in 1916 by two different publishers, one was 860 pages and the other was 1,252 pages. The additional pages were biographical sketches. The smaller book was reprinted in 1978. The additional pages from the second book were reprinted separately in 1979. The 1978 reprint includes an index to all of the pages. This index was prepared by the WPA in 1941. Both books should be consulted, as neither one is complete.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Mexican War, 1846-1848

Civil War, 1861-1865
Civil War service men from Hancock 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 Hancock County

Civil War Book:

World War I

World War II

  • Hancock County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps Access Genealogy

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

Hancock County Public Library - Sugar Creek
5087 West US 52
New Palestine, IN 46163

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Hancock County Historical Society
P.O. Box 375
28 Apple St.
Greenfield, IN 46140
Phone: 317-462-7780
Email: hancockhistory@live.com

Hancock County, Indiana, Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 122
700 N. Broadway
Greenfield, IN 46140-0122
Email: hancockgensoc@insightbb.com

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Hancock County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_County,_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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Hancock County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/hancock/ accessed 3/28/2017
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Hancock County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Hancock County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_County,_Indiana, accessed 11 December 2019.