Harrison County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Corydon
Organized: October 11, 1808
Parent County(s): Clark, Knox


Neighboring Counties
Crawford  • Washington  • Floyd  • Jefferson (KY)  • Bullitt (KY)  • Hardin (KY)  • Meade (KY)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Harrison County was named for William Henry Harrison.[2] It is located along the south-central border of the state. [3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Harrison County
300 N. Capitol Ave.
Corydon, IN 47112-1139
Phone: 812-738-4289
County Court

Harrison County Health Department
241 Atwood Street
Corydon, IN, 47112
Health Officer: Andrew Morton, MD
Phone Number: 812-738-3237
Fax: 812-738-4292
Email: help@
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. [4]
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.

Harrison 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1809 1882 1809 1807 1809 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:[8]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 3,595
1820 7,875 119.1%
1830 10,273 30.5%
1840 12,459 21.3%
1850 15,286 22.7%
1860 18,521 21.2%
1870 19,913 7.5%
1880 21,326 7.1%
1890 20,786 −2.5%
1900 21,702 4.4%
1910 20,232 −6.8%
1920 18,656 −7.8%
1930 17,254 −7.5%
1940 17,106 −0.9%
1950 17,858 4.4%
1960 19,207 7.6%
1970 20,423 6.3%
1980 27,276 33.6%
1990 29,890 9.6%
2000 34,325 14.8%
2010 39,364 14.7%
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]

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 Harrison County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • Biographical and Historical Souvenir for the Counties of Clark, Crawford, Harrison, Floyd, Jefferson, Jennings, Scott and Washington, Indiana. 1972. Compiled and published by John M. Gresham & Company. Evansville, Indiana : Unigraphic. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet Archive; At various libraries (WorldCat). 1972 version is reprint. Originally published: Chicago [Illinois] : Chicago Printing Company, 1889.
  • Historical Almanac of Harrison County, Indiana. By Arville L. Funk. 1974. Corydon, Ind: Alfco Publications. 977.2 A1 no. 40 FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection; WorldCat
  • Illustrated Atlas and History of Harrison County, Indiana: containing maps of villages, cities and townships of the County... . 1906. By F. A. Bulleit. Corydon, Indiana : F.A. Bulleit. Online at: Internet Archive
  • Indiana's Birthplace: A History of Harrison County, Indiana. 1911. By William H. Roose. New Albany, Ind : Tribune Co., Printers. Online at: Hathitrust; At various libraries (WorldCat).

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 Harrison 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 Harrison County.

Civil War Battle:

World War I

World War II, 1941-1945

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

The Frederick Porter Griffin Center for Local History and Genealogy
117 W. Beaver Street
Corydon, IN 47112
Phone: 812-738-5412
Email: genealogy@hcpl.lib.in.us

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Ancestral Trails Historical Society
P.O. Box 1796
Elizabethtown, KY 42702-1796
Phone: 270-982-0881
Research Library at
Hardin County History Museum
Librarian Email: athslibrarian@outlook.com

Historical Society of Harrison County
5850 Devil's Elbow Road NW
Corydon, IN 47112
Phone: 812-736-2373
Email: karengleitz@hotmail.com

Southern Indiana Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 665
180 West Spring Street
New Albany, IN 47150
Email: sigsvolunteer@gmail.com
The Society's collection of genealogical materials is housed in the Indiana History Room of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “HARRISON County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/harrison/ accessed 3/28/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "HARRISON County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_County,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Harrison County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Harrison County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_County%2C_Indiana, accessed 12 December 2019.
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, accessed 13 August 2012)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/8/8d/Igiindianah.pdf.