Henry County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: New Castle
Organized: December 31, 1821
Parent County(s): Delaware New Purchase[1]
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Henry County was named for Patrick Henry. It is located in the east-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Henry County Courthouse
101 S Main Street
New Castle, IN 47362
Phone: 765-529-6401
County Website

Henry County Health Department
1201 Race Street
New Castle, IN, 47362
Health Officer: John Miller, MD
Phone Number: 765-521-7059
Fax: 765-521-7055
Email: dmathis@henryco.net
Health Department

County Health Dept has birth and death records from 1882.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1822.
County Recorder has land records from 1823 and cemetery deeds from 1925.
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.

Henry 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 1822 1882 1822 1823 1822 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

February 1864--Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

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 Henry 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.
  • Henry County Cemetery Links by the Henry County Genealogical Services

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 6,497
1840 15,128 132.8%
1850 17,605 16.4%
1860 20,119 14.3%
1870 22,986 14.3%
1880 24,016 4.5%
1890 23,879 −0.6%
1900 25,088 5.1%
1910 29,758 18.6%
1920 34,682 16.5%
1930 35,238 1.6%
1940 40,208 14.1%
1950 45,505 13.2%
1960 48,899 7.5%
1970 52,603 7.6%
1980 53,336 1.4%
1990 48,139 −9.7%
2000 48,508 0.8%
2010 49,462 2.0%
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]

Internet Archive.

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 Henry County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Henry 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 Henry 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 Henry 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]

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 Henry 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 Henry County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Henry County Historical Society, Inc
606 South 14th Street
New Castle, IN 47362
Phone: 765-529-4028
Email: henrycountyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Historic Knightstown, Inc.
24 North Washington St.
Knightstown, IN 46148
Phone: 765-345-2859
Email: HKIMuseum1980@gmail.com

Middletown Fall Creek Township Historical Society
PO Box 63
559 Locust Street
Middletown, IN 47356-0063
Phone: 765-354-2000
Email: contact@middletownhistory.us

Kennard Historical Society
750 Oak Blvd.
Greenfield, IN 46140-1465

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), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Henry County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_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. Wikipedia contributors, "Henry County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Henry County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_County,_Indiana, accessed 12 December 2019.