Howard County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Kokomo
Organized: January 15, 1844
Parent County(s): Carroll, Cass, Miami
Neighboring Counties
Carroll  • Cass  • Miami  • Grant  • Tipton  • Clinton
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Howard County was named for Tilghman Howard. It is located in the central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Howard County Courthouse
104 N Buckeye St
PO Box 9004
Kokomo, IN 46904
Phone: 765-456-2204
County Website

Howard County Health Department
120 East Mulberry Street
Kokomo, IN, 46901
Health Officer: Don Zent, MD
Phone Number: 765-456-2403
Fax: 765-456-2417
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1844.
County Recorder has land records.
County Health Dept has birth, death and burial records.
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.

Howard 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[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1875 1844 1875 1844 1846 1844 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:[5]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 6,657
1860 12,524 88.1%
1870 15,847 26.5%
1880 19,584 23.6%
1890 26,186 33.7%
1900 28,575 9.1%
1910 33,177 16.1%
1920 43,965 32.5%
1930 46,696 6.2%
1940 47,752 2.3%
1950 54,498 14.1%
1960 69,509 27.5%
1970 83,198 19.7%
1980 86,896 4.4%
1990 80,827 −7.0%
2000 84,964 5.1%
2010 82,752 −2.6%
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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

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 Howard County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Howard 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 Howard 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 Howard County.

Civil War Books:

  • Howard in The Civil War" in History of Howard County, Indiana. 2 Vols. By Jackson Morrow. 1909. Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen. Online at: Vol.1 - FamilySearch Digital Library,Internet Archive; Vol. 2 - Internet Archive.
  • Russiaville in the Civil War : a Civil War history of Honey Creek Township, Howard County, Indiana and its residents. c2001. By Kent A. Smith. Kokomo, Indiana : Old Richardville Publications. FHL book 977.285/R1 M2s.

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 Howard 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.

  • The Howard County Memory Project website has digitized collections, such as marriage records, newspaper collections, etc. for genealogy and local history researchers.

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

Kokomo-Howard County Public Library
220 North Union Street
Kokomo, IN 46901-4614
Phone: 765-457-3242

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Howard County Historical Society and Museum
1200 W. Sycamore St.
Kokomo, IN 46901-4386
Phone: 765-452-4314

Howard County Genealogical Society
PO Box 176
220 N Union
Kokomo, IN 46903-0176

Greentown Historical Society
PO Box 313
103 East Main St.
Greentown, IN 46936
Phone: 765-628-3800

Russiaville Historical Society Inc
PO Box 221
Russiaville, IN 46979

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Howard County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_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. Wikipedia contributors, "Howard County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Howard County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 13 December 2019.