Jackson County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Brownstown
Organized: December 18, 1815
Parent County(s): Clark, Jefferson, and Washington[1]
Neighboring Counties
Monroe  • Brown  • Bartholomew  • Jennings  • Scott  • Washington  • Lawrence
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Jackson County was named for Andrew Jackson, who defeated the British in 1815 at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812, and later became President.[2] It is located in the south-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Jackson County Courthouse
111 S Main St.
Brownstown, IN 47220
Phone: 812-358-6116
County Website

Jackson County Health Department
801 West 2nd Street
Seymour, IN, 47274
Health Officer: Christopher Bunce, MD
Phone Number: 812-522-6474
Fax: 812-522-2916
Email: kmyers@jacksoncounty.in.gov
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records;
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate; court records from 1816;
County Auditor has land 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.

Jackson 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 1816 1882 1816 1815 1816 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1872, 1881 Fires burned the courthouse in 1872 and 1881, but no records were lost.

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
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information

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The county is named after War of 1812 hero Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) who became Seventh President of the United States in 1829.[8]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 4,010
1830 4,870 21.4%
1840 8,961 84.0%
1850 11,047 23.3%
1860 16,286 47.4%
1870 18,974 16.5%
1880 23,050 21.5%
1890 24,139 4.7%
1900 26,633 10.3%
1910 24,727 −7.2%
1920 24,228 −2.0%
1930 23,731 −2.1%
1940 26,612 12.1%
1950 28,237 6.1%
1960 30,556 8.2%
1970 33,187 8.6%
1980 36,523 10.1%
1990 37,730 3.3%
2000 41,335 9.6%
2010 42,376 2.5%
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


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Seymour, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 Jackson County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Jackson 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 Jackson 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 Jackson County.

Civil War Books:

  • "Military History" Chapter 16 in History of Jackson County, Indiana: From the Earliest Time to the Present, with Biographical Sketches, Notes, Etc. Together with an Extended History of the Northwest, the Indiana Territory and the State of Indiana. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic Inc, 1972.) Page 532-580,977.223 H2b 1972 FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collectionother library

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

Jackson County Public Library-Seymour Main Library
303 West Second St
Seymour, IN 47274
Phone: 812-522-3412

Museums[edit | edit source]

Jackson County History Center
105 North Sugar St
Brownstown, IN 47220
Phone: 812-358-2118
Email: jchc@frontier.com

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Jackson County History Center of Indiana
105 N. Sugar Street
Brownstown, IN 47220
Phone: 812-358-2118

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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Jackson County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/jackson/ accessed 3/28/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Jackson County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_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. Wikipedia contributors, "Jackson County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_County,_Indiana (accessed 9 August 2013).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Jackson County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_County,_Indiana, accessed 13 December 2019.
  8. "Jackson County, Indiana," Wikipedia.