Kosciusko County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Warsaw
Organized: February 7, 1835
Parent County(s): unorganized territory (Cass/Elkhart/Grant)[1]
Neighboring Counties
Elkhart  • Noble  • Whitley  • Wabash  • Fulton  • Marshall
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Kosciusko County was named after the Polish general Tadeusz Kościuszko who served in the American Revolutionary War, after which he returned to Poland. It is located in the north-central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Kosciusko County Courthouse
121 North Lake Street
Warsaw, IN 46580
Phone: 219-372-2331
County Website

Kosciusko County Health Department
100 West Center Street
Warsaw, IN, 46580
Health Officer: William Remington Jr, MD
Phone: 574-372-2349
Fax: 574-269-2023
Email: bweaver@kcgov.com
Health Department

County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1836.
County Recorder has land records
Township Trustees have burial records. [3]
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.

Kosciusko 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 1836 1882 1836 1834 1836 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 Kosciusko 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 Kosciusko County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 4,170
1850 10,243 145.6%
1860 17,418 70.0%
1870 23,531 35.1%
1880 26,494 12.6%
1890 28,645 8.1%
1900 29,109 1.6%
1910 27,936 −4.0%
1920 27,120 −2.9%
1930 27,488 1.4%
1940 29,561 7.5%
1950 33,002 11.6%
1960 40,373 22.3%
1970 48,127 19.2%
1980 59,555 23.7%
1990 65,294 9.6%
2000 74,057 13.4%
2010 77,358 4.5%
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

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 Kosciusko County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Kosciusko County, Indiana Original Tract Book are available online: INGenWeb

Kosciusko County, Indiana Index to Deed Books 1 to 10: 1836- May, 1952 are available online: InGenWeb

Kosciusko County, Indiana Land Record Research are available online: InGenWeb

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Kosciusko 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 Kosciusko County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Kosciusko County.

Civil War Books:

  • "The County In Three Wars" Chapter 12 in Royse, L. W. A Standard History of Kosciusko County, Indiana: An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with Particular Attention to the Modern Era in the Commercial, Industrial, Educational, Civic and Social Development a Chronicle of the People with Family Lineage and Memoirs. (Agawan, MA: Bridgeport National Bindery, 2008.) Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 1. FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 2.

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.

Kosciusko County, Indiana Obituaries are online: INGenWeb.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Records[edit | edit source]

Kosciusko County, Indiana Voter's Registration Index for 1922 is available online: INGenWeb.

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 Kosciusko 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]

  • 1882-1920 Kosciusko County, Indiana Birth Records from 1882-1920 at InGenWeb
  • 1858-1935 - Kosciusko County, Indiana Delayed Birth Records 1858-1935 at InGenWeb

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

Bell Memorial Public Library
PO Box 368
101 W. Main St.
Mentone, IN 46539
Phone: 574-893-3200

Kosciusko County Historical Society Genealogy Library
121 N. Indiana St.
Warsaw, IN 46580
Phone: 574-269-1078

Milford Public Library
101 N Main Street
Milford, IN 46542
Phone: 574-658-4312

North Webster Community Public Library
P.O. Box 825
E. North St and SR 13
North Webster, IN 46555-0825
Phone: 574-834-7122

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Kosciusko County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1071
121 N Indiana St
Warsaw, IN 46580
Phone: 574-269-1078
Email: director@kosciuskohistory.com
The Genealogy Research Library is located within a large room of the Old Jail Museum. It houses the archives for many Kosciusko County records including court records, wills, guardianship and estate books, school records, township records, county plats and statistical records, tax and assessment records, military books, a series of county health office records, marriage application books and more.

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, "Kosciusko County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosciusko_County,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
  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. 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, "Kosciusko County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosciusko_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Kosciusko County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosciusko_County,_Indiana, accessed 17 December 2019.